This evaluation focuses on the achievement of outputs and short-term results, and progress towards longer-term results of the Pacific Judicial Development Programme 2010- 2012. It did not consider impact as it is too soon to assess programme impacts. It will be used by MFAT to determine effectiveness of support to date, and whether a further phase of NZ Aid Programme support is necessary, and if so, scope, focus, and scale of support.
The evaluation finds that the PJDP is relevant to the needs and priorities of the Pacific Judiciaries. Short-term changes in processes and systems, knowledge and behaviour, at individual and institutional levels are evident. The programme has made positive contributions to developing the capacity of the Pacific judiciaries to take greater control and ownership over improving court processes, and to increasingly identify and manage their own judicial development programmes. Progress towards the intended medium-long term outcomes can be supported through on-going implementation and consolidation of existing and planned initiatives.
The management structure and processes of the programme are performing well, although there is room for improvement in some areas, including forward planning, to enhance effectiveness and increase efficiency. The governance structure of the PJDP is generally appropriate to the intention and purpose of the PJDP, and provides guidance to the programme implementers.
Some of the constraints to sustainability of judicial development and training in the Pacific are outside the programme’s sphere of influence. The programme is following a pro-active approach to building capacity in implementing training and other activities, and through devolving and localising responsibility in several ways.