Evaluation for Development practice keeps abreast with UN Development Goals

Genesis Analytics partner Alyna Wyatt attended the Executive Leadership Programme in Evaluation (ELPE) at the United Nations in New York in mid-January 2018.

There is growing awareness in the international development community that the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) can be achieved only through collective commitment across government, non-profit and for-profit spheres to turn these ambitious objectives into action.

“We must ensure the SDGs help transform the lives of people around the world. Words must be turned into impactful action. This will not happen without accountability, evaluation and learning,” said UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed.

The SDGs of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, adopted in 2016, are the milestones to guide the efforts from all countries and all stakeholders during the next 15 years. 

The principal training arm of the UN, the Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR), has adapted its strategy to focus on supporting capacity to implement the 2030 Agenda by designing and delivering innovative training events to address the needs of individuals, organisations and institutions. Recently, a new challenge has surfaced: the evaluation of the SDGs.

In recognition of this, the Claremont Evaluation Centre and the UNITAR have developed the ELPE, which aims to build evaluation leadership capacity in support of the SDGs. 

“Through our continued commitment to honing our skills and staying at the forefront of crucial conversations, we aim to ensure that our evaluations produce the evidence required to influence decision-making and decision-taking in support of the SDGs,” said Wyatt, who runs the Evaluation for Development Practice at Genesis Analytics.