Global Evaluation Reports Oversight System (GEROS) Handbook and Summary

The UNICEF evaluation quality-assessment system.

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The purpose of the Global Evaluation Reports Oversight System (GEROS) is to support and strengthen the evaluation function to meet and exceed United Nations Evaluation Group (UNEG) standards, UN System Wide Action Plan on gender equality (UN-SWAP) and other UNICEF commitments (including equity and human-rights based approaches).

The GEROS is managed by the Evaluation Office and its main objectives are:

  • GEROS aims to ensure accountability and to promote the use of robust evaluative evidence.
  • The GEROS system consists of systematic and independent quality assessment of evaluation reports that have been uploaded to the new corporate Evidence Information Systems Integration (EISI) database by UNICEF Country Offices, Regional Offices, HQ divisions and the Evaluation Office.

Assessments of individual reports are fed back to commissioning offices and publicly available along with the evaluation reports online. – Annual meta analysis reports identify global, regional and thematic trends in the quality of evaluation reports. GEROS has three objectives (revised in 2016):

  • Objective 1: Enabling environment for senior managers and executive board to make informed decisions based on a clear understanding of the quality of evaluation evidence and usefulness of evaluation reports
  • Objective 2: Feedback leads to stronger evaluation capacity of UNICEF and partners
  • Objective 3: UNICEF and partners are more knowledgeable about what works, where and for who.

All final evaluations are assessed by an external independent company.

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