Formative evaluation of the UNFPA innovation initiative

27 July 2017
Formative evaluation of the UNFPA innovation initiative

Formative evaluation of the UNFPA innovation initiative

The purpose of the evaluation is to conduct an evidence-based, highly consultative and participative analytical reflection on the Innovation Initiative at UNFPA (including the Innovation Fund).

In 2013 UNFPA began exploring corporate approaches to innovation. It became a member of the United Nations Innovation Network, endorsed the 9 United Nations Open Innovation Principles and, in February 2014, “innovation and creativity” were announced as one of UNFPA’s 2014 Corporate Priority Projects. The Innovation Fund, was conceived as a tool for generating a cultural shift towards innovation within UNFPA. As of July 2016, the Innovation Fund has received 148 proposals and selected 18 for funding. 

The review focuss on assessing the performance of the Innovation Fund in terms of achieved results and proper functioning. It also looks at what worked and what did not work, identifying enabling and hindering factors to the achievement of innovation outcomes. 

All the relevant information about this evaluation is published here.