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

11 November 2019 New! Getting to zero: Good practices from synthesis of UNFPA country programme evaluations
Just in time for the Nairobi Summit, marking 25th anniversary of the ICPD
26 September 2019 Use of evaluation results to expand access to family planning
On the occasion of World Contraception Day, a new video outlines the use of evaluation results to improve UNFPA Supplies programme

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Key documents

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This is a comprehensive overview of the performance of UNFPA evaluation function at centralized and decentralized levels in 2018, including key achievements and areas for growth.
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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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Evaluation Office reports

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The synthesis validates effective programmatic approaches and those that limit progress to accelerate UNFPA and partners’ efforts to achieve the organization’s three transformative results.
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The purpose of the evaluation is to assess the extent to which, and under what circumstances, the Joint Programme has contributed to accelerating the abandonment of FGM over the last ten years.
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The purpose of the joint evaluation was to provide an independent assessment of progress towards results, sustainability of interventions and programme efficiency and effectiveness, bearing in mind the complexity of...

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Resources

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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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