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This session will frame the key themes of the conference, beginning with a presentation of emerging findings of the forthcoming Human Development Report on inequalities, followed by a discussion of the implications for evaluation and ensuring that evaluations leave no one behind.
This session will explore several partnerships between international organizations and national counterparts to transform evaluation in the context of the SDGs.
This session will explore experiences in preparing for and evaluating sustainable development strategies, with examples from Finland, Nigeria and Bangladesh.
This panel will present feedback from the NEC pre-conference workshop convened by CLEAR-AA. It will propose guiding principles practitioners can use to ensure inclusion and equity in evaluation design and implementation. Each panel participant will discuss a specific principle arising from the workshop.
In 2018, EvalGender+, UN Women with IIED and EvalSDGs jointly developed a research project that looked at the integration (or not) of gender-responsive evaluative evidence in Voluntary National Reviews (VNR). In parallel, UN Women has been collaborating with national governments in conducting gender-responsive evaluations of national gender equality policies, strategies and plans. This two-part session will (1) present the results of the 2018 and 2019 VNR analysis and the recommendations to strengthen gender evaluative evidence in VNRs and set the scene to (2) hear examples from government representatives on the collaboration with UN Women on gender-responsive evaluations of national gender policies and strategies. The panel will generate a discussion on how we can collectively advocate for more gender-responsive evaluations and targeted evaluations of national gender equality plans, policies and strategies at the country level as an avenue to support accountability for gender equality commitments in the implementation of the SDGs.
Segment 1: Gender Evaluation: A blind spot in SDG reporting
Discussant: Mr. Marco Segone, Director, Evaluation Office, UNFPA Segment 2: Evaluations of National Gender Equality Policies and Plans: Case studies of Colombia and Serbia
Discussant: Ms. Inga Sniukaite, Chief, UN Women Independent Evaluation Service, UN Women Independent Evaluation and Audit Service
The 2030 Agenda calls for a systematic follow-up and review of the implementation of the SDGs. Country-led evaluations constitute a key element in this process and strengthening national evaluation capacities assumes importance more than before. Responding to the demand for national evaluation capacities, the Independent Evaluation Office (IEO) developed an Online Self-Assessment Tool for Diagnosing National Evaluation Strategy Options. The Tool is piloted in Nepal, Senegal, and Uganda. This session will share the experience of Senegal and Uganda, followed by a discussion on the use of the tool by government entities.
Accelerating the achievement of the SDGs will need increased partnership with the private sector. This panel will present evaluation lessons and experiences from working with the private sector to achieve the SDGs and will share approaches in evaluating private sector involvement with government. What have been the different evaluation approaches of Governments, Banks and the private sector themselves when evaluating the work of the private sector and their contribution to the SDGs? How does evaluation in and of the private sector differ from that undertaken in the public sector?
Relevance, Effectiveness, Efficiency, Impact and Sustainability: these five evaluation criteria – first articulated by the OECD/DAC in 1991 – have become a core part of evaluation policy and practice. Over the past two years, the DAC Evaluation Network and the wider evaluation community have taken stock of experiences with applying the criteria and worked to adapt the criteria to support better evaluations for learning and accountability. This session will present the current thinking on the criteria, including emerging definitions and principles for use, with reflections and critiques from different perspectives.
Successfully adapting to a changing climate is one of humanity’s most daunting challenges. The type and extent of threat varies widely and time horizons are fluid. This complexity poses a challenge for actors at all entry points: policy makers, disaster response agencies, private companies, aid organisations, community members, and evaluators. In this session we will discuss the recent evolution of global and national strategies and support for climate change adaptation, opportunities for private sector partnerships, and the crucial role of evaluation to draw lessons and recommend actions.
This panel will focus on experiences of several Latin American countries: the construction, implementation, strengthening, and management of their national evaluation systems, the challenges faced, and the lessons learned. The session will also examine how the institutionalization process has been influenced by the 2030 Agenda and how countries have responded to this new global mandate. The participants will reflect on how the political system adapts to the uncertainty that evaluations provide, how follow-up systems work out for the implementation of recommendations and how to prevent evaluations from being only a requirement.
This session will begin with presentations on new tools to improve ground- truthed, evidence-based data, data access and behaviour-changing programming in Afghanistan, progress in SDG 16 measurement in Somalia, and using the Social Cohesion and Reconciliation Index (SCORE) to inform decision making and designing evidence-based policy and programmes for conflict transformation in Liberia, to inform a wider discussion with participants on other innovations that will help transform evaluation for 2030.
National evaluation policies and systems are important aspects of a strong evaluation culture. This session will promote a dialogue of parliamentarians and other stakeholders on the urgency of strengthening national evaluation policies and systems in the context of the 2030 Agenda and in line with the Colombo Declaration. The session will also highlight the importance of strengthening national enabling environments and to increasing the demand and use of evaluation.
Evaluation is a powerful tool to build accountability and contribute to positive development change. This session will build bridges across continents to share experiences and lessons learned in strengthening evaluation and evaluation systems.
Increasing availability of new types of data strengthens geospatial research in different scientific fields and creates opportunities to better measure results and evaluate the impacts of development interventions. During this panel three presenters will discuss how geospatial data can help target the poor and inform impact evaluations.
This panel will focus on experiences in strengthening evaluation systems and capacities to support the 2030 Agenda in Asia-Pacific. It draws on a recent joint initiative by UNICEF and UNDP that reviewed systems and capacities across the region, highlighting emerging good practices and identifying lessons learned to help guide national evaluation capacity development. Participants from the region will reflect on their country perspectives in adapting evaluation systems for the SDG era, including by highlighting progress, challenges faced, and ideas for further strengthening approaches to help ensure that evaluation plays its critical role of better informing government decision-making.
In times where evaluators are called to contribute to transformative change, it is critical to sustain a supply of transformative evaluators. During this session, young and senior evaluation and communications professionals will showcase the potential of including youth and emerging evaluators on evaluation teams. They will also discuss the role of communications to enhance the utility of evaluations.
As African countries grapple to improve evidence-informed decision making through institutionalising the generation and use of evaluation findings, a number of questions arise around participation, voice and power. Benin, Uganda, and Ghana are at different stages of developing their government- wide M&E systems and have significant experience working with multiple stakeholders to achieve a political position driven by national development priorities. This panel will discuss the ways in which government M&E systems are currently working to institutionalise different aspects of equity within their national evaluation systems.
Building monitoring and evaluation systems helps strengthen governance and maximize development results. By improving transparency, strengthening accountability, and building a performance culture within governments, evaluation can lead to better policymaking and public management. In this session, several countries will share their work to strengthen elements of their national monitoring and evaluation systems, followed by discussion with the audience on lessons learned and tips for moving forward.
This session will build a case for dynamic and inclusive country led-evaluations of the SDGs, with speakers from Government, development organizations as well as civil society. The session will highlight why is it important to evaluate the SDGs and how can we make the case for more countries to undertake dynamic and inclusive country led evaluations.
This session will explore how evaluation plays an important role in ensuring no one is left behind, with examples ranging from the protection of migrants, inclusion of people living with disabilities, to reaching vulnerable children.
Over the past decade there has been increasing institutionalization of national evaluation systems. We are now at a stage where these are starting to be reviewed, learn lessons and evolve. This session brings together global experience of evolving systems to reinforce their institutionalization, relate to the SDGs and bring in new voices.
Cette session offrira aux participants francophones une occasion de partager leurs expériences en matière de renforcement des systèmes nationaux d’évaluation dans le contexte des ODD.
Sub-national governments have an important role to play in the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals and, as a corollary, in the evaluation of programmes and policies as they are implemented at the local level. This session will share examples and lessons learned in the development of monitoring and evaluation at the sub-national level.
This session will bring together the findings of the conference sessions to formulate answers to the question of what does “evaluation for 2030” look like and how does it ensure no one is left behind? The conference will then come to its close.