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UNICEF’s Human Rights and Gender Equity Evaluation Criteria

January 05, 2022, Evaluation Observatory

Human Rights and Gender Equity need special attention while evaluating interventions, as they add valuable principles like equality, inclusion, and non-discrimination to evaluations. As a result, they need to be mindfully integrated into evaluations (UNEG, 2011). UNICEF’s Human Rights and Gender Equity Evaluation criteria are primarily based on the OECD DAC criteria, but given their neutral nature (UNEG, 2014), also deliberately integrate human rights (HR) and gender equity dimensions (GE) into evaluations. A brief overview of the criteria can be understood from the diagram below (UNEG, 2014, p. 79):


List of recommended resources:

For a broad overview

  • Published by United Nations Evaluation Group, this document provides guidance on integrating Human Rights and Gender Equality dimensions into evaluation. The document will be specifically beneficial for UN evaluators conducting evaluations and helpful to those who want to promote the inclusion of Human Rights and Gender Equality in M&E systems. It also provides practitioners with a checklist for the Human rights and gender equality-based evaluation.

  • Published by UNEG Secretariat, this video discusses how to strengthen human rights and gender equality dimensions in evaluation in the UN system.

  • From the UNEG Secretariat, this video guides practitioners in integrating gender equality and human rights in evaluation through illustrations. It also discusses the successes and areas of attention for mainstreaming gender equality in the work of UN entities.

For in depth understanding

  • Developed by UNEG, this report provides an in-depth guidance and serve as a field guide to improve human rights and gender equality responsive evaluation throughout the UN system. This document outlines practical steps on how to prepare, conduct and use HR & GE responsive evaluations and provides additional theoretical and applied information, tools and suggestions.

Case Study


Integrating Human Rights and Gender Equality in Evaluation-Towards UNEG Guidance Document. (2011). United Nations Evaluation Group.

Integrating Human Rights and Gender Equality in Evaluations. (2014). United Nations Evaluation Group

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