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Monitoring and Evaluation

Development Account Task Team on Evaluation

In July 2012, the Programme Manager established the Task Team on Evaluation to review the current evaluation mechanisms of the Development Account and to provide recommendations geared towards harmonizing the evaluation functions of the Account. In establishing the Task Team, the Programme Manager was mindful of past recommendations of the ACABQ which called for continued improvements to the monitoring and evaluation functions of the Account, through establishing common standards and feedback mechanisms on project reporting and evaluation (pdf document A/58/7/Add.5, paragraph 34 and pdf document A/66/7, paragraph XIII.9)

The Task Team was requested to undertake four key assignments (pdf document ToRs): (i) mapping the evaluation practices in place across the Development Account’s implementing entities; (ii) developing recommendations on the ways to strengthen the evaluation process of the Account; (iii) developing a set of guidelines related to evaluation in the context of the Account; and (iv) developing a final set of recommendations for the strategic way forward of the Account with respect to evaluation

The Task Team was chaired by a senior evaluation specialist from ECA, with an ESCWA expert acting as Co-Chair, and included evaluation experts from ECLAC, ESCAP, UN-Habitat, UNCTAD and UNEP. Members met through video-conferencing and communicated via electronic means, from September 2012 to May 2013, with secretariat support from DESA, with the aim to deliver one output for each of its tasks.

The Development Account Evaluation Guidelines as well as the final report of the Task Team are expected to be presented to the Development Account Steering Committee at the end of June 2013.