At its 2007 spring session, the Chief Executives Board endorsed the recommendation for an evaluation of the eight pilot projects carried out at the country level under the One United Nations initiative and gave the United Nations Evaluation Group the task of establishing the substantive parameters and process for the evaluation. In response to that request, the United Nations Evaluation Group envisaged a three-stage process, as follows:

  • an assessment of the evaluability of the delivering as one initiative by May 2008;
  • a process evaluation to be completed by September 2009; and (c) an evaluation of results and impacts of the pilot experiences by 2011. CEB supported the proposed scope and process for the evaluation, but asked the United Nations Evaluation Group to review its timeline with an aim to issuing the evaluation of the results and impacts of the pilot experience by 2010.

CEB also agreed on the need to obtain a quick indication, by the end of 2007, of how the One United Nations pilot projects were functioning through a stocktaking exercise by the eight concerned Governments and country teams. CEB members, therefore, welcomed the initiative of the Deputy Secretary-General, who was working on a stocktaking exercise with the Chairman of the United Nations Development Group and the group of 10 organizations that were overseeing the pilot projects. The eight Governments had, in that regard, been asked for initial information on the anticipated benefits and impact on national ownership. The information provided would complement feedback from the country teams. That quick assessment or stocktaking of the process would further provide input to the intergovernmental debate in the General Assembly on system-wide coherence and to the United Nations system, complementing the rigorous evaluation process proposed by the United Nations Evaluation Group