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

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
6 September 2016 UNFPA Support to Family Planning
The thematic evaluation report, the evaluation brief and the country reports are now available. The results of the evaluation...
Evaluation of UNFPA support to the prevention, response to and elimination of gender based violence, including harmful practices
The Evaluation Office has launched a thematic evaluation of UNFPA support to the prevention, response to and elimination of...
2 June 2016 Evaluation of UNFPA support to population and housing census data
The thematic evaluation report and the evaluation brief, as well as the country reports are now available. The results of the...

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Key documents

Evaluation Office reports

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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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The evaluation purpose was to assess the performance of UNFPA in the field of family planning and to provide learning to inform the implementation of the current UNFPA Family Planning Strategy, Choices not chance (2012-...
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The evaluation purpose was to assess the contribution of UNFPA support to strengthening national capacity for the production of census data and its use in evidence-based decision-making and policy formulation.

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