The National CRPD Monitoring Mechanism was commissioned by the Hessian Ministry for Social Affairs and Integration to evaluate Hesse’s action plan for implementing the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in 2013. This incorporated not only an examination of the action plan in its published form with an account of how it first came into being, but also a study of how the implementation is being controlled and the plan further developed. Furthermore, by means of expert reviews and a standardised questionnaire, the National CRPD Monitoring Mechanism gathered qualitative and quantitative data that was integrated into their evaluation.
The evaluation report contains recommendations to the Hessian state government and civil society on how to structure and approach the development of an action plan with a focus on human rights. This report addresses general questions that should also be particularly interesting (and relevant) to other federal states when analysing and evaluating their own action plans and policies.
The evaluation focused on the issues of participation, transparency and public awareness and examined existing structures.
One significant recommendation is as follows: "The content of the plan should be revised in order to achieve agreement between the ideas expressed in the plan and all of the points in the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities." (p. 28)