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

24 January 2019 UNFPA revised Evaluation Policy endorsed by the Executive Board
Policy sets the vision and purpose of evaluation at UNFPA
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,...

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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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This report brings together the findings from a sample of 30 UNFPA CPE reports, conducted and quality-assessed between 2010 and 2013. The intended use of the report is to inform and guide UNFPA strategies, programmes...

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