Programmes and projects need to be designed with evaluation in mind as evaluation is an essential part of their life cycle. See Evaluation in the Project/Programme Cycle.
When formulating a new project/programme or a revision, the Programme Manager should: 1) Review prior evaluation results to inform the design; 2) Review evaluation plans to ensure coordination and coherence; 3) Carefully plan the timing of the evaluation; and, 4) Ensure sufficient funding (calculated with the Evaluation Budget Matrix).
All evaluations are further guided by the principles of human rights, gender equality and leaving no one behind. See Human Rights and Gender Equality
All programme and project documents and revisions thereof are required to include a tentative evaluation plan. IES reviews and clears such in the Direct Approval process and the UNODC Programme Review Committee (PRC). To avoid last minute changes, pre-consultation with IES is recommended.
There is a Template for the evaluation paragraph in the Project Document (English), (Spanish) and the Project Revision (English), (Spanish). Required details include: 1) Type of evaluation; 2) Quarter and year to initiate the evaluation; 3) Budget (calculated with the Evaluation Budget Matrix) 4) Use of evaluation results; 6) Prior evaluations; and, 7) whether a Cluster evaluation is planned (requires consultation with IES).
The responsibility for managing Independent Project Evaluations (IPEs) lies with the Manager of the programme/project being evaluated. An IPE is conducted by independent external evaluators. IES backstops the process, including reviewing and clearing all deliverables in the process, as well as provides quality assurance and guidance throughout the process.
An IPE is initiated 8 months prior to the planned date of completion of the project (final evaluation) or half way through the duration of the project (mid-term evaluation) by the Manager in Unite Evaluations. See Unite Evaluations User Manual for Programme Managers. Click here for access to Unite Evaluations. See also Evaluation Step by Step.
See also Evaluation during COVID19 Crisis
In-depth Evaluations (IDEs) are usually large-scale strategic evaluations of corporate-level initiatives, policies, approaches, country/regional/thematic or global programmes. An IDE is undertaken by independent external evaluators or specialized companies, is managed by IES and also involves staff from IES as part of the evaluation team. IES further initiates the IDE in the on-line evaluation management application Unite Evaluations.
IDEs usually require extensive consultation, take longer to complete, command significantly larger budgets, and the reports are shared with a wider audience. IDEs are initiated 10-12 months prior to the planned date of completion of the intervention. See also Evaluation Step by Step.
See also Evaluation during COVID-19 Crisis