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"Evaluation Handbook - Guidance for designing, conducting and using independent evaluation at UNODC"

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Foreword

Member States, the Secretary-General and the Executive Director of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) have placed increased emphasis both on accountability and on the need to draw lessons from UNODC interventions, in order to improve efficiency and effectiveness. UNODC needs to prove that concrete results have been achieved, which, in times of financial constraints, has become an even higher political priority. Based on credible, objective, valid, evidence-based information, evaluation is a powerful tool that can make programmes and projects, and therefore UNODC itself, more effective and efficient. Thus, as an agent of change, evaluation strives towards strengthening the leading role of UNODC in countering crime, drugs and terrorism.

The present handbook is at the core of the mandate of the Independent Evaluation Unit (IEU) of UNODC, as it guides all stakeholders throughout the evaluation process, and is part of further normative innovations such as the web-based evaluation function and e-learning modules. This handbook is placed in the context of "Unite Evaluation", a web-based application facilitating not only all steps through a systematic online process, but also generating high-level aggregate information, thereby meeting the demand for data at the synthesis level.

Furthermore, this handbook is based on the principles of the 2030 agenda and the Strategic Development Goals, complementing the investments IEU is making in this regard, participating actively in the building of national evaluation capacity and national evaluation systems. UNODC e-learning modules are made available in order to build capacity and awareness of the public good evaluation constitutes.

UNODC adopts an approach to evaluation that encourages the wider participation and consultation of internal and external stakeholders during the planning, design and conducting of evaluations and their subsequent follow-up. At the same time, the Office strives to maintain strict impartiality and independence in the framing of conclusions and
recommendations. Moreover, the UNODC evaluation function implements the norms and standards of the United Nations Evaluation Group and focuses particularly on a genderresponsive evaluation process in order to further gender equality and the empowerment of women and other marginalized or discriminated groups-adhering to the principle of leaving no one behind.

Furthermore, this evaluation handbook responds to the demands of Member States for a strengthened evaluation function within UNODC and I hope that its publication will help our partners and us to strengthen evaluation culture within UNODC with the aim of ultimately accounting for the Office's achievements in countering crime, drugs and terrorism.

I would like to express my deep appreciation to the consultants who have worked on the evaluation handbook together with IEU colleagues and the gender experts who have reviewed this handbook in order to ensure gender mainstreaming throughout the publication and at all steps of the UNODC evaluation process.


Katharina Kayser, Chief, Independent Evaluation Unit, UNODC