Jamaica Democracy and Governance Evaluation and Program Design
In 2005 Democracy International conducted a comprehensive evaluation of USAID’s democracy and governance programs in Jamaica. These evaluations included an assessment and recommendations for the “Improved Citizen Security and Participation in Democratic Processes Project” and the “Inner City Development: Peace and Prosperity Project”. The DI team focused on civil society, alternative dispute resolution, community policing, justice sector reform, inner-city development, and other efforts directed towards improving citizen security and participation in government.
The evaluation team made site visits where activities were implemented as well conducted interviews and focus groups. For the Improved Citizen Security and Participation in Democratic Processes Project, DI found significant attitude improvements in civil society leadership and skills of individuals working in these organizations. Additionally, DI found when it came to improving community and police relations, an early phase of sensitization is important for successful relationship building. Lastly this project aimed to improve the capacity of the justice system. Even in the face of budgetary constraints, most of the activities were completed on time or are currently being carried out with the help of the government.
Regarding the Peace and Prosperity Project (PPP), DI found that all program activities were implemented successfully to varying degrees. The multifaceted approach aimed at reducing crime and violence by engaging in a whole array of issues that affect the inner cities residents was a positive lesson, and it should be taken into account when designing other interventions in similar situations. However, DI had concerns about sustainability of PPP because no sustainability plan was included in the project design.
The DI team convened a conference of stakeholders on “lessons learned” and produced a program design that served as the basis for the USAID Mission’s subsequent request for proposals and program. More information on the evaluation of these projects and lessons learned can be found below under “Resources”.