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Welcome to the updated UNDP Evaluation Guidelines. The Evaluation guidelines have been updated to reflect a number of changes in UNDP in recent years across evaluation in UNDP and to bring them into line with the new UNDP Strategic Plan, Agenda 2030 and the adoption of the SDGs.
The Evaluation Guidelines give renewed emphasis to the importance of planning for evaluations and ensuring appropriate evaluative coverage of UNDP’s work across our programmes; they provide greater detail on expected roles and responsibilities for evaluation; and include links to examples of good quality evaluations, with a view to strengthening the quality and utility of future decentralized evaluations.
The UNDP Evaluation guidelines replaces the evaluation sections of the Handbook on Planning, Monitoring and Evaluating for Development Results, which can still be found here.
The UNDP Evaluation guidelines include six sections, which will be updated regularly to address changes within the organization.
The Independent Evaluation Office (IEO) of UNDP, as part of its ongoing support to national evaluation capacity development, has developed a diagnostic guidance for the evaluation of the national development plans (and progress on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)). Supported by NORAD, the main objectives are to: facilitate development or strengthening of a national evaluation framework for the SDGs, respond to existing gaps in national evaluation thinking and practice, inform country-led evaluation processes and systems, and respond to countries’ preference for national evaluation diagnostics as against the SDG evaluation diagnostics. The guidance aims to provide a flexible and practical framework to enable governments and other development actors to develop a systematic approach to determining key areas, pathways, and parameters for evaluating national development strategies and SDGs. The Guidance will be followed by easy to use online tool. The IEO is the process of identifying champion countries for piloting the Guidance.