In order to better the lives of millions of children in South Asia who are still unable to live in dignity, reach their full potential or make choices about their future – UNICEF needs timely, strategically focused and objective information on the performance of its policies, programmes, and initiatives. Without such information, it can be difficult to ensure organizational learning and accountability, which are critical to delivering results.
We work to ensure that UNICEF continually improves its performance and results for children in South Asia, by supporting organizational learning and accountability.
The Evaluation function at the Regional Office of South Asia supports organizational learning and accountability by providing regional leadership in the following areas:
- Governance and accountability, especially by developing regionally specific evaluation strategies; engaging senior management attention in the regional management team and elsewhere; authorizing innovations in structuring the evaluation function and evaluation partnerships to respond to contextual variations within the region; adapting evaluation performance standards to the region and assessing compliance by country offices; and responding to performance information regarding evaluation activities;
- Guidance and quality assurance, especially organizing support and technical advice to assist country offices in achieving high-quality evaluation and in adapting evaluation methodologies to local or regional requirements; and assisting offices in properly integrating the evaluation function with research, monitoring, planning and other functions;
- Conducting evaluations, especially multi-country or regional thematic evaluations, as decided by the regional management team or regional evaluation committees; informing regional stakeholders of relevant results; and responding to evaluation recommendations;
- Partnerships for evaluation, especially coordinating and, where possible, harmonizing United Nations system evaluation activities at the regional level;
- Development and professionalization of the UNICEF evaluation function, especially designing and implementing efforts to strengthen the evaluation competencies of country-level staff, both through UNICEF initiatives or co-developed and shared with other agencies;
- National evaluation capacity development (NECD), especially supporting the functioning of regional evaluation associations, and helping country offices design and initiate NECD efforts based on good practice from the region or South-South peer support.
These resources on evaluation represent just a small selection of materials produced by UNICEF and its partners in the region. The list is regularly updated to include the latest information.