Evaluation unit (EVAL)
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Evaluation unit (EVAL)

With the introduction of result-based management the ILO has reinforced its commitment to transparency, effectiveness and organizational learning by establishing a more substantial, effective and independent evaluation function in the ILO. In 2005, the ILO established a central Evaluation Unit and revised its policy to conform to United Nations norms and standards for evaluation. Following an independent external evaluation (IEE) of ILO’s evaluation function in 2010 the policy was extended for another 5 years and strategy was adjusted to address some of the shortcomings identified. A general conclusion of the IEE was that ILO’s evaluation policy is generally sound but that a stronger link was required between evaluation and decision-making.

Annual reporting of the evaluation function at ILO:

The Evaluation Unit reports to the Governing Body every year during the November session. This year's November 2012 report will present one country evaluation on the Decent Work Programme in India, as well as two strategy evaluations on supply chains and one on employment policy. Summaries of high-level evaluations are available as Governing Body documents (see listing in the right menu). The full evaluation reports will be available through our web site sections on Country Programme Evaluations or Strategic Evaluations.

Every year EVAL also produces an Annual Evaluation Report (AER). For 2011 the report format was adjusted to reflect the new result-based evaluation strategy. The 2012 AER will continue to provide oversight on the follow-up to recommendations for high-level and centralized and decentralized project evaluations. The new AER format aims to enhance reporting on overall effectiveness of ILO programmes and projects based on a synthesis of results, quality and lessons learned from the various programmes, project and thematic evaluations undertaken.

Scope of Evaluation in the ILO: To learn more click here

Key elements of ILO’s evaluation policy: To learn more click here

What’s new in EVAL


i-eval Resource Kit - ILO policy guidelines for results-based evaluation: Principles, rationale, planning and managing for evaluations (March 2012)

This resource kit contains new guidelines that serves as EVAL’s governance document on evaluation. The kit’s CD-Rom is available with a booklet and provides comprehensive online links to relevant ILO authoritative documents related to evaluation.

Links to the new guidance notes, checklists, templates and tools can be found in the Reference section of the kit. Click here to access the new policy guidelines.

For a direct link to a list of the new guidance, checklists, templates and tools, please click here.


Evaluation Training for ILO Tripartite Constituents

(Available in English, Spanish and French)

As part of EVAL’s ongoing commitment to capacity building for constituents we have developed new training materials for our tripartite constituents on evaluation. The primary aim of this modular training package is to increase the evaluation capacity of our ILO constituents by improving their understanding of their role in evaluation as well as their participation. The 17 modules, containing presentations, links to documents and learning activities, can be used together for broad training, or in subsets for short one or two-day workshops. The material may be downloaded here for use on a PC, or a copy of the CD-rom requested from EVAL@ilo.org.


i-eval Flash News – The evaluation newsletter

EVAL has a quarterly newsletter that offers highlights and news on evaluation activities in ILO. If you would like to subscribe to the newsletter please send us an email to register your contact information at EVAL@ilo.org.

Governing Body documents

Annual Evaluation Report 2012-2013

Discussions of high-level strategy and DWCP evaluations 2012-2013

  1. Annual evaluation report 2011-12
  2. Discussions of high-level strategy and DWCP evaluations 2011-12
  3. Annual evaluation report 2010-11
  4. Discussions of high-level strategy and DWCP evaluations 2010-11
  5. Annual evaluation report 2009–10
  6. Evaluations: Independent external evaluation of the ILO's evaluation function
  7. Annual evaluation report 2008-09
  8. Annual evaluation report 2007–08
  9. Evaluations (a) Annual Evaluation Report 2006
  10. Independent evaluation of the ILO’s strategy to extend the coverage of social security
  11. Evaluations: Independent evaluation of the ILO’sDecent Work Country Programme for Kyrgyzstan: 2006–09
  12. Independent evaluation of the ILO Country Programme for the United Republic of Tanzania: 2004–10
  13. Independent evaluation of the ILO’s Decent Work Country Programme in Indonesia
  14. Independent evaluation of the ILO's strategy to increase member States' capacities to develop policies and programmes focused on youth employment
  15. Independent evaluation of the ILO's strategy to support member States to improve the impact of international labour standards
  16. Evaluation - Independent evaluation of the ILO's country programme for Zambia: 2001-07
  17. Evaluation. Independent evaluation of the ILO country programme for the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan: 2002-07
  18. Evaluation. Independent evaluation of the ILO's strategy to improve the protection of migrant workers
  19. Evaluations (c) Independent evaluation of the ILO country programme for Argentina: 2001–06
  20. Evaluations: (d) lndependent evaluation of the ILO's country programme of support to Ukraine: 2000–06
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