un Archive


UNEG Handbook for Conducting Evaluations of Normative Work in the UN System

The United Nations Evaluation Group (UNEG) released the UNEG Handbook for the Evaluation of Normative Work in the UN System . Download from http://www.unevaluation.org/papersandpubs/documentdetail.jsp?doc_id=1484

The purpose of this handbook is to guide UN organizations in conducting evaluations of normative work. Its objectives are to:

  • Provide an integrated approach to the evaluation of normative work in the UN;
  • Provide hands-on methodological guidance, concise practical examples and tools for conducting evaluations of normative work; and
  • Highlight relevant lessons and best-fit practices of the evaluation of normative work inside and outside the UN system.

The handbook is intended primarily for evaluation professionals in the UN. It may also be useful to UN staff responsible for designing, managing and monitoring programmes and projects that integrate the norms, standards and codes of practice; and to the UN’s partners in its normative work, particularly to governments and civil society organizations (CSOs). The handbook might also be applied when evaluating the internal performance of UN organizations with respect to standards for gender equality, human rights, ethics, conduct of humanitarian assistance and environmental sustainability.

The handbook was prepared by the UNEG Taskforce on the Evaluation of Normative Work. The handbook is currently being translated into French and Spanish.


High-level Panel presents report on the Post-2015 Development Agenda

On 30 May 2013, the Secretary-General received a landmark report from the High-level Panel on the Post-2015 Development Agenda, a 27-member group of eminent persons established a year earlier to provide recommendations on advancing the development framework beyond the target date for the UN’s Millennium Development Goals.

Accepting the report, the Secretary-General praised the Panel for its inclusive approach and extensive consultations over the past year. He welcomed the Panel’s recognition that the post-2015 development agenda should be universal, applying to North and South alike, and be infused with a spirit of partnership based on equity, cooperation and mutual accountability. The Secretary-General stated that the Report is an important milestone and provides a substantial contribution to the post-2015 debate as Member States continue their deliberations on a new development agenda.

Ban Ki-moon commended the transformative shifts identified by the Report, specifically the call to put sustainability at the centre of the post-2015 development agenda. He emphasized that sustainability is not just an environmental matter, but an approach that would integrate the economic, social and environmental dimensions of development, as agreed at the Rio + 20 Conference. The Secretary-General welcomed the attention to youth, as well as to inclusive growth and employment creation. The Secretary-General also welcomed the Report’s recognition that peace, human rights, rule of law and good governance are core foundations for development

The Report of the High-Level Panel of Eminent Persons on the Post-2015 Development Agenda

Download from http://www.un.org/sg/management/pdf/HLP_P2015_Report.pdf


SID Council Member Betty Maina appointed to UN Advisory Panel on MDGs

SID Council Member Ms. Betty Maina was appointed on July 31 by the UN Secretary General to the High-Level Advisory Panel to advise on the global development agenda beyond 2015, the target date for the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). The Advisory Panel include 26 members from civil society, private sector and governments.

The Panel is part of the Secretary-General’s post-2015 initiative mandated by the 2010 MDG Summit. Member States have called for open, inclusive consultations involving civil society, the private sector, academia and research institutions from all regions, in addition to the UN system, to advance the development agenda beyond 2015.

The work of the Panel will reflect new development challenges while also drawing on experience gained in implementing the MDGs, both in terms of results achieved and areas for improvement. For more information on the post-2015 process visit http://www.un.org/millenniumgoals/beyond2015.shtml


Global partnership key to achieving Millennium Development Goals by 2015 – UN report

Three important targets on poverty, slums and water have been met three years ahead of 2015, says the 2012 Report on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), launched by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. Meeting the remaining targets, while challenging, is possible ─ but only if Governments do not waiver from their commitments made over a decade ago.

The 2012 MDG Report offers “the most comprehensive picture yet” on global progress towards the Goals, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said as he launched the report at the high-level segment of the annual session of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC).

The report states that meeting the remaining targets, while challenging, is possible – but only if governments do not waiver from their commitments made over a decade ago. Further success depends on fulfilling MDG 8 – the global partnership for development, Mr. Ban notes in his foreword to the report. http://www.un.org/millenniumgoals/pdf/MDG%20Report%202012.pdf


Evaluation for equitable development results

I received this message from four Directors of UN Evaluation Offices:

The focus on equity in human development is gathering momentum at the international level. Its premise is increasingly supported by United Nations reports and strategies, as well as by independent analysis. More and more national policies and international alliances are focusing on achieving equitable development results. The emerging equity agenda is surely the right way to go. But it poses important questions for everyone involved in development evaluation. Are current evaluation approaches and methods relevant and useful in the assessment of equity-focused interventions? Are we able to assess whether these interventions are achieving real and sustainable impact in reducing inequity? Under what conditions can equitable results be quickly and efficiently achieved? What needs to be done to strengthen the capacity of Governments, organizations and communities to evaluate the effect of interventions intended to achieve equitable outcomes for marginalized populations?

With the aim of prompting thinking to address such questions, UNICEF, UNDP, UNWomen and ILO Evaluation Offices partnered with Mexico’s Coneval, IDRC (the International Development Research Institute), IDEAS (International Development Evaluation Association) and IOCE (International Organization for Cooperation in Evaluation) to publish the book enclosed with this letter. This publication offers a number of strong contributions from senior officers in institutions dealing with evaluation, and from senior Government representatives responsible for national monitoring and evaluation systems.

We encourage you to share this publication within the United Nations system, as well as with your partners. We believe it will be a valuable resource for discussions on evaluation for equitable evaluation results, and to inform participants at relevant national and international meetings and conferences. Please do not hesitate to contact the book’s editor, Marco Segone, Evaluation Office, UNICEF, at msegone@unicef.org for any further information and/or additional copies. Soft copies are available, free of charge, at www.mymande.org, as well as a series of webinars with the authors of the book.


El BID adjudica premios para evaluaciones de impacto

El BID adjudica premios para evaluaciones de impacto

Cinco proyectos han sido seleccionados como los más innovadores para evaluar el impacto de reformas institucionales en el sector público, anunció hoy el Banco
Interamericano de Desarrollo (BID). Los proyectos ganadores abarcan diversas áreas
desde rehabilitación carcelaria en Chile, mejoras en el clima de negocios en Buenos Aires hasta la participación ciudadana en el Municipio de Lima.

Un comité de expertos seleccionaron a los ganadores de un grupo de 24 proyectos
finalistas. Fueron recibidas un total de 131 propuestas de 19 países de Latinoamérica y el Caribe, representando a 124 organizaciones distintas.

Midiendo el Impacto Institucional en la Región de las Américas (MIRA)
es un concurso para que instituciones públicas o privadas lleven a cabo evaluaciones de impacto de intervenciones o actividades de fortalecimiento de capacidad institucional en
organismos públicos en la región de América Latina y el Caribe. La iniciativa busca
acortar la brecha de conocimiento sobre evaluaciones de impacto de fortalecimiento institucional, contribuyendo con estudios de caso que evidencien un mejor
aprovechamiento de la capacidad institucional para alcanzar resultados de desarrollo.

Las organizaciones ganadores son:

* “Evaluación del sistema concesionado versus el sistema tradicional en la reducción de la reincidencia delictual”, Chile, Gendarmería-Fundación Paz Ciudadana .
* “Evaluación de impacto de programas de mejora del clima de negocios. Evidencia para la Ciudad Autónoma de Buenos Aires”, Argentina, Dirección General de Promoción de Inversiones del Ministerio de Desarrollo Económico de la CABA – CIPPEC .
* “De la participación ciudadana hacia las políticas: El papel de la participación
en las Casas Vecinales y cómo tiene impacto en las políticas y la mejora en acceso a servicios Municipales”, Perú, Municipalidad Metropolitana de Lima – FORO Nacional Internacional .
* “Evaluación de Impacto de la Nueva Policía Metropolitana de la Ciudad Autónoma de
Buenos Aires”, Argentina, Policía Metropolitana de la CABA – Asociación Civil Observatorio Social .
* “Evaluación de impacto del Programa de Fortalecimiento del Sistema de Información
Financiera Territorial (FOSIT)”, Colombia, Ministerio de Hacienda y Crédito de Colombia – Facultad de Ciencias Económicas, Universidad Nacional de Cuyo .

Las organizaciones ganadores serán financiadas hasta con US$50,000 para que implementen su propuestas de evaluación de impacto. Un vez finalizadas las evaluaciones, tres de ellas serán seleccionadas para adjudicarles US$25,000 adicionales, promoviendo de esta manera que estos modelos se repliquen a lo largo de la región.


Mapa de Metodologías de Monitoreo y Evaluación de Proyectos Sociales

ZIGLA Consultores presenta un mapa de monitoreo y evaluación de proyectos y programas sociales. En el mundo del monitoreo y la evaluación son varias las metodologías y herramientas con las que se trabaja. Es por eso que Zigla propone en este mapa su visión de los principales métodos. http://www.mapa.ziglaconsultores.com


Happiness should have greater role in development policy | UN Member States

The UN General Assembly called on United Nations Member States to undertake steps that give more importance to happiness and well-being in determining how to achieve and measure social and economic development.

In a resolution adopted without a vote, the Assembly invited countries “to pursue the elaboration of additional measures that better capture the importance of the pursuit of happiness and well-being in development with a view to guiding their public policies.”

The resolution said “the pursuit of happiness is a fundamental human goal” and embodies the spirit of the globally agreed targets known as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

via Happiness should have greater role in development policy – UN Member States.


Webinar on “Evaluating organizational performance” on 8 february 2011

Live webinar on:


*Where*: in front of your personal or work computer anywhere in the world *When: *8^th February 2011, from 10h30 to 11h30 AM New York Time

Within the new series of “_monthly live webinars on “Emerging Practices in Development Evaluation_

”, UNICEF, the Rockefeller Foundation, Claremont Graduate University, IOCE and
DevInfo, are pleased to announce the fourth webinar with *Charles Lusthaus *and *Katrina Rojas*,**Universalia Management Group.

Webinars are free and open to interested people. You may attend virtually from your personal or work computer anywhere in the world.
In addition to watching live presentations, you will have the option to ask
questions and provide comments. You just need a computer, high-speed internet connection thru cables, a headphone and the latest Java
program installed. You do NOT need to register in advance.
Just log in the day of the webinar. You do NOT need to register in advance. Just
log in the day of the webinar. For a quick participants guide to Elluminate, the
software used for this webinar, see Getting Started with Elluminate /Live! V10/

video at _http://tinyurl.com/39x34ca_

*_Detailed agenda and instruction on how to log in are available at_*_MyM&E_

Recording and presentations of previous webinars on “Developing national capacities for country M&E systems” by:
· Saraswathi Menon and Finbar O’Brien**on “The role of the UN in fostering national ownership and capacities in evaluation”;
· Michael Quinn Patton on “Future trends in evaluation” and Marco Segone on**“Moving from policies to results by developing national capacities for country-led monitoring and evaluation systems”;
· Caroline Heider on**“Evaluating policies and their results” and Craig Russon
on” The role of policy analysis in over-coming the implementation challenge”; · Belen Sanz and Florence Etta on “Human Rights and gender in evaluation”; · Linda Morra Imas, Robert Picciotto and Jean Quesnel on “The Professionalization of evaluation”;
· Oscar Garcia and Angela Bester on “Joint evaluation of the role and contribution of the UN system in South Africa”;
· Michael Bamberger on “Institutionalizing impact evaluation” are available at


Recording and presentations of previous webinars on “Emerging Practices in Development Evaluation” by:
· Zenda Ofir and Shiva Kumar on ”Using a Developing Country Lens in Evaluation”; · Fred Carden on ”Emerging Practices in Evaluating Policy Influence”; · Jared Raynor on ”Evaluating Networks and Partnerships” Are available at


Best regards
Marco Segone

^1 The opinions expressed are the personal thinking of the contributors and do not
necessarily reflect the policies or views of the organizing institutions or any other organization involved
and named in this series of webcast.


UN Conference on Financing for Development calls for reform of the financial architecture

The Doha Conference of the Follow-up International Conference on Financing for Development adopted, by consensus, a draft outcome document (http://www.un.org/Docs/journal/asp/ws.asp?m=A/CONF.212/L.1/REV.1). It calls for a reform of international financial institutions and for including leading emerging countries in decision-making.

In a final statement, delegates noted that the financial crisis plaguing the world ”makes imperative a more fundamental review of the global institutions that govern international trade and finance. ”Measures taken to deal with the crisis should include reforms that ensure a more equitable and stable global financial system, which would provide the basis for sustainable and equitable development for all countries,” the Statement said. The meeting noted that the severity of the current financial crisis called for” bold action” to ensure continued funding to help the world’s poor nations raise their standards of living. ”The Review Conference reaffirmed Monterrey goals, took hesitant note of the current crises and their impacts, failed to move adequately forward in a number of urgent subjects, but moved beyond Monterrey in several important areas,” the statement said.

”The Review Conference took hesitant note of the current crises and their impacts, failed to move adequately forward in a number of urgent subjects, but moved beyond Monterrey in several important areas,” the present 250 NGOs stated. ”It is time that decent work and gender equality took center stage in the debate on financing for development, and the fact that the outcome document refers to these concepts is a step forward in this direction. At the same time, civil society and trade unions, which are development actors in their own right, must be given a voice in the process,” argued Conny Reuter, the secretary general of SOLIDAR.
Official Conference Website: http://www.un.org/esa/ffd/doha/