Why do we evaluate?

 

I. Learning

A. Improved Planning and Delivery

Evaluation drives organizational learning and lessons to be learned from the work evaluated. In other words, it wants to learn about the factors that led to either success or failure of a particular activity, the results achieved and the wider applicability of those lessons.

The process of evaluation itself creates an opportunity to share insight and knowledge. Evaluation should therefore be seen as a learning tool that empowers all stakeholders by expanding their knowledge base and enhancing their skills.

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B Decision-making: Based on Findings, Recommendations and Lessons Learned

Evaluation serves as an input to provide decision-makers with knowledge and evidence about performance and good practices. Based on credible, objective, valid evidence-based information, evaluation can be a powerful tool that can make programmes and projects, and therefore UNODC, more effective and efficient.

Evaluation informs managerial decisions, present and future planning and strategies and policies by providing targetted recommendations to Project Managers, and UNODC management at all levels, at Headquarters and in the field, as well as to Member States and donors. Evaluation users should participate actively in the entire evaluation process to ensure recommendations are practical, relevant and realistic.

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II. Accountability: Resources

Evaluation assures accountability by reporting on UNODC activities to the Governing Bodies. By providing objective and up to date evidence of what UNODC has achieved and what impact has been produced using the resources provided, evaluation also aims at accounting for the use of resources and for the results produced to all UNODC stakeholders, including staff and management, donors, Member States, target groups and implementing partners.

The approach to evaluation adopted by UNODC is to  encourage the wider participation and consultation of internal and external stakeholders during the planning, design and conduct of evaluations and the follow-up on them, while maintaining strict impartiality and independence in framing conclusions and recommendations.

For more details, please see Evaluation Policy and Evaluation Handbook.

 
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