The second web-based dialogue of the Telecommunication Development Advisory Group (TDAG) “Results-based Management - Creating BDT for its Purpose (Fit4Purpose): Scaling Up to Deliver Results” took place on May 14, 2020, in the form of videoconferencing. The online meeting was opened and the participants of the online meeting were welcomed by Dorin Bogdan-Martin, the Director of the Telecommunication Development Bureau of the International Telecommunication Union, and Roxanne McElvine Weber, the Chairman of the TDAG Bureau. The agenda for the web dialogue included:
- A brief overview of the “results-based management” model;
- Presentation of thematic priorities;
- Discussion of the ways to implement the “results-based management” model
The model of the “Results-Based Management” (RBM) involves the initial definition of goals that are planned to be achieved in the near and long term and structuring based on this activity of the organization. This approach avoids over-focusing on current activities (the “activity trap”) and helps create a “development map” that can be used to identify strategic partners. Within the framework of the Telecommunication Development Sector, several thematic priorities have been identified, within which the RBM model will be used:
Ecosystems of Digital Innovation
Digital Services and Applications
Network Infrastructure and Digital Infrastructure
Policy and Regulation
The second web-based dialogue presented five thematic priorities: Politics and Regulation; Emergency telecommunications; Statistical data; Ecosystems of digital innovation; and cybersecurity. ITU staff and project representatives spoke about the main challenges in their respective areas and presented examples of their solution using the RBM model.
As evidence that this approach is already used in the work of the Sector, graphs were presented that demonstrate the distribution of funds for each of the thematic priorities at the global and regional levels, the degree of progress in solving problems and the matrix for assessing risk factors. Together, these graphs are indicated by the term “control panel”. Using these tools, the Telecommunication Development Sector plans to track progress in fulfilling the tasks assigned to it, although Stephen Bero, Deputy Director, noted that the methodology for evaluating the achievement of results has not yet been completed.
In conclusion, Dorin Bogdan-Martin invited participants to the web dialogue on partnership in digital transformation, which will take place on May 21, 2020, and at the 25th TDAG meeting (June 2-5, 2020).