A call to action to meaningfully engage youth and young evaluators in evaluation
We, the members of the global evaluation community, including governments, parliamentarians, Voluntary Organizations for Professional Evaluation (VOPEs), United Nations agencies, evaluators, academia, private sector, and the development sector,
Recognize that young and emerging evaluators are actively contributing to shaping the global evaluation culture, and are multiplying the transformational power of evaluation to build a sustainable, inclusive, and equitable world framed by social justice and equity;
Accept our role and responsibility in nurturing and supporting the meaningful engagement of youth and young and emerging evaluators in evaluation processes and in evaluation advocacy, in order to support the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals;
Commit to undertake strategic and concerted efforts to build professional capacities of young and emerging evaluators;
Commit to advocate for and as well as to enhance real and meaningful engagement of youth in evaluation, focusing on the diversity of youth, by collaborating with youth in the design, development and use of the evaluation. This includes engaging youth and young and emerging evaluators in all phases of the evaluation, including as:
Key informants, to provide perspectives and evidence during the evaluation data collection, with a special focus on underrepresented youth groups
Co-evaluators, who conduct the evaluation together with senior evaluation team members
Advisors, who contribute insights to key deliverables of the evaluation process
Decision-makers, who co-lead and co-guide the evaluation process together with the commissioners and/or managers of the evaluation process
Advocates for use of the evaluation
Acknowledge that meaningful engagement of youth and young and emerging evaluators in evaluation is an ongoing process, and not a one-time effort, which requires reflection on the process and using lessons for action and change.
We/I commit to be a champion for youth in evaluation!