Evaluation at FAO


Impact evaluation in OED

08 October 2021
Impact is generally defined as “the extent to which an intervention has generated or is expected to generate significant positive or negative, intended or unintended, higher-level effects” (OECD-DAC 2019). As specified in the Charter for the Office of Evaluation (OED) presented to the 103rd Session of the Programme Committee, through impact evaluations OED seeks to identify and measure long-term changes induced by FAO interventions. Given the high level of interest in impact evaluations across OED stakeholders, including resource partners, FAO [...]

We are hiring! Regional Evaluation Specialists

12 April 2021
Five Regional Evaluation Specialists (consultants) in FAO Regional Offices Regional Evaluation Specialists (RES) are being recruited in each of FAO’s five Regional offices. The RES will be responsible for managing decentralized final project evaluations in each region. They will also be responsible for ensuring dissemination of the results of decentralized evaluations, and creating learning opportunities at regional and country level, based on evaluation results, in close cooperation with the regional field programme and knowledge management teams. The RES will also contribute [...]

Evaluation of FAO’s role and work in the humanitarian – development – peace nexus

01 December 2020
The HDP nexus or “triple nexus” refers to the interlinkages between humanitarian, development and peace actions and actors, necessary for sustainable development. In his remarks to the General Assembly in December 2016, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres named ‘sustaining peace’ as a pillar of sustainable development along with humanitarian response and development. These transformations are particularly relevant to FAO which, as a dual mandate agency, finds itself uniquely positioned in relation to the HDP nexus. FAO has a long history of [...]

Real-Time Evaluation of FAO’s Response to Desert Locust Upsurge (three phases)

01 December 2020
Over the course of 2020, the most devastating Desert Locust upsurge of the past 25 years has spread across parts of the Middle East, the Greater Horn of Africa, and South West Asia. The upsurge poses an unprecedented risk to livelihoods and food security in some of the most food insecure countries in the world. FAO and its partners have mobilized more than USD 163 million since January 2020. The response includes three key pillars: curbing the spread of desert [...]

Regional synthesis of past evaluations

09 November 2020
The Programme Committee, at its 125th Session, expressly invited OED to submit to the FAO Regional Conferences in 2020 a synthesis of regional lessons learned and trends identified in OED evaluation for each region. These regional syntheses covered all categories of evaluations that OED managed and completed between 2014 and 2019, and identified lessons and issues so as to enable more informed discussions at the Regional Conferences.

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 [...]
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