Evaluation

Youth Image - Copy

UN-Habitat evaluates its work to assess how well its interventions are achieving the intended results and how effectively they are contributing to broad development goals. This is done by assessing what is achieved and by making recommendations that feed into policy, programme/ project development and implementation. Evaluation plays an integral role in helping UN-Habitat become more effective and improve accountability and transparency. UN-Habitat commissions and conducts two types of evaluations: Centralized evaluations managed by the UN-Habitat Evaluation Unit and decentralized evaluations managed by programme and project managers with technical support from the Evaluation Unit. In addition, other entities such as donors may commission evaluations of UN-Habitat programmes and projects.

The Focus of the Evaluation Function in UN-Habitat
  • Increase accountability, learning and performance through improved use of evaluation in design, planning, management, allocation of resources and implementation of UN-Habitat policies, strategies, programmes and projects.
  • Harmonize evaluation products to meet UN system wide norms and standards for quality evaluation.
  • Enhance internal evaluation capacity through training programmes, tools and guidelines.
UN-Habitat’s Evaluation Documents
The UN-Habitat Evaluation Policy, which was approved by the UN-Habitat Management Board in March 2013, provides the institutional framework for the effective conduct and management of UN-Habitat’s evaluations. Read also the Standards for Evaluation in the UN-System and UN-Habitat Evaluation Manual.
UN-Habitat’s Evaluation Unit
The independent Evaluation Unit was established in January 2012, as part of UN-Habitat’s institutional reform process, to further improve and strengthen the evaluation function. The Evaluation Unit is designated with the overall responsibility for evaluation and reports directly to the Executive Director. The UN-Habitat Evaluation Policy, which was approved by the UN-Habitat Management Board in March 2013, provides the institutional framework for the effective conduct and management of UN-Habitat’s evaluations. The Evaluation Unit develops a biennial evaluation plan used for planning, managing, conducting, reporting and providing follow-up to evaluations. The plan contains evaluations that are managed by the Evaluation Unit and are referred to as centralized evaluations. Evaluations that are managed by the programme managers, with the support of the Evaluation Unit, which are referred to as decentralized evaluations. The Evaluation Unit is also responsible for other substantive core evaluation activities such as self-evaluation of projects, tracking of evaluation recommendations, training of staff and supporting activities related to UN system wide collaboration on evaluation. The Evaluation Unit makes all evaluation reports publically available and shares best practices and lessons learned from evaluations as well as latest knowledge on evaluation topics. The Evaluation Unit also develops guidelines and tools on how to plan for and conduct evaluations.

Contact

If you wish to contact the evaluation contact, please write to: unhabitat.evaluation@unhabitat.org

Organizational Studies

Main Menu