The Evaluation Function is committed to undertaking high quality evaluations and the Evaluation Office is responsible for conducting independent evaluations, set standards, guidelines and to provide guidance globally. At the global level, evaluation serves to assess UNICEF’s performance against the objectives and targets set in the Medium Term Strategic Plan (MTSP).
The management of the majority of UNICEF-supported evaluations is largely decentralized, which reflects the decentralized nature of the organization. Decentralization ensures that the evidence generated is relevant to the local context, which helps to inform national policies for children. The Evaluation Office and Regional Offices work jointly to strengthen the evaluation function in a number of key areas: enhancing strategic planning of evaluations and management responses; strengthening internal evaluation capacity; and developing national evaluation capacity.