IEO @UNDP Issue: Dec 2017

IEO's Year in Review

The end of a year is a good time to look back, reflecting on achievements, and to look forward, to see what we still need to accomplish. We made significant progress in 2017 during which time our Member States continued to support and express confidence in our work. There has never been a greater need for evidence based policies, solutions and decision making to support our organizations in advancing the 2030 agenda. As so much of our work this year has shown, we work best when we work together. A great example of this was our Conference on National Evaluation Capacities where we partnered with the Turkish Government and the European Evaluation Society advocating the necessity for building capacity for the evaluation of development activities so that our governments can review and track progress in implementing the SDGs.

The New Year will bring its own mix of successes and challenges, but our direction is clear and we know what we must do. Our commitment will be to deliver rigorous and credible evaluations so that we can improve people’s lives and truly ensure no one is left behind. We stand ready to continue this journey and report our progress to the international community next year. I take this opportunity to share a snapshot which sums up our dynamic year and wish you all happy holidays and prosperous new year.

-- Indran Naidoo, Director, IEO UNDP


UNDP Executive Board

On 6 September 2017, the IEO presented the evaluation of UNDP Strategic Plan and Global and Regional Programme. This evaluation covers the UNDP Executive Board-approved Strategic Plan 2014–2017, Global Programme and five regional programmes.

IEO statement | Management Response | Video of the session | Report


2017 NEC Conference

The 2017 International Conference on National Evaluation Capacities (NEC), took place in Istanbul, Turkey from 16 to 20 October and was dedicated to People, Planet and Progress in the SDG era to support and intensify momentum towards attaining the ambitious global goals. It brought together over 500 participants from governments, parliaments, development organizations, international organizations, and evaluation networks.

The conference was organized by the Independent Evaluation Office (IEO) of the UN Development Programme (UNDP) in partnership with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Turkey, the UNDP Regional Bureau for Europe and the CIS and the European Evaluation Society.

Photos | Videos | PowerPoints | Social Media Story


Evaluation Advisory Panel Member Visit

IEO’s Fourth Evaluation Advisory Panel (EAP) meeting took place from 31 May-2 June 2017.

The three days were designed with a programme structured around full-panel plenary sessions discussing annual progress, strategic issues, section issues for each area of IEO’s work, and informal discussions on emerging concerns that are foreseen to impact IEO’s work in the coming year.

In attendance were 10 panel members which included Michael Bamberger, Osvaldo Feinstein, Paulo Jannuzzi, Gelase Mutahaba, Zenda Ofir, Ray Rist, Olga Schetinina, Thomas Schwandt, Elliot Stern, and Daniel Weiner. You can watch a recap of key topics and discussions in our videos.


Video: Evaluation of UNDP Contribution to Anti-Corruption and Addressing Drivers of Corruption

Globally, corruption and lack of transparency and accountability in governance remain major challenges to achieving development objectives. Watch and learn about UNDP's contributions to anti-corruption and how it addresses the drivers of corruption in our evaluation snapshot.

Full Report | Illustrated Summary | Video | Lead Evaluator: Vijayalakshmi Vadivelu


Assessment of Development Results - Mexico

Mexico is an upper middle-income country and its economy is the 11th largest in the world, based on its Gross Domestic Product (GDP) ($2.157 trillion in purchasing power parity).The ADR assessed the effectiveness of UNDP’s contribution to development results in Mexico by means of its programme activities. Special attention was paid to assessing its contribution in relation to UNDP’s general view of aiding countries to eradicate poverty and reduce inequalities and exclusion, in addition to its contribution to fostering gender equality and the empowerment of women.

Full Report | Brief | Lead Evaluator: Roberto La Rovere


Evaluation of UNDP Strategic Plan and Global and Regional Programme

This evaluation covers the UNDP Executive Board-approved Strategic Plan 2014–2017, Global Programme and five regional programmes. The report focuses attention on key aspects of UNDPs work under the current Strategic Plan and considers the way UNDP provides programme support to partner governments.

Full Report | Lead Evaluators: Alan Fox, Vijayalakshmi Vadivelu and Ana Rosa Monteiro Soares


Evaluation for Agenda 2030 - Providing Evidence on Progress and Sustainability

We partnered with IDEAS to examine the role of evaluation in the SDGs and to understand way forward on the many challenges facing the Agenda 2030. The book was edited by Rob D. van den Berg (IDEAS), Indran Naidoo (Director, IEO), Susan D. Tamondong (IDEAS) and the foreword is by Achim Steiner (Administrator, UNDP). If we truly want to “leave no one behind,” we need to learn from our mistakes and efforts to build inclusive and equitable societies that can sustain themselves. This book is written from the perspective of 38 evaluation experts and presents various topics which the global evaluation community is faced with, such as taking sustainability into account; how to leave ‘no one behind’ when evaluating sustainability; capacities and capabilities needed to undertake evaluation; how countries and regions incorporate sustainability into country-led evaluation systems; addressing negative consequences and impacts of interventions including role of evaluation to highlight relevant issues such as safeguards; and evaluation of impact to tackle demand for evidence. Get your free online copy!


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. IEO hosts and supports the United Nations Evaluation Group (UNEG) Secretariat and actively participates in UNEG to strengthen coherence, quality and innovation of evaluation across the UN system. Visit our website at for more information.

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