Executive leadership in evaluation and SDGs

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is an unprecedented global endeavour that requires transformative leadership and a bold new approach. The Agenda recognizes the critical role of evaluation in informing global and national leaders of the best way to achieve the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and will require efforts to further strengthen evaluation practices, in developing and developed countries alike.

The aspirational nature and interconnectedness of many of the Agenda’s goals will require those conducting and commissioning evaluations to have a thorough understanding of the Agenda and its goals, targets and indicator framework; different approaches to evaluation, such as performance-based v. system-based approaches; as well as equity and human-rights based approaches.

The course aims to build evaluation leadership capacity to support the voluntary national review and follow-up process of the SDGs, as well as to contribute to building national evaluation capacities. It focuses on leadership and its blended approach, which combines a series of online learning modules on the 2030 Agenda with face-to-face skills development workshops and a month of individualized follow-up coaching and mentoring by the Programme’s diverse and highly regarded faculty.

The course targets established and aspiring leaders with varying levels of expertise in evaluation from the government; intergovernmental organizations; the nonprofit and private sectors.

Participants at the end of the course will receive a United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) certificate.


Expression of Interest for 2020