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

23 April 2020 NEW! Adapting evaluations to the COVID-19 pandemic
Guiding principles and their practical implications for evaluation
26 February 2020 Available now, Inter-Agency Humanitarian Evaluation of the drought response in Ethiopia 2015–2018
New Inter-Agency Humanitarian Evaluation (IAHE) released

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Key documents

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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,...
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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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Evaluation Office reports

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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.
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The purpose of the evaluation is to assess the extent to which, and under what circumstances, the Joint Programme has contributed to accelerating the abandonment of FGM over the last ten years.
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The purpose of the joint evaluation was to provide an independent assessment of progress towards results, sustainability of interventions and programme efficiency and effectiveness, bearing in mind the complexity of...

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