The Eval4Action campaign
Aligned to the Decade of Action, the Decade of EVALUATION for action, also known as the Eval4Action campaign, seeks to promote widespread recognition on evaluation being critical to, and a key accelerator for achieving the Global Goals. It mobilizes commitments and actions by varied stakeholders - parliaments, governments, evaluation networks, young and emerging evaluators - to accelerate action for influential evaluation and to invest in stronger evaluation systems to inform public policies, to ensure no one is left behind.
An introduction to Eval4Action
Why is Eval4Action urgent now?
Evaluation has the highest multiplier effect on sustainable development. As the world responds and recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic, a coordinated push for influential evaluation is even more relevant to ensure equitable and sustainable recovery for all, and to get back on track to achieve the SDGs.
In the Decade of Action, strong evaluation capacities are needed to advance the progress of national development strategies. Without systems to assess whether development interventions are relevant, sustainable and achieving equitable results, too many people will continue to be left behind. There have been many gains in national evaluation capacities, but it is not advancing at the speed or scale required to reach the SDGs. A large majority of Voluntary National Reviews presented at previous High-level Political Forum also reveal lack of evaluative evidence, with limited mention of evaluation.
How is Eval4Action accelerating action for influential evaluation?
Working as a catalyst, Eval4Action is revitalizing global engagement, commitment and action on influential evaluation to increase progress towards the SDGs. This requires collaboration from us all. A global coalition is needed to address the gaps in evaluation, to ensure we reach the SDGs together. For wider outreach and impact, Eval4Action strives for cooperation and collective action at all levels, to promote global commitments and coordinated actions for stronger evaluation capacities.
Eval4Action in 2020
The campaign’s global outreach is inspiring regional, national and local dialogue and action to strengthen national evaluation capacities, and is mobilizing stakeholders at all levels to take ownership of the campaign and spearhead it in their countries and regions.
Core to the campaign is the meaningful engagement of young and emerging evaluators to drive sustainable development at all levels. In its intent and design, Eval4Action is envisaged as a highly inclusive campaign that is led by civil society with global coordination and support by the co-leaders.
The time for accelerated and coordinated action and dedicated outreach on evaluation systems and capacities is now.
A Decade of Action to deliver the SDGs by 2030
The year 2020 is critical to galvanize urgent and scaled-up actions to deliver the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) on time. The United Nations Secretary-General has issued a global call for a Decade of Action to mobilize everyone everywhere, demand urgency and ambition, and supercharge ideas to solutions.