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Overview

Evaluation at UNFPA serves three main purposes: (i) to demonstrate accountability; (ii) to support evidence-based decision-making; (iii) to contribute to lesson learning. The evaluation function is governed by the UNFPA Evaluation Policy. The Executive Board is the custodian of the policy.

The Independent Evaluation Office (EO) was established in July 2013 as 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: (a) programme-level evaluations conducted by external evaluators, but commissioned by relevant business units; and (b) corporate evaluations undertaken or commissioned by the EO. The EO prepares a budgeted biennial evaluation work 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.

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News on Evaluation

17 May 2018 The UNFPA Evaluation Office releases meta-analysis of the engagement of UNFPA in highly vulnerable contexts

The UNFPA Evaluation Office conducted a meta-analysis on the engagement of UNFPA in highly vulnerable contexts based on a cluster of six country programme evaluations (Bangladesh, Haiti, DRC, Liberia, Myanmar, and...

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, as well as the contribution of UNFPA to the United Nations coherence in evaluation,...

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Under the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the UN reform agenda, monitoring and evaluation capacities are more important than ever to achieve UN system effectiveness and to strengthen the capabilities of...

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Evaluation Office reports

17 May 2018
The 2017 annual report provides information on the performance of the evaluation function at corporate and decentralized levels, as well as the contribution of UNFPA to the United Nations coherence in evaluation,...
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The UNFPA Evaluation Office conducted a meta-analysis on the engagement of UNFPA in highly vulnerable contexts based on a cluster of six country programme evaluations (Bangladesh, Haiti, DRC, Liberia, Myanmar, and Nepal...
17 January 2018
The purpose of the evaluation is to assess the extent to which, and under what circumstances, the Joint Programme has accelerated the abandonment of FGM over the last 10 years (since the start of the joint programme in...
12 October 2017
  The inception phase was finalized in September 2017.  The Inception Report’s main components are (i) the evaluation approach and methodology, (ii) the evaluation questions and the matrix. The inception phase also...

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Key documents

3 May 2018
The evaluation of the UNFPA response to the Syria crisis continues moving forward as scheduled. The purpose of this exercise is to assess the contribution of UNFPA to the Syria humanitarian crisis response. This...
1 May 2018
The purpose of the review of the evaluation function was to (a) assess if the evaluation policy should be revised or not–and, if so, identify areas of the policy that should be revised; and (b) provide an independent...
12 April 2018
This document presents UNFPA’s strategy for evaluation. The strategy is framed both by UNFPA’s new Strategic Plan for 2018-2021 and by the broader set of directions adopted by the UN system. It presents and explains...
30 January 2018
The quadrennial budgeted evaluation plan for 2018-2021 has been prepared in line with the revised evaluation policy of UNFPA (DP/FPA/2013/5).

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Resources

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Welcome to IMPACT: the newsletter of the independent Evaluation Office of UNFPA.
20 April 2016
Templates, tools and guidance for quality assurance of the evaluation process and quality assessment of the final evaluation reports
31 October 2013
Handbook on how to design and conduct a Country Programme Evaluation
1 October 2013
Guides the evaluation team through the assessment of the country office M&E system and the challenges of building a results-oriented monitoring system