Briefing Papers

The EvalSDGs Network  has partnered with the International Institute of Environment and Development (IIED) to produce a series of Briefing Papers on evaluation of the SDGs. The Briefing Papers’ main intent is to raise awareness on the importance of embedding evaluation in national review processes in the frame of the 2030 Agenda.

The first Briefing entitled “Evaluation a crucial ingredient for SDG success” (April 2016), argues that, to be useful to policy makers and citizens, national review processes must incorporate country-led evaluations.


The second Briefing paper (July 2016) “Counting critically: SDG ‘follow-up and review’ needs interlinked indicators, monitoring and evaluation”, states that global indicators carry the risk of masking subnational and thematic variations; and that indicators alone cannot explain how or why change occurred; therefore, evaluation can help assess the worth, merit and significance of national policies.


The third Briefing paper was released in September 2016 under the title “Five considerations for national evaluation agendas informed by the SDGs”. This Briefing emphasizes the importance of taking into consideration the inter-connected nature of the sustainable development goals. It summarizes five lessons for evaluation from the MDGs era, and discusses their implications for national evaluation agendas that support countries’ achievement of the SDGs.


The fourth Briefing, “Realising the SDGs by reflecting on the way(s) we reason, plan, and act: the importance of evaluative thinking” was just released which focuses on the importance of evaluative thinking for effective follow-up and review frameworks and mechanisms.


The fifth Briefing, “Developing National Evaluation Capacity (NEC) in the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) era and interrelated challenges” highlights areas to consider when developing NEC, and is the fifth in a series on effective evaluation for the SDGs.

The sixth Briefing entitled “Evaluation: a missed opportunity in the SDGs’ first ser of Voluntary National Reviews” (May 2017), reports on a review of the 22 VNRs, which focused on how each addressed the role of evaluation. It found that most VNRs show little awareness about just what evaluation is and how it could be used to support the 2030 Agenda.

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The seventh Briefing entitled “The 2030 Agenda and evaluation: opportunities and challenges for parliamentarians” was released which focuses on ensuring the 17 Goals in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development are meaningfully translated into national policies and programmes that improve citizens’ lives.


For more information please contact: Stefano D’Errico at or Dorothy Lucks at

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