We're excited to announce a special Footprint Evaluation Initiative webinar that marks the launch of the "Sustainability-inclusive evaluation: Why we need it and how to do it" guide.
About the webinar
- The webinar will begin with why environmental sustainability is essential in all evaluations and how to bring it into the evaluation agenda. The presenters will then walk through key sections of the guide, followed by interactive discussions among webinar participants about how to apply the concepts to your context.
- The webinar will be held twice at two times to allow for participation across multiple timezones. This webinar will be presented by Patricia Rogers from the Footprint Evaluation Initiative.
- The first webinar will be held at 8 PM, Australian Eastern Time (view this time in your timezone).
About the guide
The guide is the culmination of four years of research, proof-of-concept case studies, and insights from members of the Footprint Evaluation Community. It is specifically designed for evaluators, evaluation managers, and other professionals committed to embedding environmental sustainability in their work but who aren't sure how to go about this. The guide focuses on including environmental sustainability in evaluations, even if it's not an explicit objective of the program or policy under review.
The guide provides direct instrumental advice to inform specific decisions and actions, as well as wider conceptual considerations, such as understanding the value of natural systems and the coupling between environment and equity. It covers strategies for engagement with relevant interests, assessing environmental impacts, and developing theories of change that include both intended and unintended effects on natural systems. It also emphasizes the importance of using existing evidence for impact estimation and effective reporting. Additionally, the guide advocates for a shift in organizational evaluation practices, recommending more upfront evaluation and the adoption of methods like rubrics and non-counterfactual causal inference to address environmental effects on a larger scale.
The work will be further developed as more organizations take on this challenge and share their learnings and examples.