The Independent Evaluation Section (IES) delivers products and services in line with its three strategic pillars of mandated work.
Pillar 3: Knowledge Products, Communication, Partnerships and Innovation: IES synthesizes and aggregates key evaluation results and lessons learned of independent evaluations into innovative knowledge products, such as meta-syntheses. This also includes joint system-wide meta-syntheses developed together with partners of other UN organizations.
See below IES evaluation-based meta-syntheses of UNODC evaluation reports, as well as thematic evaluation-based analyses.
For more information, see also the 2-page Brief on Evaluation Knowledge Management, Communication and Innovation - UNODC's efforts to promote accountability and learning.
UNODC Strategy 2021-2025: "UNODC will conduct evaluations in UNODC's mandated areas of work, as well as utilize evaluation and oversight results to provide information at an aggregate level, for example, through meta-syntheses."
META-SYNTHESIS: 2017-2018 UNODC EVALUATIONS
This is the third meta-synthesis by IES. The objective is to increase knowledge and awareness of recurring recommendations and lessons learned and increase the utility of evaluation results relating to substantive recommendations in UNODC's mandated area of work. In addition, to contribute to evidence-based decision making at all levels. The analysis covered 31 evaluation reports representing more than USD 300 million of UNODC's budget.
JOINT SYSTEM-WIDE META-SYNTHESIS: UN GLOBAL COUNTER TERRORISM STRATEGY
IES has led the first ever joint system-wide meta-synthesis of work under the UN Global Counter Terrorism Strategy, in coordination with UNODC Terrorism Prevention Branch (TPB) and in cooperation with the UN Office of Counter Terrorism (UNOCT) and the UN Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute (UNICRI). The exercise responds to UN reforms, which call for aggregate evaluation results to inform policy formulation.
UNODC CRIME PREVENTION META-SYNTHESIS
The importance of evaluation to inform policy-making and decision-taking has increased over the past years, driven by United Nations reform initiatives and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. In this context, IES developed an evaluation-based meta-synthesis of UNODC evaluation results on crime prevention, as well as related evaluation methods and best practices identified in these evaluations to prevent crime. The innovative product has a dedicated chapter on preventing violent extremism - one of the themes of the Fourteenth Crime Congress and a UNODC mandated area of work.