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

3 June 2017 Lessons learned from UNFPA Country Programme Evaluations
The report with lessons learned from 26 country programme evaluations conducted between 2014 and 2015 is now available.
2 June 2017 Architecture supporting the operationalisation of the UNFPA Strategic Plan
The evaluation report and the executive summary are now available.
1 February 2017 UNFPA Support to Adolescents and Youth
The thematic evaluation report, the evaluation brief and the country reports are now available. The results of the evaluation...
15 November 2016 Evaluation of UNFPA engagement in highly-vulnerable contexts
The Evaluation Office has launched a clustered country programme evaluation of UNFPA engagement in highly-vulnerable contexts


Key documents

The quadrennial budgeted evaluation for 2016-2019 has been prepared in line with the revised evaluation policy of UNFPA, in accordance with relevant Executive Board decisions, and with General Assembly resolution 67/226...
The proposed evaluation plan for the 2014-2015 biennium encompasses both corporate evaluations, which include thematic and independent country programme evaluations, and programme-level evaluations.
Decisions adopted by the Executive Board in 2015 2015/11 Annual report on evaluation (UNFPA) 2015/19 Quadrennial evaluation workplan and budget (UNFPA)


Evaluation Office reports

The purpose of the evaluation was to conduct an evidence based, highly consultative and participative formative evaluation of the UNFPA Innovation Initiative. The objectives were to provide learning inputs to managers...
This report brings together the findings from a sample of 26 UNFPA CPE reports, conducted and quality-assessed between 2014 and 2015, in order to inform and strengthen programming.
The purpose of the evaluation was to feed into the preparation of the new UNFPA strategic plan with independent evaluative evidence and lessons learned, specifically related to the elements of the architecture...