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Meta-synthesis of UN Women evaluations 2017/2018

Saturday, August 31, 2019

This meta-synthesis reviewed and aggregated insights from 39 evaluation reports completed during 2017 and 2018 against selected development and organizational effectiveness and efficiency criteria. The purpose of the report is to contribute to organizational learning and effective knowledge management through the identification of recurring findings, lessons learned, and evidence on the key areas of work of UN Women.

TRANSFORM – The magazine for gender-responsive evaluation – Issue 15, August 2019

Thursday, August 8, 2019

Issue 15 of TRANSFORM focuses on governance and national planning (GNP), an area of work that has contributed to UN Women’s identity and for which it is recognized and valued. The evaluation of UN Women’s GNP portfolio from 2011 to 2017 assessed the relevance, effectiveness, efficiency, and extent to which human rights approach and gender equality principles were integrated adequately in UN Women’s approach to GNP.

Corporate thematic evaluation of UN Women’s contribution to governance and national planning

Thursday, June 6, 2019

Governance and national planning (GNP) is an area of work that has contributed to UN Women’s identity and for which it is recognized and valued. The evaluation of UN Women's GNP portfolio from 2011 to 2017 assessed the relevance, effectiveness, efficiency, and extent to which human rights approach and gender equality principles were integrated adequately in UN Women’s approach to GNP.

TRANSFORM – The magazine for gender-responsive evaluation – Issue 14, December 2018

Friday, December 14, 2018

TRANSFORM Issue 14, “Working together to empower voices”, is a special edition focused on the inter-related themes of gender, evaluation, transformative change, marginalized voices, and leaving no one behind in pursuit of Sustainable Development Goal 5.

Inclusive Systemic Evaluation for Gender equality, Environments and Marginalized voices (ISE4GEMs): A new approach for the SDG era

Saturday, September 1, 2018

This evaluation guide brings together innovative systemic evaluation practice with intersectional analysis of three of the cross-cutting dimensions of the SDG era. The guide provides an introduction to the ISE4GEMs (Inclusive Systemic Evaluation for Gender equality, Environments and Marginalized voices) approach and provides a summary of the key theoretical concepts and practical guidance and tools to support evaluators to applying it in practice.

TRANSFORM – The magazine for gender-responsive evaluation – Issue 13, September 2018

Saturday, September 1, 2018

TRANSFORM Issue no. 13 focuses on the final meta-analysis of evaluations covering the Strategic Plan 2014–2017 cycle. The meta-analysis synthesized information from 39 evaluations and provided a consolidated assessment of the development effectiveness and efficiency results of UN Women. The analysis also provided insights on the drivers of change and contributions made by UN Women to humanitarian response.

Reflections on change: Meta-analysis of evaluations managed by UN Women in 2017

Saturday, September 1, 2018

This report focuses on the final meta-analysis of evaluations covering the Strategic Plan 2014–2017 cycle. It synthesizes information from 39 evaluations and provides a consolidated assessment of the development effectiveness and efficiency results of UN Women. The analysis also provides insights on the drivers of change and contributions made by UN Women to humanitarian response.

2017 Evaluation annual report

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Supported by infographics, the 2017 illustrated annual report sums up the evaluation function’s performance in the areas of corporate and decentralized evaluations and provides an overview of the measures undertaken to strengthen UN Women’s contribution to UN system–wide coordination and national capacity development for gender-responsive evaluation.

Independent global programme evaluation of the Fund for Gender Equality, 2009–2017

Friday, June 1, 2018

This report contains the findings and recommendations of the first independent evaluation commissioned by UN Women’s Fund for Gender Equality (FGE), assessing USD 84 million invested through 121 grants across 80 countries since the FGE’s creation in 2009.

TRANSFORM – The magazine for gender-responsive evaluation – Issue 12, June 2018

Friday, June 1, 2018

TRANSFORM Issue no. 12 focuses on UN Women’s contribution to women’s political participation and leadership from 2011 to 2017. It summarizes learning from past practices that can inform and strengthen future work in this area. It also addresses UN Women’s strategic niche in promoting women’s political participation and leadership in the context of the UN Secretary-General’s call for the United Nations Development System reform to deliver on the 2030 Agenda.

Can big data be used for evaluation? A UN Women feasibility study

Sunday, April 1, 2018

This study investigates the feasibility of leveraging big data sources—particularly Twitter, Facebook, and radio data—to improve the evaluation of gender equality and women’s empowerment initiatives. In particular, this study seeks to understand the potential role of big data to evaluate the contribution of UN Women to women’s political participation and leadership, using Mexico and Pakistan as case studies.

Corporate evaluation of UN Women’s contribution to women’s political participation and leadership: Synthesis report

Sunday, April 1, 2018

The purpose of the corporate evaluation was to assess UN Women’s contribution from 2011 to 2017 towards women’s ability to “lead and participate in decision-making at all levels”, and to provide evidence from past practice to inform its future strategic planning and implementation in this area. It analysed UN Women’s contribution across its integrated mandate at the global, regional, and country levels against four criteria: relevance, effectiveness, efficiency, and sustainability.

A unique view of the bigger picture: A meta-analysis of UN Women evaluations in 2016

Thursday, August 17, 2017

UN Women continuously seeks ways to accelerate its development results through improved programming and organizational effectiveness. To further facilitate the review of evaluative evidence and transform it into accessible knowledge, the UN Women Independent Evaluation Office annually produces a meta-analysis report. This year's meta-analysis synthesizes insights and drivers of change from multiple evaluations.

TRANSFORM – The magazine for gender-responsive evaluation – Issue 11, September 2017

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Issue no. 11 of TRANSFORM presents the fourth meta-analysis of decentralized evaluations managed by UN Women in 2016. The aggregation and synthesis of evidence from multiple evaluations proved to be a potent approach to better understand what kinds of programmatic approaches and interventions are working best across the range of countries UN Women serves.

TRANSFORM – The magazine for gender-responsive evaluation – Issue 10, May 2017

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Issue no. 10 focuses on the strategic partnerships of UN Women. Partnerships are an essential aspect of our work but are often overlooked when we evaluate the results of our work. The skill set, time and resources necessary for ensuring truly effective strategic partnerships are often underestimated.

Corporate evaluation of UN Women’s strategic partnerships for gender equality and the empowerment of women: Final synthesis report

Saturday, May 20, 2017

In 2015–2016, the UN Women Independent Evaluation Office undertook a corporate evaluation of UN Women’s strategic partnerships for gender equality and women’s empowerment. The evaluation is intended to enhance UN Women’s approach to strategic partnerships with the aim of ensuring that gender equality is reached by 2030. It was also expected to contribute to an understanding of how UN Women’s strategic partnerships can facilitate a strong position for gender equality and women’s empowerment within the current global development context and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

Strengthening organizational structure for delivering gender equality results: Corporate evaluation of the regional architecture of UN Women

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

This evaluation brings to light important findings, conclusions and recommendations on the implementation of the regional architecture that can enhance UN Women’s contribution to gender equality.

TRANSFORM – The magazine for gender-responsive evaluation – Issue 9, February 2017

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Issue no. 9 of TRANSFORM focuses on the regional architecture of UN Women. UN Women was designed with a regional architecture that aims to maximize the organization’s ability to deliver on its mandate.

TRANSFORM – The magazine for gender-responsive evaluation – Issue 8, August 2016

Monday, August 22, 2016

Issue no. 8 of TRANSFORM features the third meta-analysis of UN Women–commissioned evaluations since the adoption of the current Strategic Plan (2014–2017) with a focus on accountability. It presents overarching conclusions from aggregated and synthesized information generated from 49 evaluations, and presents the evidence into accessible knowledge to help strengthen programming and organizational effectiveness.

TRANSFORM – The magazine for gender-responsive evaluation – Issue 7, August 2016

Monday, August 22, 2016

Issue no. 7 of TRANSFORM aims to make more accessible conclusions and recommendations from the recently concluded evaluation of UN Women’s contribution to UN system coordination on gender equality and the empowerment of women (GEEW). The evaluation assessed the relevance, effectiveness and organizational efficiency of UN Women’s UN coordination mandate on GEEW. The report provides seven main conclusions and eight recommendations; it also presents the management response to the evaluation.

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