Evaluation Handbook

Chapter I: Defining Core Concepts


This Chapter is addressed to those who have an interest in the main evaluation concepts within UNODC

This Chapter introduces evaluation by defining the core concepts, the uses of evaluation, the types of evaluation undertaken in UNODC, the evaluation criteria and the role of evaluation stakeholders.

A. Evaluation and related Concepts

This section describes what evaluation is and what it is not (evaluation vs. monitoring, inspection, audit, review and research), what the evaluation guiding principles are and where evaluation stands in the project/cycle management.

B. Uses of Evaluation

This section describes evaluation as a tool for learning, accountability, participation, management and innovation.

C. Types of Evaluation

Different types of evaluation are undertaken within UNODC. Staff in Headquarters, as well as in the Field Offices, manage, in coordination with IEU, Independent Project Evaluations and Cluster Evaluations, while IEU leads and manages In-Depth Evaluations. Joint evaluations within the United Nations System are also gaining in importance as means of improving coordination and harmonization as well as assessing the effectiveness of the United Nations.

D. Evaluation Criteria

This section describes the evaluation criteria developed by the Development Assistance Committee of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD-DAC). In addition to the DAC criteria, other evaluation criteria could be developed (such as design, partnerships and cooperation, and innovation) and cross-cutting issues (such as Gender and Human Rights) could be addressed in evaluations.

E. Evaluation Stakeholders

Clearly defined governance and management structures, including evaluation stakeholders' roles and responsibilities, are crucial for efficient evaluation. This section outlines evaluation stakeholders' roles and responsibilities.



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Table of Contents
Chapter I: Defining Core Concepts
Chapter I Tools:
Chapter II: Planning an Evaluation at the Design Stage
Chapter III: Managing an Independent Project Evaluation
Chapter IV: Undertaking an In-depth Evaluation
Chapter V: Undertaking a Participatory Self-Evaluation
Chapter VI: Using the Evaluation
Annex I: Evaluation Glossary
Annex II: UNEG Norms
Annex III: UNEG Standards 
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