IDEAS first online publication “Evaluation for Agenda 2030

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IDEAS and UNDP Independent Evaluation Office book launch, ‘Evaluation for the Agenda 2030 – Providing Evidence on Progress and Sustainability’

Guanajuato, 5 December 2015 –

We need to understand the way forward on the many challenges in the SDGs. If we truly want to “leave no one behind”, we need to learn from our mistakes and from efforts to build inclusive and equitable societies that can sustain themselves, not just economically, but in an endurable relationship with nature. – UNDP Administrator Achim Steiner writes in the foreword of the book, “Evaluation for Agenda 2030 – Providing Evidence on Progress and Sustainability.”

Sustainable development is back center stage in the international agenda. 2015 is a monumental year for the development community. In September, Member States to the United Nations adopted the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). In November in Bangkok, the IDEAS General Assembly and UNDP’s Fourth International Conference on National Evaluation Capacities (NECs) spearheaded the discussion to address the role and challenges of evaluation as the world pushes for a sustainable, equitable and inclusive society.

Evaluation for Agenda 2030 – Providing Evidence on Progress and Sustainability” builds on insights from the Bangkok conferences and is written from the perspective of 38 evaluation experts based globally. This book presents a variety and depth of topics which the global evaluation community is faced with:

  • how to take sustainability into account;
  • how to leave “no one behind” when evaluating sustainability;
  • what capacities and capabilities are needed to undertake these evaluations;
  • how this is taking shape in regions and countries and incorporated into country-led evaluation systems;
  • whether the negative consequences and impacts of interventions are sufficiently taken into account and what the role of evaluation can be in highlighting these issues; and
  • whether evaluation of impact is sufficiently developed to tackle the growing demand for evidence, including new initiatives and the increasing involvement of the private sector and civil society as partners in development.

“Reading this book will certainly lead us to acknowledge that much still needs to be done.” Editors, Rob D. van den Berg, Indran Naidoo and Susan D. Tamondong say. “But it is better to stand at the beginning of a new road, know that this is where we – as an evaluation community – need to go, than to sit down in recognition of where have failed so far.”

The book is available for download here.

View the Publication Here

For more information, please contact Rob D. van den Berg, IDEAS President, email

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