Evaluation at FAO

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OED programme highlights

FAO's Office of Evaluation (OED) conducted 95 evaluations between 2019–2020.

These include evaluations of country programmes and projects, thematic strategies, resilience and emergency evaluations, FAO’s statistical work and the strategic results framework, and the first evaluations on FAO’s contributions to the Sustainable Development Goals.

The rapidly evolving international context and changes within the Organization placed new demands on OED, which devised an array of innovative evaluative products and services to support FAO Management and the new leadership. OED focused on adapting its practices to address the new needs, chiefly United Nations development system (UNDS) reform and the COVID-19 pandemic, while taking evaluations in new directions to promote their utility and learning.

In line with its mission to gather knowledge for analysis to inform strategic and programmatic decision-making, OED made every effort to deliver relevant and timely inputs at global, regional and country level, and continues to do so.

Evaluation costs

In the biennium, the OED spent USD 12 million on evaluations from both regular and extra-budgetary sources. This comprised:

  • USD 3.6 million for 10 thematic evaluations
  • USD 2.6 million for 15 country programme evaluations
  • USD 5.7 million for 70 project and programme evaluations

The total cost of evaluations varied according to type, geographical coverage and scope. The value of projects evaluated was over USD 380 million.

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Evaluations between 2019 ‒ 2020

15 Country Programme evaluations

12 Programme evaluations

10 Corporate thematic evaluations

58 Project evaluations

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Programme Evaluation Report 2021

Highlights of the 95 evaluations conducted by the FAO Office of Evaluation between 2019–2020.

Previous reports
2019  │  2017