Guidance and Procedural Note on Managing Real-Time Evaluations Plus (RTE Plus)

To improve its emergency response, UNICEF relies on strong evidence of what works and what does not work in its humanitarian action.

Rohingya refugee Taslima, 6, attends a UNICEF learning centre in Balukhali makeshift settlement in Bangladesh.


This guidance note documents the knowledge generated and identified as part of this process to date. It serves as an internal reference for future humanitarian evaluations at UNICEF. Given that the learning process is still ongoing, the guidance note should be considered a living document; further revisions should and will be made to the current version. The note was primarily conceived for UNICEF’s evaluation managers and evaluands, as well as evaluators working on UNICEF’s humanitarian evaluations(some sections of this guidance note will be more relevant to particular audiences).The note should be read in conjunction with the UNICEF Evaluation Policy (2018 revision).

The guidance note is organized into three sections and annexes. Section 2 defines the RTE plus, its characteristics, a comparison between RTE Plus vs. other kinds of evaluative work; its applicability, purpose and scope and the general timelines. Section 3details the implementation of RTE Plus, from the planning stages to producing the final report; and the roles and responsibilities of various stakeholders in the evaluation. The annexes contain tools that can be adapted for the management and implementation of an RTE Plus.

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