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

12 August 2021

New partnership to advance youth engagement in evaluation

The UNFPA Evaluation Office, EvalYouth Global Network and the World Bank’s Global Evaluation Initiative are…

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28 July 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic: How are humanitarian and development cooperation actors doing so far? How could we do better?

The UNFPA Evaluation Office is a member of the COVID-19 Global Evaluation Coalition, which includes…

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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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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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Formative evaluation of UNFPA approach to South-South and triangular cooperation

This is the first evaluation on the theme of South-South cooperation at UNFPA. The evaluation is utilization-…

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Inter-Agency Humanitarian Evaluation on gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls

This is the first global thematic humanitarian evaluation on gender equality and the empowerment of women and…

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Resources

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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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