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Innovative UNODC model of partnership with the Kingdom of Morocco on national evaluation capacity development - a best practice for future development

The Independent Evaluation Section (IES), United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), carried out an innovative workshop, from 21 to 23 May 2019 on "Independent Evaluation and National Evaluation Capacity Development" with the Kingdom of Morocco in the context of the 28th session of the Commission for the Prevention of Crime and Criminal Justice (CCPCJ).

In alignment with the 2030 Agenda and the General Assembly's mandate to support country-led efforts of Member States for strengthening national evaluation capacity (Resolution A/RES/69/237), IES has been working since 2016 with the Kingdom of Morocco as a strategic partner to enhance national evaluation capacity (NEC). This collaboration is articulated as part of the Joint Programme between the UN and Morocco's National Observatory of Human Development (ONDH), of which UNODC is a part. IES is contributing within the Joint Programme to the development of the new na tional Masters' programme in Public Policy Evaluation of the University Moulay Ismail (UMI) of Meknes, the first of its kind in Morocco.

As part of this partnership, the ONDH Secretary General, Mr. El Hassan El Mansouri; the Dean of the Faculty of Legal, Economic and Social Sciences of UMI, Mr. Abdelghani Bouayad; the Director, Mr. Mohammed Abdouh; and four students of the Master Programme, Mr. Mohcine Dounassi, Ms. Chaymae Zoghlal, Mr. Anas Baba Ahmed and Ms. Ikram Bouazzaoui, were invited to Vienna by IES through the ONDH-UN Joint Programme.

The Moroccan delegation formed part of the panel at the CCPCJ side-event on 22 May 2019, on "Best practices in evaluation and accountability in the 2030 Agenda: the experience of the Kingdom of Morocco". The side event was co-organized by the Permanent Mission of the Kingdom Morocco to the United Nations and other International Organizations in Vienna and IES, and chaired by Mr. Nordine Sadouk, Charge' d'affaires, Permanent Mission of the Kingdom of Morocco to the United Nations and other international organisations in Vienna, and Ms. Katharina Kayser, Chief, IES. The participation of the Moroccan delegation was an opportunity to present the experience of Morocco in the evaluation of public policies related to human development as well as the progress made in institutionalizing evaluation practice.

"Accountability, transparency and evaluation of public policy are paramount for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals", remarked at the opening of the Side Event Mr. Nordine Sadouk, Charge' d'affaires, Permanent Mission of the Kingdom of Morocco to the United Nations and other international organisations in Vienna." The new Constitution of Morocco established in 2011 the mandate to evaluate public policies, as a means of promoting transparency and accountability.

Mr. El Mansouri, ONDH Secretary General, stressed that "the evaluation of public policies is a fundamental commitment for all countries willing to increase transparency and accountability vis-a-vis their citizens and meet the challenges of the 2030 Agenda. For this reason, ONDH, UNODC-IES and the University of Meknes have partnered to train a new generation of professionals in evaluation, capable to contribute both at the national and the international level to the achievement of the SDGs." "This is a valuable, tangible contribution to country-led efforts for professionalising evaluation in Morocco", pointed out Mr. Carlos Asenjo Ruiz, IES' Evaluation Capacity Development Officer.

Ms. Cristina Albertin, Regional Representative, Regional Office for Middle East and North Africa, UNODC,  highlighted the importance "that the UN looks for new partnerships, so that we not only work with ministries and governments but that we involve other stakeholders. In this case, the partnership with research institutions allows us to better address the evidence gap. We look forward to the results of this partnership between ONDH, UMI and UNODC."

During the closing session of the 3-day workshop, Ms. Katharina Kayser welcomed the fruitful partnership with ONDH and renewed its commitment to continue the programmed activities. Mr. El Hassan El Mansouri also welcomed the partnership and recalled it as a very rewarding experience, especially for young students of the Masters' Programme. Mr. Bouayad Abdelghani further emphasized the achievements and promising prospects of the partnership between the UMI, the ONDH and UNODC, pointing to the partnership as a "case of good practice to develop".

Innovative UNODC evaluation leads to increased accountability when countering drugs, crime and terrorism

Innovative UNODC evaluation leads to increased accountability when countering drugs, crime and terrorism

10 May 2019 - The Independent Evaluation Section (IES), United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), has carried out its first-ever strategic evaluation of a regional coordination mechanism for security governance, creating a best practice for future strategic interventions while meeting the demands of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

Specifically, IES planned, conducted and supported the follow-up of the innovative evaluation for the EU-funded Western Balkan Integrative Internal Security Governance mechanism (WBIISG).  While maintaining the independence of the evaluation process, the evaluation was carried out within the framework of the UNODC Regional Programme for South Eastern Europe.

Evaluation couples effectiveness with accountability and transparency, being fully in line with current UN Reforms Initiatives and the Secretary-General pointing to the need of "independent and real-time evaluation with full transparency." UNODC continues to be at the forefront of countering drugs, crime and terrorism in the Western Balkans, and by offering this innovative evaluation, which fully mainstreamed human rights and gender equality, it has added another important dimension to these efforts.

In the context of the negotiations for accession to the EU of the different jurisdictions in the Western Balkans and the changing criminal landscape in the region, the new platform Western Balkan Integrative Internal Security Governance was launched to seek to improve capacity-building for and reform of internal security governance in the region. The concept enables a coordinated, aligned and sustainable effort in the fields of internal security governance reform on part of the EU and all relevant international donors of external assistance.

The evaluation carried out by IES together with four senior external evaluators and experts found that the WBIISG is best considered an early-stage entrepreneurial venture that has identified 'the right customer needs', but is yet to develop, establish and institutionalise formal systems and processes.  

Evaluation results also show that there is wide support for the concept of the IISG as a potentially effective tool for regional coordination. Among other things WBIISG's work was recognized as promoting informal collaboration and trust-building among beneficiaries across the region.

The WBIISG Support Group highlighted that "the evaluation process itself has offered space for honest, open dialogue and exchanges, supporting learning and building trust." This space for dialogue and exchange was essential for leading to actionable recommendations.

One of the most innovative aspects of this evaluation is the continuous engagement with the WBIISG also beyond the end of the evaluation, for example through dedicated follow-up workshops, thereby ensuring utility of recommendations. Katharina Kayser, Chief, IES, highlighted that "the political ownership of this process constitutes a best practice, in particular the endorsement of the evaluation plan and subsequent presentation of results to the Ministers of the region, allowing for future evaluations to build upon this one."

Further Information:

Final Evaluation report

Final Evaluation Brief (2-pager)

UNODC Independent Evaluation Section website

UNODC in South Eastern Europe  

Western Balkan Integrative Internal Security Governance

 

 

In-depth thematic cluster evaluation of Law Enforcement and Border Control in Central Asia

In-depth thematic cluster evaluation of Law Enforcement and Border Control in Central Asia (Sub-programme XAC/Z60 and projects TAJ/E24, TAJ/H03, RER/H22, and XAC/K22)

Evaluation report

Evaluation Brief (2-pager)

Independent formative In-depth evaluation of the Western Balkans Counter-Serious Crime Initiative (WBCSCi) in the context of the Integrative Internal Security Governance (IISG) mechanism including the European Union action: "Instrument for Pre-Accession Assistance (IPA II) Multi-Country Action Programme 2017 - Support to the Western Balkan Integrative Internal Security Governance"

 

 

 

Independent formative In-depth evaluation of the Western Balkans Counter-Serious Crime Initiative (WBCSCi) in the context of the Integrative Internal Security Governance (IISG) mechanism including the European Union action: "Instrument for Pre-Accession Assistance (IPA II) Multi-Country Action Programme 2017 - Support to the Western Balkan Integrative Internal Security Governance" 

Final report

Final Evaluation Brief (2-pager)

 

UNODC Webstory

Recent Independent Project Evaluations 

EGY/Z33: Improving the Criminal Justice Response to Violence against Women in Egypt

Evaluation Report; Evaluation Brief (2-pager)

MEX/Z93: Fortalecimiento para la Seguridad de Grupos Vulnerables

Evaluation Report (in Spanish with English Ex. Summary) ; Evaluation Brief (2-pager)

GLO/Z99-segment:Asia-Pacific Joint Action Towards a Global Regime Against Corruption (2016-2020)

Evaluation Report; Evaluation Brief (2-pager)

BHU/Z13:  Enhance Government and Civil Society Responses to Counter Trafficking in Persons in Bhutan

Evaluation Report; Evaluation Brief (2-pager)

PSE/Y13: Supporting the establishment of an evidence based drug dependence treatment and rehabilitation system for the Palestine National Rehabilitation Center

Evaluation Report; Evaluation Brief (2-pager)

PSE/X02: Forensic Human Resource and Governance Development Assistance for the Palestinian Authority

Evaluation Report; Evaluation Brief (2-pager)

XLA/Y08: Support to Demand Reduction of Drugs in Andean Countries - PREDEM

Evaluation Report (in Spanish with English Ex. Summary)

XAW/Z28: Support to ECOWAS Regional Action Plan on illicit drug trafficking, organized crime related to it and drug abuse in West Africa

Evaluation Report; Evaluation Brief (2-pager)

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E valuation templates and flowcharts are now available in Spanish:

Fully revised UNODC Evaluation Handbook

Fully revised UNODC Evaluation Handbook published in November 2017 by ,IES UNODC

Please also refer to the IES Handbook website: here

Download the  Handbook here: UNODC Evaluation Handbook
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Evaluation-based analysis of good practices in UNODC's approach to capacity building published

This is the first analysis of evaluation results between 2011 and 2016 to identify good practices and lessons learned in UNODC projects/programmes' approaches to capacity building. Overall, this report is a technical note that disseminates best practices and lessons learned stemming from evaluation reports to UNODC at large.

Final Report: UNODC/IEU evaluation-based analysis of good practices in UNODC's approach to capacity building

Second UNODC Evaluation Meta Analysis 01/2015-12/2016

This is the second Meta-Analysis of UNODC evaluation findings, covering over 540 recommendations which were issued by more than 70 independent evaluators between January 2015 and December 2016.

Final Report: UNODC/IEU Evaluation Meta-Analysis 2015-2016
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"Evidence Changes Lives: Realizing Evaluation's Potential to Inform the Global Sustainable Development Goals" (external link, please click for the full article)

"UN calls for better evaluation in the post-2015 development agenda" (please click here for the full article; external link: Full article)

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