The Evaluation Office contributes to enhancing the practice of evaluation in the United Nations system. It conducts various types of evaluations and management studies in accordance with the requirements of the United Nations General Assembly, the UN Environment Governing Council and the Norms and Standards for Evaluation of the United Nations system.
Evaluations are conducted in an independent manner and the Evaluation Office reports on evaluation findings without interference. To give it independence from substantive Divisions and operational sub-programmes, the Evaluation Office Director reports to the Executive Director, and through the Executive Director, to the Governing Bodies - Committee of Permanent Representatives and United Nations Environment Assembly.
The Evaluation Office's main forms of evaluation, as stated in the Evaluation Policy, are: i) higher level strategic and thematic evaluations, including evaluations of UN Environment's Medium-Term Strategy, its sub-programmes and country programmes, ii) operational assessments including project and portfolio evaluations and other studies of management interest and iii) impact and influence evaluations.
All UN Environment evaluation reports can be found on a searchable platform. This database includes all project and portfolio evaluations as well as Medium-Term Strategy Evaluations, Synthesis Reports, Sub-Programme Evaluations completed by the Evaluation Office.