Monitoring & Evaluation Workshop # 4: Tracking Resources

In two sessions spread through the day, participants will have a chance to discuss expenditure tracing in resettlement, learn from other States and have the opportunity to work on a case study in small groups

Fulfilling resettlement commitments requires both political will and the necessary resources to implement programmes. In order to make well-informed decisions on how to best select, prepare and receive resettling refugees, governments in Europe and beyond need to have a clear overview of the types of expenditure items and the overall volume of resources required to start and to run their resettlement programmes. Having this knowledge allows policymakers to anticipate and evaluate what it would mean to expand their resettlement quota or to decide whether they wish to revise specific elements of their programme, such as prolonging predeparture orientation or making greater use of dossier selection. In addition, tracking and evaluating the use of resources in refugee resettlement can also help policymakers to explore whether they may want to collaborate with other states to pool resources and reduce certain costs of their resettlement programmes.

Tracking costs related to receiving resettling refugees can be challenging, especially as expenditures cut across the responsibilities of different government agencies and service providers, from immigration agencies to health and education ministries. In addition, cost efficiency in refugee resettlement is a sensitive issue for many governments. Few states have a well-developed architecture to track spending or a solid basis on which decisions around cost efficient investments in resettlement programmes could be made. Many governments also face resource constraints limiting their ability to fulfil and perhaps expand on existing commitments. With a looming recession as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, these constraints will likely be felt even more strongly than before and make it all the more important to spend available resources wisely.

This workshop, the fourth in a series on monitoring and evaluation of resettlement, will explore how states can effectively track, analyse, and draw on data on the use of resources in resettlement programmes. Participants will learn why tracking spending matters, how to improve data collection, and what they can learn from better monitoring costs. In addition, this workshop also aims to explore opportunities for efficiency in terms of pooling resources across Member States and potential areas where collaboration could increase cost efficiency.

Target group

The target group for this workshop are staff working in a state agency who are involved in the design, implementation and/or evaluation of national resettlement programmes (or are interested to do so), and those involved in determining, monitoring and evaluating spending on resettlement, migration and asylum programmes. As one of the aims of the workshop is to identify opportunities for collaboration around cost efficiency, it is advised that at least two persons per Member State participate working in both of these areas. Those interested in participating should register with the EU-FRANK secretariat and await confirmation of participation.

Please note that this workshop is for State agencies only.

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