UNISDR believes in continuous improvement of its organizational performance.
Evaluations enhance the effectiveness of its work by establishing clear links between past, present and future interventions and results.
Evaluations help UNISDR to extract, from past and ongoing activities, relevant information that can be subsequently used as the basis for improved programmatic planning, reorientation, implementing results, monitoring and reporting. UNISDR's and practices are guided by the norms and standards defined by the United Nations Evaluation Group (UNEG), to professionalize the evaluation functions.
Effective and independent evaluation is extremely important for UNISDR to achieve its vision, goals, and objectives set out in its Strategic Framework. The evidence-based analysis and recommendations on organizational performance provided by independent evaluations are key components of the wider framework of accountability established by UNISDR.
The evaluations provide UNISDR with credible evidence, analysis and independent recommendations, and assessment and insights that are appropriate and actionable for improving its future work. Evaluation plays a critical role by reinforcing for the achievement of results, and by providing objective analysis and relevant findings to inform operational choices and to improve performance over time.
As part of UNISDR's commitment for continuous improvement of organizational performance, UNISDR has systematically responded to, and implemented, recommendations from internal and external evaluations. A specific priority for UNISDR is to improve resource management and programme reporting, through its results-based management system.
All recommendations from UNISDR's external and internal evaluations and reviews to-date, have been consolidated in the "UNISDR Management Response." A Senior Leadership Group (SLG) implement and regularly track all the recommendations from different evaluations, as part of the organizational corporate work plan. By 2015, 75% of the recommendation from different reviews and evaluations had been implemented and are reflected in the SLG Implementation Plan.
Key Evaluation Documents
UNISDR Management Response (v3.0)
This is a combined "Management Response" to all of the internal and external evaluations of UNISDR between 2009 and 2014. The document is updated regularly and presents the implementation status of all the recommendations. The SLG implementation Plan is being closely monitored as part of the organizational corporate work plan.
OIOS Audit 2014
OIOS conducted this audit from 20 January to 28 February 2014. The audit covered the period from 01 January 2010 to 31 December 2013. The Office of Internal Oversight Services (OIOS) conducted an audit of the governance and organizational structure of the inter-agency secretariat to the United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Risk Reduction (ISDR). The overall objective of the audit was to determine whether the governance and organizational structure of the ISDR secretariat adequately served its mandated objectives and functions. The audit was conducted in accordance with the International Standards for the Professional Practice of Internal Auditing.
GFDRR Track-1 Evaluation 2014
Independent evaluation of the DGF-financed Track 1 of the Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR) DGF's US$15 million Track 1 investment contributed 84 project activities to different parts of UNISDR's wider program of activities in an integrated way and was not intended to be a stand-alone program.
PreventionWeb Evaluation 2012
The study evaluated the effectiveness and impact of PreventionWeb and other UNISDR information services and their ability to meet current and evolving information needs of existing and new DRR stakeholders.
UNISDR Australian Multilateral Assessment 2012
UNISDR and Australia have a multi-year agreement based on jointly agreed UNISDR activities in the Asia-Pacific region. The goals and objectives of the partnership are align to the DRR priorities in the Asia- Pacific region and the Australiaâs aid policy. The report provides an assessment against the criteria defined by the Australian Government for the Multilateral Assessment.
Review of UNISDR Biennial Work Programme 2010-2011
The study reviewed the UNISDR 2010-2011 Biennial Work Plan results and process to assess what worked well and to identify areas for improvement. The results of the BWP process were reviewed with a focus on the BWP's effectiveness in developing and meeting strategic programme objectives.
ESTA UNISDR Financial and Administrative Process Review Final Report 2011
The study reviewed the Financial Management and Administrative processes of UNISDR. The review was one of a series of initiatives undertaken by UNISDR in response to the July 2010, Office of Internal Oversight Services (OIOS) Audit Report. After consultation with Senior Management at UNISDR, ESTA was directed to focus its review on three key processes i.e 1) The Funding and Reporting Cycle; 2) The Management of Grants and 3) Consultant Recruitment.
OIOS Audit 2010
The Office of International Oversight Services (OIOS) conducted an audit of the governance and organizational structure of the inter-agency secretariat to the United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Risk Reduction (ISDR). The overall objective of the audit was to determine whether the governance and organizational structure of the ISDR secretariat adequately served its mandated objectives and functions. The audit was conducted in accordance with the International Standards for the Professional Practice of Internal Auditing.
Dalberg Evaluation Report 2009
Ahead of the mid-term evaluation of the HFA, the UN Special Representative of the Secretary- General for Disaster Risk Reduction and the main donors requested an independent evaluation of the performance of the secretariat. This independent evaluation of the UNISDR secretariat is the second evaluation since its inception in 2000.
UNISDR's focal point for the Results Based Management System: Zulqarnain Majeed (majeedz(at)un.org)