The Higher Education Reform Project is a collaborative project between the Asian Development Bank and the Mongolian Ministry of Education, Culture, Science, Sport and Technology running until December 2018. It aims to improve aspects of higher education (HE) including its governance and quality, and promote equitable access to it. As part of this project, we delivered consultancy services to HE institutions to help them improve their outcome monitoring and reporting. Their ability to gather and use this data is intended to help them become more responsive to labour market demands.
The project was commissioned by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). We analysed the available data to identify the corruption risks in all phases of the mining process. We identified 15 key corruption risks. Based on our findings and conclusions, the Ministry of Mining developed and approved a corruption risk mitigation action plan for the mining sector.
In 2010 we undertook a project for the United Nations Development Programme to assess whether government websites were fulfilling their legislated transparency requirements. Since that time, we have continued to assess government websites on an annual basis, and now hold longitudinal data showing changes over time. Through this work, we have contributed to the gradual improvement of government website transparency in Mongolia.
In conjunction with the Japanese International Cooperation Agency, we undertook a tracer study in public schools throughout the country. The study identified barriers to accessing education for children with disabilities, and factors that could improve this access. Based on the outcomes of this study, IRIM and World Vision Mongolia initiated a project named ‘A Brighter Future for Children with Disabilities’. The project’s purpose is to contribute to inclusive education by implementing measures that protect the fundamental rights and freedoms of children with disabilities. The project also aims to strengthen the legal environment for these children.
Commissioned by the UNDP Mongolia, IRIM undertook this baseline analysis against the sustainable development goals (SDG) in Mongolia in December 2015. This work was part of UNDP Mongolia’s ongoing efforts to assist Mongolia’s sustainable development goal (SDG) readiness and national target setting. The baseline study evaluated seven selected SDGs to determine whether they have data that is able to be disaggregated by gender. This is an area that IRIM has focused strongly on in the past. We organise an annual reception on ‘The Sustainable Development Goals and Evaluation’. In 2016, we also initiated the founding of the Mongolian Evaluation Network—a network of research and evaluation stakeholders in Mongolia—to raise awareness of the importance of evaluation and apply evaluation principles to the activities and performance of both government organisations and the private sector.
This project was implemented in 2016. It is one of eight projects studying the problems faced by people with disabilities implemented to support decision-making at the policy level. In this study, we evaluated the private and public sector’s policies and activities for increasing the employment of people with disabilities and developed recommendations for improving their access to, and quality of, employment.
This project was one of a number of projects being implemented as part of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation’s (SDC) Sustainable Artisanal Mining (SAM) project. The SAM project aims to maximise the economic contribution of artisanal and small scale mining (ASM) and the way that it improves people's lives. The objective of our project was to assess the current value of investment to local economies made by ASM and minerals traders by undertaking a survey.
This is an area that has been the subject of much media and public attention in recent years. It has also been an area of significant contention between stakeholders with opposing views. However, there has not been any good-quality data available to inform decision making. Our survey filled that data gap by capturing the views of all stakeholders regarding the impact of mining on water availability and quality. Based on the survey results, a workshop was organised between stakeholders, in which they discussed ways of sustainably managing water.
In 2016, IRIM independently conducted a study of Mongolians’ social cohesion and their subjective well-being. The study aimed to describe how Mongolians evaluate their standards of living in a rapidly changing society. Traditionally in Mongolia, policies aimed at improving quality of life have been based mostly on objective indicators of well-being, such as income. However, this ignores people’s own perceptions about whether their lives have actually improved. In 2016 IRIM initiated this project as a first step in setting up a national database on the subjective well-being of Mongolian citizens. Our study was national in scale and was based on international standards. We anticipate that the database will contribute to ensuring that Mongolian policy making is responsive and evidence based.
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