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Independent Evaluation Office

At UNDP, evaluation is critical in helping countries achieve the simultaneous eradication of poverty and significant reduction of inequalities and exclusion. By generating objective evidence, evaluation helps UNDP achieve greater accountability and facilitates improved learning from past experience. The evaluations conducted by the UNDP fall into two categories: independent evaluations conducted by the Independent Evaluation Office and decentralized evaluations commissioned by programme units including country offices, regional bureaus and practice and policy bureaus.

The Independent Evaluation Office (IEO) reports to the UNDP Executive Board. The IEO is governed by the organization's Evaluation Policy and the UNDP Executive Board is the custodian of the policy. The core function of the Independent Evaluation Office is to conduct two types of independent evaluations: thematic and programmatic. The Independent Evaluation Office also prepares the Annual Report on Evaluation, sets standards and guidelines on evaluation, monitors compliance on evaluation and shares lessons for improved programming.

IEO hosts the United Nations Evaluation Group (UNEG) Secretariat and actively participates in UNEG to strengthen coherence, quality and innovation of evaluation across the UN system.

The Independent Evaluation Office of UNDP is the custodian of the evaluation function under the following aspects of evaluation:

  1. Governance and accountability
  • Prepares and periodically reviews and updates UNDP’s policy for evaluation;
  • Submits its programme of work to the EB for its approval;
  • Reports annually to the EB on the function, findings and recommendations of evaluations, on compliance, quality assurance, and follow-up to evaluations conducted by UNDP and its associated funds and programmes;
  • Maintains a system to record management responses to all evaluations, called the Evaluation Resource Centre (ERC); and
  • Regularly alerts senior management to emerging evaluation-related issues of corporate significance, without taking part in decision-making.
  1. Conduct of independent evaluations
  •  Promotes national ownership and leadership of, and capacity development in evaluation through country-led and joint evaluations, while ensuring the independence, quality and utility of evaluation;
  • Develops annually the programme of work for independent evaluations, based on consultations with the Executive Board, senior management, the associated funds and programmes and other stakeholders, and in response to emerging issues that the Evaluation Office may identify;
  • Development Results (ADRs) at the country level, evaluations of global, regional, and South-South programmes, and other evaluations as required;
  • Ensures that independent evaluations provide strategic and representative coverage of UNDP programmes and results and are completed in a timely manner to feed into decision-making;
  • Conducts independent evaluations in line with best international evaluation standards, including the UNEG norms and standards, Code of Conduct and Ethical Guidelines, and contributes to innovation in evaluation methodology and dissemination of good practices.
  1. Partnership and knowledge management .
  • Maintains a publicly accessible repository of evaluations;
  • Distils evaluation findings and lessons for dissemination in appropriate formats for targeted audiences;
  • Supports the development of learning groups and communities of practice in evaluation by establishing and supporting knowledge networks;
  • Engages in partnership with professional evaluation networks, including UNEG, the Development Assistance Committee Network on Evaluation, the Evaluation Cooperation Group of the multilateral development banks, and regional organizations to enhance quality and credibility.
  1. United Nations reform
  • Ensures that evaluation in UNDP contributes to and remains consistent with United Nations policy and reforms;
  • Supports the harmonization of the evaluation function in the United Nations system;
  • Prioritizes joint evaluations with United Nations agencies;
  • Contributes evaluative evidence to system-wide evaluations;
  • Contributes to the annual work programme of UNEG
  1. Management

    The Director of the Independent Evaluation Office is accountable for
  • Managing the Evaluation Office budget, including contributions from partners;
  • Managing the recruitment of the Evaluation Office staff, in line with UNDP recruitment procedures and UNEG competencies for evaluators, taking the final decision on selection of staff.
  1. Decentralized evaluations

    The Independent Evaluation Office:
  • Sets evaluation standards for planning, conducting and using decentralized evaluations, and assesses the quality of evaluation reports;
  • Disseminates methodology and good practice standards for evaluation management in UNDP;
  • Provides a roster of evaluation experts;
  • Supports a network of evaluation practitioners;
  • Maintains a public depository of evaluation resources to facilitate sharing of evaluative knowledge
  1. National evaluation capacity development
  • In collaboration with UNEG, the Evaluation Office supports national evaluation capacity development and provides a forum for discussion of evaluation issues confronting countries and enables participants to draw on recent and innovative experiences of other countries and facilitates the preparation of the ground for formulation of longer-term initiatives to strengthen national capacities for public policy evaluation through South-South and trilateral cooperation.

The Annual Report on Evaluation assesses the performance of the evaluation function throughout UNDP and in the associated funds and programmes, such as the United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF) and the United Nations Volunteers (UNV). The Report provides information on evaluation coverage, compliance, quality, institutional arrangements, and the way evaluations are used. It also presents key findings and lessons learned from the body of independent evaluations conducted during the reporting period.

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Annual Report on Evaluation 2013

Report of the Administrator on Evaluaiton 2003

Report of the Administrator on Evaluaiton 2002

Report of the Administrator on Evaluation 2001

Report of the Administrator on Evaluation 2000

Report of the Administrator on Evaluation 1999

Report of Administrator on Evaluation 1998

Report of Administrator on Evaluation 1997

Report of Administrator on Evaluation 1996

Report of Administrator on Evaluation 1995 (DP/1996/14)

Report of Administrator on Evaluation 1994

Report of Administrator on Evaluation 1993


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Advisory panel

The Director of the Independent Evaluation Office has appointed an International Evaluation Advisory Panel (IEAP) to provide periodic advice on evaluation strategies, plans, methodologies and deliverables. It consists of eminent evaluation experts and scholars from around the world.

Peer Review

The Independent Evaluation Office has participated in peer reviews conducted by independent professionals in the field of evaluation. The reviews provide an assessment of independence, credibility and utility of the evaluation function and provide recommendations to the Independent Evaluation Office and the Executive Board of UNDP.

Indran A. Naidoo
Director, Independent Evaluation Office
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Evaluation Resource Centre
Evaluation Resource Centre (ERC) is an on-line platform, which facilitates UNDP's effort to strategically plan and effectively use evaluations for accountability, management for results, and knowledge management. It provides access to all UNDP evaluation reports, plans and management responses.
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