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. 

News on Evaluation

10 February 2021

New! Adapting evaluation questions to the COVID-19 pandemic

Guidance on how to adapt evaluation areas of inquiry and evaluation questions to COVID-19 realities

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08 February 2021

Best UNFPA country programme evaluations in 2020

11 country programme evaluations at UNFPA received a high rating in 2020

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Key documents

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Quadrennial budgeted evaluation plan, 2016-2019

The quadrennial budgeted evaluation for 2016-2019 has been prepared in line with the revised evaluation…

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Transitional biennial budgeted evaluation plan, 2014-2015

The proposed evaluation plan for the 2014-2015 biennium encompasses both corporate evaluations, which include…

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Decisions by UNFPA Executive Board

Decisions adopted by the Executive Board in 2015   2015/11 Annual report on evaluation (UNFPA) 2015/19…

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Evaluation Office reports

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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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Evaluation of the UNFPA response to the Syria crisis (2011-2018)

This evaluation is an independent assessment of the UNFPA overall response to the Syria humanitarian crisis…

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