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Reflections - Lessons from Evaluations
Reflections - Learning from Past for Sustainable Future

The second Reflections book captures some of those lessons to inform the next steps. The first section of the book opens on the fissures the pandemic exposed in development programming and finances, but the papers in this section are equally a reminder that the legacy of the pandemic is also one of innovation. Great adaptability and innovation were displayed during the worst years of the pandemic. Digital transformation leapt forward with transparent and economical options for critical services, which, even when weighed against the risks of widening the digital divide, proved by and large to be a positive outcome.

Reflections - Lessons from Evaluations
Reflections - Lessons from Evaluations: Learning from Past Crises for Recovering from COVID-19

The Independent Evaluation Office (IEO) of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) plays an important role as a central and impartial knowledge provider helping UNDP to make decisions and policies based on evaluative evidence. In 2020, the IEO launched Reflections - a knowledge product that offers lessons from past evaluations and provides valuable insights for organizational learning and improved decision-making towards better development results. Reflections are Rapid Evaluation Assessments that provide syntheses from thousands of evaluations of UNDP development activities carried out over the past decade. This book is the first volume in the series and outlines 61 lessons from evaluations of UNDP's work in crisis settings to support decision-makers, especially at the country level, in their COVID-19 crisis response and recovery efforts.

Evaluation of Agenda 2030
Evaluation for Agenda 2030 – Providing Evidence on Progress and Sustainability

We need to understand the way forward on the many challenges in the SDGs. If we truly want to “leave no one behind,” we need to learn from our mistakes and from efforts to build inclusive and equitable societies that can sustain themselves. This book is written from the perspective of 38 evaluation experts based globally and presents a variety and depth of topics which the global evaluation community is faced with, such as taking sustainability into account; how to leave ‘no one behind’ when evaluating sustainability; capacities and capabilities needed to undertake evaluation; how countries and regions incorporate sustainability into country-led evaluation systems; addressing negative consequences and impacts of interventions including role of evaluation to highlight relevant issues such as safeguards; and evaluation of impact to tackle demand for evidence.

Evaluating Environment in International Development

Climate change has emerged as a preeminent challenge to both the environment and to development. Evaluating Environment in International Development is a book that provides international perspectives and in-depth knowledge of evaluating development and the environment and applies evaluation knowledge to climate change mitigation and adaptation.

The book focuses on the approaches and experiences of leading international organizations, not-for-profits, and multilateral and bilateral aid agencies to illustrate how systematic evaluation is an essential tool for providing evidence for decision-makers.

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