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 2020, including in the context of the COVID-19 crisis
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Guidance on how to adapt evaluation areas of inquiry and evaluation questions to COVID-19 realities
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Transitional framework to guide the commissioning, management and use of evaluations at UNFPA in 2020-2023

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Evaluation Office reports

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This first evaluation on its theme at UNFPA assesses the organization’s support to gender equality and women’s empowerment across development and humanitarian contexts.
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This is the first evaluation on the theme of South-South cooperation at UNFPA. The evaluation is utilization-focused, and intends to inform South-South cooperation strategies and processes at UNFPA. 
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This is the first global thematic humanitarian evaluation on gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls. UNFPA Evaluation Office co-led this evaluation, as a member of the management group.

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Integrating disability inclusion dimensions in UNFPA evaluation methodology and Evaluation Quality Assurance and Assessment (EQAA)
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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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