[country or region] Human Development Report [tentative year]:
[working title: state the theme]
[Authors of the Concept Note: for example, a UNDP unit or other institution]
[date of circulation]
The concept note for a national or regional Human Development Report is meant to inform colleagues and other stakeholders in the HDR process about the scope of the report, the specific objectives, the anticipated methodologies and the resources (see also the project document module). This includes a description of the theme that has been identified, the related issues to be addressed and the consultative processes that are expected to contribute to a high-quality, influential report. The description of the report’s strategic elements should cover the following:
The note does not need to be exhaustive, but it should enable UNDP management and other advisors to understand the envisaged content and process without burdening them with all details. The suggested length is three to eight pages.
A flexible approach should therefore be adopted in applying the points in the following sections, which lay out the main headings of the concept note.
1. The Description of the Context
Briefly describe the context, including previous national or regional HDRs and the reception they have obtained, the rationale for the selection of the proposed theme and the consultations already undertaken. The following are the key issues that should be addressed:
2. The Review of Experience
Present the results of an initial review of the existing literature and other evidence on the selected theme and major related issues. The focus should be on providing colleagues and other stakeholders with the means to understand that the report will find a significant niche and be able to add substantial value to the public discourse on the theme and the search for solutions to the related problems. This review should highlight the following:
3. The Logical Framework
The concept note should explain the value that may be added by the HDR. The focus should be on the following:
4. The Process
Describe the process planned for the preparation of the report. This should include the following:
5. Working Outline
Describe the main areas covered in the report and a tentative structure, which might be organized by chapter, topic, issues, or otherwise, as appropriate.
Include any relevant additional information — for example, proposed statistical tables, terminology, charts, references to other publications, and so on — that might help colleagues and advisors grasp the analytical framework.