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

1 October 2020 Join Eval4Action, a new campaign aligned to the Decade of Action
The campaign is co-led by UNFPA Evaluation Office, EvalYouth Global Network and the Global Parliamentarians Forum for Evaluation
30 September 2020 Use of evaluation results to bring family planning to the last mile
On World Contraception Day 2020, five new videos capture the use of evaluation results to improve UNFPA Supplies programme

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Key documents

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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.
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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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Evaluation Office reports

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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.
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The developmental evaluation provides real-time feedback and evaluative input for decision-making, for the development of the next stage of RBM in UNFPA.
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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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Resources

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Latest updates and information from UNFPA Evaluation Office

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