UNEG EvalPartners Partnership Forum

Towards leaving no one behind through Evaluation

The 2021 UNEG EvalPartners Partnership Forum aims to strengthen the relationship and the interlinkages between EvalPartners and UNEG and build a basis for future exchange and joint activities between both networks. It will follow a very practical approach in addressing its topics, and provides a safe space to its participants to freely exchange experiences, lessons, and ideas on the individual topics.

When: 12 November, 9.00–10.30 am EST / 15.00–16.30 CET
Where: Online, register here: Forum Registration (first come, first serve, as participation is limited to 500 participants)
Who/For whom: UNEG members and EvalPartners network members

Agenda:

  1. Informal networking session
  2. General introduction and overview of EvalAgenda2030
  3. Four Breakout room sessions on different topics
  4. Reporting back to plenary session, main takeaways and closing

The 2021 edition of the Partnership Forum will be a 90-minutes online event, featuring four parallel breakout room sessions of 45 minutes each on individual topics. Participants will be able to participate in one of the following sessions:


1. Addressing gender equality, human rights and underrepresented groups in evaluations

This session builds on the implications for evaluation in ensuring that evaluations include relevant underrepresented groups with the aim of leaving no one behind. The UNEG Human rights, gender and disability WG, EvalGender+ and EvalIndigenous are organizing this session jointly. The session is in the form of a chat show with 4 panelists and 1 moderator. One overarching question on issues of inclusiveness will guide the discussion and panelists will respond giving practical examples of experiences, tools and guidances to address these issues. The session will also touch upon evaluator’s ethics and values to understand whether there is “harm” in doing evaluations excluding the most vulnerable groups but also trying to include them at any cost. The session will provide a safe space to discuss and propose new directions for future evaluations assessing leave no one behind.

 Panelists:

  • Petra Novakova (EvalGender+, EES) – EvalGender+ institutional presentation with objectives
  • Sabas Monroy (UNHRC, UNEG HR&GE Task group) – UNEG Guidance and Tools
  • John Njovu (EvalIndigenous, former AfreA and ZEA) – Indigenous African Ethical Protocol for Evaluations
  • Sonal Zaveri (EvalGender+ co-chair, GENSA) – Ethics and Values

Moderator: Florencia Tateossian (EvalGender+ co-chair and UN Women)

 2. Evaluating the SDGs

This session will highlight the approaches and challenges of evaluating the Sustainable Development Goals as a means of achieving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Using recent evaluations and cases, both the UN-system and country perspective on SDG evaluations will be discussed.

Panelists:

  • Mona Fetouh (UNICEF) – Evaluation Synthesis towards the achievement of SDG 6
  • Kassem El-Saddik (EVALSDGs co-chair) – Country perspective on SDG evaluation: The case of Finland.

Moderator: Kassem El-Saddik (EVALSDGs co-chair)

3. Youth in Evaluation: capacity development and professionalization

This session, organised as a brainstorming hackathon, will focus on how to ensure the mainstreaming of youth perspectives in the conduct of evaluation, measuring youth engagement in the initiatives evaluated and to increase the inclusion of youth in the evaluation practice, through mentoring and career progression programs. The session will also try to explore how youth and YEEs are shaping the future of evaluation and propose solutions and takeaways for the future.

Welcoming remarks:

  • Marco Segone – Director, UNFPA Evaluation Office
  • Gabriela Flores – Chair, EvalYouth Global Network

Moderator: Sonjuhi Singh – UNDP

4. Creating synergies for stronger National Evaluation Capacities

How can UNEG and EvalPartners align efforts to support National Evaluation Capacity Development (NECD) and create an enabling environment for transparent and evidence informed decision-making?

There is probably not a single solution, and both UNEG and EvalPartners are engaged in NECD with different perspectives and experiences to share.

In this dynamic panel discussion a diverse range of voices, including country representatives, parliamentarians, VOPEs and civil society, will share their lessons, practical tips and reflections for the future on how to strengthen national evaluation systems and country-led evaluation, and ensure these efforts are sustainable and aligned with Agenda 2030.

Opening remarks: Andrea Cook
Panelists:

  • Dr Zakari Lawal – National Monitoring & Evaluation Department, Ministry of Finance, Budget & National Planning, Nigeria
  • Carolina Zúñiga Zamora – Mideplan, Costa Rica
  • Vlatko Danilov – EvalPartners VOPE Flagship 1 representative, Macedonia
  • Kabir Hashim – Global Parliamentarian Forum for Evaluation
  • Natalia Nikitenko – Global Parliamentarian Forum for Evaluation

Please don’t forget to register to the event using the link  and select the session you would like to attend in the registration form.

If you have any questions, please reach out to trossmuller@unicef.org, Katinka.KOKE@unitar.org, Sarah.Faber@fao.org, and coordinator@evalpartners.org

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