3.4 Influence Assessment

Measurement of the impact of an HDR and assessment of the social change achieved through the related advocacy efforts are time-consuming and skill intensive, but they are essential in establishing accountability and transparency. They add to the understanding of development and the identification of good practice. They help impart confidence in the value of the HDR process among financial contributors and other stakeholders and generate a sense of achievement that is crucial to all participants. They also identify areas where the process may be improved.

An integral part of the HDR process therefore involves designing appropriate strategies and tools for effective impact monitoring and assessment (table 4). These might involve the following:

Carry out impact monitoring
Elements of impact monitoring
Survey the target audience on their views of the success of the report Measure progress in addressing priority issues raised in the report Assess the HDR's contribution to improving the available development data Assess the HDR's impact on enhancing stakeholder skills
  1. Survey the target audience and other partners to determine their views on the success of the report in addressing issues of interest to them.
    Identify appropriate indicators and survey methods to measure this success.
  2. Develop a method to measure any progress achieved in addressing priority issues raised in the report.
    Indicators established within the United Nations Development Assistance Framework and the UNDP results-based management framework, can be used to measure some outcomes and provide competent feedback on certain areas requiring improvement. Gather feedback on the report’s influence on policies, planning, legislation, budget allocations, debates in parliament, the advocacy of non-governmental organizations, educational curricula, the operations of other projects and programmes and so on. Monitor media coverage and public debates on HDR themes and related issues.
  3. As part of a broad process of national dialogue on human development, the preparation of an HDR should contribute to an improvement in the quantity and quality of the data on human development available at the national or regional level.
    It should help generate demand for new development indicators and enhance development policy-making. UNDP programme resources thereby enlarge the capabilities of national statistical institutions in the collection and analysis of data and contribute to capacity-building more generally. The Human Development Atlas in Brazil is a fine example. Determine ways to assess this impact.
  4. Through the HDR process, multiple stakeholders become involved in consultations, participatory reviews and analysis, data collection, and the formulation of advocacy strategies, thereby developing skills key to formulating and implementing human development policies.
    Identify ways to assess this impact on skills development.