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Evaluation and good practices

Evaluation function at UNICEF

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At its annual session in June 2018, the UNICEF Executive Board endorsed the revised Evaluation Policy (2018), paving the way for all levels of UNICEF to strengthen the conduct, timeliness and use of evaluations. The revised Policy supersedes previous directives on the subject. 

Following the endorsement by the Executive Board, the UNICEF Executive Director issued in October 2018, this Procedure to expedite the implementation of the Policy. The Procedure outlines the steps that various parts of the organization need to take to implement the provisions of the Policy, including those related to coverage of evaluations, quality assurance standards, timeliness and use of evaluations, human and financial resource requirements and the role of managers. Heads of Offices in particular should support the implementation of the provisions of the Policy. Ultimately, the purpose is to ensure that UNICEF and its partners use evaluations for learning, continuous improvement and strengthened accountability – all towards better results for children.

Furthermore, you can also find here the United Nations Evaluation Group (UNEG) Norms and Standards, Principles and Code of Conduct for Evaluation.  The purpose of evaluation is to ensure that UNICEF has timely, strategically focused and objective information on the performance of its policies, programmes and initiatives to produce better results for children and women.  It is to strengthen evidence-based decision-making and advocacy, transparency, coherence and effectiveness.  Furthermore, the purpose and use of evaluation is to determine the relevance, impact, effectiveness, efficiency and sustainability of the interventions and contributions of the organizations of the United Nations system.

UNICEF conducts evaluations at five institutional levels reflecting the organizational accountability framework: local or project, country programme of cooperation, regional, global strategic and institutional performance.  Decentralization is a key characteristic of the UNICEF evaluation system: together with programme countries, UNICEF country offices will continue to commission most UNICEF evaluation work.  Evaluation asks three key questions: Are we doing the right thing?  Are we doing it right?  How can we do it better?

We ask these questions about UNICEF-supported country programmes - UNICEF's specific contribution at country level - as well as how we work as an organization, regionally and globablly.  Asking these questions helps us learn and makes us more accountable to national partners, donors, sister orgnaizations, ourselves and ultimately to children and women.



For an overview of the evaluation function, see the Evaluation in UNICEF brief (2014).



UNICEF Evaluation Policy

English [2018]

UNEG Norms and Standards (2016)

UNEG Norms and Standards (2016)

In English [PDF]

En français [PDF]

En español [PDF]

在中国 [PDF]

В русском [PDF]

بالعربية [PDF]

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