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

10 February 2021 New! Adapting evaluation questions to the COVID-19 pandemic
Guidance on how to adapt evaluation areas of inquiry and evaluation questions to COVID-19 realities
8 February 2021 Best UNFPA country programme evaluations in 2020
11 country programme evaluations at UNFPA received a high rating in 2020
16 December 2020 New resource! Guidance on disability inclusion in UNFPA evaluations
Integrating disability inclusion dimensions in UNFPA evaluation methodology and EQAA

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Key documents

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Guidance on how to adapt evaluation areas of inquiry and evaluation questions to COVID-19 realities
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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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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 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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This evaluation assesses the performance of UNFPA in integrating its support to the HIV response within the broader context of SRHR, population dynamics, gender equality and human rights.

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Resources

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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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