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2019 EO: GEROS Meta-Analysis 2016-2018

Executive summary

UNICEF GEROS Meta-Analysis 2016-2018: An Independent Review of UNICEF Evaluation Report Quality and Selected Trends from 2016-2018

Executive Summary

Introduction and Background on the UNICEF GEROS System

The 2018 GEROS Meta-Analysis presents trends in UNICEF evaluation quality1 from 2016 – 2018 based on evaluation ratings and qualitative feedback emerging from the Global Evaluation Reports Oversight System (GEROS). GEROS, which was established in 2010, provides a holistic system to ensure good quality and credibility of evaluation reports across the decentralized organisation; supports the strengthening of the evaluation function to fully meet UNEG standards; and serves as a platform for institutional learning and the use of evaluative evidence.

The UNICEF Evaluation Office commissioned this report to inform key audiences, which include: The Global Evaluation Committee, UNICEF senior management (at the global, regional and country levels), the UNICEF Evaluation Office, regional evaluation officers, and evaluation managers. Its purpose is to monitor progress, analyse strengths, and identify current challenges and areas for improvement in order to contribute towards the continued strengthening of the UNICEF evaluation function and UNICEF programming.


The GEROS process includes a review by an external independent team of evaluation experts of the quality of UNICEF evaluation reports (at the country, regional and global levels) and a yearly meta-analysis. UNICEF-adapted UNEG standards are used as the criteria of quality assessment2 and inter-related reliability is managed through a quality control process.

This meta-analysis was conducted from May-June 2019. Quantitative data was compiled regarding scores for different aspects of the reports from 2016 - 2018 using Excel. The analysis was carried out across multiple axes, including descriptive elements of the reports; overall trends in quality (across time, assessment criteria (including UN-SWAP performance), and regions. A qualitative assessment was also provided for 2018 trends by quality assessment criteria to identify strengths and areas for improvement. The report also includes a section on GEROS as a Learning Tool that presents insights from the external independent evaluation team around the GEROS tool and how it can be further strengthened to better support the evaluation function and organisational learning. This analysis should be read along with the findings and conclusions of the 2019 GEROS Review that provides a more in-depth assessment of the GEROS system, including how evaluation report quality is defined and assessed.


Please find below the 2018 GEROS Meta-Analysis, as well as, the accompanying regional summaries. This year’s meta-analyses provide a closer look at UNICEF’s performance on evaluation quality over a 3 year period (2016-2018).  It also offers insights on how ways to strengthen GEROS in its next cycle.

Regional Meta-Analyses:

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Report information

Year: 2019

Office: Evaluation Office

Region: HQ

Type: Study

Theme: Management Excellence (Cross-cutting)

Partners: ImpactReady

Language: English

Sequence #: Evaluation Office/65/2019/16629


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