Developing national evaluation capacities in the sustainable development era: four key challenges

The following is taken from IIED and EVALSDGs’ briefing paper, Developing national evaluation capacities in the sustainable development era: four key challenges


Developing National Evaluation Capacity (NEC) in the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) era brings four dynamic and interrelated challenges. These are: developing a National Evaluation Policy, setting up the institutional processes, securing adequate evaluation capabilities and engaging with partners. The challenges affect both the supply of sound evaluations for development plans and also the demand for their relevant and useful evidence, which in turn informs national policy development. This briefing highlights areas to consider when developing NEC, and is the fifth in a collection of briefings on effective evaluation for the SDGs.

Policy pointers

There is no single route to developing National Evaluation Capacity (NEC), countries have varying needs and contexts.

In developing NEC, four key challenges require serious consideration: developing a National Evaluation Policy, securing adequate evaluation capabilities, embedding evaluation within institutions and engaging with partners.

Political championing is crucial for building demand for, as well as supply of, quality evaluations. Equally, engaging stakeholders is indispensable to promote and supply credible, relevant and useful evaluations.

National evaluation processes should be aligned with other planning, budgeting and statistics processes to drive the 2030 Agenda.

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