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UNITED NATIONS NORMS AND STANDARDS FOR EVALUATION. UNITED NATIONS EVALUATION GROUP (UNEG). IDEAS 1st BIENNIAL CONFERENCE, NEW DELHI, APRIL 2005. Maya Bachner WIPO. Why UN Norms and Standards?. At present, only general regulations exist

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United nations norms and standards for evaluation

UNITED NATIONS

NORMS AND STANDARDS FOR EVALUATION

UNITED NATIONS EVALUATION GROUP (UNEG)

IDEAS 1st BIENNIAL CONFERENCE,

NEW DELHI, APRIL 2005

Maya Bachner

WIPO


United nations norms and standards for evaluation

Why UN Norms and Standards?

  • At present, only general regulations exist

  • Evaluation functions respond to different organizational expectations

  • Lack of common set of norms and standards that govern evaluation functions within the UN

  • Greater need for harmonization

  • “New” Results Based Management (RBM) environment with a focus on managing-for-results

  • Greater expectations for the use of evaluation of higher quality, both internally and externally


United nations norms and standards for evaluation

Why UN Norms and Standards different from those of other Organizations?

OECD

countries

Accountability to taxpayers

Governing Body’s oversight over the performance of the Organisation and its investments

International

financial

institutions

Professionalization, code of conduct, methodological rigor, transparency and inclusiveness of all stakeholders

Associations

Inter-governmental collaboration, multiple stakeholders, Governing Bodies’ oversight, complex accountability, international values and principles, universality and neutrality, egalitarian participation

UN System


United nations norms and standards for evaluation

Existing framework for evaluation in the UN

The Secretary General’s Bulletin ST/SGB/2000/8 - September 19, 2000:

  • Defines the general use of evaluation in the context of programme planning and budgeting process to be followed by each respective unit/organisation of the UN

  • Provides broad minimal regulations for programme evaluation


United nations norms and standards for evaluation

New framework for evaluation in the UN

The General Assembly Resolution A/RES/59/250 of Dec 2004:

  • Linking evaluation to performance in the achievement of developmental goals

  • Strengthen evaluation activities, with particular focus on development results, including through the systematic use of evaluation approaches at the system-wide level

  • Promotion of collaborative approaches to evaluation

  • UNEG to make further progress in system-wide collaboration on evaluation, in particular harmonization and simplification of methodologies, norms, standards and cycles of evaluation


United nations norms and standards for evaluation

UN Norms and Standards for Evaluation

Aim

  • Harmonizing, consolidating, simplifying and strengthening the system-wide collaboration on evaluation

  • Ensuring that evaluation entities within the UN system operate following agreed upon basic principles

  • Providing a platform for strengthening and professionalizing the evaluation function and improving the quality of evaluation

  • Fostering a better understanding, practice and better use of evaluation, by UN evaluations functions, Organizations, Governing Bodies and stakeholders


United nations norms and standards for evaluation

UN Norms and Standards for Evaluation

Application

  • All entities of the United Nations System, including Funds and Programs and Specialized Agencies

  • Due account would be taken of the particular objectives for evaluation work established by the Governing Body of each Organization


United nations norms and standards for evaluation

UN Norms and Standards for Evaluation

Work in progress

  • UNEG Working Group on Norms and Standards established in 2002

  • Comparative analysis of existing evaluation norms and standards in 2003

  • Survey of the situation of evaluation within the UN system in 2003

  • 2 days Working Group drafting workshop 2004

  • March 2005: First draft submitted for comments

  • April 2005: Second draft integrating comments submitted to UNEG for consideration during UNEG annual meeting in Rome, end of April 2005.


United nations norms and standards for evaluation

Draft Proposed Norms for Evaluation

Definition

Quality

Responsibility

Intentionality

Impartiality

Follow-up

Independence

Evaluability

Ethics

Competencies

Consultations, Participation and Transparency

Contribution to Knowledge Building


United nations norms and standards for evaluation

Draft Proposed Standards for Evaluation

1.Institutional Framework and Management of

the Evaluation Function

2.Competencies and Ethics

3.Conducting Evaluations

(design, process, selection of team,

implementation, reporting, follow-up)

4. Evaluation reports


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