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Evaluation and good practices

National evaluation capacity development for country-led ME systems

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The Revised Evaluation Policy and Executive Board decisions request that UNICEF strengthens national capacities for country-led evaluation systems, acknowledging that UNICEF offices have been responding by implementing different initiatives.  ‘Country-led does’ not mean Government-led only.  Civil society has a major role to play in ensuring the best evidence available is used to make decisions on public policies.  The good news is that the number and influence of national and regional evaluation professional organizations have increased dramatically over the years.

To guide UNICEF offices in strengthening good governance of public systems for children, including by enhancing national capacities for country-led evaluation systems, UNICEF Evaluation Office developed a conceptual framework on National evaluation capacity development.

This new conceptual framework for national evaluation capacity development [PDF] gives the rationale for engaging on national evaluation capacity development, by a) reiterating why it’s important to support country-led evaluation systems; b) presenting a conceptual framework for a systemic approach which covers both demand and supply sides, while strengthening an enabling environment, and institutional and individual capacities; and c) offering ideas on what UNICEF offices could do, in partnership with other UN agencies and major stakeholders, to support country-led evaluation systems.

The conceptual framework is complemented by EvalPartners, an interactive web platform developed in partnership with IOCE and several other stakeholders, to share knowledge on Country-led M&E systems worldwide. In addition to being a learning resource, the platform is a valuable tool for creating a global community, as well as identifying good practices and lessons learned on Country-led M&E systems.

EvalPartners also includes practical “how to” guidance on how to plan, conduct and use M&E systems and evaluations; a virtual library with key documents, manuals and handbooks; and an inventory of training that registered users can constantly update. To facilitate the development and strengthening of a global community on country-led M&E system, registered users may complete their own social profile and exchange experience and knowledge through blogs and discussion forums.

If you wish to learn more on Developing National Capacities for Country-led M&E systems, you can look at the resources listed below, all located on EvalPartners:

  • Read good practices and lessons learned published by UNICEF in partnership with key stakeholders
  • Participate in Webinars
  • Watch and listen to international keynote speakers
  • Access handbooks, training, how-to information at EvalPartners

UNEG publication on evaluation capacity in the UN System.  This publication provides a brief overview of the evaluation units of 43 United Nations (UN) entities that are current members or observers of the United Nations Evaluation Group (UNEG).  The 43 snapshot "cards" present the institutional set-up of each UN evaluation unit represented in UNEG and highlight the diverse human and financial rsources, and work priorities underpinning evaluation in the UN System.

If you need additional information or would like to share feedback, please do not hesitate to contact EvalPartners.



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