Independent Evalution of the Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management

Mr. Robert Nurick has been commissioned to carry out the independent evaluation of SAICM, in line with the Annex to ICCM resolution IV/4, over the course of 18 months from November 2016. The findings will inform the intersessional process for SAICM and the sound management of chemicals and waste beyond 2020.

For this evaluation, Mr. Nurick’s approach aims to be inclusive and participatory such that as wide a range of stakeholders as possible will provide their perspectives and input into the evaluation and help shape the findings. The evaluation design is grounded in a Theory of Change approach that seeks to map out the pathways to impact of the policy framework on the sustainable use and management of chemicals and waste.

Information is provided below to inform SAICM stakeholders of the independent evaluation process as it is currently set out by the evaluator.

Evaluation Stage 1: Interim report (until January 2017)

Mr. Nurick will be producing an interim report that he will present to the first intersessional meeting in Brasilia in February 2017. The interim report will comprise of the following elements: (i) Literature review; (ii) Conceptual framework; and (iii) Findings of on-line survey. Participants in the first intersessional meeting will have the opportunity to provide input to the interim report. There will also be opportunities to provide feedback electronically.

Evaluation Stage 2: Comprehensive evaluation and review period (February 2017 to October 2017)

The period of February to October 2017 will be the comprehensive evaluation and review period.
At the intersessional meeting, the evaluator will facilitate focus group discussions with different sectors and regions attending the meeting.
The aim of these focus group discussions will be to enable the different stakeholders to reflect on the findings in the interim report, to articulate their views and perspectives on the Theory of Change model, the SAICM policy process, their role within this, and the progress made towards the 2020 goal. A schedule will be shared with participants as part of the meeting information.
In addition, Mr. Nurick will take the opportunity of attending other stakeholder meetings over the course of 2017 as and when they arise. He will also follow up with representatives that participated in the focus group discussions to further explore the issues raised during the meetings. These follow-up meetings will be conducted over skype and email.

Evaluation Stage 3: Draft Report (presented to the second meeting of the intersessional process)

The draft report will be presented to the second meeting of the intersessional process. The draft report will present a comprehensive and complete assessment of the evaluation.

Evaluation Stage 4: Final Report (presented to the third meeting of the SAICM Open-ended Working Group)

This stage of the evaluation will involve circulating the draft report to all stakeholders, inviting feedback and comments. An on-line questionnaire will be developed to assist in this feedback process.
Follow up discussions with individual stakeholder representatives, and where possible, groups of stakeholders will take place. These discussions will be held face-to-face and virtually, over skype and email.
The final report will fully reflect the feedback and comments received during this stage.
The executive summary of the Final Report will be made available in the six official United Nations languages and presented to the third meeting of the SAICM Open-ended Working Group.

Independent Evaluator

Mr. Nurick currently works at the University of Sussex, United Kingdom, as Executive Director of the Migrating out of Poverty Research Consortium. He also has much experience as an international development consultant with a focus on evaluation, training and capacity building. Mr. Nurick was the lead evaluator for the SAICM Quick Start Programme impact evaluation which was presented at ICCM4.


To initiate the process of the Independent Evaluator's consultation with stakeholders, SAICM stakeholders were invited to complete an on-line survey.

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