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. 

News on Evaluation

29 November 2021

How has the UNFPA-UNICEF Global Programme to End Child Marriage (2016-2030) adapted to COVID-19?

In commemoration of the 16 Days of Activism against gender-based violence, the Evaluation Offices of UNFPA…

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23 November 2021

New evaluation provides evidence and lessons to end the AIDS epidemic and violence against women and girls

In commemoration of the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence, the Evaluation Offices of…

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16 November 2021

Evaluation thematic brief on gender mainstreaming at UNFPA

Access 10 insights on gender mainstreaming at UNFPA

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Key documents

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Annual Report on the evaluation function 2020

Learn about the performance of the evaluation function at UNFPA in 2020, including in the context of the…

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Adapting evaluation questions to the COVID-19 pandemic

Guidance on how to adapt evaluation areas of inquiry and evaluation questions to COVID-19 realities

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Transitional quadrennial budgeted evaluation plan, 2020-2023

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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Joint assessment of adaptations to the UNFPA-UNICEF Global Programme to End Child Marriage in light of COVID-19

The UNFPA-UNICEF Global Programme to End Child Marriage (2016-2030) contributes to Sustainable Development…

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Joint evaluation of the UN Joint Programme on AIDS on preventing and responding to violence against women and girls

The Evaluation Offices of UNAIDS (chair), UNFPA, UNESCO, UNHCR and ILO jointly managed an independent…

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Evaluation of UNFPA support to gender equality and women's empowerment (2012-2020)

This first evaluation on its theme at UNFPA assesses the organization’s support to gender equality and women’…

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Resources

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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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