Evaluation

Overview

Evaluation at UNFPA serves three main purposes. It strengthens accountability, evidence-based decision making and learning at UNFPA.

The evaluation function is governed by the UNFPA evaluation policy. The Executive Board is the custodian of the policy. The independent Evaluation Office (EO), established in July 2013, is the custodian of the evaluation function and, with support from the Executive Director, is accountable for implementing the policy. The EO reports directly to the Executive Board, including through the Annual Report on Evaluation. 

UNFPA evaluations fall into two categories. Centralized evaluations to assess organization wide issues, and decentralized evaluations of country, regional and global programmes. The EO also prepares a quadrennial budgeted evaluation plan and budget, which is approved by the Executive Board.

All UNFPA evaluations are publicly available on the UNFPA Evaluation Database together with their management response.

News on Evaluation

8 May 2019 Twitter Chat on Youth and Evaluation
Hosted in partnership with UNFPA Evaluation Office and EvalYouth
4 March 2019 UNFPA Evaluation Handbook released
Now available, latest edition of Evaluation Handbook on how to conduct and manage country programme evaluations at UNFPA
24 January 2019 UNFPA revised Evaluation Policy endorsed by the Executive Board
Policy sets the vision and purpose of evaluation at UNFPA

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Key documents

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    UNFPA Evaluation Policy 2019 provides a clear roadmap for the evaluation function. It provides up-to-date definitions, principles, and norms and standards on evaluation as well as clarifies the various roles and...
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This document presents UNFPA’s strategy for evaluation. The strategy is framed both by UNFPA’s new Strategic Plan for 2018-2021 and by the broader set of directions adopted by the UN system. It presents and explains...
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The 2017 annual report provides information on the performance of the evaluation function at corporate and decentralized levels, as well as the contribution of UNFPA to the United Nations coherence in evaluation,...

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Evaluation Office reports

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This thematic evaluation assesses UNFPA support to the prevention of, response to, and elimination of gender-based violence and three harmful practices, child marriage, Female Genital Mutilation and son preference,...
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    The mid-term evaluation assesses the progress made in the implementation of the UNFPA Supplies Programme from 2013 to 2017, and covers all 46 focus countries of the programme. The evaluation results are clustered...
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The UNFPA Evaluation Office conducted a meta-analysis on the engagement of UNFPA in highly vulnerable contexts based on a cluster of six country programme evaluations (Bangladesh, Haiti, DRC, Liberia, Myanmar, and Nepal...

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Resources

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Latest updates and information from UNFPA Evaluation Office
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Templates, tools and guidance for quality assurance of the evaluation process and quality assessment of the final evaluation reports

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