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. Under this pillar, IES develops evaluation guidance and tools, including Unite Evaluations.
Read more below about Unite Evaluations. See also the 2-page Unite Evaluations Brief.
In line with the UNODC Strategy 2021-2025: "Using innovative web-based tools and systems will ensure that evaluations respond to the constantly evolving challenges, such as COVID-19, and produce actionable recommendations."
IES has produced a Unite Evaluations User Manual for Programme Managers and evaluation focal points at UNODC. The User Manual guides and provides information on how to initiate an evaluation in Unite Evaluations, further covering the full cycle in the evaluation process. Click here for the User Manual.
Unite Evaluations is a web-based evaluation management and knowledge sharing application. After extensively using the tool for managing 100% of UNODC evaluations, the application is also providing insights on the evaluation portfolio, as well as facilitating access to evaluation recommendations and lessons learned.
The benefits of Unite Evaluations are many, serving three major purposes: 1. Planning for Evaluation; 2. Managing Evaluations; and 3. Sharing and Disseminating Knowledge.
The tool contributes to the delivery of all three pillars of IES work by: a) responding to UN Reforms by increasing transparency and accountability; b) implementing aspects of the UN Secretary-General's Strategy on New Technologies; c) strengthening evaluation capacity by fully transparent workflows; d) generating knowledge on an aggregate level; e) increasing the efficiency and effectiveness of evaluation processes; f) disseminating evaluation results; g) facilitating access to evaluation recommendations.
The MOPAN 2019 Assessment of UNODC found that UNODC's accountability system has "improved with the introduction of Unite Evaluations" and that it "facilitate(s) the utilization of lessons. It makes it easier to navigate, filter and extract lessons."
Unite Evaluations is further praised by many UN evaluation functions and the Office of Internal Oversight Services (OIOS) has also highlighted Unite Evaluations as a "notable good practice in evaluation management" (A/74/67), as well as "a noteworthy example of advancements made for reporting evaluation results vis-à-vis the SDGs." (OIOS IES-19-001)