Inspired by internationally accepted norms and standards inside and outside the United Nations system, the ILO evaluation policy aims to improve and strengthen the practice of independent evaluation in the ILO. It also establishes principles for systematic self-evaluation of programme performance so that together these provide comprehensive coverage of all ILO activities.
Evaluation is both a management and organizational learning tool to support constituents and partners in forwarding decent work and social justice. The objectives of the evaluation policy are to:
- Improve Office-wide transparency and accountability for impact of ILO actions to support its constituents;
- Strengthen the decision-making process by the policy organs and senior management based on sound assessment of effectiveness, efficiency, relevance, impact and sustainability of ILO activities;
- Contribute feedback for learning and ongoing improvement of the ILO’s work.
The ILO Evaluation Unit (EVAL) is responsible for the implementation of ILO’s evaluation policy. EVAL also ensures that evaluation functions in the Office are systematically fulfilled in a transparent, reliable, credible and professional manner. The ILO has established a network of evaluation focal persons for each technical sector and region that support this work.
The 2012 Evaluation Policy Guidelines are available here.