Evaluation at FAO


Guidance note for conducting evaluations under the pandemic (COVID-19)

31 March 2020
The FAO Office of Evaluation (OED) has developed a Guidance Note in view of the exceptional international situation created by the COVID-19 pandemic and the restrictions set in place by many countries. The Guidance Note aims to ensure the continuation of good quality evaluative work while respecting and sustaining international efforts to limit the spread of the virus and respond to the pandemic. Evaluators are adjusting evaluation designs, and approaches, including postponing or cancelling field missions to avoid putting at risk consultants [...]

Launch workshop: Evaluation of the Voluntary Guidelines on Governance of Tenure projects funded by Germany

17 March 2020
The Evaluation of the Voluntary Guidelines on Governance of Tenure Projects funded by Germany was launched through an initial stakeholder workshop held on 11-12 February at FAO headquarters, in Rome.  The Voluntary Guidelines on Governance of Tenure (VGGT), endorsed on 11 May 2012, promote secure tenure rights and equitable access to land, fisheries and forests as means of eradicating hunger and poverty, supporting sustainable development and enhancing the environment. Since their adoption by the Committee on World Food Security (CFS) in [...]

Now available: Inter-Agency Humanitarian Evaluation of the drought response in Ethiopia

02 March 2020
Droughts in Ethiopia have affected millions of people between 2015 and 2018, triggering a large-scale humanitarian response from the international community. Ethiopia was selected as the focus of the Inter-Agency Humanitarian Evaluations (IAHE), because of the large-scale humanitarian contribution to the government-led response to successive droughts in the country since 2015. The global IAHE Steering Group identified the drought response in Ethiopia as a priority, and the Emergency Relief Coordinator formally launched the evaluation in late 2018. It is the first IAHE to [...]

Published! Evaluation of FAO's Strategic Results Framework

04 October 2019
At its 127th meeting of the Programme Committee, in November 2019, the FAO Office of Evaluation (OED) officially presented the Evaluation of FAO’s Strategic Results Framework. Designed in 2013, the Strategic Framework aimed to position the Organization more strategically and to address the facts that the Organization’s programmatic activities were defined along silo-like disciplinary lines and that corporate efforts were not clearly aligned with the country programme priorities agreed with Members. The rationale behind the Strategic Framework was sound and the [...]

OED Director presented the Programme Evaluation Report 2019 at 41st Session of FAO Conference

09 July 2019
The 41st session of the FAO Conference opened on 22 June in Rome with a focus on the assessment of the state of food and agriculture. Masahiro Igarashi, Director of the Office of Evaluation, presented to the full membership the Programme Evaluation Report 2019 and presented the results of the Evaluation of FAO’s work on gender. The Programme Evaluation Report is regularly presented at the FAO Conference, the supreme governing body of the Organization, every other year. The report provides an [...]

Improving Agriculture and Food Security through Evaluation at the 9th AfrEA Conference

28 March 2019
Over 650 participants from 60 countries gathered at the 9th International Conference of the African Evaluation Association (AfrEA), which took place in Abidjan from 11 to 15 March 2019. The conference theme “Accelerating Africa’s Development: Strengthening National Evaluation Ecosystems” animated lively debates on how to promote Africa-rooted and Africa-led evaluation by sharing African evaluation perspectives and how to gain recognition of the role of Africa in the evaluation “ecosystem”. The Conference reaffirmed that the African evaluation community needs to advance more strongly [...]

OED to present evaluations of FAO’s Work on Gender and Nutrition, plus a Synthesis of Strategic Objective evaluations to FAO Governing Body

12 March 2019
At this year’s spring session of the FAO Programme Committee, to be held from 18 to 22 March 2019, the Office of Evaluation (OED) will present a number of strategic evaluations to Members: the Evaluation of FAO’s work on gender, the Evaluation of the Strategy and Vision for FAO’s Work in Nutrition, and the Synthesis of findings and lessons learned from the Strategic Objective evaluations. OED will also update Members on progress in implementing the Action Plan of the Office of [...]

FAO and the Royal Government of Cambodia discuss the way forward for FAO’s support to agricultural development in Cambodia

19 December 2018
On 31 October, Mr Masahiro Igarashi, Director of the FAO Office of Evaluation (OED) met with H.E. Veng Sakhon, Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries of the Royal Government of Cambodia. The occasion was the presentation of the recently concluded evaluation of FAO’s Country Programme in Cambodia. The FAO Country office in Cambodia organized a stakeholder’s workshop in Phnom Penh to present the evaluation’s findings, conclusions and recommendation. The evaluation exercise was led by OED and focused on the period of [...]

New EVAL-ForwARD Community of Practice launched

19 October 2018
EVAL-ForwARD is a new Community of Practice (CoP) for evaluation in Agriculture, Food Security and Rural Development, created in response to a call for strengthening evaluation capacities, enunciated both in a UN General Assembly resolution and in the Evaluation of FAO’s evaluation function. The CoP is a joint initiative of the FAO Office of Evaluation along with its counterparts at WFP, IFAD and the CGIAR research partnership.   Why EVAL-ForwARD? The objectives of EVAL-ForwARD are to enhance awareness and improve evaluation capacities at country-level [...]

What was the UNEG Evaluation Week like?

04 June 2018
Who attended? Between 7 and 11 May 2018, over 170 participants from more than 40 UN agencies worldwide came together at the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) in Rome, Italy, for this year’s UNEG Evaluation Week. The United Nations Evaluation Group (UNEG) is an interagency professional network that brings together the evaluation units of the UN system, including UN departments, specialized agencies, funds and programmes, and affiliated organizations. This year’s event was jointly organized by the three [...]
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