Evaluation Handbook

VI. D. Dissemination of Lessons Learned


A lesson learned is a generalization derived from evaluation experiences with programmes, projects or policies that is applicable to programmes, projects or policies of similar scope and design. It summarizes knowledge at a point in time, while learning is an ongoing process and has the potential to improve future actions. Frequently, lessons learned highlight strengths or weaknesses in preparation, design and implementation that affect performance, outcome, and impact

As part of UNODC knowledge management system, IEU aims to effectively share lessons learned identified in evaluation reports. These can be used to contribute to organizational learning, to strengthen current project and programme implementation and to influence future projects, programmes and policies.

Lessons learned and knowledge generated from evaluations should be reviewed together with national stakeholders and partners to ensure they are incorporated in the design of new programmes and projects. This systematic application of knowledge from evaluations is a key element in the evaluation process.

In addition, IEU is working towards creating a database of lessons learned as an effective mechanism for enabling project and programme managers to access information more easily and to better utilize it when drafting new projects/programmes.



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Chapter I: Defining Core Concepts
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

Chapter VI Tools:
Annex I: Evaluation Glossary
Annex II: UNEG Norms
Annex III: UNEG Standards
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