15 May 2024

From capacity toward strengthening evaluation capabilities: anchoring evaluation into modern public management

From capacity toward strengthening evaluation capabilities: anchoring evaluation into modern public management6 June 2024, 9.00 A.M. EDT / 15:00 CEST / 21:00 PHST | Register hereFollowing the UN General Assembly Resolution on strengthening country-led evaluations, this panel aims to explore the integration of evaluation capabilities within broader public sector reforms as a possible entry point for building a national evaluation system (NES). While much emphasis has been devoted to evaluation capacity (the skills, assets, and institutional arrangements at individual, organizational, and contextual levels), evaluation capabilities (the ability and aptitudes to put these assets in motion) have received little attention.We will delve into the drivers of the ability of organizations and individuals inside these organizations to put in motion the evaluation activities for a vibrant, integrated national evaluation system of strategic alignment, capacity building, cross-sector collaboration, and other key linkages that strengthen government evaluation capabilities. The panel will provide insights into how these linkages can be effectively implemented in diverse contexts and environments. Key drivers of enhancing government capabilities include, but is not limited to: Political will to learn from experience including failures, seeing that improving development outcomes will lead to electoral benefits; Incentive mechanisms within Ministries and agencies in support of the demand for performance information and supply quality evaluation; Integration for the assessment within the public management process; Strategic alignment and central agency support; Capacity building and training of civil servants; Programme and performance budget structuring; Close linkage with other evidence functions such as research, national data; strategic management government and reporting; Incentive for internal increased demand for evaluation; Guidelines and templates; Use of government wide IT systems; Engagement and transparency with internal, external and citizens engagement; Evaluation, harvesting failures and continuous learning.Speakers:Denis Jobin, Senior Evaluation Specialist, UNICEF and co-chair of EVALSDGsCeleste Ghiano, Professor at Universities of ArgentinaIan Goldman, President of the International Evaluation AcademyGonzalo Hernández Licona, Director of the Multidimensional Poverty Network (MPPN)Patricia Moreno, Deputy Director of Evaluation, National Planning Department in ColombiaEmmanuel Jimenez, Director General, Independent Evaluation Department, Asian Development BankModerator: Marie-Helene Adrien, Senior Evaluation Specialist and co-chair of EVALSDGs
07 March 2024

Strengthening child-sensitive social protection system by partnering with international financial institutions

Thursday, 21 March 2024  Time: 10:00 AM (Johannesburg) | 04:00 AM (New York) | 09:00 AM (Tunis) | 04:00 PM (Beijing) | 03:00 PM (Bangkok) UNICEF and development partners are prioritizing partnerships with international and regional financial institutions and funding agencies to mobilize additional resources for providing comprehensive, sustainable social protection coverage for children. This webinar examines two UNICEF success stories of engaging in partnerships with International Financial Institution’s and donor agencies to mobilize resources and support countries in designing, financing, and implementing effective child-sensitive social protection programmes. From the global evaluation, this panel discussion will present the good practices on partnerships with International Financial Institutions carried out by UNICEF Country Offices in Tunisia and Mongolia to support the progressive expansion of child benefits. The first good practice focuses on UNICEF Tunisia’s partnership with the World Bank to mobilize financial resources to introduce and expand the child money programme. The second good practice focuses on UNICEF Mongolia’s partnership with ADB to produce evidence that informs policymaking and financing, with increased ownership for jointly developed evidence pieces. The session will delve into the strategies and insights that UNICEF has employed in both countries, examining the importance of building partnerships for mobilizing resources for children and how it can be a catalyst for equitable social development. PANELISTS: Rémy Pigois, Social Policy Manager, UNICEF Tunisia Aziz Ben Ghachem, Senior Specialist in the Social Protection and Jobs Global Practice, World Bank Tunisia Munkhtuul Batbaatar, Chief of Social Policy, UNICEF Mongolia CLICK TO WATCH THE RECORDING
26 February 2024

Evaluation of the implementation of the UNICEF Gender Policy and Gender Action Plans (GAP 2 and GAP 3)

In recent years, significant progress has been made on a range of gender equality outcomes. However, persistent gender norms and power structures, compounded by recent escalating crises such as climate change, conflict and the lingering effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, have exacerbated gender equality gaps worldwide. This underscores the need to address the root causes of gender inequality to achieve more transformative results.  As UNICEF continues to advance the agenda for equal rights of women and girls, the UNICEF Evaluation Office, in close collaboration with the UNICEF Gender Team, is conducting this evaluation to support UNICEF’s learning and accountability on progress towards gender equality. The evaluation aims to assess UNICEF’s contribution to gender equality, and to identify good practices and lessons learned so that the organization can continue to provide effective leadership in gender. The evaluation will examine the implementation of the Gender Policy and the Gender Action Plans (GAPs) through UNICEF’s dual-track approach, i.e., combining gender mainstreaming, including in the organization itself, with targeted gender-specific initiatives. The evaluation will also provide evidence-based insights to nurture learning and inform UNICEF’s future strategic planning for gender equality and its positioning. The evaluation will encompass three key components: i) the UNICEF Gender Policy and GAPs framework; ii) institutional enablers and their implementation; and iii) programmatic results and the integration of gender equality across programmes. Expected completion date for the evaluation: September 2024