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A critical analysis of results reporting at UNESCO: current situation and future opportunities

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A critical analysis of results reporting at UNESCO: current situation and future opportunities

OCTOBER 2014

UNESCO uses a variety of reporting methods to describe and evidence the results of its various global initiatives. Results-based reporting is used as a way of informing stakeholders of these results, as well as a method of informing strategic decision making. However, the current method of reporting at UNESCO is seen by Member States to be insufficient to fully meet stakeholder needs, as well as being a strain on resources.

This report analyses the current approach taken by UNESCO, as well as giving recommendations for improving future results reporting. This report is timely for the Internal Oversight Service (IOS) and the Bureau for Strategic Planning (BSP), who are in the process of evaluating the strengths and weaknesses of the current results-reporting model used in the UNESCO system upon the recommendation of Decision 4 (I)B from the 194th UNESCO Executive Board meeting and 37 C/5 Resolutions for the Major Programmes. This report does not aim to prejudge the final recommendations and outcomes of the IOS/ BSP study, but is timed to offer the IOS/BSP study recommendations on how to build upon the findings from the evaluation and further improve UNESCO’s results reporting.

Based on the preliminary findings of the Formative Evaluation of UNESCO’s Results-Reporting, the following questions have emerged:

What are the advantages and limitations of the current framework of results reporting at UNESCO?

Is the way that UNESCO reports its results at present a sustainable and viable option for future reporting?

Would a new framework of results reporting be more desirable, affordable and politically feasible in comparison to the current framework?

What should be the key features of a new result based reporting model?

Should a new results reporting framework be undertaken with the view of implementation for the next four year cycle (2014–2017)?

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