Office of the Public Sector Development Commission (OPDC) and United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) organized the conference on National Evaluation Capacity Development at the Sukosol Bangkok, on August 27th, 2018. The conference aimed to increase awareness of social KPIs and effectively development in relation to the 12th National Economic and Social Development Plan and the 20-Year National Strategic Plan.
The conference started with the welcoming remarks from Mr. Thomas Davin, UNICEF Thailand Representative, the opening speech from Mr. Pakorn Nilprapunt, Secretary-General of OPDC on ‘Strengthening National Evaluation Capacities and Achieving the SDGs in Thailand’ and keynote presentation on ‘the Importance of National Capacities for Monitoring and Evaluation in Asia’ by Dr. Ricardo Polastro, Regional Advisor on Evaluation (UNICEF).
The next session was ‘Fostering Social KPIs and National Evaluation Systems for Thailand’ by Ms. Christina Popivanova, Chief of Social Policy, UNICEF, Ms. Soontree Supasaguan, Deputy-Secretary General of OPDC, Prof. Somchai Jitsuchon from TDRI and also presentations from National Economic and Social Development Board (NESDB) representative.
UNICEF and OPDC both focus on the development and resolution on problems that impact to children and youth in Thailand. The sustainable development comes from the study of statistics and indicators, especially the monitoring and evaluation process. The cooperation between two organizations will lift up the result-based planning capacity through the setting of social KPIs, the evaluation and implementation as well as the leveraging of capacity for all agencies concerned.