The Evaluation of Comprehensive Sexuality Education Programmes

A Focus on the Gender and Empowerment Outcomes

No. of pages: 64

Publication date: June 2015

Author: UNFPA

Publisher: UNFPA

This report is the outcome of The Comprehensive Sexuality Education (CSE) Evaluation Expert Meeting that brought together partners, practitioners, researchers and advocates from around the world to discuss the state of the art of monitoring and evaluation for CSE programmes. Held in October 2014 at UNFPA’s headquarters in New York, the meeting aimed to build consensus on a framework for evaluation that identifies the indicators and variables of an “empowerment” approach to CSE, considering the overarching questions:

In the context of programme evaluation, both in and out of school, how do evaluation designs address the concepts of gender and human rights?
How are concepts such as “empowerment” and “rights” operationalized and measured in research and evaluation efforts?

This report from the UNFPA Comprehensive Sexuality Education (CSE) Evaluation Expert Meeting summarizes the content of the presentations, which offer examples of prominent approaches to measure the gender and human rights elements of CSE throughout the stages of programme design and implementation.