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Evaluation of the Contribution of UNDP Global and Regional Human Development Reports to the Public Policy Process

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The Evaluation of the Contribution of UNDP Global and Regional Human Development Reports (HDRs) to the Public Policy Process is an independent thematic evaluation conducted by the Independent Evaluation Office (IEO) of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in 2014. It assesses the contribution of global and regional HDRs to public policy and policy discourse from 2004 to 2013. This is the first independent evaluation of the global and regional HDRs, so the evaluation also considers the way that HDRs progressed from 1990 to 2003. UNDP’s Executive Board approved this evaluation, taking particular note of the HDRs’ important advocacy role in promoting the human development perspective in development policy and planning. In addition to accountability and learning objectives, the evaluation focuses attention on the public policy and pedagogical value of these flagship UNDP knowledge products

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UNDP launched the first global Human Development Report (HDR) in 1990. Since then, reports have been produced almost every year. The global HDRs have a statistical annex that includes the Human Development Index (HDI) and other indices relevant to human development progress for many countries. The reports explore and expand the understanding and approach to human development on diverse development themes. A 2003 General Assembly resolution, reaffirming and furthering a 1995 resolution, recognized the HDR as “an independent intellectual exercise” and “an important tool for raising awareness about human development around the world.” UNDP started to produce regional and national HDRs in 1994 and 1992 respectively.

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