UN Report for Member States Cites IPRA for Best Practices in Communications for the UN System


“Demonstrating the Value of our Work” was the topic of a recent workshop for senior managers and staff of the United Nations Department of Public Information (DPI) at UN headquarters in New York. The seminar marked 10 years of cooperation of an IPRA advisory committee with ECRU (The Evaluation and Communications Research Unit) headed by Janet Wieser, Chief.


Under-Secretary-General for Communications and Public Information, Cristina Gallach, opened the event and acknowledged the important role of IPRA in bringing outside experts to DPI to share their expertise in communications measurement. Some 40 DPI managers and staff participated in the workshop that presented “Industry standards for measuring the outcomes and impact of communications work.”


IPRA UN Representative, Jim McQueeny, introduced the speakers. Marianne Eisenmann, Head of Research & Analytics at inVentiv Health PR Group, presented the newly updated Barcelona Principles that comprise the best practices for effective communications measurement, followed by Michael Estevez, social media expert. Other members of the on-going advisory committee are Barbara Burns, IPRA Deputy UN Representative, and Fred John, former head of global product research at MasterCard Worldwide.


A recent report by the Joint Inspection Unit (a UN system-wide evaluation organization) cited IPRA for a best practice in communications for the UN system. Chief Wieser called the report, which is written for member states, an ‘official thank you' to IPRA.


In announcing the workshop to staff members, Chief Wieser said, “Member states frequently ask the Department to explain not only what we do, but what we have achieved. As questions of metrics and measurements continue to gain prominence, how can we demonstrate the efficacy of DPI’s communications work in a coherent and strategic way? And are there industry practices that we can draw from to update our approach to measuring the evaluating our outcomes?” The seminar answered many of these questions.



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