UNDP Global Programme ROL Evaluations

19.11.2016. - 31.05.2020.

The Global Programme is committed to creating a more streamlined approach to monitoring and evaluation efforts across country-level projects in order to better assess needs and impact.  Key to this will be the development and implementation of project-level monitoring frameworks based on data-driven analysis rather than anecdotal evidence or solely qualitative assessment. The Global Programme seeks to ensure that political economy analysis exercises are carried out on outset of each new project (and on an ad hoc basis as relevant) to assess how actors’ incentives and/or constraints will shape the likelihood of programme success. Additionally, the development of a standardized approach to identifying baselines prior to project implementation and mechanisms to guarantee mid-term and end-of-phase assessments to inform way forward is sought after. 

To move this agenda forward, UNDP is partnering with ISSAT to build a coherent and comprehensive evidence base for UNDP’s Global Programme through a series of country-level evaluations culminating in a global findings report, upon which flexible guidelines for strategic monitoring of country-level projects can be based. The evaluations will follow a uniform methodology – albeit adapted to country contexts - and will critically assess the project’s implementation and monitoring efforts and/or the country office’s broader rule of law efforts (e.g. a combination of projects within the rule of law, justice, security and human rights portfolio, including joint work with other UN entities). The development of monitoring guidelines will help UNDP practitioners in the project development or renewal phase to create monitoring framework’s that are grounded in the country-context and speak to project-specific objectives but are also clearly linked to the Global Programme’s Theory of Change and Results Framework. The development and use of these guidelines, along with the consistency of the evaluations and synthesis of the findings, will enable UNDP to better assess the impact of the Global Programme as a whole and adjust programming accordingly.

Outcome Objectives

7 country-level evaluation reports, which take into account the complex country specific socio-political environment in which UNDP operates and critically assesses programme implementation and monitoring efforts and provides forward looking recommendations to improve country programming.  


  •   Undertake critical country and project specific relevant evaluations, and provide those programmes with operationally relevant recommendations to guide future implementation.

Global findings report, with integrated analysis from all country-level evaluations.


  •   Analyze the approaches and contribution of country programmes, undertaken in different crisis contexts, towards aggregated impact at the global level according to Global Programme Outputs;
  •   Assess the extent to which structures, programmes, and approaches, have contributed to progress against the Global Programme’s Theory of Change, and identify evidence of innovation, lessons learned, and best practices in programming implementation.

Strategic monitoring guidelines developed in collaboration with the RoLJSHR team for practitioners use in developing/renewing country-level projects under the Global Programme.


  •   Build a flexible guide for developing good practice monitoring frameworks that are consistent across UNDP Global Programme efforts.


1. A political environment that strengthens rule of law and human rights

2. Capable and effective justice and security institutions

3. Community security and armed violence reduction

4. Strong national human rights institutions

5. Access to justice for vulnerable and marginalized groups

6. Transitional justice

7. Human rights, justice and security for women and girls

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Specific Lessons Identified