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The COVID-19 outbreak has spread to six continents and is a massive health, humanitarian, and development crisis. At UNDP the focus is on helping countries prepare for, respond to and recover from the pandemic and it is mobilizing all its assets to the response. These unprecedented times will have a profound impact on the way we evaluate UNDP’s contributions.

Director Oscar A. Garcia discusses adapting evaluation plans to address changing national priorities and shares tips for carrying out evaluations during the crisis. To support UNDP’s response and recovery efforts, the IEO strategy includes mobilizing evaluative knowledge and lessons, from UNDP’s work in previous crises settings. Watch the video and read more in the infographic brief.

Our priority remains the safety of our staff, consultants, and national stakeholders. Our team stands ready to face the challenges posed by this pandemic head-on with determination and resolve to deliver timely evidence that supports dialogue, reflection and decision making. We stand in solidarity with UNDP, the UN system and the billions of people around the world that are suffering the impact of this global pandemic.

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Since March 2020 the IEO has organized and participated in webinars to lead the dialogue and exchange knowledge on the impact of COVID-19 on evaluation activities.

The IEO organized a UN Evaluation Group (UNEG) webinar on Evaluation During Crisis and Beyond. The event stimulated an engaging dialogue on the impact of the crisis on current evaluation activities, stakeholders feedback, adjusting work plans and adapting strategies in continuing evaluations. The event was attended by over 100 participants from evaluation offices across the UN system including senior heads of evaluation.

The IEO organized a UNDP wide webinar on Evaluation During COVID-19 to discuss issues of evaluability, plans and challenges in implementing decentralized evaluations during the crisis. Over 225 participants attended the webinar including monitoring and evaluation focal points, programme managers, and senior management. The IEO has also developed guidelines and considerations for evaluation rescheduling and implementation.

The IEO participated as a panel member in the OECD/DAC webinar on The Impacts of COVID-19 Containment Measures on Evaluation Offices. The event provided evaluation heads and professionals from DAC members, UN agencies and Multilateral Development an opportunity to share reflections and tips on the impact of the pandemic on evaluation focus, approaches and methods.



At IEO stakeholder engagements are essential in enhancing the relevance and use of its evaluations. As of January 2020, the IEO has held 13 virtual stakeholder workshops for its Independent Country Programme Evaluations (ICPEs). The IEO shared evaluation findings, conclusions and recommendations of the evaluations and discussed UNDP management’s response. The workshops were attended by UNDP management and staff, government counterparts, civil society, and donors. The debriefs included ICPE's on China, Afghanistan, Mauritius, Swaziland, Malaysia, Bahrain, Armenia, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Kazakhstan, El Salvador and Georgia.


Independent Country Programme Evaluations (ICPEs)

The IEO has published the following ICPEs since January 2020.

Azerbaijan: Report | Brief
Bangladesh: Report | Brief
Guinea-Bissau: Report | Brief
Mali: Report | Brief
Mauritius: Report | Brief
Panama: Report | Brief
Seychelles: Report | Brief
Somalia: Report | Brief
Uruguay: 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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