Chapter 6. Initiating and managing and evaluation

This chapter introduces key steps in the process of preparing for and managing an evaluation for UNDP programme units, who are responsible for commissioning evaluations that are planned in their respective evaluation plans. The chapter presents the involvement of stakeholders and partners in evaluation as one of the guiding principles in UNDP evaluation, describes their important role in ensuring ownership and high quality of evaluation, and discusses how UNDP can ensure their meaningful and optimal involvement in the process. The chapter also introduces tools such as the ToR and evaluation report templates and quality standards, which are intended to help programme units carry out their tasks effectively. Finally, this chapter discusses key elements of the joint evaluation process.