By Andrea Cook, Director of Evaluation at the UN World Food Programme, co-chair of EvalPartners

For a document of such magnitude, Resolution 70/01 adopted by the General Assembly on 25 September 2015, is, in UN terms, relatively short and to the point.

Could country-led evaluation be the missing jigsaw piece needed to achieve the SDGs? UN Photo/Manuel Elías

Transforming our world: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, also known as the Sustainable Development Goals a.k.a. the global goals, covers 17 goals, 169 targets and 230 indicators in just under 16,000 words.

Evaluation appears twice.

While that may appear to be small return for a practice that should be a fundamental part of any plan, its very…


By Felipe Dunsch, Simone Lombardini and Jonas Heirman

Impact Evaluation is an important tool for assessing what works in development and humanitarian interventions, providing rigorous evidence to inform policy and contribute to the global evidence base. However, not every context or programme is suitable for traditional impact evaluation approaches. Many interventions supported by the World Food Programme (WFP) are delivered in rapidly evolving contexts and aim to meet immediate food needs. These rapidly evolving contexts require a lean and adaptive approach to testing and optimising life-changing interventions.

WFP/Simon Pierre Diouf

WFP is the world’s largest humanitarian organization, saving lives in emergencies and using…


By Kristen McCollum

A conversation with ALNAP, the IRC, and the World Bank’s DIME division held during the the Humanitarian Networks and Partnerships Weeks (HNPW) in May 2021, highlighted three considerations for an impact evaluation agenda in humanitarian contexts.

Women at work at a Food for Assets project in Niger. WFP/Mariama Ali

WFP’s Office of Evaluation (OEV) is ramping up efforts to use impact evaluations in humanitarian response. As the world’s largest humanitarian agency, WFP is well-placed to be a leader in this area.

The recently-launched Impact Evaluation Strategy emphasizes an investment in new capacities and partnerships dedicated to generating rigorous evidence in crisis- and conflict-affected settings. …


By Jonas Heirman and Felipe Dunsch

Could impact evaluations provide the evidence to support people as they transition from humanitarian crises to resilient development pathways?

There is growing recognition that humanitarian and development assistance must be better connected to address and prevent crises.

Terms used to describe this include the ‘humanitarian-peace-development nexus’, ‘transitional assistance’, ‘resilience’, and ‘self-reliance’, which all point to the simple idea that short-term assistance should support people in building their own capacities for longer-term development (which is also key element of the UN’s ‘New Way of Working’).

In 2016, the UN General Assembly called upon the UN…


Cash transfer programmes are at the frontline of national governments’ responses to the COVID-19 pandemic. Ranging from bank notes to e-money and debit cards to value vouchers, cash transfers are integral to many countries’ social protection systems, buffering the worst socio-economic effects of the crisis. In 2019, WFP transferred US$ 2.1 billion — 38 percent of its total assistance — to 28 million people in 64 countries across the world.

But what effect did cash transfers have on people’s lives? What can we learn from the evidence?

A new evidence summary captures lessons from 23 WFP-commissioned evaluations and inter-agency humanitarian…

WFP Evaluation

Delivering evidence critical to saving lives & changing lives. The Independent Office of Evaluation of the UN World Food Programme works for #ZeroHunger

Get the Medium app

A button that says 'Download on the App Store', and if clicked it will lead you to the iOS App store
A button that says 'Get it on, Google Play', and if clicked it will lead you to the Google Play store