Evaluations at UNODC are undertaken according to the Norms and Standards for Evaluation developed by the United Nations Evaluation Group (UNEG), ensuring thereby 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 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.
UNEG is an interagency professional network that brings together the evaluation functions of the UN system, including UN departments, specialized agencies, funds and programmes, and affiliated organizations. It currently has 50 such members and observers. UNEG's current operational strategies are outlined in the UNEG Principles of Working Together (PWT) (2019) and UNEG Strategy 2020-2024.
The Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Development Assistance Committee (DAC) Network on Development Evaluation (Evalnet) revisited the definitions and use of the OECD DAC evaluation criteria in 2019. The definitions were adapted for relevance, effectiveness, efficiency, impact and sustainability and one new criterion on coherence was added. UNEG is currently developing a dedicated guidance document.
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