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.

Key documents

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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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This document presents UNFPA’s strategy for evaluation. The strategy is framed both by UNFPA’s new Strategic Plan for 2018-2021 and by the broader set of directions adopted by the UN system. It presents and explains...

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Evaluation Office reports

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The joint evaluability assessment seeks to establish the feasibility of a full evaluation of the common chapter to the strategic plans of UNDP, UNFPA, UNICEF and UN Women.
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The joint evaluability assessment aims to determine the extent to which the key strategic and technical elements are in place for the GAP partnership to succeed.
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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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Resources

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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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To ensure evaluations are fit for purpose and utilization-focused, targeted evaluation methods and approaches must be explored to better capture the complexity and the value of the UNFPA business model.
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This is the first developmental evaluation-specific quality assessment grid and guidance

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