Evaluation Handbook

Chapter VI: Using the Evaluation


This Chapter is addressed to users of evaluation.

The evaluation process does not end when the evaluation report is complete. In fact, learning and active use of knowledge generated from the evaluation is one of the most important elements of the evaluation exercise. Time and resources required for effective follow-up and learning should be allocated at the outset of the programme and project design.

The evaluation report constitutes the final product of the evaluation process, but is not necessarily the main product of an evaluation. The engagement of key stakeholders throughout the evaluation process is as important as producing a good evaluation report. Stakeholder involvement creates ownership of the results of the evaluation, including its recommendations, and the lessons to be learned. It thereby increases the commitment of stakeholders to use the findings and to implement the suggested recommendations. Therefore, and as shown earlier in this Handbook, thinking about the use of an evaluation should start at the planning stage rather than when the final report is submitted.

A. Users of Evaluation

The users of evaluation are those stakeholders who will be consulted in the course of the evaluation exercise and who have a stake in the evaluation recommendations and/or responsibilities in implementing them.

B. Dissemination of Evaluation Reports

The purpose of disseminating evaluation reports is to ensure that the potential evaluation users, beyond those that have been involved in the evaluation process, are aware of the evaluation findings, conclusions and recommendations made.

C. Evaluation Follow-up Plan (EFP)

Appropriate evaluation follow-up mechanisms are required in order to ensure that evaluation recommendations are properly utilized and implemented in a timely fashion, and that UNODC future activities take into account the results of previous evaluations.

D. Dissemination of Lessons Learned

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.



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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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