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

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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16 December 2020

New resource! Guidance on disability inclusion in UNFPA evaluations

Integrating disability inclusion dimensions in UNFPA evaluation methodology and EQAA

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Key documents


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


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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Corporate Evaluation of UNFPA support to the prevention, response to and elimination of gender-based violence and harmful practices (2012-2017)

  This thematic evaluation assesses UNFPA support to the prevention of, response to, and elimination of…

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Mid-Term Evaluation of the UNFPA Supplies Programme (2013-2020)

    The mid-term evaluation assesses the progress made in the implementation of the UNFPA Supplies…

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