Measuring Impact

UNCCT has placed considerable emphasis on the need for effective monitoring and evaluation of its projects.

Result-based Framework 

In order to increase transparency, accountability and effectiveness, the UNCCT has developed a results-based framework at the programmatic level. Concretely, the Centre work is driven by a single core objective: To Contribute to the Full Implementation of all Four Pillars of the United Nations Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy through the Counter-Terrorism Implementation Task Force.

The UNCCT contributes to this objective through a number of interrelated and mutually reinforcing outcomes such as ensuring that Member States and the UN have an enhanced capacity to implement the Global Strategy (Outcome 1), and ensuring that Member States, International and Regional Organizations have improved cooperation and increased access to best practices in countering terrorism (Outcome 2). The outcomes are achieved through various projects and activities.

In 2014, the Centre annexed a template project document which it uses in all of its projects. The project documents not only provide clear guidance to the project manager, but also allows for results based management and accountability. The project documents contain clear and measurable outcomes, outputs and activities, including logical frameworks determining baseline and targets. This has allowed the Centre, and its Advisory Board, to better monitor the implementation of projects.

Evaluation criteria

In line with international good practices for development aid, the following criteria are considered when evaluating the UNCCT programme and its projects: Relevance; Effectiveness; Efficiency; Impact; Sustainability. 

  1. Relevance: The extent to which the aid activity is suited to the priorities and policies of the target group, recipient and donor.
  2. Effectiveness: A measure of the extent to which an aid activity attains its objectives, including an evaluation of the major factors influencing the achievement or non-achievement of the objectives.
  3. Efficiency: Measures the qualitative and quantitative outputs in relation to the inputs, including in terms of cost-efficiency and timeliness.
  4. Impact: The positive and negative changes produced by a development intervention, directly or indirectly, intended or unintended. In evaluating the impact it will inter alia be considered what has happened as a result of the programme or project, what real difference has the activity made to the beneficiaries, and how many people have been affected.
  5. Sustainability: measuring the sustainability of the benefits of an activity after donor funding has been completed.