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.

News on Evaluation

8 May 2020 Evidence-based knowledge to inform humanitarian agencies’ response to COVID-19
Using evidence from previous humanitarian crises to inform the COVID-19 response
23 April 2020 NEW! Adapting evaluations to the COVID-19 pandemic
Guiding principles and their practical implications for evaluation

Pages

Key documents

Resource
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...
Resource
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.
Resource
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,...

Pages

Evaluation Office reports

Resource
This is the first Inter-Agency Humanitarian Evaluation (IAHE) to assess the response to a slow-onset, recurrent natural disaster. UNFPA Evaluation Office, co-led this IAHE, as a member of the management group.
Resource
The developmental evaluation provides real-time feedback and evaluative input for decision-making, for the development of the next stage of RBM in UNFPA.
Resource
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.

Pages

Resources

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

Pages