Guidance Note on Developing Terms of Reference (ToR) for Evaluations

This guide from the United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM) is aimed at providing support to staff in the creation of Terms of Reference for evaluation.


  • Terms of Reference (ToR) - What? Why? And How?
  • Title
  • Background, purpose and use of the evaluation
  • Context of the intervention (programme/project)
  • Description of the intervention (programme/project)
  • Scope of the Evaluation
  • Evaluation questions
  • Existing information sources
  • Evaluation Approach, Process and Options
  • Stakeholder participation
  • Expected products
  • Evaluation team composition, skills and experience
  • Management of evaluation
  • Ethical code of conduct
  • Quality Checklist for the TOR


UNIFEM, Evaluation Unit. (2009). Guidance note on developing terms of reference (tor) for evaluations. Retrieved from website: (archived link)

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