UNICEF Regional Office: a new partnership to evaluate progress for children
Explaining the importance of this new role, Marco Segone, Regional Adviser on Monitoring and Evaluation said: "The development of national, sustainable evaluation functions is essential for the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals. Professional evaluation organizations such as IPEN play a key role in strengthening evaluation and fostering dialogue between Governments, academia, civil society and the private sector, and we are delighted at the prospect of a closer partnership.
"UNICEF and IPEN cooperation will help CIS countries evaluate MDG-based policies and programmes," said Segone. "And effective evaluation allows countries, and the United Nations, to measure their progress for children."
In September 2005, UNICEF supported the IPEN Annual Conference in
IPEN is an informal Network established in 2000 to support evaluation capacity development in the Newly Independent States through development of contacts between local evaluators, providing information support, conducting conferences and developing relationships with professional communities outside the CIS.
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