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

26 September 2018 Mid-Term Evaluation of the UNFPA Supplies Programme (2013-2020)
Evaluation report released
17 May 2018 2017 annual report of the evaluation function up for discussion in 2018 annual session of the UNFPA Executive Board
The 2017 annual report provides information on the performance of the evaluation function at corporate and decentralized levels,...


Key documents

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

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...
The evaluation purpose was to assess the performance of UNFPA in its support to adolescents and youth during the period 2008-2015 falling under the UNFPA Framework for Action on Adolescents and Youth and the UNFPA...



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