IIED

From monitoring goals to systems-informed evaluation: insights from SDG14

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.

Five considerations for national evaluation agendas informed by the SDGs

This IIED briefing paper advocates for using a ‘complex systems’ lens to approach the follow-up and review of the Sustainable Development Goals and discusses five key aspects of this perspective and their implications for national evaluation agendas. This is the third in a collection of briefings discussing the role of evaluation in achieving the SDGs. Read the first and the second paper in this series.

Evaluation: A crucial ingredient for SDG success

This IIED Briefing paper argues that, in order to be maximally useful to policymakers and citizens, the follow-up and review processes of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development must incorporate rigorous, country led evaluations that examine policy and programme implementation and effectiveness, and build well-reasoned and supported cases for claims of progress. While there is considerable focus on how to measure progress using indicators, the paper argues that evaluation must go beyond measurement, to consider whether progress is equitable, relevant and sustainable. This paper is the first in a series of briefings discussing the role of evaluation in achieving the SDGs. Read the second paper here: Counting critically: SDG ‘follow-up and review’ needs interlinked indicators, monitoring and evaluation

Counting critically: SDG ‘follow-up and review’ needs interlinked indicators, monitoring and evaluation

This IIED briefing paper discusses the role of global indicators in the monitoring and evaluation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) implementation, review and follow-up at the national level. The paper advocates for a greater role of evaluation in follow-up and review processes of the SDGs, especially in voluntary national reviews. This paper is the second in a series of briefings discussing the role of evaluation in achieving the SDGs. Read the first paper here: Evaluation: A crucial ingredient for SDG success.