Evaluation in UNCDF is subject to UNDP’s Evaluation Policy . This policy sets out the guiding principles, norms and key concepts for evaluation in UNDP, UNCDF and UNV.
UNCDF follows the rules and standards established by UNEG
The policy 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.
Clearly defined roles and responsibilities
The UN Capital Development Fund is required to "establish evaluation plans, provide funding, commission evaluators, provide management replies, and learn from evaluation results" in accordance with the policy.
Roles and responsibilities in the development and oversight of evaluation plans and in the implementation, dissemination and use of evaluations.
In line with the provisions of the Evaluation Policy, UNCDF greatly benefits from its partnership with UNDP’s Independent Evaluation Office, from which it receives independent quality assessment of its evaluation work as well as additional evaluation coverage in areas where UNDP and UNCDF are working closely together.
UNCDF is an active member of UNEG, and, when appropriate, we work closely with our development and national government partners in commissioning and conducting evaluations of joint interest.
As other evaluation entities in the UN system, UNCDF’s Evaluation Unit is often subject to external assessment against international good practice in evaluation, such as the UN Evaluation Group Norms and Standards, as a benchmark. The last of such assessments took place in 2018 and prior to that 2014 .
The 2014 assessment found evaluation at UNCDF to be "credible, of appropriate quality and offer(ing) impartial analysis" It also praised UNCDF’s innovation in evaluation, which had helped the function become an important component of UNCDF’s efforts to develop "cutting edge" approaches in its work more broadly. The 2018 assessment confirmed that the arrangements envisaged for UNCDF in the revised Evaluation Policy were functioning well and that the quality of UNCDF evaluations had been rated highly by UNDP’s Independent Evaluation Office (with nine out of ten evaluations assessed since 2016 receiving the top two scores of "satisfactory" or "highly satisfactory" against a six-point scale).
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