Civil Society Monitoring Reports
In 2012, the Decade Secretariat and the Open Society Foundations supported the creation of civil society monitoring reports on implementation of National Roma Integration Strategies (NRIS) and Decade of Roma Inclusion National Action Plans in eight countries (Albania, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Hungary, Macedonia, Romania, Slovakia, Spain) In addition, the Decade Secretariat made a template public in order to encourage additional civil society actors to monitor the implementation of NRIS and Decade Action Plans.
In the reports, civil society coalitions supplement or present alternative information to Decade Progress Reports submitted by Participating Governments in the Decade of Roma Inclusion and to any reports submitted by State parties to the European Commission on implementation of their NRIS. These reports are not meant to substitute for monitoring and quantitative evaluation by State authorities but to channel local knowledge into national and European policy processes and reflect on the quality and outcomes of government measures. As these are the first reports of this sort, they also evaluate the quality of the NRIS. In some cases, the reports a address social impacts of policies as well. The reports provide additional data to official ones, proxy data where there is not official data, or alternative interpretation of published data.
The project is coordinated by the Decade of Roma Inclusion Secretariat Foundation in cooperation with Open Society Foundation’s Making the Most of EU Funds for Roma Program and the Roma Initiatives Office.
The template for civil society monitoring reports is available here.
The Decade Progress Reports submitted by participing states are available here.