Adapting evaluations to the COVID-19 pandemic

Resource date: 2020

To continue to ensure high quality evaluative evidence and relevance of UNFPA evaluations at the time of COVID-19, UNFPA Evaluation Office has developed guiding principles for adapting evaluations during the pandemic.

These guiding principles recognize that local response and recovery to COVID-19 differs across the world, therefore these principles should be used as a framework by evaluation managers to adjust the conduct and management of evaluations as appropriate to their context. As the response and impact of COVID-19 unfolds, this framework will continue to be updated based on real time lessons from the field.

In practically applying these principles to evaluation, evaluation managers should adjust the evaluation scope, timeline and data collection methods; apply lessons learned in conducting and managing evaluation in humanitarian settings and leverage UN coordination through joint and system-wide evaluations, including focusing on strengthening national evaluation capacities. Further resources for evaluation managers on evaluation methods and approaches are available here.

These principles and their practical implications were jointly developed by UNFPA Evaluation Office and regional M&E advisors.

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