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Independent evaluation

Evaluation identity

The primary purpose of the Independent Evaluation Unit is to provide credible and useful assessment of the relevance, efficiency, effectiveness, coherence, sustainability and impact of UNIDO operations and interventions, projects, programmes, thematic areas and strategies, in order to:

  • Contribute to evidence-based planning and programming and informed decision-making

  • Add value and improve the work of the Organization

  • Drive innovation and foster organizational learning from experience

  • Strengthen national evaluation capacity in our partner countries

  • Contribute to greater results accountability and build trust

The Independent Evaluation Unit is aligned with the United Nations Evaluation Group (UNEG) Norms and Standards for Evaluation and is responsible for UNIDO independent evaluations, which fall into two main categories:


  • Thematic evaluations
  • Country level evaluations
  • Corporate level evaluations                                       


  • Independent terminal evaluations
  • Independent mid-term evaluations

Evaluations aim to answer the following key questions:


Illustration on the questions that evaluation aims to answer

The Unit manages and conducts independent evaluations, develops and provides evaluation guidelines, methodology and training tools to support full evaluation processes and to ensure that quality standards are met. For self-evaluations and mid-term reviews, which are under the responsibility of project managers, the Unit provides ad-hoc support when requested.

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United Nations Evaluation Group (UNEG) - Guidance documents