Evaluation

Overview

Evaluation at UNFPA serves three main purposes. It strengthens accountability, evidence-based decision making and learning at UNFPA.

The evaluation function is governed by the UNFPA evaluation policy. The Executive Board is the custodian of the policy. The independent Evaluation Office (EO), established in July 2013, is the custodian of the evaluation function and, with support from the Executive Director, is accountable for implementing the policy. The EO reports directly to the Executive Board, including through the Annual Report on Evaluation. 

UNFPA evaluations fall into two categories. Centralized evaluations to assess organization wide issues, and decentralized evaluations of country, regional and global programmes. The EO also prepares a quadrennial budgeted evaluation plan and budget, which is approved by the Executive Board.

All UNFPA evaluations are publicly available on the UNFPA Evaluation Database together with their management response.

News on Evaluation

7 April 2020 Join Eval4Action, a new campaign aligned to the Decade of Action
The campaign is co-led by UNFPA Evaluation Office and EvalYouth Global Network
26 February 2020 Available now, Inter-Agency Humanitarian Evaluation of the drought response in Ethiopia 2015–2018
New Inter-Agency Humanitarian Evaluation (IAHE) released
14 February 2020 Top five, best UNFPA country programme evaluations in 2019
Colombia | Guatemala | Kazakhstan | Madagascar | Philippines

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Key documents

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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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This is a comprehensive overview of the performance of UNFPA evaluation function at centralized and decentralized levels in 2018, including key achievements and areas for growth.
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The 2017 annual report provides information on the performance of the evaluation function at corporate and decentralized levels, as well as the contribution of UNFPA to the United Nations coherence in evaluation,...

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Evaluation Office reports

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The synthesis validates effective programmatic approaches and those that limit progress to accelerate UNFPA and partners’ efforts to achieve the organization’s three transformative results.
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The purpose of the evaluation is to assess the extent to which, and under what circumstances, the Joint Programme has contributed to accelerating the abandonment of FGM over the last ten years.
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The purpose of the joint evaluation was to provide an independent assessment of progress towards results, sustainability of interventions and programme efficiency and effectiveness, bearing in mind the complexity of...

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Resources

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This is the first developmental evaluation-specific quality assessment grid and guidance
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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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Latest updates and information from UNFPA Evaluation Office

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