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: Synthesize and aggregate key results and lessons learned of independent evaluations into innovative evaluation knowledge products. This includes the implementation of Meta-syntheses of evaluation results, which may be carried out in conjunction with partners within and beyond the UN system.
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.
In line with the 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.
META-ANALYSIS: 2015-2016 UNODC EVALUATIONS
This is the second Meta-analysis by IES. The analysis covers over 540 recommendations which were issued by more than 70 independent evaluators between January 2015 and December 2016.
See the full Meta-Analysis Report.
UN SYSTEM-WIDE META-SYNTHESIS: EVALUATIONS UNDER THE UN GLOBAL COUNTER TERRORISM STRATEGY
IES in consultation with UNODC Terrorism Prevention Branch (TPB) and in cooperation with the UN Office of Counter Terrorism (UNOCT) as well as the UN Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute (UNICRI), is undertaking the first ever UN system-wide Independent Meta-synthesis of evaluations under the UN Global Counter Terrorism Strategy. The exercise responds to UN reforms, which calls for aggregate results of evaluation results to inform policy formulation. The final report is expected by November 2021.
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.