Capacity Development and SDGs

The Independent Evaluation Section (IES) delivers products and services in line with its three strategic pillars of mandated work

Pillar 1: Evaluation Capacity Development and SDGs: IES supports UNODC staff in strengthening its capacity for planning, implementing and using evaluations. In addition, IES supports National Evaluation Capacity (NEC). Under this pillar, IES also develops Evaluation Guidelines, Templates and Tools (Unite Evaluations). 

Read more below on Evaluation Capacity Development at UNODC. Click further below for more information about National Evaluation Capacity (NEC) and Evaluation and the SDGs.

See also the 2-page Brief on Evaluation Capacity Development - Supporting Evaluation Capacity Building for UNODC and Member States.


IES has since 2020 put its focus on strengthening the capacity of UNODC staff for planning, implementing and using evaluations. 

As a result, evaluation capacity at UNODC has been enhanced, as demonstrated by an increased number of on-the-job evaluation trainings tailored to the needs of the target audience.

Moreover, finalized and useful evaluations have been ensured due to strengthened coordination and communication with project managers in Vienna and field offices, with IES guiding in the evaluation process, using new technology and robust methodology. 

One further example of IES' related efforts is a fruitful pilot collaboration between IES and UNODC's Liaison and Partnership Office in Mexico (LPOMEX), including IES' support to ongoing evaluations and a pilot delivery of newly designed evaluation capacity development modules, with an introduction on evaluation as well as training on Unite Evaluations for planning, implementing and using evaluations in UNODC. Read more in IES Web Story: Evaluation Capacity Development: Innovative Pilot Activity in Mexico (English); (Spanish). 

IES develops evaluation guidelines, templates and tools for evaluation management. All evaluations are further undertaken according to the Norms and Standards developed by the United Nations Evaluation Group (UNEG). For more information, see IES' website UNEG and other UN Resources. 

For the key steps of an evaluation process at UNODC, see IES' website Evaluation Step by Step. See further IES' website on Templates & Guidelines used for all UNODC evaluations, including templates of the new streamlined evaluation process at UNODC. UNODC's Evaluation Policy has also been revised.

Due to COVID-19, IES quickly adapted its approaches and invested resources into developing new innovative methods and related guidance. See COVID-19 Guidance Note for Managers and Evaluators. Read more in IES Web Story: Evaluation in the Time of COVID-19 on IES' webinars for UNODC staff on "Planning and undertaking evaluations in UNODC during the COVID-19 crisis".  

Read also about the innovative web-based tool, Unite Evaluations, which is used for all phases and processes of UNODC evaluations. 

National Evaluation Capacity 

Evaluation and the SDGs