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TRANSFORM, Issue 18: Gender-responsive evaluations: Good practice approaches and methods

Tuesday, June 30, 2020

This issue of TRANSFORM is a special edition, presenting the Independent Evaluation Service’s recent publication on “Good practices in gender-responsive evaluations”. It also features contributed articles from IFAD, UNFPA, UNECE, and the African Development Bank, sharing their gender-responsive evaluations and reflections.

Good practices in gender-responsive evaluations

Tuesday, June 30, 2020

This publication showcases good and promising practices on gender-responsive evaluation approaches and methods by featuring gender-responsive evaluations from UN Women and UN entities. It also highlights the important role of country-led evaluations of National Gender Equality Strategies and Actions Plans in building national evaluation capacity and ownership for the generation and use of evaluative evidence to support national-level follow-up and review processes of progress on the Sustainable Development Goals.

UN Women rapid assessment tool to evaluate gender equality and women’s empowerment results in humanitarian contexts

Friday, May 15, 2020

This rapid assessment tool presents a practical way to assess progress on achieving gender equality and women’s empowerment in humanitarian contexts.

Pocket tool for managing evaluation during the COVID-19 pandemic

Friday, May 15, 2020

This publication provides practical guidelines for gender-responsive evaluation management and data collection, structured around the four main evaluation phases. It contains tips and good practices to aid evaluation teams in determining the best course of action for the gender-responsive evaluation or research exercise in the context of COVID-19, while keeping stakeholders engaged and upholding relevant ethical and data protection protocols.

Rapid guide: Gender, COVID-19 and audit

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Three-page rapid guide on the key risks affecting women and girls in the COVID-19 pandemic as well as thoughts on how to include gender perspectives in our audits in this emerging global emergency context.

TRANSFORM – The magazine for gender-responsive evaluation – Issue 17, October 2019

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

This issue of TRANSFORM summarizes the corporate evaluation of UN Women’s contribution to humanitarian action as part of its Corporate Evaluation Plan. The evaluation assessed the relevance, appropriateness, effectiveness, efficiency, connectedness, and sustainability of UN Women’s approach to humanitarian action at global, regional, and country levels. The evaluation’s scope was from 2014 to the present, with a brief review of work conducted from 2011 to 2013.

TRANSFORM – The magazine for gender-responsive evaluation – Issue 16, September 2019

Monday, September 30, 2019

This issue of TRANSFORM focuses on the meta-synthesis of UN Women evaluations completed during 2017 and 2018. The meta-synthesis reviewed and aggregated insights from 39 evaluation reports against selected development and organizational effectiveness and efficiency criteria. The issue also discusses internal and external enablers that drive or impede progress towards the achievement of gender equality and women’s empowerment.

Corporate thematic evaluation of UN Women’s contribution to humanitarian action

Saturday, August 31, 2019

This corporate evaluation assesses the relevance, appropriateness, effectiveness, efficiency, connectedness, and sustainability of UN Women’s approach to humanitarian action at global, regional, and country level.

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

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