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Evaluation database

Humanitarian evaluations

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In 2018, UNICEF and partners responded to 285 humanitarian situations in 90 countries, reaching millions of children with life-saving, intersectoral interventions. In order to improve its humanitarian response UNICEF relies on strong evidence of what works and what doesn’t work in emergency contexts. Evaluations of humanitarian action provide critical information that helps ensure UNICEF is constantly learning from and improving its humanitarian interventions. Evaluations also provide accountability to affected populations, partners, and donors.

The UNICEF Evaluation Office conducts corporate evaluations of UNICEF’s work in emergencies as well as evaluations of UNICEF’s response to Level 3 emergencies. Regional offices evaluate UNICEF’s response to Level 2 emergencies and country offices evaluation their responses to Level 1 emergencies. The UNICEF Evaluation Office also collaborates with the Inter-agency Humanitarian Evaluation Steering Group to conduct inter-agency evaluations of emergencies.

A core area of UNICEF work is on humanitarian action, where UNICEF is spending vast amount of resources to ensure that children in emergency contexts have an opportunity to survive, are protected from violence, develop and reach their full potential, without discrimination, bias or favoritism.  UNICEF work in such contexts is guided by the UNICEF Strategic Plan and its Core Commitments for Children in Humanitarian Action (CCCs) which outlines what UNICEF commits to do across all sectors – health, nutrition, water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH), child protection, and education – as part of any humanitarian response. The CCCs are aligned to international standards and guided by humanitarian principles.  As a result, the Evaluation Office is responsible for evaluating humanitarian action for learning, continuous improvement and strengthened accountability.  Evaluations undertaken include corporate thematic evaluations; evaluation of Level 3 humanitarian response, as well providing quality assurance for other types of evaluation of the UNICEF humanitarian response at the decentralized level.  Finally, the Evaluation Office works closely with other humanitarian agencies to undertake Inter-Agency Humanitarian Evaluations (IAHEs) of large-scale system-wide emergencies to strengthen learning and promote accountability towards affected people, national governments, donors and the public..

UNICEF and partners work to provide resources for better evaluating humanitarian action. Current humanitarian e-learning opportunities are:

The most recent humanitarian evaluations are listed below.

Evaluations of Humanitarian Action

Significant Evaluations conducted by UNICEF Country Offices

Other Resources

Videos on IAHEs



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