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"
Unite Evaluations is a web-based evaluation management and knowledge sharing application. After one year of using the tool for managing 100% of UNODC evaluations (since March 2019), the application is providing insights on the evaluation portfolio, as well as facilitating access to evaluation recommendations and lessons learned.
The MOPAN Assessment of UNODC (Report, Brief) 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".
IES has produced a User Manual for programme/project managers and evaluation focal points. The User Manual guides and provides information on how to initiate an evaluation in Unite Evaluations, further covering the full cycle with all steps in the evaluation process. Project/Programme Managers can also search and extract lessons learned from evaluations in Unite Evaluations, using the Guidance on how to access.
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 within and outside UNODC by introducing fully transparent workflows; d) generating knowledge on an aggregate level vis-à-vis the SDGs as well as UNODC's Sub-Programmes; e) increasing the efficiency and effectiveness of evaluation processes; f) disseminating evaluation results to a wide audience; g) tracking of, and reporting on, the implementation rate of evaluation recommendations.
The tool is 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" as well as "a noteworthy example of advancements made for reporting evaluation results vis-à-vis the SDGs". Click here for more information on Unite Evaluations.