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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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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Strategy to enhance evaluation use through communications and knowledge management, 2022-2025

A dedicated framework to strengthen the use of evaluation using communications and knowledge management

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Evaluation Office reports

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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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Joint Evaluation of the UNFPA-UNICEF Joint Programme on the Elimination of Female Genital Mutilation: Accelerating Change Phase III (2018-2021)

The joint evaluation, conducted by the Evaluation Offices of UNFPA (lead agency) and UNICEF, assesses the…

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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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Choosing the most appropriate evaluation methods, processes and approaches

To ensure evaluations are fit for purpose and utilization-focused, targeted evaluation methods and approaches…

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