In an effort to enhance the quality of governance monitoring in Senegal, the coordinating unit (DREAT) steering the implementation of the national governance programme has embarked on a participatory process for developing a monitoring framework. During a first workshop held in September 2009, representatives from the central and local governments, the planning commission, the parliament and senate, civil society and universities formed thematic working groups to develop indicators.
The next step consisted in selecting appropriate data collection methods for measuring the indicators, and in fleshing out measurement guidelines for each indicator, such as identifying data sources and specifying the scoring criteria.
During this second workshop on 24-26 June, Mr. Abdul Malik, Coordinator of the Governance Assessment Unit at Kemitraan, a leading Indonesian NGO, was invited to share his experience in developing data collection tools for Indonesia’s provincial Governance Index. Sample measurement guidelines for the collection of administrative data (budget, planning documents, statistics and audit reports) and for the collection of data from focus group discussions were shared with the Senegalese, and provided a helpful starting point for the design of data collection instruments specifically tailored to the Senegalese context.
To support the development of a survey instrument, the workshop also benefited from the participation of the French research institute DIAL, a partner of the Global Programme. DIAL has expertise in supporting national statistical offices in collecting governance data by adding a governance module to household surveys.