:: UNEP Evaluation Manual
This manual aims to document procedures and guidelines on evaluation of UNEP projects, however, evaluations of projects where no monitoring or poor quality of monitoring have taken place are likely to suffer. In UNEP, the Quality Assurance Section (QAS) are responsible for monitoring of sub-programmes. Monitoring of projects is regarded as a project management function. Monitoring and evaluation are intrinsically linked and monitoring provides much of the evidence needed for rigorous and credible evaluations. Throughout this manual monitoring is therefore discussed where it is relevant to evaluation. The document reflects current monitoring and evaluation norms and standards in the UN system.

The primary audience for this manual is UNEP staff but it is also expected that the manual will provide valuable insights to UNEP partners and consultants as they evaluate UNEP projects. The focus of this guide is on evaluating projects but many of the same principles will be applicable to evaluation of sub programmes and UNEP’s work programme in general.

RELEASE [2008]

The ideas presented in this manual are not all mandatory. Monitoring and evaluation (M&E) tools and approaches are not intended to be ‘fixed’. UNEP project activities are directed at solving complex problems in a changing world; therefore, project interventions must be adapted to changing conditions as required. M&E systems must accommodate such adaptation. Nevertheless, good M&E does need to meet a minimum set of requirements and standards. This manual will discuss these requirements and standards, while indicating where options are possible.

This manual will be periodically updated to reflect changes in ‘best practice’ or changing priorities and interests of key stakeholder groups.