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At the request of the Executive Office of the United Nations Secretary-General (EOSG), from May 2012 to November 2012, the Vera Institute of Justice conducted a field-based impact assessment of rule of law activities implemented by UN peacekeeping missions in Colombia, Liberia, and Sierra Leone.

To conduct the assessment, Vera staff from the International Program:

• identified, coordinated, and managed relationships with local policy-oriented NGOs and civil-society leaders, academia, national and international policy research organizations, UN staff, and policymakers within the national government agencies; 
• conducted field missions to the countries under study to observe United Nations’ policies and practices in the rule of law sector;
• designed data-collection tools for use in data-poor environments;
• collected, analyzed, validated, interpreted, and reported data; and
• produced a global report with recommendations aimed at improving the UN assistance policy in the rule of law sector in peacekeeping, peacebuilding, and fragile contexts.

Why Assess Rule of Law Activities?

Increasingly, UN entities have been given mandates highlighting the need for collaborative rule of law activities that focus on strengthening national institutions. At the same time, the procurement of funding resources has become increasingly driven by the ability to produce evidence of positive programming impact. As a result of this increased awareness, the need for regular and systematic program evaluations has become apparent. This study seeks to assess the impact and effectiveness of rule of law activities led by UN Rule of Law Coordination and Resource Group entities, in an effort to shed light on how UN headquarters can better provide coordinated support for field rule-of-law activities.

Read UN Rule of Law Indicators Implementation Guide and Tools

Read Developing Indicators to Measure the Rule of Law: A Global Approach

Read Measuring Progress Toward Safety and Justice: A Global Guide to the Design of Performance Indicators Across the Justice Sector

For more information, please contact Caitlin Gokey.

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