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Mapping Exercise on UNICEF Support to National Evaluation Capacity Development (NECD)

Mapping Exercise on UNICEF Support to National Evaluation Capacity Development (NECD)

UNICEF Headquarters, New-York, USA

Intervention domain:

  • Budgeting for Results
  • Monitoring and evaluation

Narrative description of the project

The mapping generated information on what UNICEF has done and achieved in terms of National Evaluation Capacity Development (NECD) mainly since the elaboration of the revised UNICEF evaluation policy in 2013 to i) appreciate the range of NECD interventions that UNICEF led or participated in; and, ii) provide the basis for the next phase which would be the further development of a UNICEF organizational strategy or framework on NECD. IDEA collected data from 65 country offices and 11 case studies at global, regional and country level, and (i) identified main types and approaches used, (ii) conducted a participatory analysis of strengths and weaknesses, and (iii) identified facilitating factors to (iv) provide elements of orientation for the future NECD initiatives.
Findings and recommendations proceeding are used to prepare guidance notes to support UNICEF CO and other stakeholders to undertake, reinforce or sustain NECD; to curtail ineffective practices and initiatives; to report on the implementation of the General Assembly on NECD; and to make informed decisions in terms of priorities and areas for appropriate, well-targeted intervention with regards to national evaluation capacity development. The analysis of data provided insights of relevance, effectiveness, efficiency, and sustainability. Also allowed to identify costs, outputs and outcomes of the 65 NECD mapped.
Main users of the information generated through the mapping are from: Country, Regional and Global: Country Management Teams; Country Level M&E staff, Regional Management Teams, Regional Level M&E staff Partners, Management and staff of the Evaluation Office, The Global Evaluation Committee, The Executive Board, and partners at all levels. The quality control was conducted through milestone interactions with the project manager at UNICEF, and the presentation for validation at the beginning and after the findings analysis to the Reference Group.