Evaluation at FAO


The FAO Office of Evaluation (OED) generates evidence and recommendations that inform thinking, deliberations and, ultimately, decisions of FAO, Members, donors, partners and other actors seeking to support the 2030 Agenda through the transformation to more efficient, inclusive, resilient and sustainable agrifood systems for better production, better nutrition, a better environment and a better life, leaving no one behind.
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.

Oman - Omani coastal woman repairing a fishing net
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.

Project/Programme evaluations

Project evaluations 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.

Uganda - A vendor selling sim sim in Lira market.
Joint evaluations

Joint evaluations and syntheses reports are conducted in collaboration with the evaluation offices of other UN agencies or other partners. Such evaluations provide a platform for joint reflections on how to improve the outcomes of future programmes.

Tanzania - A woman puts fresh sprat to sun dry in a drying area next to the shore of the Lake Tanganyika in Kigoma
Evaluation syntheses

Evaluation syntheses look at the main results in the regional priorities and thematic areas that have been achieved through FAO support to regions and countries. They identify what issues and gaps emerge from the evaluations and what lessons can be learned from evaluations that can inform FAO’s future programming and actions.

Maldives - Woman checking the steamed skipjack tuna canned at a cannery factory.
Decentralized evaluations

FAO has started to complement our centralized evaluation function with decentralized evaluations. This will help increase evaluation coverage, improve learning in regional and country offices and augment their contribution to system-wide evaluations. Single country projects and GEF global and regional projects under US$4 million will be decentralized.