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Evaluation and good practices



EVALSDGs is a network formed to add value and learning to SDGs, as well as support processes to integrate evaluation into national and global SDGs review systems.  The network is made up of skilled policy makers, institutions and practitioners with a shared interest in evaluation and sustainable development.  EVALSDGs produced a draft concept note.  The EVALSDGs one-pager has been translated in more than 15 languages.

EVALSDGs Background

From 2000-2015, the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) focused global efforts and spurred progress towards achievement of human development goals around the world.  Much has been achieved, but a key criticism of the MDGs was that there was insufficient attention paid to generating evidence on achievements and learning from challenges.

In September 2015, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were adopted by world leaders. Progress towards "The world we want" – the headline of the SDGs extensive consultative process – requires efforts at every level to turn aspirations into realities.  The SDGs have a strong emphasis on each national government defining and measuring their own objectives and targets.  Evaluation practice provides a means to raise the voice of stakeholders and local people in SDG initiatives.  It helps to measure and demonstrate achievement and challenges, ultimately contributing to improved accountability and decision-making, stronger leadership, as well as learning and innovation.


The International Organization for Cooperation in Evaluation (IOCE) in partnership with the United Nations Evaluation Group (UNEG) formed the EvalPartners network in March 2012. The IOCE brings together Voluntary Organizations for Professional Evaluation (VOPEs) from around the world. EvalPartners links VOPEs and other partners that work to strengthen evaluation theory and practice.

EvalPartners has established EVALSDGs in response to the need to embed effective monitoring and evaluation in the SDGs.  EVALSDGs aims to form a strong evaluation partnership to inform, support, measure and assess development efforts around the SDGs.  As a network of interested and skilled policy makers, institutions and practitioners who advocate for the evaluability of the performance indicators of the new SDGs, EVALSDGs can add value to both the evaluation sector and to the SDG implementation and review process.


EVALSDGs seeks to:

  • Promote evaluation activities around the SDGs
  • Orient and support the review and follow-up process on the SDG Agenda 2030 by adding value through evaluation


  • Contribute to create an enabling environment for evaluation relevant to the SDGs
  • Provide a platform for dialogue, advocacy and knowledge generation in relation to evaluation and the SDGs
  • Assist in strengthening the institutional capacities of evaluators to conduct evaluations in support of SDG implementation and review processes
  • Support national initiatives to build evaluation initiatives in relation to national planning and SDGs implementation
  • Foster inter-linkages and interaction between initiatives to strengthen evaluation and implement and review the SDGs

EVALSDGs series of Briefing Papers

Whereas here is the link to a dedicated webpage where you can find all Briefing Papers, publications and other material related to evaluation and the SDGs, including a video of talking heads from the Wilton Park event.


WEBINAR: "Evaluation and Complexity in the SDGs Era" - Part 2 (28 May 2019) - Presenter: Michael Bamberger


High Level Political Forum (HLPF 2018) – Side event on "Accelerating SDG implementation through evaluation: Case of SDG - 6"
Speakers: The World Bank, Government of Sri Lanka, UNICEF, WaterAid.
Key questions to be addressed in the meeting:

  1. Is evaluation fit-for- purpose to advise member states on progress towards the SDGs? What are the potential roadblocks?
  2. What needs to be done to ensure that evaluation will generate systematic and timely evidence for HLPF progress reporting?
  3. Are current approaches to national evaluation capacity development adequate to contribute to the follow up and review processes at the country level?
  4. How to make the case for country-led evaluations of WASH “fit for purpose for the SDGs”?

For more details, please watch a recording of the side event here.


High Level Political Forum 2017 (HLPF 2017): "Evaluation as a mechanism for effective national follow-up and review progress towards the SDGs" (12 July 2017)

 UNICEF hosted a UNEG organised High Level Political Forum side event that was held under the theme “Evaluation as a mechanism for effective national follow-up and review progress towards the SDGs”. Panellists from Botswana, Chile, Samoa, Switzerland, presented on how evaluation is informing decision making on the SDGs and how they are localising and reviewing progress on the SDGs. Stefano D’Errico from EVALSDGs also presented on the findings from the 22 Voluntary National Reviews on the status of SDGs that have been done so far. The presentation was based on the briefing paper “Evaluation: a missed opportunity in the SDGs’ first set of Voluntary National Reviews”.  The videos of this side event can be viewed here 


EvalPartners Global Evaluation Forum III

 The Third EvalPartners Global Evaluation Forum held 26-28 April 2017, in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, hosted by the Parliament of Kyrgyzstan.

  The theme of The Third Global Forum is Transforming our world through evaluation: engagement and partnerships for the better world we want.  The ultimate objective of the Global Forum is a renewed commitment to the achievement of the 2030 SDGs through the implementation and improvement of the EvalAgenda2020.

  The visible output of the Forum will be a Partnership Statement setting expectations of various components of the evaluation ecosystem and reaffirming an engagement towards immediate and ultimate global development goals.

  Please find here the pre-EvalPartners Forum videos where key EvalPartners members share their views on the Forthcoming 3rd Global Evaluation Forum and what is expected from this very relevant Global event.

To follow news pre and during the Forum, like and follow in Facebook and Twitter (@globalevalforum), with hashtag #EvalForum.


High Level Political Forum (HLPF 2016) on "Evaluation at the service of the SDGs" (13 July 2016)

 See videos of two side events to the High Level Political Forum on “Evaluation at the service of the SDGs”, organized by UNEG last 13 July 2016. These side events were a follow up on the No One Left Behind: Evaluating SDGs with an Equity-Focused and Gender-Responsive Lens High-Level Panel and Technical Seminar held in March 2016. Click for the HLPF on Sustainable Development.

Join or Support EVALSDGs

Ways to participate:

  • Joining the EVALSDGs membership
  • Contributing to an active working group
  • Becoming a national link person for EVALSDGs between the global level and the national government or VOPE
  • Supporting EVALSDGs activities with partnership resources to help us to do more

For information:

For more information, please visit the EVALSDGs contact us page.

You may also visit: https://evalsdgs.org/; http://forum.ioce.net/; Twitter: @EVALSDGs; and LinkedIn: EVALSDGs.



Global Evaluation Agenda 2016 - 2020

It is our great pleasure and pride to present you the Global Evaluation Agenda (GEA) 2016-2020 which is the first ever long term global vision for evaluation. The GEA has been developed by many colleagues around the globe, working together under the EvalPartners umbrella. The discussions around evaluation capacities and capabilities intensified during the Year of Evaluation in 2015, which was celebrated at over 92 events around the world. The Year of Evaluation culminated in a historic global gathering hosted by the Parliament of Nepal in Kathmandu where the GEA was launched and endorsed by various stakeholders including Governments, Parliaments, civil society and academia, with great energy and good humour, in an atmosphere of global solidarity and partnership.

Please also find the Global Evaluation Agenda Executive Summary.

Dorothy Lucks and Ada Ocampo
EvalPartners Co-Chairs

Kassem El-Saddik
EvalPartners Vice-Chair

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