Evaluation guidance

Evaluation aims to increase transparency and the shared accountability for achieving the ILO's strategic objectives. Evaluation focuses on the extent to which ILO performance is on track, where potential for improvement exists, and actions to be taken. Insights and lessons learned are fed back into the process of organizational learning and the planning and programming of future activities.

i-eval Resource Kit - ILO policy guidelines for evaluation: Principles, rationale, planning and managing for evaluations (3rd ed. August 2017) - The Evaluation Office has updated their Guidelines, now available as part of the i-eval Resource Kit. This revised edition updates the resource kit by: accommodating changes resulting from organizational reform, streamlining and improving all guidance notes, and providing evaluation related guidance to support the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The kit’s USB key is available with a booklet and provides comprehensive online links to all relevant ILO documents related to evaluation. To access a hyperlinked list of the new policy guidelines, guidance, checklists, templates and tools, click here.

Training on evaluation policy and procedures is available for a general audience through the new e-learning module developed by EVAL in conjunction with Turin to provide an interactive e-learning experience for ILO Officials. The module forms part of the HR/Talent Learning Management System (LMS). The LMS allows an ILO official to upload the training and to track completion, time spent learning and some other statistical information. The Module is available to internal ILO officials through HRD’s LMS website.

National Evaluation Capacity Development - National Evaluation Capacity Development: Practical tips on how to strengthen National Evaluation Systems (November 2012) - ILO-EVAL and UNICEF commissioned a study as co-chairs of a task force of the United Nations Evaluation Group, in collaboration with UN Women, UN Volunteers, UNAIDS, UNDP. The purpose of the study was to provide both technical and non-technical staff in the UN system with practical tips on strengthening evaluation capacity in the context of a country-owned national evaluation system. UNEG endorsed the study at its Annual General Meeting, April 2012. The lead consultant for this report was Mr. Robert Lahey, the founding Head of Canada’s Centre of Excellence for Evaluation,

Strategy and policy evaluation

Evaluations of ILO strategies and policies assess their effectiveness and impact. Following ILO’s frameworks to programme and budget against a limited number of priority objectives and associated outcomes (the Strategic Policy Framework and the biennial Programme and Budget), these high-level evaluations focus on the continued relevance, as well as how to improve effectiveness, efficiency, potential for impact and sustainability of the associated strategies. Click here to review the strategy and policy evaluations conducted by the Evaluation Unit.

Country programme evaluation

Country programme evaluations are a means to systematically review progress and approaches being taken in selected countries. They assess the relevance of ILO’s country-level work for its national constituents and consider the strategic alignment of ILO’s work with the activities and priorities of UN and other partners. They further assess the coherence, effectiveness and efficiency of approaches taken and their likelihood to produce long-term sustainable development results at country level. Click here to review the country programme evaluations conducted by the Evaluation Unit.

Project evaluations

Project evaluations provide an opportunity for the Office and its funding partners to assess the appropriateness of design as it relates to the ILO's strategic and national policy framework, and consider the effectiveness, efficiency and sustainability of project outcomes. Project evaluations also test underlying assumptions about contribution to a broader development goal. Click here to review the project evaluations conducted by the Evaluation Unit since 2005.

Internal review

As part of its evaluation policy, the ILO conducts periodic internal reviews of its major programmes and organizational strategies. These reviews focus more on organizational issues and identify opportunities for improvement by building on strengths and addressing issues that may hamper effectiveness. They are meant to integrate internal analysis into the knowledge that officials have of their programmes and the stake they have in seeing these improve.