2015 is The International Year Of Evaluation

The UN Evaluation Group (UNEG) decided to join EvalPartners in declaring 2015 as International Year of Evaluation (EvalYear) at their UN Evaluation Group (UNEG) Annual General Meeting in April 2013. EvalYear was identified as a strategic period where the evaluation community could seek to mainstream evaluation in the development and implementation of the forthcoming Sustainable Development Goals.

By its end, EvalYear is due to position evaluation in the policy arena by being a catalyst for important conversations and thinking, at international, regional, national, and sub-national level, on the role of evaluation in good governance for equitable and sustainable human development.

EvalPartners is an innovative partnership of 34 organizations, including UN agencies, OECD/DAC countries, private Foundations and Development Banks, designed to enhance capacities to influence policy makers, public opinion and other key stakeholders so that public policies are based on evidence, and incorporate considerations of equity and effectiveness.

The Evaluation Unit at the UN will be sharing with you relevant updates on the progress and preparations for EvalYear. They welcome any suggestions and ideas on how UNCDF could best contribute and make the most out of this important initiative in the LDCs where they are present as well as at regional and global levels.


Adaptations in Outcome Mapping to meet the M&E challenges

The Outcome Mapping Lab 2012 is the first event to be dedicated to collective learning around the use of Outcome Mapping (OM) for monitoring and evaluation (M&E) in complex situations, taking place in Beirut, Lebanon from the 5-8 February, 2012.

The theme of the Lab is “Outcome Mapping: Learning to Adapt”, exploring how the system is being adapted for different uses and contexts, identifying the challenges often faced in M&E and working through to solutions.

Thinking and practice has evolved significantly over the 10 years since Outcome Mapping began making a contribution to planning, monitoring and evaluating social change interventions. Managers and evaluators have expanded their use of approaches that recognize and respond to the complexity often encountered by initiatives seeking behavioural change.

To document these innovations and to improve their understanding of how to support sustainable improvements in human and ecological well-being, the Outcome Mapping Learning Community is hosting this four-day laboratory where experienced and innovative practitioners can share knowledge and work together to bring new approaches to monitoring and evaluation to the surface.

This event takes OM learning up a notch; going beyond basic training and the presentation of papers. Facilitated learning sessions will explore successes and challenges in Outcome Mapping applications around the world.

Keynote speakers will raise questions about current M&E practice and how OM fits with emerging approaches. Designed to foster creative and practical thinking, facilitated working group sessions will be combined with plenary discussions, presentations and debate to provide participants with new ways of thinking and acting relevant to their own working environments.

Interested parties can take advantage of the early-bird discount by booking before 18 November 2011. For more information and to register, visit the OM Lab 2012 website: 
http://lab.outcomemapping.ca or contact omlab.2012@gmail.com.