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

26 September 2018 Mid-Term Evaluation of the UNFPA Supplies Programme (2013-2020)
Evaluation report released
17 May 2018 2017 annual report of the evaluation function up for discussion in 2018 annual session of the UNFPA Executive Board
The 2017 annual report provides information on the performance of the evaluation function at corporate and decentralized levels,...
5 June 2017 Evaluation of H4+ Joint Programme Canada and Sweden (Sida)
The evaluation report and four country case studies (DRC, Liberia, Zambia and Zimbabwe) are now available.

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Key documents

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The purpose of the review of the evaluation function was to (a) assess if the evaluation policy should be revised or not–and, if so, identify areas of the policy that should be revised; and (b) provide an independent...
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The quadrennial budgeted evaluation plan for 2018-2021 has been prepared in line with the revised evaluation policy of UNFPA (DP/FPA/2013/5).
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This report reviews the evaluation function at UNFPA for the year 2016.

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Evaluation Office reports

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The evaluation of the UNFPA response to the Syria crisis continues moving forward as scheduled. The purpose of this exercise is to assess the contribution of UNFPA to the Syria humanitarian crisis response. This...
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The purpose of the evaluation is to assess the extent to which, and under what circumstances, the Joint Programme has accelerated the abandonment of FGM over the last 10 years (since the start of the joint programme in...
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The H4+ (now "H6") partnership is a joint effort for capitalizing on the core competencies of UNFPA, UNICEF, WHO, UNAIDS, UNWomen, and the World Bank in maternal, newborn, and child health. The Joint Programme Canada...

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Resources

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Guides the evaluation team through the assessment of the country office M&E system and the challenges of building a results-oriented monitoring system

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