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M&E on the Cutting Edge: Communicating Evidence for Sustainable Development

This conference aims to seek clarity in the role that communication can play in generating and using evidence for sustainable development. How can evidence generated by research, monitoring and evaluation, dialogue, et cetera be better used to influence decision making and transformational change? What are other factors at play when influencing transformational change processes and how can we deal with this? What role can communication play in all of these processes? And what does this mean for you as a development professional?

4th April 2018 to 5th April 2018
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Key conference questions

  • What do we understand by ‘evidence’?
  • What are challenges and opportunities in the generation and use of evidence to influence sustainable development?
  • What role can communication play in transformational change processes in general and in the generation and use of evidence for sustainable development specifically?

Keynote speakers

We are happy to have excellent keynote speakers, who will set the scene for the conference. 

How to contribute and engage

We invite you to contribute and engage in interactive and reflective sessions, and workshops. You can submit ideas for a workshop relevant to the conference theme. This can be a presentation and discussion around a case, methodology or theory, or a dialogue to generate insights and ideas. Please send your ideas to before the end of January to 

Who should attend

We invite those involved in (sustainable) development initiatives, from government, international organisations, civil society, private sector, M&E and academia.

Conference organisers  

This conference is the tenth annual ‘M&E on the Cutting Edge’ event organised by the Wageningen University & Research, Wageningen Centre for Development Innovation (WCDI).


Conference products

  • Conference products include presentations, background information, and a conference report.

Conference programme (tentative)

  • Wednesday, 4 April 2018: morning - keynotes and reflections; afternoon - workshops
  • Thursday, 5 April 2018; morning – workshops; afternoon - converging reflection sessions