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: Support internal and external stakeholders in evaluation capacity development, including providing technical support and technical assistance to managers and evaluators in the evaluation process. 

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

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


With multiple challenges to undertake evaluative activities due to COVID-19, IES has put its focus on supporting staff in strengthening capacity 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.

Finalized and useful evaluations have been ensured due to strengthened coordination and communication with project managers at HQ and in the field, with IES guiding in the evaluation process, using new technology and robust methodology. IES also held two webinars on "Planning and undertaking evaluations in UNODC during the COVID-19 crisis" to strengthen evaluation capacity at UNODC. Read more in IES Web Story: Evaluation in the Time of COVID-19.

Under pillar 1, IES also develops evaluation guidelines, templates and tools for evaluation management. All evaluations are further undertaken according to the Norms and Standards developed by UNEG. For more information, see UNEG and other UN Resources.

For the key steps of an evaluation process at UNODC, see Evaluation Step by Step. See further a list of IES Templates & Guidelines used for all UNODC evaluations.

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 also about the evaluation management and knowledge sharing tool, Unite Evaluations, which IES uses to manage 100% of UNODC evaluations.

National Evaluation Capacity Building

Evaluation and the SDGs