An evaluation policy outlines the definition, concept, role and use of evaluation within an organisation.
The policy document is often a fairly brief document, which is supported by more detailed guidance, guidelines or a procedures manual. Sometimes the policy document is structured around a number of key principles.
Evaluation policies should also 'include the institutional framework and definition of roles and responsibilities; an explanation of how the evaluation function and evaluations are planned, managed and budgeted; and a clear statement on disclosure and dissemination.' (UNEG)
- National Evaluation Policy Framework, Republic of South Africa: This National Evaluation Policy from the Republic of South Africa (RSA) outlines the focus of evaluation across all government departments in the RSA
- OXFAM Policy on Program Evaluation: This policy outlines the procedures and processes for conducting evaluations of Oxfam programs.
- Department of State Program Evaluation Policy: This policy outlines the US Department of State's procedures for conducting evaluations covering the full evaluation cycle from purpose through to reporting.
United Nations Evaluation Group (UNEG), (n.d.).Guidance to programmes for developing an evaluation policy. Retrieved from website: https://www.un.org/Depts/oios/pages/ied_guidance_for_dev_ep.pdf