Evaluation

Overview

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

11 November 2019 New! Getting to zero: Good practices from synthesis of UNFPA country programme evaluations
Just in time for the Nairobi Summit, marking 25th anniversary of the ICPD
26 September 2019 Use of evaluation results to expand access to family planning
On the occasion of World Contraception Day, a new video outlines the use of evaluation results to improve UNFPA Supplies programme

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Key documents

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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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This report reviews the evaluation function at UNFPA for the year 2016.

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Evaluation Office reports

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This evaluation is an independent assessment of the UNFPA overall response to the Syria humanitarian crisis including its contribution to the Whole of Syria approach.
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This thematic evaluation assesses UNFPA support to the prevention of, response to, and elimination of gender-based violence and three harmful practices, child marriage, Female Genital Mutilation and son preference,...
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    The mid-term evaluation assesses the progress made in the implementation of the UNFPA Supplies Programme from 2013 to 2017, and covers all 46 focus countries of the programme. The evaluation results are clustered...

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