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

07 May 2021

Evaluation of UNFPA support to adolescents and youth launched

New evaluation on youth, with youth

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10 February 2021

New! 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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Key documents

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Annual Report on the evaluation function 2019

Learn about the performance of the evaluation function at UNFPA in 2019, at centralized and decentralized…

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Adapting evaluations to the COVID-19 pandemic

Guiding principles and their practical implications for evaluation

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UNFPA Evaluation Policy 2019

UNFPA Evaluation Policy 2019 provides a clear roadmap for the evaluation function. It provides up-to-date…

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Evaluation Office reports

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Evaluation of the UNFPA support to the HIV response (2016-2019)

This evaluation assesses the performance of UNFPA in integrating its support to the HIV response within the…

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Joint report on the evaluability assessment of the common chapter to the strategic plans of UNDP, UNFPA, UNICEF and UN Women

The joint evaluability assessment seeks to establish the feasibility of a full evaluation of the common…

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Joint evaluability assessment of the Global Action Plan for Healthy Lives and Well-being for All

The joint evaluability assessment aims to determine the extent to which the key strategic and technical…

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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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Assessing the quality of developmental evaluations at UNFPA

This is the first developmental evaluation-specific quality assessment grid and guidance

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