Newsletter and Think Pieces


  1. Applying evaluative thinking towards an effective ILO contribution to the implementation of the SDGs

    08 December 2016

    i-eval THINK Piece, No. 11 - December 2016 -- This THINK Piece was commissioned by EVAL and written by Robert Lahey. The introduction of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) has meant that the ILO is having to look both inward and outward as it works to optimize its contribution to the SDGs into the Decent Work (DW) Agenda. As the Think Piece illustrates, it will not be ‘business as usual’ going forward. Evaluative thinking, involving all ILO officials and not just evaluators, offers a useful way to help identify where and how the Office can optimize its contribution to the SDGs.

  2. i-eval Flash News, No. 18 - Jul/Aug 2016

    25 August 2016

    This newsletter captures the progress and variety of new projects/initiatives that EVAL has been engaged in over the past four months. In particular, it describes EVAL’s work with respect to the Sustainable Development Goals, its work on impact evaluation, the development of an evaluation dashboard, in addition to its role in co-hosting the United Nations Evaluation Group’s Evaluation Week and participation in the International Labour Conference. The newsletter also features regional evaluation news from Africa which focuses on lessons learned from youth employment projects as well as a departmental piece from WORKQUALITY on a final independent evaluation on supporting the implementation of indigenous peoples’ rights through enhanced participation of neighbouring and regional actors.

  3. Evaluation & SDG series: The implications of the SDGs on ILO’s results framework – remarks from an evaluative perspective

    01 June 2016

  4. i-eval Flash News, No. 17 - Feb/Mar 2016

    31 March 2016

    The start of 2016 was a busy time for the Evaluation Office. The Feb/Mar newsletter (17th edition) highlights activities that EVAL recently organized, in addition to studies published since the New Year. These include: a thematic evaluation of ILO’s interventions in post-conflict, fragile and disaster-affected countries; an EVAL Think Piece on how to improve the quality of evaluations; an update on the development of an impact evaluation action plan; and a summary of EVAL’s 4th biennial workshop held from Feb. 29 – Mar. 4. The newsletter also features evaluation news from a Department (ENTERPRISES) and a Region (Europe and Central Asia).

  5. Quality assessments of ILO project evaluations: What are the next steps to better evaluations?

    29 March 2016

    i-eval THINK Piece, No. 10 - February 2016 -- This THINK Piece was commissioned by EVAL and written by Brad R. Watts. Dozens of evaluation reports are completed each year for international project activities that are funded by the ILO. Starting in 2005, the ILO began supporting independent appraisals of project evaluations as part of an effort to standardize and improve the quality of information provided for funded projects. The results of the most recent quality assessment examines 42 project evaluations that were conducted during 2014 and the first half of 2015. The author identifies alternative ideas for EVAL's consideration in an effort to obtain stronger evaluations.


  1. i-eval Flash News, No. 16 - Nov/Dec 2015

    24 November 2015

    The autumn months are very busy for the Evaluation Office. This newsletter covers the annual reporting presented to the Governing Body, including summaries of the Strategy Evaluations on labour inspection and an institutional evaluation of ILO's Technical Cooperation activities. This year's cluster DWCP evaluation is on the Caribbean and a summary is included in this edition. A new impact evaluation discussion group has been formed and information on this is available. EVAL is also excited to introduce their new EVAL Comic Strip.

  2. Common issues affecting monitoring and evaluation of large ILO projects: Strategies to address them

    11 November 2015

    i-eval THINK Piece, No. 9 -November 2015 -- This THINK Piece was commissioned by EVAL and written by Robert Lahey. It draws on recent evaluability assessments of high-budget ILO projects to ascertain how well the ILO is performing at the project level in terms of measuring, monitoring and using results information. The author identifies common issues affecting monitoring and evaluation (M&E) and proposes suggestions on how improvements in M&E practices could improve ILO's results-based management (RBM). The paper points to the particular stage of the project cycle where more attention on M&E development is likely needed.

  3. i-eval Flash News, No. 15 - Jun/Jul 2015

    21 July 2015

    This newsletter presents the findings of project evaluations from the Arab Region on capacity building for workers' organizations through strengthening economic, social and legal literacy. The departmental article presents highlights and recommendations from a recent evaluation on technical and vocational education and training reform (TVET-R) in Bangladesh. A new section has been added to cover issues related to evaluation methodologies and processes. The first article for this new section examines the importance of management response to evaluation recommendations. Additionally, there are some new reports, books and articles highlighted, as well as EVAL's upcoming training at the International Training Centre in Turin.

  4. i-eval Flash News, No. 14 - Mar/Apr 2015

    01 April 2015

    The Mar/Apr 2015 newsletter features the Africa region and the MULTILATERALS department. There are additional updates on new and forthcoming publications as well as some new listings for interesting evaluation blogs.

  5. i-eval Flash News, No. 13 - Dec/Jan 2014-15

    06 January 2015

    The Jan/Dec 2014-15 newsletter briefly summarizes EVAL's work for 2014 which was presented to the Governing Body at the 322nd session last November. The Regional Article is based on the findings of the high-level Decent Work Country Programme cluster evaluation undertaken in 2014 on North Africa. The Departmental Article summarizes the high-level evaluation conducted in 2014 on the ILO's strategy to promote Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work. A new Think Piece is announced on EVAL's efforts to conduct internal quality appraisal which offers approaches for improving evaluation quality. Newly certified evaluation managers are listed, and as usual, there are plenty of links to training events, new books, articles, blogs and newsletters from the international community of evaluation.


  1. External Quality Appraisal: Implications for evaluation quality and utilization

    15 December 2014

    i-eval THINK Piece, No.8 - December 2014 -- This THINK Piece was commissioned by EVAL and written by Judith Friedman and Naomi Blight of IOD Parc, UK. It utilizes findings from the annual external quality appraisal which it conducted for independent project evaluations for the 2012-2013 reporting period. Using additional data, interviews and a survey, the writers propose areas to improve evaluation quality through improved guidance, building internal technical capacity and communications to enhance the value and use of evaluations in the ILO.

  2. i-eval Flash News, No. 12 - Sep/Oct 2014

    29 October 2014

    The Sep/Oct 2014 newsletter presents EVAL's new stepped up efforts to contribute to impact assessment work in the ILO. The two feature articles cover a partnership evaluation for the Bureau of Employers' Activities and lessons learned from project evaluation in Europe and Central Asia. Two new Think Pieces are also announced on impact evaluation and conducting Decent Work Country Programme internal reviews. As usual, there are plenty of links to training events, new books, and blogs and newsletters from the international community of evaluation.

  3. Delivering decent work results: Implications of a meta-analysis of ILO Decent Work Country Programmes

    21 October 2014

    i-eval THINK Piece, No.7 - October 2014 -- This review, written by Mr. John Martin, synthesizes the findings of a 2013 meta-analysis of internal Decent Work Country Programme reviews (CPRs). Mr. Martin also conducted a meta-analysis of independent high-level evaluations of country programmes in 2012 and he incorporates the findings from both of these reports to consolidate some recommendations for improving internal reporting at the DWCP level.

  4. Impact evaluation in the ILO: Stock-taking of current practice

    21 October 2014

    i-eval THINK Piece, No. 6 - October 2014 -- Written by Dr. Engelhardt, this is a short review of current impact evaluation techniques being pioneered in the ILO. Dr. Engelhardt begins with a guiding definition for impact evaluation and continues with a discussion of methodologies currently being applied in ILO. The piece concludes with his findings on the quality and usefulness of this work followed by some recommendations for strengthening ILO future investment in impact evaluation.

  5. i-eval Flash News, No. 11 - Jun/Jul 2014

    02 July 2014

    The June July 2014 newsletter presents EVAL's new Communication Strategy and a summary of the survey which was conducted to gather information on client needs and perspectives on evaluation services in the ILO. The regional feature article is on the Arab States and the departmental feature covers the findings of a synthesis review conducted by EVAL investigating results and lessons learned from various sources of ILO evidence in order to shed light on what works and why with regard to employment promotion and Decent Work. There are new courses announced, new books on evaluation, interesting articles, blogs and links to other agency newsletters.

  6. i-eval Flash News, No. 10 - Mar 2014

    31 March 2014

    This newsletter presents information on the newly launched evaluation manager training programme, a look at outcome-based funded projects and how they are evaluated, a feature article for the Africa region, and a large collection of new learning events and conferences on evaluation around the world.

  7. Improving Results-Based Management in the ILO: Challenges and opportunities

    20 March 2014

    i-eval THINK Piece, No. 5 - February 2014 -- This Think Piece was written by Mr. Osvaldo Feinstein. Sabas Monroy, Guy Thijs and Francisco Guzmán of EVAL provided comments and suggestions. The Think Piece suggests actions needed to address evaluability gaps to improve the Office’s accountability for its programmes. Recommendations are aimed at enabling ILO to improve the quality of its evaluations and utilize evaluation findings and lessons learned to improve performance. This includes some discussion on the alignment of P&B outcomes, Decent Work County Programmes and the Areas of Critical Importance (ACIs) to strengthen RBM in the ILO.

  8. Leveraging appraisal findings to improve evaluation quality

    17 March 2014

    i-eval THINK Piece, No. 4 - February 2014 -- This Think Piece was co-written by Ms. Kelly Robertson and Dr. Daniela Schroeter of The Evaluation Center, Western Michigan University. It examines quality appraisals conducted of ILO EVAL's independent project evaluations and makes recommendations for improvement of guidance documents and training materials.


  1. i-eval Flash News, No. 9 - Dec 2013

    19 December 2013

    This newsletter presents the new EVAL launch of protocols for the data collection and dissemination of lessons learned and emerging good practices. There is a short summary of the outcome of the Bi-annual Regional and Departmental Evaluation Network meeting,which took place in November. The newsletter also offers a list of training opportunities and interesting blogs on evaluation.

  2. i-eval Flash News, No. 8 - Aug/Sep 2013

    24 September 2013

    This newsletter presents new EVAL efforts to improve the quality of evaluation reports, including meta analyses at the project and DWCP level, as well as a new study on the evaluability of DWCP outcomes. Our regional focus in this issue is the Americas and the departmental feature is on the STEP/Portugal Phase II evaluation dealing with the extension of social protection in vulnerable countries. There are new links to evaluation blogs and lots of news from the international evaluation community.