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Evaluation and good practices

Governance of the evaluation function

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The Executive Directive provides UNICEF senior management and other staff members with operational guidance for the implementation of the Evaluation Policy [PDF]; the policy provides the guiding principles for the evaluation function.  It focuses primarily on required management measures to strengthen the evaluation function in the organization.  These include closer linkages among the Evaluation Office, Regional Offices and Country Offices, improved strategic planning for evaluation, adequate resource allocation, and improved mechanisms for quality assurance, management response, and reporting on the evaluation function.

The Executive Board approves the evaluation policy and endorses the multiyear work programme and budget.

The Evaluation Committee reviews and can endorse recommendations contained in the evaluation reports.

The Evaluation Office coordinates the evaluation function within UNICEF and conducts independent global evaluations.  Leadership is provided in the development of approaches and methodologies for policy, strategic, thematic, programme, project and institutional evaluations.  The findings of evaluations and related studies help senior management in decision-making processes, with particular attention paid to the relevance of learning for policy development and the improvement of institutional processes.  The office also fosters the professionalization of the evaluation function in UNICEF and across the United Nations systems together with UNEG, promotes capacity development, maintains the institutional database of evaluations and promotes its use across the organization in support of knowledge management and provides oversight of the quality assurance of final evaluation reports.

At the Regional level (ECA, EAPR, ESAR, LACR, ROSA, WCAR), evaluation serves the Regional Management Team and partners in the assessment of regional strategies and, at the Country Office level, together with national Governments and partners, evaluation serves the purposes of accountability and learning by assessing national goals and the strategic aims of the programme of cooperation.  The Regional Offices provide oversight and strengthening of the evaluation capacities of UNICEF Offices and their government counterparts through the coordination of evaluation capacity-building activities with the Evaluation Office, preparation of regional plans, provision of quality assurance and technical assistance.

Country Offices are responsible for ensuring that adequate resources are dedicated to the evaluation function, that communication with government officials and other partners facilitate the evaluation process and evaluation findings inform decision-making processes.  Country Offices are also responsible for ensuring proper planning for evaluation through the preparation of the Integrated Monitoring and Evaluation Plan.

ECA: Europe and Central Asia
EAPR: East Asia and the Pacific
ESAR: Eastern and Southern Africa
LACR: Latin America and the Caribbean
ROSA: South Asia
WCAR: West and Central Africa



UNICEF Evaluation Policy

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