Evaluations at UNODC are undertaken according to the Norms and Standards for Evaluation developed by the United Nations Evaluation Group (UNEG), ensuring the main principles of good evaluation practice: 1. independence and impartiality; 2. transparency, participatory and inclusive; 3. robust methodological approach; 4. utilization focused; and, 5. ethically conducted.
The United Nations Evaluation Group (UNEG) is an interagency professional network that brings together the evaluation functions of the UN system, including UN departments, specialized agencies, funds and programmes, as well as affiliated organizations. For more information, see UNEG's website.
The Independent Evaluation Section (IES) engages in numerous activities related to building an evaluation architecture in the UN reform context. IES also actively participates in UNEG's Working Groups, contributing to the continuous development of the standard and norm-setting network of UNEG, including Gender Equality, Human Rights and Disability. Evaluations at UNODC are further undertaken according to UNEG Evaluation Norms and Standards.
Moreover, IES adheres to the UNEG Ethical Guidelines for Evaluation, revised in June 2020, ensuring that an ethical lens informs day to day evaluation practice.
In the context of COVID-19, IES has strengthened its collaboration with UNEG, contributing to UN system-wide efforts. In collaboration with other members of UNEG, IES has invested in several initiatives to ensure that evaluations continued to be of high quality and utilization-focused, testing innovative approaches and sharing lessons learned.
IES guidelines and templates have further been revised in accordance with the new definitions and use of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Development Assistance Committee (DAC) evaluation criteria, including adapted definitions for relevance, effectiveness, efficiency, impact and sustainability, adding further one new criterion on coherence.
Moreover, IES actively participates in the United Nations Development Account (UNDA) Evaluation Focal Point Network, sharing lessons learned and best practices from UNODC's evaluation management process, coordinating independent project evaluations of UNODC-led projects funded by UNDA.
Following best practices within the UN system, UNODC further volunteered to undergo an OECD-DAC-UNEG Professional Peer Review in 2016, where UNODC's maturity on terms of evaluation was assessed by a panel of of four reviewers from other UN evaluation functions as well as the OECD/DAC network.
The Peer Review of the evaluation function at UNODC was finalized in 2016 with recommendations presented to Senior Management in 2017. See Final Peer Review Report. For more information, see UNEG Framework for Peer Reviews.
IES actively contributed to the strategic discussions on the possible role and contribution of UNEG to inform/guide UN reform, with a particular focus on Agenda 2030. Read more in UNEG's White paper: System-wide Evaluation in Support of UN Reform: Towards Collective Accountability & Learning, reflecting ideas on how to strengthen the synergies between agency specific and system-wide evaluation at global level and how to maximize the value added of system-wide evaluation as a key driver for a stronger, more accountable and effective UN system.
For more information in this regard, see also UNEG's Report on Evidence Changes Lives: Realizing Evaluation's Potential to Inform the Global Sustainable Development Goals.
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