Evaluation

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. 

Key documents

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Guidance on integrating social and environmental standards into evaluations

This resource guides on how to mainstream social and environmental standards into evaluation

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Guidance on integrating the principles of leaving no one behind and reaching the furthest behind in UNFPA evaluations

This guidance provides key considerations for integrating the principles of leaving no one behind and…

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Annual Report on the evaluation function 2021

Learn about the performance of the evaluation function at UNFPA in 2021, including in the context of the…

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Evaluation Office reports

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Joint Independent Common Country Programme Evaluation: Republic of Cabo Verde

The Republic of Cabo Verde is a lower middle-income country with a stable democracy. It faces some structural…

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Mid-term evaluation of the Maternal and Newborn Health Thematic Fund Phase III 2018-2022

The Maternal and Newborn Health Thematic Fund (MHTF) is a key contributor to the UNFPA presence and…

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Joint evaluation of the UN Joint Programme on AIDS’s work on efficient and sustainable financing

The Evaluation Offices of UNAIDS and UNFPA, in collaboration with WFP, have jointly managed an independent…

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Country Programme Evaluation Management Kit

Companion to the Evaluation Handbook

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Guidance on disability inclusion in UNFPA evaluations

Integrating disability inclusion dimensions in UNFPA evaluation methodology and Evaluation Quality Assurance…

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Evaluation Quality Assurance and Assessment: Tools and Guidance

Templates, tools and guidance for quality assurance of the evaluation process and quality assessment of the…

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