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.
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. UNEG's operational strategies are outlined in the UNEG Principles of Working Together (PWT) (2019) and UNEG Strategy 2020-2024.
The Independent Evaluation Section at UNODC (IES) coordinates with other evaluation functions in the UN system through active participation in UNEG, contributing thereby to the continuous development of the standard and norm-setting network of UNEG.
IES further adheres to the UNEG Ethical Guidelines for Evaluation, revised in June 2020. The guidelines aim to support UN entity leaders and governing bodies as well as those organizing and conducting evaluations for the UN to ensure that an ethical lens informs day to day evaluation practice.
The Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Development Assistance Committee (DAC) Network on Development Evaluation (Evalnet) has revisited the OECD DAC evaluation criteria (relevance, coherence, effectiveness, efficiency, impact and sustainability) and published new Guidance on Applying Evaluation Criteria Thoughtfully. The guidance explains the definitions and concepts of each criterion, provides concrete ideas for using them, as well as captures current thinking and best practices in evaluation.
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. The OECD-DAC Network on Development Evaluation (EvalNet) and UNEG maintain a Joint Task Force to support professional Peer Reviews (PRs) of the evaluation functions of UN organizations. Final Peer Review Report; Links: UNEG Framework for Peer Reviews.
The Independent Evaluation Section at UNODC actively contributes to strategic discussions on the new draft policy for System-wide Evaluation through UNEG. This is one of various efforts to further strengthen the normative evaluation framework in the UN system. Read more in the UNEG White Paper.
The UNEG White Paper reflects on the possible role and contribution of UNEG to inform/guide UN reform, with a particular focus on Agenda 2030. It offers some 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.
"Evidence Changes Lives: Realizing Evaluation's Potential to Inform the Global Sustainable Development Goals" (Full article);
"UN calls for better evaluation in the post-2015 development agenda" (Full article).
Further information and news on evaluation in an international context: UNEG website