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. 

Key documents

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Annual Report on the evaluation function 2021

Learn about the performance of the evaluation function at UNFPA in 2021, including in the context of the…

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UNFPA quadrennial budgeted evaluation plan, 2022-2025

A framework to guide the commissioning, management and use of evaluations at UNFPA

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UNFPA evaluation strategy, 2022-2025

Evaluation strategy outlines the strategic priorities, key actions and targets of the evaluation function at…

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Evaluation Office reports

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Joint evaluation of the UN Joint Programme on AIDS’s work on efficient and sustainable financing

The Evaluation Offices of UNAIDS and UNFPA, in collaboration with WFP, have jointly managed an independent…

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Baseline and evaluability assessment on generation, provision and utilization of data in humanitarian assistance

Conflicts, natural disasters caused by climate change, and the COVID-19 crisis have escalated humanitarian…

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What works to amplify the rights and voices of youth?

Meta-synthesis of lessons learned from youth evaluations (2015-2020) to support the implementation of the…

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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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