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UNEG Vice-Chair

We are excited to announce that Director Oscar A. Garcia was elected as the Vice-Chair of the UN Evaluation Executive Group (UNEG).

UNEG is an inter-agency professional network that brings together the evaluation units of the UN system, including UN departments, specialized agencies, funds and programmes and affiliated organizations. It currently has 50 such members and observers.
IEO looks forward to contributing to UNEGs mission in advancing the evaluation practice in times of Covid-19, promoting evaluation across the UN system and advocating the role of evaluation for learning and decision-making.


Global Evaluation Partnership

A broad coalition of governments and national and international organizations have agreed to establish the first-ever global partnership focused on addressing the worldwide gaps in monitoring and evaluation capacity. In June 2020, a range of donor countries and organizations met for the first time in a Co-Creation Workshop co-hosted by the IEO and the IEG of the World Bank to discuss concrete steps towards establishing an inclusive partnership to meet the global demand from developing countries for stronger monitoring and evaluation systems and capacity.

The workshop was a three-day virtual brainstorming discussion focused on building consensus around a joint vision of the global partnership. Ahead of the workshop, a series of consultations were held with representatives from countries committed to strengthening their M&E systems and capacities in order to understand the challenges they face and how best to support their programmes. The workshop concluded with an agreement among the participants on key steps and actions they will be taking in collaboration with the workshop co-hosts.

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gLocal Evaluation Week

This year, the gLOCAL Evaluation Week featured 256 events hosted in 40 countries across 8 regions. Director Oscar A. Garcia participated in the Wilton Park webinar on From COVID-19 to climate change: transformational evaluations for global crises. He highlighted the importance of evaluation in addressing challenges from COVID-19 and climate change and their inter linkage in attaining the SDGs. The IEO also organized 3 virtual sessions to share M&E knowledge and experiences essential to strengthening capacity, fostering accountability, promoting evidence-based decision making and learning from results. These included:

▪ A self-assessment online tool for national evaluation diagnostics and strategizing option in the SDG Era
▪ Strengthening national evaluation systems in post-conflict societies: the case of Liberia
▪ Evaluation in conflict contexts: experiences of the IEO
A self-assessment online tool for national evaluation diagnostics and strategizing option in the SDG Era
Strengthening national evaluation systems in post-conflict societies: the case of Liberia
Evaluation in conflict contexts: experiences of the IEO

The diversity of topics reflects the importance of connecting locally and globally to share knowledge, experiences, and learning in our collective efforts to address global development challenges.

In case you missed the virtual sessions watch the recap.

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DAC EvalNet - UNEG Partnership Forum

This year for the first time, two leading evaluation networks – the United Nations Evaluation Group (UNEG) and the OECD Development Assistance Committee on Development Evaluation (EvalNet) – came together for a joint meeting.

The purpose of this Partnerships Forum was to provide an opportunity to advance the common objectives of both groups, which are to develop and safeguard professional norms, standards and guidance; enhance professionalization and capacity; and influence policy-making and operational work through evaluations.

Director Oscar A. Garcia participated in the forum and presented the Covid-19 Global Evaluation Coalition - an independent collaboration made up of the evaluation units of OECD member and partner countries, UN organisations and multilateral institutions. He highlighted the need for a collaborative approach within the evaluation community to support an effective response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Evaluation Guidance - COVID-19

The COVID-19 crisis is forcing us to find new and more innovative approaches to implement our evaluations.

To further strengthen decentralized evaluations at UNDP the IEO been working with all Regional Bureaus and held virtual sessions for Europe and the CIS, Asia Pacific, Africa and Arab States regions. The focus was on how to adjust evaluation plans and evaluation implementation during this crisis.

Access IEO's updated evaluation guidelines.


Stakeholder Workshops

At IEO, stakeholder engagements are essential in enhancing the relevance and use of its evaluations. As of April 2020, the IEO has held 5 virtual stakeholder workshops for its Independent Country Programme Evaluations (ICPEs): Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, and Uganda. The IEO shared evaluation findings, conclusions and recommendations of the evaluations and discussed UNDP management’s responses. The workshops were attended by UNDP management and staff, government counterparts, civil society, and donors.


Podcast: Smarter use of evaluation resources during crisis

The COVID-19 pandemic has forced most of the world into isolation and it is likely to remain like this for some time. These unprecedented circumstances raise numerous questions for evaluation work within the field of international development and cooperation. The European Commission, DEVCO/Evaluation Support Service just launched a podcast series to share about evaluation in crisis, building on the challenges brought by the global pandemic.

Director Oscar A. Garcia was invited to speak on smarter use of evaluation resources during a crisis. He highlights the need to produce knowledge in a way that is palatable, easy to digest, and conducive to supporting action and policies that respond to people’s needs.

Listen to the podcast


Blog: Can evaluations contribute to transformational development in Latin America and the Caribbean?

Many Latin America and the Caribbean countries have been heavily hit by the COVID-19 pandemic and have taken several steps backwards in terms of development as governments, societies and economies struggle with the impact of the crisis.

The CLEAR LAC launched Dialogues 360º - a space dedicated to the visibility of monitoring and evaluation for the SDGs.

Director Oscar A. Garcia kicked off with the first blog for this space and discusses whether evaluations can contribute to transformational development and the role of evaluation that goes beyond simply validating monitored progress for achieving SDGs.

Read the blog: English | Spanish or watch the video


2019 Annual Report on Evaluation

The 2019 Annual Report on Evaluation showcases the spectrum of evaluation activities during the past year within the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), and the associated evaluation units at the United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF) and United Nations Volunteers (UNV).

The report summarizes the work carried out by the IEO, to evaluate UNDP’s work globally and promote a culture of evaluation, transparency, and accountability within the organization. This Annual Report details evaluation achievements and reflects on recent lessons from policy and programmatic activities, towards improving future results for development. These critical independent reflections offer UNDP valuable insights in becoming a more results oriented and evidence-based organization.

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Independent Country Programme Evaluations (ICPEs)

The IEO has published the following ICPEs since May 2020.

Afghanistan: Report | Brief
Armenia: Report | Brief
Bahrain: Report | Brief
Belarus: Report | Brief
Bosnia & Herzegovina: Report | Brief
Burkina Faso: Report | Brief
China: Report | Brief
Cote d'Ivoire: Report | Brief
Eswatini: Report | Brief
Georgia: Report | Brief
Indonesia: Report | Brief
Kazakhstan: Report | Brief
Kosovo: Report | Brief
Malaysia: Report | Brief
Serbia: Report | Brief
Tajikistan: Report | Brief
Turkey: Report | Brief
Turkmenistan: Report | Brief
Uganda: Report | Brief
Uzbekistan: Report | Brief

At UNDP, evaluation is critical in helping countries achieve the simultaneous eradication of poverty and significant reduction of inequalities and exclusion.

The Independent Evaluation Office (IEO) of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) reports to the UNDP Executive Board. The IEO is governed by the organization's Evaluation Policy and the UNDP Executive Board is the custodian of the policy. The core function of the IEO is to conduct two types of independent evaluations: thematic and programmatic. The IEO also prepares the Annual Report on Evaluation, sets standards and guidelines on evaluation, monitors compliance on evaluation and shares lessons for improved programming. Visit our website at for more information.

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