Evaluation policy and practice

For every child, results.

On 1 October 2018 at the Junaina makeshift camp in northern rural Idlib, in the Syrian Arab Republic, girls jump rope outside of a tent school where a total of 350 children between the ages of 7 and 14 are able to go back to learning.

The context in which UNICEF operates is complex and fast-changing. This is why we continuously innovate our evaluation methods, complementing traditional approaches with those that deliver timely, relevant and actionable recommendations.

We advance the value of our work by reaching the right stakeholders at the right moment with the right evidence. This is how we amplify our findings and recommendations to ensure UNICEF continues to help children survive, thrive and fulfil their potential.

Evaluation policy

UNICEF's evaluation policy outlines evaluation principles and procedures, and sets out key accountabilities for the function and use of evaluations.

Guided by the norms and standards of the United Nations Evaluation Group (UNEG) and international good practices – including for the evaluation of humanitarian assistance – the policy ensures that evaluations are useful, credible, independent and impartial, and that evaluation processes are transparent and child-centered.

Evaluation practice

UNICEF works in more than 190 countries and territories to reach the most disadvantaged children and young people. Each year, UNICEF evaluation staff manage dozens of evaluations around the globe.

Decentralization is key to our approach. We conduct evaluations at the country, regional and global levels. Because our evaluations must respond to shifting needs in complex settings, we tailor our approach to deliver timely, actionable findings that support fast-paced and context-specific decision-making.

To improve credibility and institutional learning, we developed the Global Evaluation Reports Oversight System (GEROS), which provides feedback to offices to ensure the evaluations they manage meet the highest standards.