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The Office of Evaluation (OED) conducts evaluations of FAO programmes and projects at the global, regional and national levels for increased accountability and learning, focusing on the Organization’s strategic positioning and results. OED reports to the FAO Governing Bodies and the Director General.

Areas of activity

Thematic and strategic evaluations

Thematic and strategic evaluations are conducted to assess FAO’s contributions at the strategic level and ensure that programmes are aligned more closely to the achievement of the Organization’s strategic objectives. They are often conducted in response to requests by the Programme Committee and the results are presented systematically to FAO governing bodies through the Committee.

Country programme evaluations

Country programme evaluations are conducted towards the end of a Country Programming Framework (CPF) to ensure that findings and recommendations feed into the formulation of a new CPF and its implementation. These evaluations enhance understanding of FAO’s contributions and strategic relevance at the country level.

Project evaluations

These are evaluations of individual programmes and projects that are usually funded from extra-budgetary resources and have budgets of US$4 million and above, or smaller projects of particular interest. They are either mid-term or final evaluations. Mid-term evaluations provide useful information for corrective actions during project implementation while final evaluations promote accountability and learning and help in decision-making about future projects. 

Joint evaluations

Joint evaluations and syntheses reports are conducted in collaboration with the evaluation offices of other UN agencies or with other partners. FAO, through the Office of Evaluation, also participates in the Inter-agency Humanitarian Evaluation as a steering or management group member. Such evaluations provide a platform for joint reflections on how to improve the outcomes of future programmes.

Other programme evaluations

Other programme evaluations are evaluations of key programme areas around specific themes, including evaluation of emergency responses in crises contexts in any country where FAO engages in humanitarian response.

Goals: FAO and its partners contribute effectively to the sustainable reduction of poverty and hunger, in alignment with FAO’s agreed goals and Strategic Objectives, at the global, national and local levels. To this end, OED aims to provide relevant, credible and useful evaluations that feed into the policy and practice of FAO and its partners.

KEY OUTCOMES

KEY OUTPUTS

Improved evaluation relevance from enhanced ownership by and engagement with stakeholders.

OED staff involve stakeholders, including national governments, in country programme and major project evaluations appropriately and systematically.

OED evaluations are conducted in a high-quality and consistent manner, and supported by sound evidence on results.

OED staff design and conduct all its evaluations in a consistent manner, applying state-of-the-art methods and with results focus.

Enhanced use and accessibility of OED evaluations at the global, national and local levels.

OED staff prepare and engage in the dissemination of evaluation findings.