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Human Rights-based Approach to Programming

Global HRBAP Evaluation

2012 Global: Global Evaluation of the Application of a Human Rights Based Approach to UNICEF Programming (HRBAP)

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Executive summary
Global Evaluation of the Application of a Human Rights Based Approach to UNICEF Programming

UNICEF has completed a global evaluation of its application of a Human Rights-Based Approach to its Programming. This external evaluation was carried out by Universalia Management Group. It examines UNICEF’s experience with and implementation of an HRBAP and is based on programming evidence from 2007 to the present.

The purpose of the evaluation is twofold: first to examine if there is adequate organisational understanding and commitment to HRBAP and to identify strengths and weaknesses in the implementation of HRBAP and, second, to identify changes needed to make UNICEF more effective in applying HRBAP.

The evaluation focuses on three sets of issues: 

  • The conceptual basis of UNICEF HRBAP work, and specifically the extent to which there is a common understanding of HRBAP in UNICEF;
  • The integration of HRBAP in UNICEF programming, specifically the extent to which UNICEF has implemented its global programming using a human rights-based approach;
  • The enabling environment for HRBAP, specifically the extent to which UNICEF as an organisation supports the implementation of a human rights-based approach to programming.

The final report on the evaluation is now available through the attachments.  Also available are Final Report Vol.2; a 3-page Summary of Findings; and the Executive Summary, Conceptual Framework, Findings and Recommendations.

We also invite you to post your comments at evalhelp@unicef.org with subject line HRBAP.

Executive Summary

As part of its commitment under the Medium Term Strategic Plan, UNICEF commissioned a Global Evaluation of the Application of a Human Rights Based Approach to UNICEF Programming in 2011. The goal of the assignment was to evaluate UNICEF’s experience in understanding and implementing a Human Rights Based Approach to Programming, with a particular emphasis on the period from 2007 to the present. It was to do so by examining whether there is adequate understanding of, and commitment to, HRBAP throughout the organization, by elucidating strengths and weaknesses related to the approach, and by identifying good practices and lessons learned in HRBAP to help UNICEF to improve future programming.

The evaluation was overseen by a reference group and was managed by UNICEF’s evaluation office. Under their guidance, the evaluation team developed its independent conceptual framework to assess HRBAP application by focusing on the programme level and the corporate/institutional level, and by using a cross-cutting lens aimed at understanding the effects of country context (with particular attention given to humanitarian environments), Focus Area, and programming phase. It also articulated, in concert with UNICEF and an HRBAP expert, the five core principles that subsequently guided the evaluation: normativity, participation, non-discrimination, accountability and transparency.

The evaluation drew upon both qualitative data (collected from interviews, focus groups and existing survey data) as well as quantitative data gleaned from extensive document reviews and field observations by evaluation team members. More particularly, the data gathering phase consisted of six Country Office missions to countries deemed representative in terms of their contexts: Senegal, Kenya, Haiti, Serbia, Cambodia and Chile, as well as four Regional Office missions. Information was also gathered on the situation in 38 Country Offices, including the six offices in which missions were carried out, through document reviews and telephone interviews. The enabling environment was evaluated through key informant interviews with stakeholders inside and outside of UNICEF, and with review and analysis of relevant documents. Finally, data from the Harding Survey that focused on capacity development and leadership on HRBAP for UNICEF staff (see section 2.1.5 for more details on the survey) was used as a basis for data on knowledge and understanding of HRBAP.

Link to additional HRBAP materials https://www.unicef.org/policyanalysis/rights/index.html

Full report in PDF
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