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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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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Transitional quadrennial budgeted evaluation plan, 2020-2023

Transitional framework to guide the commissioning, management and use of evaluations at UNFPA in 2020-2023

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Evaluation Office reports

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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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Evaluation of UNFPA support to gender equality and women's empowerment (2012-2020)

This first evaluation on its theme at UNFPA assesses the organization’s support to gender equality and women’…

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Resources

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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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Newsflash from UNFPA Evaluation Office

Latest updates and information from UNFPA Evaluation Office

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