Evaluation in UNCDF is subject to UNDP’s Evaluation Policy which sets out the guiding principles, norms and key concepts for evaluation in UNDP, UNCDF and UNV.
The policy in turn draws upon the norms and standards of the United Nations Evaluation Group (UNEG) whose objective is to strengthen the objectivity, effectiveness and visibility of the evaluation function across the UN system and to advocate the importance of evaluation for learning, decision making and accountability.
As per the policy, UNCDF overall ‘establishes evaluation plans, allocates funding, commissions evaluators, provides management responses, and learns from evaluation results’.
Day-to-day responsibility for evaluation in UNCDF lies with its Evaluation Unit which reports directly to the Executive Secretary and works according to multi-annual Evaluation Plans that are aligned with UNCDF’s Strategic Framework.
The Evaluation Unit is responsible in particular for: i) managing and conducting evaluations, ii) supporting the elaboration of well-defined results frameworks to facilitate the evaluation of programmes and activities; iii) ensuring the maintenance of a publicly-accessible repository of evaluations; iv) ensuring the dissemination of evaluation findings and lessons in appropriate formats for targeted audiences and promote their consideration in decisionmaking and in learning; v) tracking management responses and follow-up to agreed evaluation recommendations and vi) contributing to developing evaluation capacity within UNCDF and beyond.
As other evaluation entities in the UN system, UNCDF’s Evaluation Unit is often subject to external assessment using international good practice in evaluation as a benchmark. The last such assessment took place in 2014.
The findings were broadly positive with evaluation in UNCDF judged to be ‘credible, of appropriate quality and offer(ing) impartial analysis’, and the quality of the four evaluations sampled judged as either ‘highly satisfactory’ or ‘satisfactory’ or the first or second level on a six- level quality scale.
The reviewers also praised UNCDF’s innovation in evaluation which had become an important component of UNCDF’s efforts to develop “cutting-edge” approaches more broadly; finally, it concluded that the evaluation function was valued by UNCDF and had become ‘an integral part of the management and planning system’ in the organization.
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