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

Country programme evaluations conducted between 2010 and 2013
Lessons learned from UNFPA Country Programme Evaluations
This report brings together the findings from a sample of 30 UNFPA country programme evaluation reports, conducted and quality-...
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...

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This is an independent evaluation of the Maternal Health Thematic Fund (MHTF) contribution to UNFPA support to maternal health from 2008 until 2011. The mid-term evaluation assesses the potential of the MHTF to act in a...
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Maternal mortality represents the greatest health inequity in the world. No other health indicator as starkly illustrates global disparities in human development. Each year more than 350,000 women die during pregnancy...
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The Evaluation Report presents an independent programme-level evaluation of the UNFPA support to Cameroon covering the fifth Country Programme (2008-2012) conducted by the Evaluation Branch (DOS).

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