Evaluation at FAO

Background

The Office of Evaluation coordinates and conducts evaluations of FAO programmes and projects at the global, regional and national levels to ensure that interventions align strategically to the needs of the Organization and its stakeholders and produce the desired results. FAO conducts its evaluations with the engagement of stakeholders to ensure that the evaluations are credible, relevant, and useful. It also aims to strengthen the capacity of national stakeholders to conduct credible and result-oriented evaluations.
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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

For general inquiries
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Regional focal points

Asia and the Pacific
Serdar Bayryyev

Latin America and Caribbean
Carlos Tarazona

Near East and North Africa
Arwa Khalid

Africa
Olivier Cossee

Europe and Central Asia
Serdar Bayryyev

Independent system-wide evaluations
Rachel Bedouin

Gender and human rights
Arwa Khalid

Emergencies and resilience
Jenin Assaf

Biennial report

Highlights of OED's activities and evaluations

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