As part of its efforts to ensure that independent evaluations provide credible information for evidence-based programming, the Independent Evaluation Section has commissioned independent external quality assessments (EQAs) of all published UNODC evaluation reports since 2014 in line with international best practice.
The EQAs provide an overview of the quality of all published independent evaluations. Each evaluation report is reviewed and assessed by a team of independent consultants from the company DeftEdge Corporation (formerly AIMS), using an Evaluation Quality Assessment Template, that aligns with UNODC and United Nations Evaluation Group (UNEG) norms and standards for evaluations.
The template has ten sections of quality assessment criteria that are reviewed and scored: 1) Structure, Completeness and Clarity of Report; 2) Executive Summary; 3) Evaluation Context and Purpose; 4) Scope and Methodology; 5) Reliability of Data; 6) Findings and Analysis; 7) Conclusions; 8) Recommendations; 9) Lessons Learned; and, 10) Integration of Gender Equality and Empowerment of Women (GEEW) for UN-SWAP Evaluation Performance Indicators. Prior assessments show that Gender Equality "met the requirements in all UNODC evaluations".
The template is reviewed on an annual basis to improve its functionality and to incorporate new and emerging good evaluation practice. There were a number of adjustments made in 2020, including the addition of elements to capture evaluation complexity, disability inclusion and environmental considerations.
Click on the below links to access the reports and the 2-page summaries.