Why EvalGender+

The recent UN General Assembly resolution on national evaluation capacity development, co-sponsored by 48 countries, reiterates the importance of strengthening national capacity for evaluation, recognizes the designation of 2015 as the International Year of Evaluation, and invites for a more coordinated support in strengthening national capacity for the evaluation of national development policies and programmes.

In line with the UN Resolution, and to address the challenge above, a global multi-stakeholder partnership to leverage existing initiatives to strengthen the demand, supply and use of equity focused and gender responsive evaluations is paramount. Stronger coordination and networking among Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), including Voluntary Organizations for Cooperation in Evaluation (VOPEs), UN agencies, international organizations, governments, academia, think tanks and private foundations could maximize existing experiences by creating effective synergies among these stakeholders and ultimately bigger impact.

 

WHY NOW

As the world transitions into the post-2015 sustainable development agenda, with an increased emphasis on gender equality and reducing inequalities, and the General Assembly adopts a new resolution reaffirming the importance of strengthening national evaluation capacity recognizing 2015 as the International Year of Evaluation, there is an unprecedented opportunity to better inform the post-2015 SDGs at the global, regional and national level with credible gender responsive and equity focused evaluative evidence. Channeling this evidence into the post-2015 agenda will be achieved through engendering evaluation systems and policies, requiring the full coordinated participation of all interested stakeholders.

 

WHAT DO WE WANT TO ACHIEVE

EvalGender+ wants to contribute to achieving social equity and gender equality by engendering development policies through equity focused and gender responsive evaluation.

 

HOW WE WILL ACHIEVE IT

EvalGender+ intends to coordinate and maximize efforts in strengthening equity focused and gender responsive evaluation, through a) social mobilization of key actors; b) promotion of practical innovation; and c) facilitation of learning and sharing of experiences.

 

 

MOBILIZE AND ADVOCATE
Impact through social mobilization

 

Through social mobilization, EvalGender + will enable policy makers, members of parliaments, government official, evaluators, civil society representatives and advocates, and other interested actors to coordinate efforts to better engender national evaluation systems and policies.

Proposed actions
Engender:

 

INNOVATE
Impact through innovation in practice

EvalGender+ will facilitate innovation in equity focused and gender responsive evaluation by engaging the community of policy makers and evaluators to advance and promote the demand, supply and use of new approaches, strategies and methodologies that can respond to achieving gender equality and social equity.

 

Proposed actions

 

SHARE
Impact though learning and knowledge sharing

EvalGender+ will serve as a platform to share knowledge, learning and experiences on the best ways to strengthen the demand, supply and use of equity focused and gender responsive evaluations.

 

Proposed actions

 

WHAT’S NEXT

The shaping and launch of EvalGender+ will be participatory in nature, and will leverage existing processes within the International Year of Evaluation, by taking advantage of the existing events organized by several stakeholders within the framework of the year of evaluation.

EvalGender+ will be formally launched at the 2015 Global Evaluation Week to be held at the Parliament of Nepal in Kathmandu on 30 November – 4 December 2015.

For additional information, please contact Marco Segone and Florencia Tateossian here.

 


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