Policies and strategies

The Evaluation Office of the UN Environment addresses its mandate based upon a framework of policies and standards. 

UN Environment has an Evaluation Policy that guides the work of the Evaluation Office. It has been in use since 2005, a revised and updated version was formally approved by the Executive Director in 2016. 

United Nations Evaluation Group facilitates system wide collaboration on evaluation by ensuring that evaluation entities within the UN follow agreed-upon basic principles through the United Nations Evaluation Group Norms and Standards for Evaluation in the UN System.

The procedures and guidelines related to the evaluation of UN Environment projects and portfolios are documented in the evaluation approach section of this website. 

Standards have been developed around priority setting, quality assurance and a recommendation compliance process

The Evaluation Office also undertakes to produce synthesis reports that summarise all independent evaluations undertaken within a biennial period in the UN Environment Medium-term Strategy. All evaluations should improve organizational learning and help stakeholders to hold UN Environment accountable for contributing to development results at different levels. In short, the work of the Evaluation Office enhances accountability, transparency and learning.

Evaluations generate evidence to identify ‘what works’ and ‘what doesn’t’ and provides feedback for the improvement of planning and management processes. Performance trends across UN Environment project evaluations can be found in the biennial Evaluation Synthesis Reports it produces. The synthesis reports covering the period from 2008 - 2017 can be downloaded here: 2016-2017, 2014-2015, 2012-2013, 2010-2011 and 2008-2009.