Evaluation: measuring results, sharing lessons

The Office of Evaluation (OEV) supports WFP in its efforts to achieve its strategic objectives through evaluation. Evaluations inform all stakeholders about the quality and effectiveness of policies, strategies and operations and the efficiency of their implementation.


  • informs debate of strategic issues;
  • contributes to actions that replicate success and correct mistakes; and
  • serves accountability and learning.

These principles and WFP's means to institutionalize them are explained in the new 2016-2021 evaluation policy. WFP's Executive Board provides strategic guidance to the Office of Evaluation through the Annual Consultation on Evaluation.

WFP’s Evaluation Policy 2016-2021 brief



OEV aims to:

- Embed evaluative thinking, behaviour and systems in WFP’s culture of accountability and learning, enhancing its contribution to ending global hunger.

- Ensure that evaluation is planned for, and evaluation findings and lessons are comprehensively incorporated into, all WFP’s policies and programmes.

- Set up a new model for WFP’s evaluation function, comprising centralized and demand-led decentralized evaluation, that produces independent, credible and useful evaluations managed in accordance with WFP’s  Evaluation Quality Assurance System (EQAS) and WFP’s Decentralized Evaluation Quality Assurance System (DEQAS).

Areas of Work

Strategic Evaluations: take a global perspective and focus on strategic issues for WFP as a whole.

Policy Evaluations: examine how WFP policy have been in achieving their objectives

Country Portfolio Evaluations: help Country Offices understand their portfolio and what difference it makes.

Impact Evaluations: provide an in-depth analysis of the impact that WFP work has on beneficiaries.

Operations Evaluations: tell the story of relevance, efficiency and effectiveness of an operation. 

Annual Evaluation Report: synthesises evaluation findings during the year.