Thematic Analyses

UN system-wide Independent Meta-synthesis of 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. It is further conducted in the framework of the Sub-Group on Evaluation of the Counter-Terrorism Compact Working Group on Resource Mobilisation, Monitoring and Evaluation.
This exercise responds to UN reforms, which calls for aggregate results of evaluation results to inform policy formulation. The purpose is to synthesize results of evaluations conducted since 2018 by compact partners, fully considering human rights and gender equality. In addition, identify high level results in recommendations by the UN Counter Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate (CTED). The exercise is funded by UNOCT, with in-kind contributions from UNOCT, UNICRI and UNODC as well as all Sub-Group members, with the final report expected by November 2021. Coordination Committee and Working Groups, Office of Counter Terrorism

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. The demand for increased cohesiveness, cooperation and consolidation in the UN’s work within and between Agencies and Member States makes a strong case for aggregating, synthesizing and learning from the results of individual, independent evaluations. 

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 new 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. (Report; Brief)


This is an evaluation-based analysis of findings, recommendations and lessons learned from UNODC evaluations between 2011 and 2016. The analysis showcases best practices and lessons learned in the approach to building and measuring capacity development at UNODC. (Report)  

This report also takes into consideration the first and second UNODC Evaluation Meta-Analyses, the Evaluation Quality Assessments (EQA) as well as best practices at other UN agencies and the private sector.