UNEP Information Management System Nominated for UN 21 Awards Fri, Sep 16, 2011
Since its launch in 2009, the Programme Information Management System has contributed to improve the programme delivery of UNEP. The Programme Information Management System is a finalist in Awards in the 'process improvement' category
The 2011 UN 21 Awards have featured a wealth of innovative ideas. In addition to the winners, it is worth taking a closer look at the finalists and their projects. By showcasing their initiatives, we invite you to consider if these good practices could be applied in your area of work.
The Programme Information Management System (PIMS) launched by UNEP was short-listed in the category "process improvement" of the 2011 UN 21 Awards. It aims to improve coordination across numerous related but formerly disconnected processes in an effort to strengthen results-based management.
Prior to the introduction of the new PIMS tool, the processes to manage UNEP's programme of work and monitor its implementation were fragmented. It was difficult to validate reports with data and to pinpoint gaps in programme delivery.
The implementation of the Programme Information Management System has improved a whole host of processes. It:
- strengthens project management practices,
- systematizes reporting on project approvals and implementation, and
- serves as basis for project monitoring, review, and quality control.
Programme implementation is now fully transparent. Every staff member in UNEP has access to PIMS and can, within delegated authority, update programme data. Business intelligence about the implementation of the programme of work is available in various formats, e.g. at the subprogramme/division levels, or focused on a specific donor.
Effectiveness and efficiency gains
UNEP's Programme Information Management System has realized significant gains in effectiveness and efficiency by:
- tracking progress towards planned results,
- providing near real time data and analysis on programme performance,
- identifying projects-at-risk and flagging areas for corrective action,
- encouraging the organization to build on the strengths of each division, and
- acting as an enabler to improve accountability.
Foundation for more strategic programme planning
Since its launch in 2009, the Programme Information Management System has contributed to improve the programme delivery of UNEP. It supports the planning process, guiding the way in which UNEP plans its future programming and allocates resources in a more strategic manner, taking into account lessons learned and good practices.
Congratulations to the Programme Information Management System team for being a finalist of the 2011 UN 21 Awards.
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