Themes

1

M&E and the SDGs

the SDGs

The aim is TO PROMOTE A DIALOGUE ON THE CHALLENGES OF MONITORING AND EVALUATING COUNTRY PROGRESS TOWARDS THE SDGS. Good practices and lessons learned in M&E will be presented on actions aimed at achieving the SDGs. Discussions will also address the complexity of implementing initiatives that favor sustainable development. Sub-themes are:

  • -       Monitoring systems for progress towards the SDGs.
  • -       Institutional and information challenges.
  • -       The participation of multilateral organizations.
  • -       New and emerging partnerships for achieving the SDGs.

  • Experiences in M&E supporting:
  • -      Agriculture Eradication of Poverty and Hunger
  • -      Health and wellbeing
  • - Education
  • -      Sustainable Development and Climate Change
  • - Employment, Infrastructure and Economic Development
  • -      Gender Equality and Reducing Inequalities
  • -      Sustainable Communities and Cities
  • -      Actions for Peace and Justice

2

M&E Approaches

and Methodologies

This theme seeks TO ADDRESS THE ENORMOUS M&E THEORETICAL AND PRACTICAL DIVERSITY IN THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY. Presentations and discussion will address theories and methods for M&E, and reflect on existing paradigms and on the challenges and benefits of participatory, culturally based M&E or other non-conventional approaches. Sub-themes are:

  • -       Innovation in M&E theories and methodologies.
  • -       Evaluative experiences, including in evaluating partnerships.
  • -       Evaluation and participation.

  • -       Transformative evaluation.
  • -       Participation of children and adolescents in M&E.

3

Use of evidence

from M&E systems

This theme seeks TO REFLECT ON THE EXPERIENCES OF NATIONAL AND SUB-NATIONAL GOVERNMENTS IN THE USE OF EVIDENCE FROM M&E SYSTEMS. Sessions will take into account the advances, challenges and lessons learned in the generation and consolidation of M&E systems seeking the improvement of public actions. The theme will share experiences in capacity building in M&E, fostering a culture and institutionalization of evaluation, as well as the use of information technologies as key elements in building effective M&E systems. Sub-themes are:

  • -       Institutionalization of M & E.
  • -       Capacity building in M & E, including on evaluating partnerships.
  • -       Use of evidence for decision making.

  • -       Technologies in M & E.
  • -       Culture and ethics of evaluation.
  • -       The role of international organizations in M & E.

4

Roles of

evaluation networks and associations

The objective of this theme is TO PROMOTE COOPERATION BETWEEN NETWORKS OF EVALUATION PROFESSIONALS TO EXCHANGE EXPERIENCES AND GENERATE RECOMMENDATIONS TO STRENGTHEN THEIR SUSTAINABILITY AND IMPACT ON THE EVALUATION COMMUNITY AND INSTITUTIONS Best practices will be identified as well as the internal and contextual challenges that evaluation networks face to improve evaluation practices. This theme will also address the role of networks and associations in promoting an evaluation culture and the professionalization of evaluators, as well as the current limitations and the setbacks that have been faced. Sub-themes are:

  • -       Experiences of advocacy of networks and associations in evaluation policies and systems.
  • -       Contexts and enhancing factors.
  • -       Cooperation and strengthening between networks and associations.

  • -       The role of networks and associations in professionalization.
  • -       Sustainability of networks and associations.
  • -       Standards and ethics in M & E.

5

Evaluation agenda in

Latin America and the Caribbean

This theme intends TO REFLECT ON THE DIVERSE REGIONAL PERSPECTIVES ON M&E BASED ON THE LESSONS LEARNED ON THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE GLOBAL 2020 EVALUATION AGENDA. This reflection will provide the basis for the development of a joint Latin American and Caribbean agenda for participating networks and other participating actors to strengthen evaluation as a means to improve actions that affect the people who live or transit in the region. Sub-themes are:

  • -       Young and Emerging Evaluators (in Spanish, EJE).
  • -       Evaluation and gender, human rights and interculturality.
  • -       Parliaments and evaluation.

  • -       Indigenous people and evaluation.
  • -       The role of universities and research / training centers.
  • -       The role of foundations, institutes, private organizations and the third sector, including new and emerging partnerships for the SDGs.

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