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

UNFPA Support to Family Planning
The inception report and the five country case study reports are now available. The final report will be available in June 2016.
UNFPA Support to Adolescents and Youth
The evaluation will assess UNFPA support to adolescents and youth to generate information for evidence-based decision-making and...


Key documents

Evaluation Office reports

The overall purpose of the independent evaluation of the UNFPA 3rd country programme of assistance to the Government of Lebanon is to produce an independent and useful evaluation report, with a view to contributing to...
This evaluation is being undertaken to provide credible and useful evaluative information on the added value and worth of Joint Gender Programmes in the UN System (JGP) and to generate knowledge on JGP for their...
The joint evaluation assesses the extent to which the UNFPA-UNICEF joint programme has accelerated the abandonment of FGM/C in 15 programme countries (2008-2012). The evaluation provides an opportunity to ensure...