Government of Georgia;
Develop a Self-Assessment Tool for Georgian Local Self-Governments to help them reveal the priorities accordingly to the demands of the local population by engaging citizens in measuring and improving local economic and social development issues.
The basic and principal self-assessment indicators (questions) are defined by the general self-assessment framework developed by the USAID G3 program.
The self-assessment tool consists of two parts:
a) Internal assessment
- Strategic management/leadership
- Human resource management
- Resource management
- Accountability and coordination
b) External assessment:
- Services and municipal management
- Societal development
- Economic development
Step 1 – Forming an inter-sector self-assessment team.
Step 2 – Adjusting the self-assessment tool to the local particularities (the most urgent issues on the agenda of the respective municipality are analyzed and adjusted the self-assessment tool if necessary)
Step 3 – Data Collection and Analysis:
- Identify groups of respondents and invite to participate in the self-assessment exercise
- Organize field works and collect quantitative and qualitative data
- Data processing and analysis
Self-Assessment Tool was piloted in three municipalities:
- Rustavi – One of the largest self-governing cities
- Marneuli – Compactly-settled Azerbaijani ethnic minority
- Tianeti – Mountainous municipality
The self-assessment methodology was well received in its initial form and has the potential to become a useful tool for Georgian local self-governments as they increase their engagement with citizens and the local business sector, especially in formulating strategic plans and service delivery improvements. The tool can also be helpful for the central government to understand where local self-governments may require additional support. Moreover, local and central government and civil society will be interested in how good governance principles are better understood and applied over time.