Purpose and audience of the Handbook

By on 11/15/2017

UN-Habitat Handbook Preliminaries

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The main purpose of this Handbook is to provide UN-Habitat staff at all levels with common ground for programme and project planning, monitoring, reporting and evaluation using RBM principles and tools. The Handbook responds to the need to institutionalize RBM in all UN-Habitat processes, activities, projects and programmes; and strengthen the culture of results, with the aim of enhancing the organization’s relevance, efficiency, effectiveness, accountability, visibility and value for money. Effective implementation of RBM in UN-Habitat will greatly enhance the achievement of desired results and demonstrate real change in the lives of the people for whom its interventions are desired.

This user friendly Handbook will clarify key concepts, principles, terminology and tools to enhance RBM knowledge, skills and application by UN-Habitat management, staff and partners. The reader of the Handbook will understand:

  • What RBM is and why it is used; its key elements and history; and how it is applied in UN-Habitat;
  • The value of strategic programme and project planning for effective implementation, monitoring and evaluation;
  • The critical role of monitoring in demonstrating the performance of programmes and projects, and In steering the implementation process towards the intended results;
  • How monitoring lays the groundwork for evaluation;
  • Different types of evaluation in UN-Habitat and their contribution to learning and accountability;
  • The role of monitoring and evaluation in strengthening UN-Habitat’s humanitarian and development effectiveness and managing for development results;
  • Principles, norms, standards, policy, processes and responsibilities for planning, monitoring and evaluation in UN-Habitat;
  • Where to look for references and materials for additional information and guidance.


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