Roma Strategy Document is a comprehensive document, passed in 2016, and it covers the years 2016-2021. Two action plans have been prepared for the implementation of the document, the first phase action plan was for the three-year period 2016-2018 and the second phase action plan covers the three-year period 2019-2021.
In all the five policy sectors, the strategic objective and strategic goals defined in the Turkish Strategy Document are relevant and address essential issues with regard to the promotion of social inclusion of the Roma community. The nationwide survey of the social situation of the Roma in Turkey, based on the survey data collected by the SİROMA project in 2017, provides evidence that the strategic goals and objectives set out in Roma Strategy Document address essential issues with regard to each of the five policy sectors.

The fundamental implementation principles defined in the Strategy Document are correct, ambitious and in line with the international best practice. The first phase action plan includes 17 different actions, covering all the five policy sectors.

The second phase action plan (2019-2021) , presents measurable target indicators for some of the policy sectors in terms of e.g., number of beneficiaries and number of activities such as training events organised. For the sectors of employment, health, and social services and social assistance, precise targets are provided regarding such basic indicators as e.g., the number of beneficiaries and the number of events organised, making possible reliable monitoring of the policy implementation and the evaluation of their success.

Roma Strategy Document sets out ‘effective monitoring and re-designing’ as one of its fundamental implementation principles, and the two action plans have monitoring and evaluation as their first action. MoFSS is the institution directly responsible for M&E, while other related institutions and agencies, universities and NGOs are identified as indirect stakeholders. A Monitoring and Evaluation Board was established in 2017 in order to monitor the implementation of the Roma Strategy Document policies, and a directive on the Monitoring and Evaluation Board was published on 8 February 2017. DGFCS has the responsibility of acting as the secretariat of the Board. The Board is an inter-disciplinary body that includes the representatives of the National Contact Point, the technical support Secretariat, different public institutions, universities, and representatives of the Roma NGOs. The reports of the Monitoring and Evaluation Board provide a systematic overview of the activities implemented, and basic figures concerning the implementation – such as number of beneficiaries and interventions organised are presented.

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