The theme is “Wellbeing and sustainable development – New frontiers in evaluation,” with a particular focus on the relationships between the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), wellbeing, happiness, and the important role evaluation can play in achieving them.
The CoE SA is South Asia’s largest network of evaluators. The member countries are Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka. CoE SA works to strengthen the field of evaluation and to provide opportunities for evaluators to engage with one another to share knowledge, build capacity, and develop evaluation standards. The first Evaluation Conclave was held in 2010, and was jointly organized and funded by the CoE SA and IDRC.
IDRC will support several contributions at the 2017 Conclave, and we invite you to join us:
- Our Think Tank Initiative program will host a workshop on capacity building in think-tanks. In this skill-building workshop, titled “Research and policy: Improving a fruitful dialogue,” participants will learn how to improve the design and implementation of policy relevant research agendas.
- Our Growth and Economic Opportunities for Women (GrOW) program will co-present a panel on the use of evaluation for decision-making and policy influence related to the implementation of the SDGs. Representatives from IDRC-supported policy research projects in South Asia will discuss their experiences analyzing baseline data that is essential to establish realistic targets, monitor SDG implementation, and evaluate progress at the national and sub-national level.
- Robert McLean, Senior Program Specialist in Evaluation at IDRC, will deliver a keynote address to mark the historic event.