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What is the purpose of the Corporate Outcome Assessment?

The purpose of the Corporate Outcome Assessment (COA) is to collect data on the Strategic Framework Outcome-level indicators every two years in order to monitor FAO’s impact throughout the world, identify good practices, and ensure that the Organization is achieving its objectives. Data from this assessment is obtained primarily through a survey where FAO stakeholders provide feedback that helps in assessing FAO’s perceived contribution to changes at country level, and to identify gaps and areas for improvement to help make FAO’s work more relevant for the specific country situations.

Outcomes reflect the changes in the country-level enabling environment needed to foster the achievement of the FAO Strategic Objectives. They relate to those issues at country or international level – in areas within FAO’s mandate and core functions – which could impede progress, including for example: relevance of policy and programming frameworks, level of resources and investments committed, level of coordination/partnerships and availability/use of information and data for decision-making. The Outcome indicators measure the extent to which countries have made the necessary reforms and established the required capacities to achieve the Strategic Objectives.

What data does the Corporate Outcome Assessment collect?

The Corporate Outcome Assessment assesses the situation of the Outcome indicators for the period 2014-2017 The COA collects information in relation to each of FAO’s five Strategic Objective programmes:

SO1: Contribute to the eradication of hunger, food insecurity and malnutrition
SO2: Make agriculture, forestry and fisheries more productive and sustainable
SO3: Reduce rural poverty
SO4: Enable more inclusive and efficient agricultural and food systems
SO5: Increase the resilience of livelihoods to threats and crises

Where does the Corporate Outcome Assessment take place?

Countries are selected to participate in the assessment based on the focus of FAO’s work at country level delivered through the Strategic Programmes and/or Regional Initiatives. In addition, a set of randomly selected countries is included in order to allow for comparison between focus countries and non-focus countries, as well as to inform understanding of outcomes at the regional and global levels.
The 96 sample countries participating in the Corporate Outcome Assessment 2017 (organized by region) are the following:

Africa

Asia and the Pacific

Europe and Central Asia

Latin America and the Caribbean

Near East and North Africa

Angola
Burkina Faso
Cameroon
Chad
Côte d'Ivoire
Democratic Republic of the Congo
Ethiopia
Ghana
Kenya
Madagascar
Malawi
Mali
Mozambique
Niger
Rwanda
Senegal
Sierra Leone
Somalia
South Africa
South Sudan
Uganda
Tanzania
Zambia
Zimbabwe

Afghanistan
Bangladesh
Cambodia
Cook Islands
Fiji
Indonesia
Laos
Mongolia 
Myanmar
Nepal
Pakistan
Philippines
Samoa
Sri Lanka
Timor-Leste
Tonga
Tuvalu
Vanuatu
Viet Nam

Albania
Armenia
Georgia
Kazakhstan
Kyrgyzstan
Republic of Moldova
Tajikistan
The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia
Ukraine

Argentina
Barbados
Belize
Bolivia
Brazil
Chile
Colombia
Costa Rica
Cuba
Dominican Republic
Ecuador
El Salvador
Grenada
Guatemala
Guyana
Haiti
Honduras
Jamaica
Mexico
Nicaragua
Paraguay
Peru
Saint Kitts and Nevis
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Suriname
Trinidad and Tobago
Uruguay
Venezuela

Algeria
Egypt
Iraq
Jordan
Lebanon
Mauritania
Morocco
Oman
Saudi Arabia
Sudan
Syria
Tunisia
United Arab Emirates
Yemen

Who is involved in the Corporate Outcome Assessment?

Data are collected through a structured online questionnaire completed by a wide range of respondents working in each sample country. Respondents include experts from a variety of fields, including government, UN agencies, international donors and financial institutions, research institutions/academia, civil society and the private sector. They are identified with the support of the FAO country office and with additional guidance from FAO headquarters teams. The participation of a variety of stakeholders in this exercise is crucial as their expertise and knowledge allows to assess FAO’s perceived contribution to changes at country level, and to identify gaps and areas for improvement to help make FAO’s work more relevant for the specific country situations.

How is the Corporate Outcome Assessment rolled out?

In each of the 96 sample countries, data collection is managed by the FAO country office.
Each country holds an in-person communication and networking event, where the Corporate Outcome Assessment is introduced to stakeholders who have the possibility to get clarifications on the process and the questionnaires. It is also an important opportunity for stakeholders to discuss progress at country level and lay the groundwork for new partnerships.
In all countries, respondents are being asked to reply to the relevant section(s) of the questionnaire through an online survey tool. Respondents are supported by a national consultant and, if needed, additional support can be provided through follow-up meetings with FAO staff to ensure quality data collection and high response rates.
The Corporate Outcome Assessment also includes secondary data and a review of policy documents for the sample of countries. 

When will the Corporate Outcome Assessment take place?

Data collection takes place from September to October 2017 in all sample countries. The overall timeline is as follows:

June - Aug 2017

Preparation for data collection

Sep – Oct 2017

Data collection

Nov – March 2018

Data analysis and preparation of FAO Programme Implementation Report (PIR) 2016-17

April 2018

Publication of Programme Implementation Report (PIR) 2016-17

How are the results of the Corporate Outcome Assessment be reported?

The Corporate Outcome Assessment (COA) informs preparation of the Programme Implementation Report (PIR) for the biennium. The PIR is the FAO accountability document that is presented to FAO’s Governance at the end of each biennium and is published at www.fao.org/pir.