2005 Norms for Evaluation in the UN System (updated 2016 Norms and Standards are available)

Norms_ES.pdf (41 KB / Spanish)

Norms_FR.pdf (41 KB / French)

Norms_RU.pdf (265 KB / Russian)

Norms_CH.pdf (204 KB / Chinese)

UNEG_Norms_2005-FINAL.pdf (500 KB / English)

UNEG Norms_Ar.pdf (151 KB / Arabic)


The norms seek to facilitate system-wide collaboration on evaluation by ensuring that evaluation entities within the UN follow agreed-upon basic principles. They provide a reference for strengthening, professionalizing and improving the quality of evaluation in all entities of the United Nations system.

The norms are consistent with other main sources and reflect the singularity of the United Nations system, characterized by its focus on people and respect for their rights, the importance of international values and principles, universality and neutrality, its multiple stakeholders, its needs for global governance, its multidisciplinarity, and its complex accountability system. Last but not least, there is the challenge of international cooperation embedded in the Millennium Declaration and Development Goals.

In 2016, UNEG adopted updated Norms and Standards for Evaluation. Please see the updated document at http://www.unevaluation.org/2016-Norms-and-Standards.

Document Details



  • UNEG Foundation Documents


  • Apr 2005


  • 155551


  • Approaches and Methods Guidance Normative Norms and Standards Professionalisation