UNICEF Guidance on Gender Integration in Evaluation

“How-to” integrate a gender lens in UNICEF evaluations?

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Advancing gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls is essential to realizing the rights of all children.

It is central to UNICEF’s work throughout the organization, and clearly articulated in UNICEF’s Strategic Plan (SP), Gender Action Plan (GAP), and the United Nations System-Wide Action Plan (UN-SWAP).

This guidance is intended as a “how-to” for integrating a gender lens in UNICEF evaluations. It responds to annual quality review (GEROS) analysis showing that UNICEF evaluations have not effectively incorporated gender considerations into all stages of the evaluation process. This means missed opportunities to fully assess gender results and ensure that evaluation processes and recommendations are truly gender-transformative. Furthermore, integrating gender in evaluation is critical particularly as the UN moves towards a systemwide evaluation approach to meet the Leave No One Behind principle of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

This guidance is meant primarily for all evaluation staff working at headquarters, regional and field levels. It is also intended for UNICEF gender staff across the organization; program managers seeking to use evaluation results to inform more gender-responsive programme design. A secondary audience includes Representatives and Deputy Representatives responsible for management response and follow-up to evaluations. Finally, external evaluators undertaking ongoing evaluations for UNICEF may also find it helpful.

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