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

22 March 2022

Top-rated decentralized evaluations at UNFPA in 2021

13 decentralized evaluations at UNFPA received a high rating in 2021

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04 February 2022

New evaluation frameworks to accelerate the delivery of UNFPA strategic plan, 2022-2025

Includes the quadrennial budgeted evaluation plan, the evaluation strategy and the strategy to enhance…

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Key documents

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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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Annual Report on the evaluation function 2020

Learn about the performance of the evaluation function at UNFPA in 2020, including in the context of the…

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Adapting evaluation questions to the COVID-19 pandemic

Guidance on how to adapt evaluation areas of inquiry and evaluation questions to COVID-19 realities

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Evaluation Office reports

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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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Joint assessment of adaptations to the UNFPA-UNICEF Global Programme to End Child Marriage in light of COVID-19

The UNFPA-UNICEF Global Programme to End Child Marriage (2016-2030) contributes to Sustainable Development…

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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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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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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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