Here are the key points of what was shared at high level meeting in New York on framework to evaluate SDGs with a equity & gender lens
Learning comes thanks to Andrea Cook, Maria Bustelo, Michael Bamberger, Florence Etta, Rosario Cardenas and Thomas Schwandt
- Process of change is not linear, it is very complex.
- Challenge will be to measure vulnerability
- With evaluation we need to be critical and beyond just woman's integration.
- Voice of LGBT, indigenous, migrants, refugee (An old indigenous woman is amongst the most discriminated)
- How are going to evaluate sustainability?
- Complexity in Evaluation- complexity is not new...is a way of life
- Not missing out on unintended outcomes
- Setting boundaries in evaluation
- Broad based nature of Evalgender+ diverse actors so many people are trying to push - Parliamentarians, evaluators, CSO, UN, academia, Statisticians
- We all stakeholders need to take ownership of evaluation of SDGs.
- No one left behind is very important but a huge challenge
- Participatory practices are key so that evaluation process is transformative process
- Capacities who will do and what as different stakeholders need training and where will the money come from
- Qualitative tools are important which are culturally sensitive
- Setting up communication channels between different stakeholders on evaluation
- Collaboration is key point for amplifying impact evaluators will have in evaluating SDGs.
- Evaluation is social critique about challenging expectations, to recognise that evaluation needs critical thinking
- Evaluation is social enterprise - institutionalisation of evaluation in government policy and programme
- Democratise evaluation : whose perspectives count, who is in, who is out
- Every evaluation is a political act. Indicators are political and choice of indicators is political
- 2030 is a social contract between right holders and policy makers; This needs expertise in promoting the contract.
Photo credit: Jane Mwangi, UNICEF, New York office