The Third EvalPartners Global Evaluation Forum was held in Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic, April 26 to 28, 2017. The Forum theme was “Transforming our world through evaluation: engagement and partnership for the better world we want”. The Forum brought together some 150 participants from 51 countries.
EvalPartners works to contribute to the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through the implementation of the EvalAgenda 2020. The Forum provided a platform for exchange, among evaluation stakeholders, of experiences in implementing the EvalAgenda 2020. The Forum led to reaffirmed engagement vis à vis the EvalAgenda 2020 and strengthened partnerships within and among EvalPartners Networks.
This chart synthesizes the messages heard during the Third Global Evaluation Forum. Clearly, it is a simplification of the rich discussions that took place in Bishkek but it can be used as a reminder of the main elements of the dynamic that EvalPartners is trying to influence. The elements in bold are levers available to EvalPartners.
The EvalPartners world starts with a demand for evaluation and ends with successfully delivered SDGs. We have heard that demand for evaluation stems, among other factors, from the needs of national development strategies, from the leadership that countries are expected to play in the implementation of the SDGs, and from the pro-evaluation information, promotion, and advocacy that EvalPartners (and others) support.
Demand for evaluation information supports the creation, development, and maturation of national monitoring and evaluation systems which comprise many components including VOPEs and national evaluation policies. Well functioning national M&E systems also feed the demand for evaluation. National M&E systems’ maturation are open to the capacity building efforts of EvalPartners (and others), as defined widely by the EvalAgenda.
Well-functioning national M&E systems ensure the supply of evaluation evidence. Also, the production of evaluation information feed the continuous improvement and maturation of national M&E systems. Evaluation supply is sensitive to several factors that could be leveraged by EvalPartners: innovation in evaluation approaches, the promotion of an interventionist stance for evaluation (emphasizing equity, sustainability, and peace), and an awareness of the evaluation context including the existence of the SDGs (which are not prominent for all decision-makers). It was also mentioned that the participation of all, including those usually left behind, is a condition of success in evaluation supply.
Evaluation information is then offered to all of those who have an appetite for it: parliamentarians, government, and the civil society. It is only through their intermediation that evaluation evidence is transformed into evaluation use, if the value of reliable evidence is supported. This is another possible lever for EvalPartners: promoting evaluation information as reliable evidence, and the importance of evidence in enlightened decision-making.
It is then hypothesized that the use of evaluation (and other sources of information) will translate into better governance and more effective programs that will eventually lead to the successful delivery on the SDGs.
Benoît Gauthier, CE
CES Past President