What is evaluation and why is it important? How is evaluation governed in the ILO? Learn about this and more in the new brochure.
This high-level evaluation provides insight into the relevance, coherence, effectiveness, efficiency, impact and sustainability of the ILO’s response to the implications of COVID-19 pandemic from March 2020 – March 2022. It focuses on assessing two dimensions: how well the ILO adapted so that it could continue to deliver its mandate and, secondly, how well the Organization refocused its policy work to meet the changing needs of constituents during the crisis.
The purpose of the evaluation is to examine the relevance, coherence, effectiveness, impact and sustainability of the ILO's programme of work in Central Asia from 2018-22, how well they achieved them and under what conditions. It also seeks to contribute to organizational learning by identifying lessons learned and emerging good practices.
This year's Annual evaluation report 2021-22 provides a final status update on the implementation of the ILO's evaluation strategy, as measured against its indicators and targets. It also examines the ILO's overall developmental effectiveness and presents an outline for a new evaluation strategy.
ILO Director-General Gilbert F. Houngbo highlights the important link between evaluation and the Sustainable Development Goals, and explains the significant contribution that evaluation can play in promoting public accountability and trust in governments.
The Evaluation Office publicly displays all evaluation results through an interactive application, called i-eval Discovery. It visually displays all of the ILO’s planned and completed evaluations, recommendations, lessons learned, good practices and management responses to evaluation recommendations.
ILO policy guidelines for results-based evaluation: Principles, rationale, planning and managing for evaluations, 4th edition
The policy guidelines intend to provide a complete package of guidance for ILO staff, whom are tasked with planning, managing, overseeing, and/or following up on an evaluation’s recommendations. As part of the i-eval Resource Kit, the guidelines provide ILO managers and practitioners with a gateway into the ILO’s expertise and knowledge on evaluation.
Evaluation policy and strategy
Results-based management in the ILO guides EVAL’s commitment to transparency, effectiveness and organizational learning. Evaluation is an evidence-based assessment of strategy, policy or programme and project outcomes, by determining their relevance, effectiveness, efficiency impact and sustainability. Evaluation is expected to contribute policy-making and decision-making with the ILO, to optimize the allocation of resources and improve their overall management. EVAL continuously strives to build evaluation culture in the ILO and to pursue higher performance linked to its results-based evaluation strategy 2023-25. The evaluation policy conforms to United Nations norms and standards for evaluation. The objectives of the evaluation policy are to:
- Reinforce knowledge-generation sharing of the ILO’s substantive work, and the processes, approaches and institutional arrangements for implementing such work;
- Strengthen the complementarity between evaluation and other oversight and monitoring functions within the Office;
- Clarify standards for engaging constituents in evaluation; and
- Clarify the division of responsibilities in the ILO for carrying out an evaluation.
Annual reporting of the evaluation function at ILO
The 2023 collection of high-level evaluation reports that are mandated by the Governing Body includes the following:
- ILO’s Strategies and actions for promoting decent work in the rural economy (with a focus on employment), 2016-2023
- ILO’s post-conflict and recovery work in the Arab States region (with an emphasis on Iraq and Yemen), 2019-2023
- ILO’s Strategies and Action on Fundamental Principles and rights at work, 2018-2023