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

23 November 2021

New evaluation provides evidence and lessons to end the AIDS epidemic and violence against women and girls

In commemoration of the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence, the Evaluation Offices of…

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16 November 2021

Evaluation thematic brief on gender mainstreaming at UNFPA

Access 10 insights on gender mainstreaming at UNFPA

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02 November 2021

New resource! Country Programme Evaluation Management Kit

Ready-to-use guidance and tools to prepare, manage and utilize a Country Programme Evaluation

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Key documents

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Annual Report on the evaluation function 2019

Learn about the performance of the evaluation function at UNFPA in 2019, at centralized and decentralized…

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Adapting evaluations to the COVID-19 pandemic

Guiding principles and their practical implications for evaluation

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UNFPA Evaluation Policy 2019

UNFPA Evaluation Policy 2019 provides a clear roadmap for the evaluation function. It provides up-to-date…

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Evaluation Office reports

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Joint evaluation of the UN Joint Programme on AIDS on preventing and responding to violence against women and girls

The Evaluation Offices of UNAIDS (chair), UNFPA, UNESCO, UNHCR and ILO jointly managed an independent…

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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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Resources

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Strategy to enhance evaluation use through communications and knowledge management (2018-2021)

This strategy provides a results-based framework to strengthen evaluation use at UNFPA and beyond, using…

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Assessing the quality of developmental evaluations at UNFPA

This is the first developmental evaluation-specific quality assessment grid and guidance

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