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. 

Key documents

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Independent external strategic review of the evaluation function of UNFPA

The purpose of the review of the evaluation function was to (a) assess if the evaluation policy should be…

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Quadrennial budgeted evaluation plan, 2018 - 2021

The quadrennial budgeted evaluation plan for 2018-2021 has been prepared in line with the revised evaluation…

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Annual Report on Evaluation

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

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Evaluation Office reports

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Getting to zero: Good practices from synthesis of UNFPA country programme evaluations

The synthesis validates effective programmatic approaches and those that limit progress to accelerate UNFPA…

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Joint Evaluation of the UNFPA-UNICEF Joint Programme on the Abandonment of Female Genital Mutilation: Accelerating Change Phase I and II (2008–2017)

The purpose of the evaluation is to assess the extent to which, and under what circumstances, the Joint…

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Joint evaluation of UNFPA-UNICEF Global Programme to Accelerate Action to End Child Marriage

The purpose of the joint evaluation was to provide an independent assessment of progress towards results,…

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