EQAS: Evaluation Quality Assurance System


EQAS is the 'how-to' of evaluation and quality standards. It is an integral part of WFP’s Evaluation Policy 2016-2021 and has two objectives:

  1. To improve the credibility and utility of evaluations
  2. To facilitate lessons learning from evaluations across WFP

EQAS was developed using the knowledge of three major evaluation networks:

  1. United Nations Evaluation Group (UNEG)
  2. Active Learning Network for Accountability and Performance (ALNAP)
  3. Evaluation Net of the OECD/DAC

It incorporated common practice among evaluation practitioners. These standards and practices were adapted to WFP's context.

EQAS provides guidance on: 

  • Each step in the evaluation process, to ensure transparency and a systematic way of working across evaluation teams
  • The structure of evaluation reports, to ensure comprehensive coverage of the evaluation subject, and systematic, comparable reporting
  • Expected quality standards, including criteria for quality assurance 

The Evaluation Support documents provide additional supporting documents to help evaluation managers and evaluation teams.

Evaluation Quality Assurance System for Strategic Evaluations - Guidance Materials
Evaluation Quality Assurance System for Policy Evaluations - Guidance Materials
Evaluation Quality Assurance System for Country Portfolio Evaluations - Guidance Materials
Evaluation Quality Assurance System for Impact Evaluations - Guidance Materials
Evaluation Quality Assurance System for Operation Evaluations - Guidance Materials - English | French