Evaluation

Overview

Evaluation serves three main purposes. It strengthens accountability, evidence-based decision making and learning. It is governed by the evaluation policy, approved by the Executive Board. The Evaluation Office reports directly to the Executive Board, including through the Annual Report on Evaluation.

UNFPA conducts centralized evaluations to assess organization wide issues, and decentralized evaluations of country and regional programmes. All UNFPA evaluations are publicly available together with their management response. A quadrennial budgeted evaluation plan, approved by the Executive Board, provides a basis for monitoring and reporting on the evaluation function.

The Evaluation Office prioritizes enhancing the use of evaluations to contribute to evidence-based decision making; intensifying coherence with other UN entities; and strengthening national evaluation capacities through multi-stakeholder partnerships, including with young and emerging evaluators. To propel the global evaluation community toward the achievement of SDGs by 2030, the Evaluation Office co-leads the Decade of EVALUATION for Action, also known as the Eval4Action campaign.

News on Evaluation

Key documents

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Learn about the performance of the evaluation function at UNFPA in 2019, at centralized and decentralized levels
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Guiding principles and their practical implications for evaluation
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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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Evaluation Office reports

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The evaluation assesses the organizational capacity of UNFPA in humanitarian action globally, in terms of preparedness and response.
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This is the first Inter-Agency Humanitarian Evaluation (IAHE) to assess the response to a slow-onset, recurrent natural disaster. UNFPA Evaluation Office, co-led this IAHE, as a member of the management group.
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The developmental evaluation provides real-time feedback and evaluative input for decision-making, for the development of the next stage of RBM in UNFPA.

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This strategy provides a results-based framework to strengthen evaluation use at UNFPA and beyond, using communications and knowledge management as a strategic approach.
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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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