This programme introduces the methods and tools needed for managing evaluations, and explains how to apply them. It also presents how to establish procedures for emergent evaluation functions. Participants will complete modules and activities at their own pace. They will participate in engaging online forums and receive guidance from instructors.

Introduction

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development requires evaluation to be transformative and help overcome the root causes of inequality and discrimination. It calls on the evaluation function to address the interconnected systems that operate in social structures. As part of UN reform, evaluation managers play a key role leading teams, ensuring quality, promoting change and ultimately contributing to deliver effective, equitable and sustainable interventions. 

Objectives

Upon successful completion of the programme, participants will be able to:

  • Articulate relevant aspects of the evaluation logic and its process (criteria, standards, measures, synthesis). 
  • Understand the different steps and key milestones in planning and managing an evaluation
  • Identify key aspects of effective evaluation designs and main research methods for evaluation 
  • Describe relevant elements of evaluation policies, strategic planning, QA systems and follow up on evaluation recommendations. 
Course methodology

It is a self-paced learning path delivered entirely online. Participants can start at any time and complete modules and activities at their own pace.

The E-learning path on Evaluation Management offers:

  • A micro-learning experience characterized by small knowledge units (modules and micro-lessons) where participants consolidate and reflect on learnings through the creation of micro-content (multimodal forum replies, etc.).
  • Scenario-based learning exposing participants to unique real-life challenges and tasks of UN managers
  • Consolidation of takeaways through reflective practices and social learning to facilitate information exchange and peer-to-peer learning
  • Unlimited access to all modules for six months from the date of enrolment.
  • Large collection of relevant tools, readings, guidelines and examples that complement the concepts and theories covered in the course.

Participants will be granted unlimited access to the learning path for six months from the date of enrolment. UNSSC's dedicated e-learning platform tracks completion of individual modules. A final certificate will be given to participants completing all modules in the learning path.

Each module is estimated to require approximately three hours of study time to complete at your own pace.

This learning path forms part of the UNSSC Blueline learning platform. Subject to completion of this learning path, interested participants can sign up and access other E-Learning Paths in Blueline.

This learning path is also accessible through the UNKampus 30 platform for non-UN staff.

Please contact elp@unssc.org for further information.

Course contents

The E-Learning Path on Evaluation Management includes the following modules:

  • Fundamentals of evaluation
  • Setting the scope of the evaluation
  • Evaluation planning and management
  • Evaluation design and research methods
  • Evaluation management tools

The programme is delivered through UNSSC's Blueline e-learning platform. By completing the learning path, participants will have access to an exclusive alumni network for continuous learning and exchange.

Target audience

UN personnel at all levels who have limited prior knowledge and/or experience in evaluation at headquarters or in the field, and who want to get a comprehensive overview of the key aspects of evaluation management.