Plan for Global Evaluations 2018-2021 Presentation

The plan is aimed at contributing to the deepening of organizational accountability and learning in support of the UNICEF Strategic Plan, 2018–2021.

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Plan for global evaluations, 2018–2021 [E/ICEF/2018/3]

The plan for global evaluations, 2018–2021 is aimed at contributing to the deepening of organizational accountability and learning in support of the UNICEF Strategic Plan, 2018–2021, the Sustainable Development Goals and the 2016 quadrennial comprehensive policy review of operational activities for development of the United Nations system (General Assembly resolution 71/243 (QCPR)).

The plan builds upon the analysis of lessons learned from the plan for global thematic evaluations, 2014–2017; recommendations from recent assessments of the evaluation function in UNICEF; the evaluation requirements of the Strategic Plan, 2018–2021; the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development; the 2016 QCPR; costed evaluation plans approved by the Executive Board of UNICEF as part of country programmes of cooperation; and extensive consultation with the organization and with key United Nations partners.

The plan presents an approach to evaluating various aspects of the work of UNICEF. Overarching issues will be addressed through the evaluation of the Strategic Plan, the UNICEF Gender Action Plan, 2018–2021, country programmes, Level 3 emergencies and the UNICEF review of development effectiveness, among others. In addition, there is a strong focus on the evaluation of sectoral issues as well as crosssectoral ones, such as education in emergencies and child protection systems. Furthermore, the plan covers joint evaluations with sister United Nations agencies and other partners.

By focusing on some of the key constraints to improving the well-being of the most disadvantaged children everywhere, the plan reflects the principles of the 2030 Agenda, in particular the pledge to leave no one and no child behind and to reach the farthest behind first. A notable shift, compared with previous plans, is the increased emphasis on evaluating the work of UNICEF and partners in humanitarian situations.

A second shift is the increased attention to evaluability assessment, which will provide evidence for timely programme adjustments.

The plan builds upon the recommendations of the United Nations Evaluation Group peer review of the evaluation function of UNICEF, as well as guiding principles derived from the 2030 Agenda and the 2016 QCPR.

The Executive Board is requested to adopt the draft decision relating to evaluation contained in section XIII.

* E/ICEF/2018/1.

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