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INDEPENDENT EVALUATIONS DURING COVID-19: UNODC's GLOBAL PROGRAMME FOR THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE DOHA DECLARATION: SUCCESSFUL SIDE EVENT AT THE COMMISSION ON CRIME PREVENTION AND CRIMINAL JUSTICE (CCPCJ)

May 2021 - The Independent Evaluation Section (IES) held an on-line CCPCJ side-event on: "Learning from Independent Evaluations during COVID-19: UNODC's Global Programme for the Implementation of the Doha Declaration". The side event was organized with the support of the UNODC Global Programme (GP) for the Implementation of the Doha Declaration.  

The side event focused on the recently finalized in-depth evaluation of the GP. The evaluation was conducted during COVID-19 in a participatory manner, using innovative evaluation methods, delivering actionable results which have already been taken on by Programme Management. Evaluation Report; Evaluation Brief 

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See also the CCPCJ Side Event Flyer and The Doha Declaration.

INDEPENDENT EVALUATION RESULTS OF UNODC WORK IN WEST AND CENTRAL ASIA: SUCCESSFUL SIDE EVENT AT THE COMMISSION ON NARCOTIC DRUGS (CND) 

April 2021 - The Independent Evaluation Section (IES) held an on-line CND side-event on "Independent evaluation results of UNODC's work in West and Central Asia: Fostering support to health and social development for all". The side event was organized in collaboration with the Regional Section for Europe, West and Central Asia; Regional Programme for Afghanistan and Neighbouring Countries; Programme for Central Asia; Country Partnership Programme in the Islamic Republic of Iran; Country Programme for Afghanistan; Country Programme for Pakistan; and, the Prevention, Treatment and Rehabilitation Section at UNODC.

Ms. Katharina Kayser, Chief, IES, highlighted the importance but also challenges in conducting the strategic and complex evaluation during the COVID-10 pandemic, ensuring a participatory approach, leaving no one behind. 

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EVALUATION FOR CRIME PREVENTION STRATEGIES: SUCCESSFUL WORKSHOP ON EVIDENCE-BASED CRIME PREVENTION AT CRIME CONGRESS IN KYOTO

March 2021 - A workshop on Evidence-based Crime Prevention: Statistics, Indicators and Evaluation in Support of Successful Practices was held at the 14th UN Congress on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice (Crime Congress) in Kyoto.

The third segment on evaluation was organized by the Independent Evaluation Section (IES), in cooperation with the UNODC Research and Trend Analysis Branch (RAB) and carried out together with the help of a panel of experts in crime prevention, criminal justice, policy development, policy/program design and evaluation.

This was the first time that evaluation was on the agenda at a Crime Congress, paving the way for the future, linking in this innovative workshop research, statistics and evaluation

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EVALUATION OF THE GLOBAL PROGRAMME GLOZ82 FOR THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE DOHA DECLARATION: TOWARDS THE PROMOTION OF A CULTURE OF LAWFULNESS

November 2020 - The COVID-19 crisis implies constraints on evaluation but also opportunities. Despite multiple challenges of undertaking evaluative activities, the Independent Evaluation Section (IES), has heavily invested in enhancing its evaluation methods. It has sought flexible and innovative solutions to ensure delivery and efficient use of evaluations to benefit the organization, as well as accountability needs of Member States.  

One best practice is the Final In-depth Evaluation of UNODC’s Global Programme (GP) for the Implementation of the Doha Declaration: Towards the Promotion of a Culture of Lawfulness (GLOZ82). Evaluation Report; Evaluation Brief

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EVALUATION IN THE TIME OF COVID-19

October 2020 - The COVID-19 pandemic is increasing risks and changing environments related to UNODC´s mandated areas of work, most notably in corruption and organized crime. This means that the need for effective evaluation of UNODC’s programmes and projects is as important as ever.

As Ms. Katharina Kayser, Chief, Independent Evaluation Section (IES), put it, "during these unprecedented times, we are reminded of the critical role of evidence in policy and programming. It becomes clear that understanding whether we are doing the right thing, at the right time and in the right way is critical. The need for evaluation-based knowledge to inform decision making is even more imperative during this crisis”.

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See also Evaluation and COVID-19

EVALUATION OF GLOT60 - SUPPORT TO THE WORK OF THE CONFERENCE OF THE PARTIES TO THE UN CONVENTION AGAINST TRANSNATIONAL ORGANIZED CRIME: WORKSHOP TO DEVELOP A THEORY OF CHANGE FOR SUCCESSOR PROGRAMME

April 2020 - The Independent Evaluation Section (IES) is committed to utilization-focused evaluations, using initiatives where Project Management and stakeholders leverage learning opportunities of an evaluation to strengthen project design, effectiveness and organizational accountability. One good example of such is the evaluation of UNODC’s project GLOT60 which provided support to the work of the Conference of the Parties to the UN Convention against Transnational Organized Crime. Evaluation Report; Evaluation Brief

The evaluation results were presented in a workshop organized by Project Management with an aim to develop a Theory of Change for the follow-up initiative of the project.

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THE ROLE OF NATIONAL MONITORING AND EVALUATION SYSTEMS IN POLICY AND PROGRAMMING FOR DRUG PREVENTION AND HIV/AIDS: SUCCESSFUL SIDE EVENT AT THE COMMISSION ON NARCOTIC DRUGS (CND)

March 2020 - The Independent Evaluation Section (IES), organized a side-event on "The role on national monitoring and evaluation (M&E) systems in policy and programming for drug prevention and HIV/AIDS" in the context of the 63rd session of CND. The event was co-sponsored by the Prevention, Treatment and Rehabilitation Section and the HIV/AIDS Section, Drug Prevention & Health Branch, UNODC.

Ms. Katharina Kayser, Chief, IES, opened the event by positioning evaluation in the larger context, in particular national evaluation capacities (NEC). Dr. Gambo Aliyu, Director General, National Agency for the Control of AIDS  (NACA) in Nigerai, shared lessons learned in developing national M&E systems, highlighting the need to better collect, interpret and use data. Dr. Patrick Herminie, Secretary of State, Agency for the Prevention of Drug Abuse and Rehabilitation (APDAR), elaborated on challenges in establishing an M&E Department in the Seychelles, including NEC. UNODC's services in supporting M&E systems in drug prevention were presented by Ms. Giovanna Capello, Officer-in-Charge, PTRS.

Finally, Mr. Riku Lehtovuori, Adviser M&E, HAS, shared experience of M&E trainings related to HIV/AIDS, before the audience engaged in an open dialogue with the panellists on challenges in monitoring and evaluation.

INNOVATIVE UNODC MODEL OF PARTNERSHIP WITH THE KINGDOM OF MOROCCO ON NATIONAL EVALUATION CAPACITY DEVELOPMENT: SUCCESSFUL SIDE EVENT AT THE COMMISSION ON CRIME PREVENTION AND CRIMINAL JUSTICE (CCPCJ) AND WORKSHOP 

May 2019 - General Assembly Resolution A/RES/69/237 and the 2030 Agenda mandate the UN system to contribute to achieving the SDGs through strengthening national evaluation capacity (NEC), setting the mandate of the Independent Evaluation Section (IES)' work. For instance, IES developed and implemented a pilot initiative to deliver technical assistance in building NEC in the Kingdom of Morocco. This includes the development of a module on evaluation and the SDGs for the national Master's Programme in public Policy Evaluation at the University of Meknes, the first of its kind in Morocco.   

As part of this partnership, IES invited a Moroccan delegation to an innovative workshop on "Independent Evaluation and National Evaluation Capacity Development". The Moroccan delegation further formed part of the panel at a side-event in the context of the Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice (CCPCJ) on "Best practices in evaluation and accountability in the 2030 Agenda: the experience of the Kingdom of Morocco" 

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