Evaluation Handbook

II. B. Evaluation Plans

When designing projects or programmes, Project Managers are responsible for consulting already existing Evaluation Plans (Country or Regional Evaluation Plans) to ensure coordination with evaluations that may take place at the same time or in the same geographical or thematic areas.

On a yearly basis, all Units and Section of UNODC Headquarters and Field Offices must prepare the Evaluation Plan, which a list of projects to be evaluated during a particular year, and share the list with IEU. Evaluation Plans provides an overview of the evaluation portfolio by region and country. Please see Evaluation Plan Template.

Evaluation Plans constitute evaluation management tools for Project Managers to ensure evaluation cohesion within the evaluation portfolio. Whenever meaningful, Project Managers should aggregate projects by theme, sub-programme or any other unit of analysis to foster programme, cluster or joint evaluations in the spirit of UNODC integrated programming approach.
In line with UNODC integrated programming approach [9], Cluster Evaluations should be preferred to Independent Project Evaluations as they focus on progress made toward achieving the programming objective of related projects.

It is of utmost importance to have up-to-date Evaluation Plans as this enables proper allocation and planning of evaluation resources and capacities within UNODC. Indeed, on the basis of these Evaluation Plans, each Unit, Section and Field Office should plan adequately in advance the time and resources needed for each evaluation to be undertaken under its responsibility, in order to ensure that each exercise is performed in a timely and efficient way.


[9] 2009 ECOSOC Resolution "Support to the development and implementation of regional programmes of the UNODC" (E/CN.7/2009/L.23), and the ECOSOC Resolution generated out of the CCPCJ Session "Support for the development and implementation of an integrated approach to programme development at UNODC" (E/CN.15/2010/L.14).


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Chapter I: Defining Core Concepts

Chapter II: Planning an Evaluation at the Design Stage

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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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Chapter II: Planning an Evaluation at the Design Stage