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UNDP Evaluation Office


The Independent Evaluation Office is a functionally independent unit within UNDP that supports the oversight and accountability functions of the Executive Board and the management of UNDP, UNCDF and UNV. The structural independence of the Office underpins and guarantees its freedom to conduct evaluations and report evaluation results to the Executive Board.

The main role of Office is to conduct independent evaluations according to the plans and costed programmes of work approved by the Executive Board. The work of the Office includes:

  1. Developing evaluation standards, procedures, criteria and methodological guidance for UNDP evaluations, and contributing to innovation in evaluation methodology and dissemination of good practices;
  2. Conducting thematic programmatic and other independent evaluations, ensuring strategic and representative coverage of UNDP programmes and results against national, regional and global scales;
  3. Providing UNDP and its development partners with timely knowledge and lessons drawn from evaluations that can feed into development programming at global, regional and country levels;
  4. Assessing the quality of decentralized evaluations of UNDP, UNCDF and UNV, and monitoring compliance with best international evaluation and data collection standards, including the UNEG norms and standards, code of conduct and ethical guidelines;
  5. Maintaining a searchable, publicly accessible repository of all UNDP, UNCDF and UNV evaluations, and respective management responses and resulting actions;
  6. Supporting the development of communities of practice, and partnering with professional evaluation networks to improve evaluation utility and credibility;
  7. Supporting the harmonization of the evaluation function in the United Nations system, including contributing to the annual work programme of UNEG, participating in system-wide evaluations, and prioritizing joint evaluations with United Nations organizations;
  8. Promoting national ownership and leadership in evaluation through country-led and joint evaluations.


Contact details:

1 UN Plaza
20th Floor
New York, NY 10017

Email: ieo@undp.org

Website: http://web.undp.org/evaluation/


Collaboration with EES

National Evaluation Capacities Conference (NEC 2017), 16-20 October 2017, Istanbul Turkey

EES was a technical partner of the National Evaluation Capacities 2017, a conference organized by  UNDP and The Government of Turkey, with a particular focus on the SDG’s. This partnership revealed to be very strategical for EES as we manage to engage a very eclectic audience of the evaluation ecosystem.

After the conference NEC conference 2017 Mariana Branco of the EES Board interviewed Jos Vaessen and Fredrik Korfker as she wanted to hear our impressions about the conference. We looked back at a very interesting and stimulating conference with participants from many developing countries. Click on the link to wach the interview: ttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8-p9aP1Eb_I&t=179s Learn more information about the TWG on Private Sector contribution to the NEC conference 2017 here. The NEC conference 2017 was also a stage for Emerging Evaluators activities. Check this blogpost to learn more about the TWG on Emerging Evaluators contribution to the conference and how NEC 2017 enabled the development of the group!