In January 2016, the Geographical Mobility Policy for WHO International Professionals (IPs) on continuing and fixed-term appointments came into effect. During the first three years (2016-2018), the Policy was implemented on a voluntary basis and was evaluated annually. It was envisaged that the lessons learned from these evaluations would inform the Organization on how to effectively implement the Policy during the next phase as of 1 January 2019. This current evaluation was therefore designed as a summative evaluation of the implementation of the Policy during the voluntary phase (2016-2018).
In line with resolution WHA65.15 (2012) and decision EB141(1) (2017) an evaluation, open to all Member States, was conducted by the Executive Board to assess the efficacy of the revised process and methods for the election of the Director-General. The evaluation took place in an open meeting of the Executive Board held during its 142nd session (January 2018). The report of the evaluation management group served to facilitate an informed discussion during the open meeting. The Secretariat was subsequently requested to bring forward a proposal for adjustments to the election process for the Director-General, and any necessary revisions to the code of conduct, to be presented for consideration by the Board at its 144th session in January 2019.
The objective of the evaluation of WHO reform, third stage, was to assess: the status of actions taken on the stage 1 and stage 2 evaluation recommendations; progress made on implementation; and the effectiveness of the WHO implementation approach across the three levels of the Organization. It also aimed to provide recommendations on the way forward.
The objective of this independent review of the evaluation function at WHO was twofold: (i) to assess the implementation of the WHO evaluation policy and inform its update to ensure that WHO meets its evaluation-related reform objectives; and (ii) to assess the implementation of the WHO framework for strengthening evaluation and organizational learning in order to identify areas in need of strengthening.
The evaluation of the WHO Secretariat’s contribution to the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) aims to inform WHO’s strategy for the 2030 Agenda on Sustainable Development Goals based on organizational learning drawn from past experience. The evaluation covers the entire life span of the MDGs (2000-2015) and assesses the Secretariat’s contribution to the health-related MDGs at the global, regional and country levels.
This evaluation was conducted in two phases. The first phase focused on defining normative work at WHO and proposed a framework for its evaluation. The second phase drew on this framework to evaluate a selection of representative types of normative work (10 normative products) and, based on the findings, make recommendations in relation to WHO’s normative role and function.
The overall purpose of the evaluation of the impact of WHO publications was to assess the impact of WHO publications by considering the reach, usefulness and use of a representative sample of WHO information products as estimates for their impact. Specifically, it addressed the following high-level questions:
The aim of the evaluation of WHO’s presence in countries was to assess the Secretariat’s contribution to the delivery of Organization-wide outcomes and the attainment of country-level goals. This evaluation addressed the following high-level questions:
In 2015, a major focus of the work of the Evaluation Office was to support the work of the Ebola Interim Assessment Panel established in response to resolution EBSS3.R1, adopted during the special session of the Executive Board in January 2015. The Panel submitted its first report to the Sixty-eighth World Health Assembly, and the final report was delivered in July 2015. The Secretariat issued its response to the Panel’s report in August 2015. The Panel’s recommendations further informed the work of the United Nations Secretary General’s High-Level Panel on the Global Response to Health Crises, the deliberations of the Review Committee on the Role of the International Health Regulations (2005) in the Ebola Outbreak and Response and the Director-General’s Advisory Group on Reform of WHO’s work in Outbreaks and Emergencies with Health and Humanitarian Consequences.
List of reviews
Ebola Interim Assessment Panel
Director-General's Advisory Group
on Reform of WHO's Work in Outbreaks and Emergencies with Health and Humanitarian Consequences (WHO)
on the Role of the International Health Regulations (2005) in Ebola Outbreak and Response (WHO)
EU preparedness and response
learning lessons from the Ebola outbreak (European Union)
HGHI - LSHTM Independent Panel
on the Global Response to Ebola (Harvard Global Health Institute - London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicines)
Commission on a global health risk framework for the future
(The National Academy of Medicine)
The neglected dimension of global security
Commission on a Global Health Risk Framework for the Future
Will Ebola change the game? 10 essential reforms before the next pandemic
HGHI LSHTM Independent Panel on the Global Response to Ebola
EU Preparedness and response – learning from the Ebola outbreak
The evaluation of the financing dialogue was requested at the 66th World Health Assembly by Member States and the evaluation was completed between February and April 2014. The main objective of the evaluation was to assess whether the financing dialogue and related resource mobilization experiences improved the five principles, namely alignment, predictability, flexibility and transparency of WHO’s financing and whether it broadened WHO’s contributor base.
WHO Financing Dialogue evaluation
The second stage evaluation of WHO reform was endorsed by the Executive Board at its 132nd session in January 2013. It assessed the status of action taken on the recommendations of the stage one evaluation, modalities of implementing the reform proposals, the adequacy of the implementation plan and the change management strategy.
The first stage evaluation of WHO reform was entrusted to the Comptroller and Auditor General of India, the then external auditor of WHO. The evaluation was conducted during the period 26 February to 30 March 2012. The scope of this evaluation was to assess the completeness, comprehensiveness and relevance of the reform proposals formulated by the WHO Secretariat in the areas of finance, human resources and governance as contained in the relevant documents.