National Evaluation Capacity Building

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 national 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".

Further information available at the homepage of ONDH:

Module on public policy evaluation for contributing to the Sustainable Development Goals delivered

In 2017, IES supported in the Kingdom Morocco the design of a 50-hour evaluation module focused on "Best practices in public policy evaluation for contributing to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals". The module was delivered to 34 students (20 female and 14 male students) of the University Moulay Ismail (UMI) of Meknes.

The module was developed in close collaboration with Morocco's National Observatory for Human Development (ONDH) and the pedagogic team of UMI's Master's Programme in Public Policy Evaluation - the first of its kind in the Kingdom of Morocco. The evaluation module was delivered in October and December 2018 to the first cohort of students of the Master's programme, a pioneer initiative that aims at contributing to the professionalisation of evaluation in Morocco in order to enable the transformational change that will be needed in order to achieve the SDGs".


National Evaluation Capacity Building (NEC)

UNEG Norm 9 states the following: "The effective use of evaluation can make valuable contributions to accountability and learning and thereby justify actions to strengthen national evaluation capacities. In line with General Assembly resolution A/RES/69/237 on building capacity for the evaluation of development activities at the country level, national evaluation capacities should be supported upon the request of Member States."


The Agenda for Sustainable Development asks countries, for the first time, to assess their achievements against their commitments. This call, also reflected in the UN General Assembly Resolution on evaluation capacity building (A/RES/69/237), requires assessing and investing in existing evaluation capacity of member states. Once again, in the UN context of evaluation, the SDGs provide fundamental guidance for the overall evaluation process as well as evaluation functions in general.


Thus, country-led evaluation is at the heart of the review mechanism of the Agenda for Sustainable Development. UNODC's work in this agenda contributes to helping build evaluation capacity in selected countries. In addition, it directly contributes to SDG target 16.6 by furthering the development of "effective, accountable and transparent institutions" in member states' respective ministries, ensuring that "responsive, inclusive, participatory and representative decision-making takes place at all levels" (16.7). UNEG published a key document on NEC in this regard ("Practical tips on how to strengthen National Evaluation Systems" - picture on the left).


The evaluation function delivers technical assistance in evaluation capacity within UNODC's mandated areas (drugs, crime and terrorism). The approach follows a series of tailored technical assistance interventions with the aim to improve good governance by increasing effectiveness, accountability and inclusiveness in public organisations at the country level.




Resources on NEC

UNEG Norms and Standards (2016)

UNEG - National Evaluation Capacity Development: Practical tips on how to strengthen National Evaluation Systems

UNGA Resolution A/RES/69/237 "Capacity building for the evaluation of development activities at the country level"

UNDP - Insights on National Evaluation Capacities in 43 Countries (2015)

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