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CCPCJ side event on: "Learning from Independent Evaluations during COVID-19: UNODC's Global Programme for the Implementation of the Doha Declaration". 

INDEPENDENT EVALUATIONS DURING COVID-19: UNODC's GLOBAL PROGRAMME FOR THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE DOHA DECLARATION: SUCCESSFUL SIDE EVENT AT THE COMMISSION ON CRIME PREVENTION AND CRIMINAL JUSTICE (CCPCJ)

18 May 2021 - The Independent Evaluation Section (IES) held an on-line CCPCJ side-event on: "Learning from Independent Evaluations during COVID-19: UNODC's Global Programme for the Implementation of the Doha Declaration". The side event was organized with the support of the UNODC Global Programme (GP) for the Implementation of the Doha Declaration.  

The side event, moderated by Ms. Katharina Kayser, Chief, IES, focussed on the recently finalized in-depth evaluation of the GP. The evaluation was conducted during COVID-19 in a participatory manner, using innovative evaluation methods, delivering actionable results which have already been taken on by Programme Management. (Evaluation Report; Evaluation Brief) 

The first speaker, Sheikh Abdulrahman bin Nasser AL-THANI, Third Secretary of the Permanent Mission of the State of Qatar, being the donor of the GP, gave a statement on the importance of the GP and the evaluation. Mr. Marco Teixeira, Programme Coordinator of the GP, thereafter briefly introduced the Programme, aiming at following up and implementing the Doha Declaration on promoting peaceful, just and inclusive societies for sustainable development.

Mr. Punit Arora, Independent Lead Evaluator, shared key evaluation findings, recommendations, lessons learned and best practices. He highlighted the relevance of the GP to UNODC’s mandates and stakeholders’ needs, as well as its high visibility and political linkages, but also areas for further improvement, such as e.g. unexploited synergies among the various pillars. 

The GP's comprehensive monitoring and evaluation framework was presented by Mr. Alexander Kiselinchev, Monitoring & Evaluation Expert, followed by Mr. Teixeira, who referred to the utilisation of the evaluation results and the way forward, stressing that the evaluation recommendations had been instrumental for the design of the next phase of the GP, building on existing efforts.

Finally, Ms. Kayser thanked all speakers for the interesting presentations and insights, as well as the GP Management for their full engagement throughout the evaluation process. Click here for the full web story. 

See also the CCPCJ Side Event Flyer and The Doha Declaration

CND side event on: "Independent evaluation results of UNODC's work in West and Central Asia: Fostering support to health and social development for all". 

INDEPENDENT EVALUATION RESULTS OF UNODC WORK IN WEST AND CENTRAL ASIA: SUCCESSFUL SIDE EVENT AT THE COMMISSION ON NARCOTIC DRUGS (CND) 

13 April 2021 - The Independent Evaluation Section (IES) held an on-line CND side-event on "Independent evaluation results of UNODC's work in West and Central Asia: Fostering support to health and social development for all". The side event was organized in collaboration with the Regional Section for Europe, West and Central Asia; Regional Programme for Afghanistan and Neighbouring Countries; Programme for Central Asia; Country Partnership Programme in the Islamic Republic of Iran; Country Programme for Afghanistan; Country Programme for Pakistan; and, the Prevention, Treatment and Rehabilitation Section at UNODC.

The side event, moderated by Katherine Aston, Deputy Chief, IES, focused on evaluation results related to UNODC programming on drugs and health in West and Central Asia. Dr. Katharina Kayser, Chief, IES, highlighted the importance but also challenges in conducting the strategic and complex evaluation during the COVID-10 pandemic, ensuring a participatory approach, leaving no one behind. 

Mr. Jim Newkirk, Lead Evaluator, gave an overview of the evaluation, emphasizing "visible results but that more work is needed in telling the story of the impact of the programmes".

Background information on UNODC's work in West and Central Asia was presented by Mr. Jeremy Milsom, Country Representative, UNODC Country Office Pakistan, followed by Ms. Roya Soltanian, Technical Lead, Regional Programme for Afghanistan and Neighbouring Countries, demonstrating the Strengthening Families Programme (SFP 10-14) implementation in the region with related training video.

Ms. Deborah Alimi, Drugs and Health Expert, shared key findings of the three evaluation case studies on Law Enforcement Authorities' Capacity on HIV and Drug Use Prevention; SFP 10-14; as well as Alternative Livelihoods, pointing to the "importance of ownership, long-term commitment and policy coherence".

Interveners commented on the results and follow-up action, including Mr. Kaveh Moradi, Deputy Representative, UNODC Country Office in the Islamic Republic of Iran; Mr. Borikhan Shaumarov, Project Officer, UNODC Regional Office for Central Asia; Mr. Wadih Maloouf, Project Coordinator Prevention, UNODC Prevention, Treatment and Rehabilitation Section; and, Ms. Anubha Sood, acting Country Representative, UNODC Country Office for Afghanistan.

Finally, Dr. Kayser thanked the 50 side event participants as well as UNODC Programme Management for their full engagement throughout the process, reiterating that the evaluation had ensured timely and solid results for input into the next phase of programming. Click here for the full web story.

Evaluation of the Global Programme GLOZ82 for the Implementation of the Doha Declaration: Towards the Promotion of a Culture of Lawfulness (picture: Pillar 3: An Education for Justice and Youth Campaign with UN Secretary-General, António Guterres).

COVID-19 EVALUATION AND A CULTURE OF LAWFULNESS 

November 2020 - The COVID-19 crisis implies constraints on evaluation but also opportunities. Despite multiple challenges of undertaking evaluative activities, the Independent Evaluation Section (IES), United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), has heavily invested in enhancing its evaluation methods. It has sought flexible and innovative solutions to ensure delivery and efficient use of evaluations to benefit the organization, as well as accountability needs of Member States.  

As Ms. Katharina Kayser, Chief, IES, put it, “we need to focus on joint efforts to ensure useful evaluation results, in particular during crisis, adapting evaluation methods on the go to ensure utility and credibility”.

One best practice is the Final In-depth Evaluation of UNODC’s Global Programme (GP) for the Implementation of the Doha Declaration: Towards the Promotion of a Culture of Lawfulness (GLOZ82). (Evaluation Report; Evaluation Brief)

Mr. John Brandolino, Director, Division for Treaty Affairs, UNODC, highlighted that “the evaluation results clearly show that the Doha Global Programme has succeeded to remain relevant and delivered concrete results even throughout the COVID-19 pandemic”. 

Mr. Marco Teixeira, the Global Programme’s Senior Coordinator, emphasized that “the results of this independent in-depth evaluation of the Programme are important step stones for the next phase of programming. In line with the evaluation follow-up plan, we have drawn with the entire team best practices and lessons learned to be introduced for future activities”. He further stressed, that “I am grateful to the Independent Evaluators, the Independent Evaluation Section and the Doha Programme team for their efforts to engage all relevant stakeholders and staff towards the common goal of having a comprehensive evaluation exercise despite the challenges of the pandemic”. Click here for the full web story.

Response to evaluation in the time of COVID-19 by the Independent Evaluation Section, UNODC.

EVALUATION IN THE TIME OF COVID

October 2020 - The COVID-19 pandemic is increasing risks and changing environments related to UNODC´s mandated areas of work, most notably in corruption and organized crime. This means that the need for effective evaluation of UNODC’s programmes and projects is as important as ever. As Ms. Katharina Kayser, Chief, Independent Evaluation Section (IES), put it, "during these unprecedented times, we are reminded of the critical role of evidence in policy and programming. It becomes clear that understanding whether we are doing the right thing, at the right time and in the right way is critical. The need for evaluation-based knowledge to inform decision making is even more imperative during this crisis”.

When the pandemic hit, IES had a large number of evaluations underway. But the field work required of those was no longer an option. It was clear that new procedures, protocols, methods and systems would be needed to ensure continued evaluation work, most importantly the collection of data.

As part of IES’ immediate response, a 1-page Brief in English and Spanish was prepared together with a dedicated Guidance Note for programme/project managers and evaluators on how to adjust to COVID-19 in ongoing and planned evaluations. Several alternative evaluative activities were initiated, and UNODC staff have appreciated the various new options for collecting evaluative evidence. In June, IES further held two webinars to give UNODC staff the chance to discuss the Guidance Note, ask questions and share ideas. Click here for the full web story.

See also Evaluation and COVID-19

Workshop on the evaluation results of the Global Programme GLOT60: Support to the work of the Conference of the Parties to the UN Convention against Transnational Organized Crime.

WORKSHOP GLOT60 EVALUATION TO DEVELOP A THEORY OF CHANGE FOR SUCCESSOR PROGRAMME

April 2020 - UNODC's Independent Evaluation Section (IES) is committed to utilization-focused evaluations, using initiatives where Project Management and stakeholders leverage learning opportunities of an evaluation to strengthen project design, effectiveness and organizational accountability. One good example of such is the evaluation of UNODC’s project GLOT60 which provided support to the work of the Conference of the Parties to the UN Convention against Transnational Organized Crime. (Evaluation Report; Evaluation Brief)

The evaluation results were presented in a workshop organized by Project Management on 16-17 April 2020. The aim of the workshop was to develop a Theory of Change for the follow-up initiative of the project.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the workshop could not be held in person in Vienna but was organized remotely, with 40 participants invited to collaborate. Despite the challenging circumstances, the virtual workshop moderated by the external monitoring expert Mr. James Dickson, allowed for the participation of stakeholders located both at HQ and in the field. The presentation of the methodology, results and recommendations of the evaluation proved to be a catalyst for the discussions held over two three-hour sessions. In fact, the workshop itself was part of an action plan to address the report’s first recommendation aimed at strengthening programmatic design.

Ms. Riikka Puttonen, GLOT60’s Project Manager highlighted that the evaluation, followed by the theory of change workshop, provided an excellent opportunity to stop and reflect on how we can best serve our stakeholders and mainstream gender as well as human rights in the future programme, leaving no one behind. The COVID-19 crisis forced us to stay at home but did not stop us from learning and further developing our programmes.”   

CND side event on " The role of national monitoring and evaluation systems in policy and programming for drug prevention and HIV/AIDS".

Panel at the CND side-event on: "The role of national monitoring and evaluation systems in policy and programming for drug prevention and HIV/AIDS".

THE ROLE OF NATIONAL MONITORING AND EVALUATION SYSTEMS IN POLICY AND PROGRAMMING FOR DRUG PREVENTION AND HIV/AIDS: SUCCESSFUL SIDE EVENT AT THE COMMISSION ON NARCOTIC DRUGS (CND)

6 March 2020 - The Independent Evaluation Section (IES), UNODC, organized a side-event on "The role on national monitoring and evaluation (M&E) systems in policy and programming for drug prevention and HIV/AIDS" in the context of the 63rd session of CND. The event was co-sponsored by the Prevention, Treatment and Rehabilitation Section and the HIV/AIDS Section, Drug Prevention & Health Branch, UNODC.

Dr. Katharina Kayser, Chief, IES, opened the event by positioning evaluation in the larger context, in particular national evaluation capacities (NEC). Dr. Gambo Aliyu, Director General, National Agency for the Control of AIDS  (NACA) in Nigerai, shared lessons learned in developing national M&E systems, highlighting the need to better collect, interpret and use data. Dr. Patrick Herminie, Secretary of State, Agency for the Prevention of Drug Abuse and Rehabilitation (APDAR), elaborated on challenges in establishing an M&E Department in the Seychelles, including NEC. UNODC's services in supporting M&E systems in drug prevention were presented by Ms. Giovanna Capello, Officer-in-Charge, PTRS.

Finally, Mr. Riku Lehtovuori, Adviser M&E, HAS, shared experience of M&E trainings related to HIV/AIDS, before the audience engaged in an open dialogue with the panellists on challenges in monitoring and evaluation.

Workshop with Moroccan delegation on: "Independent Evaluation and National Evaluation Capacity Development".

Panel at CCPCJ side-event on: "Best practices in evaluation and accountability in the 2030 Agenda: the experience of the Kingdom of Morocco".

INNOVATIVE UNODC MODEL OF PARTNERSHIP WITH THE KINGDOM OF MOROCCO ON NATIONAL EVALUATION CAPACITY DEVELOPMENT: SUCCESSFUL SIDE EVENT AT THE COMMISSION ON CRIME PREVENTION AND CRIMINAL JUSTICE (CCPCJ) AND WORKSHOP 

General Assembly Resolution A/RES/69/237 and the 2030 Agenda mandate the UN system to contribute to achieving the SDGs through strengthening national evaluation capacity (NEC), setting the mandate of IES ' work. For instance, IES developed and implemented a pilot initiative to deliver technical assistance in building NEC in the Kingdom of Morocco. This includes the development of a module on evaluation and the SDGs for the national Master's Programme in public Policy Evaluation at the University of Meknes, the first of its kind in Morocco.  
 
May 2019 - As part of this partnership, IES invited a Moroccan delegation to an innovative workshop on "Independent Evaluation and National Evaluation Capacity Development". The Moroccan delegation further formed part of the panel at a side-event in the context of the Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice (CCPCJ) on "Best practices in evaluation and accountability in the 2030 Agenda: the experience of the Kingdom of Morocco" Click here to read more on IES work on National Evaluation Capacity Development.

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