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As we approach the end of a hugely eventful 2018, I would like to take some time to reflect on what has been an exciting year. IEO has made considerable progress in our commitment to deliver credible evaluations, helping UNDP to learn and continue to improve its performance. I am pleased to share this infographic snapshot and splash video that summarizes our key achievements of the year.

2018 was another landmark year in our journey during which time our stakeholders continued to support and express confidence in our work. Highlights this year included the conduct of 14 Independent Country Programme Evaluations and 3 Thematic Evaluations assessing UNDP’s contributions in the areas of poverty reduction in least developed countries and inter-agency operational and pooled financing services.

To strengthen national evaluation capacity development firstly, we launched the Proceedings from the 2017 Conference on National Evaluation Capacities. The proceedings capture highlights of the event that took place in Istanbul and also include 45 papers from more than 70 authors. Secondly, to support the development of national evaluation capacities at the country level, IEO developed an online self-assessment tool for national evaluation diagnostics and strategizing. This tool allows a country to use evaluation diagnostics to assess national development strategies and programmes in the era of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

To advance the evaluation function of UNDP, IEO engaged with UNDP offices to develop UNDP’s evaluation guidelines. In recent years UNDP has undergone several significant changes including the introduction of the SDGs, a revised UNDP evaluation policy, revised norms and standards by the United Nations Evaluation Group, as well as a new UNDP Strategic Plan (2018-2021). The new evaluation guidelines encapsulate the role and use of evaluation given these developments and provide additional clarity in implementing evaluation. They also reflect UNDP’s commitment to evaluation and its desire to improve the quality of its evaluations.

All 22 products produced by IEO in 2018 are accessible within the interactive infographic. Aside from these great ventures, IEO focused a great deal on expanding its evaluation footprint to ensure we meet the goals as set out in our ambitious work plan. This year we lay the foundation for expanded evaluation coverage so that we can work collectively towards a stronger UNDP. Looking ahead, we are excited about 2019 and the impact IEO's work will have on UNDP’s efforts to eradicate poverty, protect the planet and advance the global sustainable development agenda in more than 170 countries and territories.

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As 2018 comes to a close, on behalf of everyone at IEO I would like to extend my warmest wishes to you and your family for a safe, healthy, and happy holiday season and a wonderful new year!

-- Indran Naidoo, Director, IEO UNDP

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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