The adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the important and visible role that the Agenda assigns to evaluation in the follow-up and review processes points to the need to 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 evaluations, as well as those 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.

Format of the Program

In Fall 2017, CEC-NY, in collaboration with UNITAR/Geneva and the Rockefeller Foundation in New York, is offering the Leadership Certificate Program in Evaluation and the Sustainable Development Goals (LCPE). The fee-based educational program will lead to a certificate awarded by Claremont Evaluation Center – New York, and the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR).

The program will comprise six to eight modules, including:

  • Two modules on the 2030 Agenda, the global indicator framework, and building local capacity
  • Two to four tailored modules on SDG-specific evaluation methods
  • Three modules on key leadership skills competencies (e.g. ethics, communication, visioning, strategy and planning skills for evaluators)

It will also include a prerequisite course: “Introduction to the 2030 Agenda: A New Agenda for a Sustainable World,” special programming at the 2017 American Evaluation Association, individualized coaching, and a capstone practicum project.

Target audience

The program targets experienced and new leaders from a broad audience, including evaluation commissioners and practitioners of evaluation, policy and planning, from developing and developed countries, and from public, nonprofit and academic sectors.

Details on applying for the Fall 2017 LCPE Cohort will be available in June.