This briefing paper from IIED argues that, if the world is going to make significant progress towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030, development actors will need to think and work in new ways, including in evaluation and that complex systems-informed approaches can make a major contribution.With reference to SDG14 (life below water), this briefing offers two examples: (i) exploring interactions between SDG targets, and (ii) shifting attention from projects and programmes to systems. Such approaches can help all development actors — including monitoring, evaluation and learning specialists — to create boundary-spanning development and evaluation plans, identify leverage points, priorities and trade-offs, and reveal new ways to accelerate progress.
EventConference21st June, 2016OnlineFree
The Systems in Evaluation (Un)Conference is a loosely structured conference that emphasises the informal, emergent exchange of ideas between participants, rather than following a conventionally structured program of speakers and presenters. The event on June 21st offers participants the chance to learn and share with colleagues in an informal virtual environment. Participants can build their knowledge and skills in systems evaluation without ever leaving the office.
International Program for Development Evaluation Training 2016: Building Skills to Evaluate Development InterventionsEventCourse6th June, 2016 to 1st July, 2016CanadaPaid
The International Program for Development Evaluation Training is an executive training program that features a two-week Core Course, followed by two weeks of 26 in-depth workshops, taught by a dynamic group of renowned international faculty drawn from organizations around the world. The program is highly responsive to the changing international environment, addressing the requirements of new development policies and delivery mechanisms that favor local ownership, increased national accountability, and partnership. Similarly, the curriculum is designed to reflect the international shift in focus from project evaluation to more complex program-, policy-, country-, and even global-level evaluation.
EventConference26th June, 2018United KingdomPaid
Public policies are about changing systems, but conventional approaches to their evaluation have largely ignored this insight. This conference brings together researchers and policymakers from a range of sectors and disciplines. It will explore the value of systems thinking for understanding policy problems, finding policy solutions and evaluating them - with a particular focus on the implications of systems thinking for policy evaluation. The event is aimed at both academic and non-academic participants, including research users and research commissioners.