The program provides support to at least 15 countries to strengthen national evaluation policies and systems. As a result, each country would have a legal and institutional framework and guiding principles for evaluation activities and a defined, systematic approach to implementation that spans across national and sub-national levels and across all sectors, with a particular focus on the country ownership and “no-one left behind” focus of the SDGs.
• Advocates for broadening the base of “uses” and “users” of evaluation, globally
• Promotes the use of Evidence as a powerful tool to inform the implementation of Agenda 2030
• Reconfirms the commitments to the Global Evaluation Agenda (EvalAgenda) through VOPEs & global partners
It further aims to raise the profile of evaluation amongst a wide range of stakeholders. Within the framework of this program, EvalPartners is investigating and responding to demand for evaluation with new stakeholders, simplifying evaluation language for better communication, generating key messages and easily disseminating communication tools for use by the evaluation sector.
Focus of the Evidence Matters Flagship Program
Over the past decade, entities within the United Nations and beyond, including Voluntary Organizations for Profession Evaluation (VOPEs) have been engaged in various initiatives around the world to strengthen national evaluation capacities and raise awareness on the important role of evaluation to inform the follow-up and review process of the 2030 Agenda.
Evaluation’s critical contribution to development was embodied in a landmark UN Resolution (A/Res/69/237) passed in December 2014 that underscored the need for building evaluation capacity at national level. Evaluation was further ingrained in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, recognizing its role in the follow up and review of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) (A/Res/70/1).
Global evaluation initiatives have included professional exchanges through international conferences, training, awareness raising and capacity support at the country level to develop enabling environments for evaluation. While these efforts are laudable and have produced important results, there has been little evidence, if any, of evaluations or evaluative thinking informing the voluntary national reviews to date.