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

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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