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This year in review reflects on the progress made in implementing the ILO's new evaluation strategy (2018), as measured against its three outcomes: (1) Enhanced capacities and systems of evaluation for better practice and use; (2) Enhanced value of evaluation through the use of more credible and higher quality evaluations (independence, crediblity and usefuleness); and (3) Stronger knowledge base of evaluation findings and recommendations. It also reviews approaches towards assessing the ILO's overall effectiveness.
Independent evaluation of ILO's strategy and actions for improved youth employment prospects 2012-2017
This high-level evaluation assesses the ILO’s strategy and actions for improving youth employment prospects. The evaluation is informed by the organization's long history of work in youth employment. The evaluation takes into consideration all efforts undertaken by the office from 2012 to 2017 in order to provide insight into the relevance, coherence, effectiveness, efficiency, impact and sustainability of its work in this area in order to inform future policy and decision-making processes.
Independent evaluation of ILO's work in Lebanon and Jordan in terms of Decent Work and the response to the Syrian refugee crisis 2014-2018
This high-level evaluation evaluation examines the ILO’s work in Lebanon and Jordan. The main purpose of the evaluation is to validate the achievement of results and the ILO’s contribution towards national development objectives, decent work, and the response to the Syrian refugee crisis from 2014-18. The evaluation assessed their relevance to country needs, coherence and validity, effectiveness and efficiency, the impact of the results and the potential for sustainability.
This high level evaluation reviewed the ILO's support for capacity development of its constituents from 2010 to 2017. It reviewed interventions that intended to deliver capacity development with a focus on the difference it made to constituents. The evaluation is expected to inform the capacity development strategy to give effect to the 2016 resolution on Social Justice Declaration, due in March 2019.
ILO policy guidelines for evaluation: Principles, rationale, planning and managing for evaluations, 3rd edition
The new policy guidelines are intended to provide a complete package of guidance for ILO staff, who are tasked with planning, managing, overseeing and/or following up on evaluation recommendations. This revised edition incorporates updates since the two previous versions (2012 and 2013) 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.
ILO Director-General, Guy Ryder, highlights the important link between evaluation and the Sustainable Development Goals to the ILO. He explains the significant contribution that evaluation will have to make to implement the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and how the provision of evaluative evidence will guide the ILO to realize SDG 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth.
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 2018-21. 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 ILOThis year's 2018 collection of high-level evaluation reports that are mandated by the Governing Body includes the following:
- Regional evaluation of Decent Work Country Programmes in the Arab States
- Independent evaluation of the ILO's strategies and actions for improved youth employment prospects
- Independent evaluation of the ILO's capacity building efforts