About NEC Conference 2017
Venue
Turkey
Date
16-20 October
Theme
"People, Planet and Progress in SDG Era"

NEC 2017 was co-hosted by UNDP IEO, the Regional Bureau for Europe and CIS and  the Government of Turkey.  It was held in Istanbul Turkey from 16 to 20 October 2017.
The theme of the Conference is People, Planet and Progress in the SDG Era.

This Conference was designed  to offer opportunities to share experiences and learning amongst government officials from national and sub-national institutions directly and indirectly engaged with evaluation and the SDG agenda. As the SDGs are universal, participation from all countries will be encouraged, to facilitate the development of new partnerships in new configurations. UNDP staff engaged in supporting national governments on evaluation, governance and the SDG agenda, evaluators and other development actors from UNDP programme countries, members of the European Evaluation Society (EES), experts from other networks such as the United Nations Evaluation Group, the Evaluation Coordination Group of the multi-lateral development banks, and OECD-DAC, as well as from professional evaluation associations and other members of the wider global evaluation community will also be welcomed at the conference.

The Conference promoted exchanges on progress since NEC 2015, examining innovations and lessons learned in strengthening enabling environments, national evaluation policy frameworks and institutional set-ups, as well as pursuing the discussions initiated in Brazil in 2011 on the importance of independence, credibility and use of evaluations to improve the effectiveness of public policy, programmes and service delivery. At the same time, the Conference explored the implications of the SDGs for evaluation and national evaluation capacities. This included a focus on the principle of “no one left behind” as well as an exploration of multi-stakeholder approaches, including engagement with the private sector. In addition, as “eradicating poverty in all its forms and dimensions, combating inequality within and among countries, preserving the planet, creating sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth and fostering social inclusion are linked to each other and are interdependent”, Conference participants explored what these interlinkages and interdependencies imply for evaluation practice.

Programmes
Opening Ceremony

WELCOMING ADDRESSES BY THE CONFERENCE HOSTS

Indran Naidoo, Director, Independent Evaluation Office, UNDP

Cihan Sultanoğlu, Assistant Secretary-General, Assistant Administrator and Director, Regional Bureau for Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States, UNDP

H.E. Ambassador Ahmet Yıldız, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Turkey

Keynote speaker: Michelle Gyles-McDonnough, Director, Sustainable Development Unit, Executive Office of the United Nations Secretary-General

Plenary 1

NEC 2017: PEOPLE, PLANET AND PROGRESS IN THE SDG ERA

Moderator: Rastislav Vrbensky, Deputy Assistant Administrator and Deputy Director, Regional Bureau for Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States, UNDP

Speakers:

Indran Naidoo, Director, Independent Evaluation Office, UNDP

Riitta Oksanen, Deputy Director General, Department for Development Policy, Ministry for Foreign Affairs, Finland and President, European Evaluation Society

Parallel Sessions - Set A

SESSION 1: LEAVING NO ONE BEHIND: FROM GLOBAL COMMITMENTS TO NATIONAL EXPERIENCES TO SET UP A FRAMEWORK FOR THE EVALUATION OF SDGs 

Moderator/Speaker: Inga Sniukaite, Director a.i., Independent Evaluation Office, UN Women

Speakers:

  • Olfa Soukri Cherif, Member of Parliament, Tunisia
  • Alejandra Faundez, Director, Inclusion and Equity, Chile
  • Adeline Sibanda,President, African Evaluation Association
  • Alan Fox, Evaluation Advisor, Independent Evaluation office, UNDP

SESSION 2: EVALUATION AND INNOVATION FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT

Moderator: Arild Hauge, Deputy Director, Independent Evaluation Office, UNDP

Speakers:

  • Sabina Sadiyeva, Head of the Center for State Bodies’ Performance Assessment, JSC Economic Research Institute, Kazakhstan
  • Ruijun Wang, Director General, National Center for Science and Technology Evaluation, China
  • El Hassan El Mansouri, General Secretary, National Observatory for Human Development, Morocco
  • Nina Sarishvili, Head of Service, Policy Planning and Strategic Coordination, Secretary of the SDGs Council, Georgia

SESSION 3: PARTNERSHIPS WITH CIVIL SOCIETY TO ELEVATE NATIONAL EVALUATION CAPACITIES

Moderator: Emma Fawcett, Evaluation, Learning and Effectiveness Advisor, Oxfam America

Speakers:

  • Iván Morales, Country Director Oxfam, El Salvador
  • Ana Liliana Vega, President, Agricultural Development Bank, El Salvador
  • Ana Ella Gómez, Manager, Economic Autonomy Programme, Ciudad Mujer (Women’s City), El Salvador
  • Indrani Barrón Illescas, Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Manager, Oxfam, Mexico
  • Alfredo González Reyes, Director of Programmes, Oxfam, Mexico
  • Tilahun Gemeda, R4/Microinsurance Program Officer, Oxfam, Ethiopia

 

Parallel Sessions - Set B

SESSION 4: COUNTRY-LED EVALUATION IN THE ERA OF THE SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS: GUIDANCE NOTE AND ON-LINE ASSESSMENT TOOL

Moderator: Arild Hauge, Deputy Director, Independent Evaluation Office, UNDP

Speakers:

  • Vijayalakshmi Vadivelu, Evaluation Advisor, Independent Evaluation Office, UNDP
  • Per Øyvind Bastøe, Director, Evaluation Department, Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation and Chair, OECD Development Assistance Committee (DAC)
  • Nina Sarishvili, Head of Service, Policy Planning and Strategic Coordination, Administration of the Government of Georgia
  • Mohd. Monirul Islam, Deputy Chief, General Economics Division, Planning Commission, Bangladesh
  • Iye Moakofi, Principal District Plans Coordinator, Ministry of Local Government & Rural Development, Botswana
  • Timothy Lubanga, Commissioner of Monitoring & Evaluation, Office of the Prime Minister, Uganda

SESSION 5: EVALUATING PROGRESS IN SDG16: EFFECTIVE GOVERNANCE AND SUSTAINING PEACE

Moderator: Shelley Inglis, Regional Cluster Leader, Governance and Peacebuilding, Regional Centre for Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States, UNDP

Speakers:

  • Dmitri Belan, Research Officer, Moldova Social Innovation Hub (MiLab), UNDP
  • Edward K. Mulbah, Executive Director, Peacebuilding Office, Ministry of Internal Affairs, Liberia
  • Elnura Omurkulova-Ozierska,Researcher, National Strategic Studies Institute in Kyrgyzstan
  • Alexandra Wilde, Advisor, Oslo Governance Centre, UNDP

SESSION 6: SDG INDICATOR FRAMEWORK, DATA AND EVALUATION: GLOBAL, REGIONAL AND NATIONAL FOLLOW-UP AND REVIEW PROCESSES.

Moderator: Paulo Jannuzzi, Professor, National School of Statistical Sciences, Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics, Brazil

Speakers:

  • Yongyi Min, Chief, SDG Monitoring Unit, Statistics Division, United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs
  • Phindile Masango, Economist, Ministry of Economic Planning and Development, Swaziland
  • Entela Lako, Programme Specialist, UNDP Albania

SESSION 7: PARTNERSHIPS FOR EVIDENCE-BASED POLICY

Moderator: Irena Vojackova-Sollorano, United Nations Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in Turkey

Speakers:

  • Prudence Kaoma, Assistant Director, Research and Evaluation, Ministry of National Development Planning, Zambia
  • John Njovu, Honorary Member, Monitoring and Evaluation Association (ZaMEA), Zambia
  • Jennifer Mutua, Chair, Evaluation Society of Kenya
  • Tomasz Kupiec, Researcher, Evaluation for Government Organizations (EGO), Poland

SESSION 8: THE EVALUATION HAS BEEN COMPLETED – NOW WHAT?

Moderator: Karla Hershey, United Nations Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in Serbia

Speakers:

  • Gerd Trogemann, Manager, Istanbul Regional Hub, UNDP
  • Toily Kurbanov, Deputy Executive Coordinator, United Nations Volunteers programme (UNV)
  • Sasha Jahic, Communications Specialist, Independent Evaluation Office, UNDP
  • Clair Grant-Salmon, Head of Audience Development, International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED)

SESSION 9: MULTIPLE DIMENSIONS AND MULTIPLE STAKEHOLDERS: INNOVATIONS IN MONITORING AND EVALUATION FOR THE SDGs

Moderator: Gonzalo Guerra, Regional Adviser on Monitoring and Planning, Regional Hub for Latin America and the Caribbean UNDP

Speakers:

  • Marco Vinicio Espinal Martínez, Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist, National Competitiveness Council, Dominican Republic
  • Amos Misomali, Resident Advisor, Johns Hopkins University, Malawi
Plenary 2

PEOPLE AND THE PLANET: IS THE ENVIRONMENT BEING LEFT BEHIND? WHAT ARE EVALUATIONS TELLING US?

Moderator: Heather Bryant, Evaluation Advisor, Independent Evaluation Office, UNDP

Speakers:

  • Jyotsna (Jo) Puri, Head, Independent Evaluation Office, Green Climate Fund
  • Juha Uitto, Director, Independent Evaluation Office, Global Environment Facility (GEF)
  • Diann Black-Layne, Ambassador, Chief Environment Officer, Ministry of Agriculture, Lands, Housing and the Environment, Government of Antigua and Barbuda
Plenary 3

DEALING WITH COMPLEXITY IN AN INCREASINGLY INTERCONNECTED WORLD: RETHINKING THE DAC CRITERIA

Moderator: Caroline Heider, Director General, Independent Evaluation Group, World Bank

Panellists:

  • Susanne Frueh, Director, Internal Oversight Service, United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and Chair, United Nations Evaluation Group
  • Per Øyvind Bastøe, Director, Evaluation Department, Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation and Chair, OECD Development Assistance Committee (DAC)
  • Riitta Oksanen, Senior Advisor, Development Evaluation, Ministry for Foreign Affairs, Finland and President, European Evaluation Society
  • Indran Naidoo, Director, Independent Evaluation Office, UNDP and Vice Chair, United Nations Evaluation Group
Parallel Sessions - Set C

SESSION 10: SDGs AND THE PRIVATE SECTOR: HOW ARE COMPANIES MEASURING THEIR CONTRIBUTIONS TO DEVELOPMENT?

Moderator: Marcos Neto, Director, UNDP, Istanbul International Center for Private Sector in Development

Speakers:

  • Prateek Ahuja, Regional Manager, Medtronic, India
  • Asher Hasan, Founder & CEO, Naya Jeevan, Pakistan
  • Gonca Ongan, Managing Director, Koç University Social Impact Forum, Turkey
  • Tomohiro Nagasaki, Impact Team Lead, Business Call to Action

SESSION 11: MISSING THE FORESTS FOR THE TREES? WHAT ARE GLOBAL EVALUATIONS OF FORESTRY PROGRAMMES TELLING US?

Moderator: Jyotsna (Jo) Puri, Head, Independent Evaluation Office, Green Climate Fund

Speakers:

  • Alan Fox, Evaluation Advisor, Independent Evaluation Office, UNDP
  • Mario Boccucci, Head, UN-REDD Programme Secretariat Nuri Ozbagdatli, Climate Change and Environment Portfolio Manager, UNDP

SESSION 12: CIVIL SOCIETY’S ROLE IN EVIDENCE AND SOCIAL ACCOUNTABILITY TO ENSURE NO ONE IS LEFT BEHIND

Moderator: Haneen Malallah, Knowledge, Learning, and Accountability Advisor, Oxfam America

Speakers:

  • Sulley Gariba, Evaluation specialist; public policy analyst, Institute for Policy Alternatives, Ghana
  • Seble Tewldebirhan, Communications Officer, Oxfam, Ethiopia
  • Mohammad-Anwar Sadat Adam, Economic Justice Programme and Campaigns Manager, Oxfam, Ghana
  • Stefano D’Errico, Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning Manager, International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED)

SESSION 13: FROM DATA TO DECISIONS: HOW IS NEW DATA ALTERING EVALUATION, POLICY AND PROGRAMMING IN REAL TIME?

Moderator: Lejla Sadiku, Open Data Specialist, Regional Centre for Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States, UNDP

Speakers:

  • Emmanuel Letouzé, Data-Pop Alliance and MIT Media Lab
  • Paula Hidalgo-Sanchis, Manager, United Nations Global Pulse Lab, Uganda
  • Chitra Deshpande, Senior Evaluation Officer, Independent Office of Evaluation, International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)
  • Dmitri Belan, Research Officer and Service Designer, MiLab Moldova

SESSION 14A: REVIEW OF NATIONAL EVALUATION SYSTEMS AND CAPACITIES IN ASIA PACIFIC FOR EVALUATING PROGRESS TOWARDS SDGs

Moderator: Arild Hauge, Deputy Director, Independent Evaluation Office, UNDP

Speakers:

  • Riccardo Polastro,Regional Evaluation Advisor, East Asia and Pacific Regional Office, UNICEF
  • Michaela Prokop, Regional Programme Advisor, Sustainable Development Goals, Regional Centre for Asia and the Pacific, UNDP
  • Hanani binti Sapit, Director, Outcome Evaluation Division, Implementation Coordination Unit, Prime Minister’s Department, Government of Malaysia
  • Ayanthi De Silva, Director General, Department of Project Management and Monitoring, Ministry of Development Assignments, Sri Lanka
  • Dorothy Lucks, Co-Chair, EvalSDGs

SESSION 14 B: PARTNERSHIPS: PEER-TO-PEER LEARNING FOR STRENGTHENED EVALUATION CAPACITIES

Moderator: Arild Hauge, Deputy Director, Independent Evaluation Office, UNDP

Speakers:

  • Timothy Lubanga, Commissioner for Monitoring and Evaluation, Office of the Prime Minister and Chair of The Twende Mbele Management Committee, Uganda
  • Ana Laura Garcia, Deputy Director, Management and Evaluation, Planning and Budget Office, Presidency of the Republic of Uruguay
  • Miguel Angel Lombardo, Administrator, South Cooperation for Policy Evaluation, International and Ibero-American Foundation for Administration and Public Policies, Spain

SESSION 15 A: FISHBOWL: INDEPENDENCE, CREDIBILITY & USE OF EVALUATIONS

Facilitator: Riitta Oksanen, Deputy Director General, Department for Development Policy, Ministry for Foreign Affairs, Finland

SESSION 15 B: PARTNERSHIPS: DAC DONORS AND THEIR ROLE IN EVALUATION CAPACITY DEVELOPMENT FOR SDGs

Moderator: Riitta Oksanen, Deputy Director General Department for Development Policy, Ministry for Foreign Affairs, Finland and President, European Evaluation Society

Speaker:

  • Antonie de Kemp, Team leader Development Cooperation, Policy and Operations Evaluation Department, Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs

SESSION 16 A: MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS? MYSTERIOUS WAYS OF IMPACT INVESTING

Moderator: Fredrik Korfker, Development Finance Consultant

Speaker:

  • Raghavan Narayanan, Industry Lead, Independent Evaluation Group Private Sector Evaluations, World Bank

SESSION 16 B: THEORY-BASED EVALUATION OF PUBLIC-PRIVATE PARTNERSHIP PROJECTS AND PROGRAMMES

Moderator: Fredrik Korfker, Development Finance Consultant

Speakers:

  • Elsa de Sarmento, Associate researcher at Novafrica, Nova Business School of Management and Economics, Portugal
  • Mehmet Uzunkaya,Planning Expert, Ministry of Development, Turkey

SESSION 17: EVALUATIONS: A MISSED OPPORTUNITY FOR THE SDGs VOLUNTARY NATIONAL REVIEW?

Moderator: Indran Naidoo, Director, Independent Evaluation Office, UNDP

Speakers:

  • Stefano D’Errico, Monitoring, evaluation, accountability and learning manager, International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED)
  • Sami Pirkkala,Prime Minister’s Office, Finland
  • Izzet Ari, Head of Department, Ministry of Development, Turkey
  • Luz Keila Virginia Gramajo Vilchez, SDGs Technical Coordinator, Presidential Secretariat for Planning and Programming, Guatemala

SESSION 18: DEALING WITH COMPLEXITY: AN INNOVATIVE META-RESULTS FRAMEWORK FOR THE EVALUATION, MONITORING AND REPORTING OF TRANSFORMATIVE INTERVENTIONS AT SCALE ON THE NEXUS FOREST-CLIMATE CHANGE MITIGATION-SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT

Facilitator: Mario Boccucci, Head, UN-REDD Programme Secretariat

Plenary 4: Keynotes Address

DEALING WITH COMPLEXITY IN AN INCREASINGLY INTERCON- NECTED WORLD

Keynote speaker: Michael Woolcock, Lead Social Development Specialist, Development Research Group, World Bank

Moderator: Indran Naidoo, Director, Independent Evaluation Office, UNDP

Parallel Sessions E

SESSION 19: NEW DIRECTIONS: DEALING WITH COMPLEXITY IN EVALUATION UNDER REAL-WORLD CONSTRAINTS

Moderator: Caroline Heider, Director General, Independent Evaluation Group, World Bank

Speakers:

  • Michael Woolcock, Lead Social Development Specialist, Development Research Group, World Bank
  • Jos Vaessen, Adviser on evaluation methods, Independent Evaluation Group, World Bank
  • Ricardo Wilson-Grau, Independent evaluator and organizational development consultant

SESSION 20: NEW PARTNERSHIPS: PRIVATE SECTOR, THE SDGs AND EVALUATION. CURRENT CHALLENGES IN PRIVATE SECTOR EVALUATION

Moderator: Raghavan Narayanan, Industry Lead, Private Sector Evaluations, Independent Evaluation Group, World Bank

Speakers:

  • Fredrik Korfker, Development Finance Consultant
  • Kashif Iqbal, Senior Strategy Manager, Strategy & Organisational Performance Office, International Islamic Trade Finance Corporation, Saudi Arabia
  • Bas Warmenhoven, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Manager, Dutch Good Growth Fund, Netherlands
  • Elsa Sarmento, Evaluation Consultant

SESSION 21: EVALUATIONS ARE NOT ENOUGH: TRANSLATING EVIDENCE INTO ACTION

Moderator: Jyotsna (Jo) Puri, Head, Independent Evaluation Office, Green Climate Fund

Speakers:

  • Toby Park, Senior Advisor, Energy and Sustainability, Behavioural Insights Team, U.K.
  • Nilesh Chatterjee, Consultant/Advisor, Public health/behavioural sciences,
  • India Arab Hoballah, Team Leader, SWITCH-Asia SCP Facility
Parallel Sessions F

SESSION 22: EVALUATION AND THE SDGs: COMPLEXITY AND THE FUTURE WE WANT

Moderator: George Bouma, Team Leader, Sustainable Development Cluster, Regional Centre for Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States, UNDP, Turkey

Speakers:

  • Yulduz Abduganiyeva, Head of Department on Living Standards of Population, Ministry of Economy, Uzbekistan
  • Odiljon Mamadaliev, Head, Department on Information Dissemination, International Data Exchange and Public Relations, State Committee of the Republic of Uzbekistan on Statistics, Uzbekistan
  • Adrian Lupusor, Executive Director, Expert-Grup, Moldova
  • Maja Jovovic Schmidt-Gutzat, Department Head, Economic, Development and Financial Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Montenegro
  • Antonina Rishko-Porcescu, Evaluator, Ukrainian Evaluation Association/EvalYouth, Ukraine
  • Mihail Peleah, Programme Specialist, Green Economy and Employment, Packaging policies for SDGs, Regional Centre for Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States, UNDP, Turkey

SESSION 23: EVALUATION IN A WORLD OF RISK AND UNCERTAINTY. HOW TO EVALUATE RESILIENCE?

Moderator: Armen Grigoryan, Team Leader, Climate Change and Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR), Regional Centre for Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States, UNDP Turkey

Speakers:

  • Karen Ortega, Programme Officer, Mitigation, Data and Analysis (MDA), United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change Secretariat
  • Magda Stepanyan, Founder and CEO, Risk Society, Netherlands
  • Alan Fox, Evaluation Advisor, Independent Evaluation Office, UNDP
  • Krunoslav Katic, Technical Consultant, SEE URBAN, Regional Centre for Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States, UNDP Turkey
  • Ala Druta, Team Leader, Climate Change Office, Ministry of Agriculture, Regional Development and Environment, Republic of Moldova
  • Olga Atroshchanka, Programme Officer, UNDP Belarus

SESSION 24: AVANCÉES ET INNOVATIONS EN ÉVALUATION (CETTE SESSION SERA PRÉSENTÉE EN FRANÇAIS)

Médiateur: Mamadou N’Daw, Conseiller en évaluation et gestion axée sur les résultats, Bureau Régional pour l’Afrique, PNUD

Intervenants:

  • Etienne Lupaka, Expert chargé de suivi et évaluation, Ministère du Plan, République démocratique du Congo
  • Mahahmadou Zibo Maiga, Coordonnateur, Cellule Technique du Cadre Stratégique de lutte contre la pauvreté, Mali
  • Chiaka Dembélé, Association pour la Promotion de l’évaluation au Mali (APEM)
  • Mahamadou Boukoum, Directeur du suivi et de l’évaluation des politiques économiques et sociales, Direction du suivi et de l’évaluation des politiques économiques et sociales (DSEPES), Burkina Faso
  • Achille Yameogo, Secrétaire général adjoint, Réseau Burkinabè du Suivi & Evaluation
  • Aida Kraiem, Directeur, Présidence du Gouvernement, Tunisie
  • Ghofran Ajimi, Directeur, Présidence du Gouvernement, Tunisie

SESSION 25: CHALLENGES AND OPPORTUNITIES IN EVALUATING SDGs – NATIONAL GOVERNMENT PERSPECTIVES  

Moderator: Arild Hauge, Deputy Director, Independent Evaluation Office, UNDP

Speakers:

  • Rhodora G. Alday, Director, Policy Development and Planning Bureau, Department of Social Welfare and Development, Philippines
  • Shi Xiaoyong, Head of the Strategy Evaluation and Research Department of National Centre for Science and Technology Evaluation (NCSTE), Associate Research Fellow, China
  • Fidelity Kepeletswe, National Strategy Office, Botswana
  • Victoria Geresomo, Acting Director Monitoring and Evaluation, Department of Economic Planning and Development, Malawi
  • Ida Lindkvist and Anette Wilhelmsen, Evaluation Department, Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation

SESSION 26: MULTI-STAKEHOLDER PARTNERSHIPS AND THE SDGs: ANALYTICAL APPROACHES FOR THEIR EVALUATION

Moderator: Angela Bester, Evaluation Practitioner, South Africa

Speaker:

  • Leon M. Hermans, Assistant Professor, Delft University of Technology, Netherlands

SESSION 27: EVALUATION AND NO ONE LEFT BEHIND: WHAT HAVE YOUR EXPERIENCES TAUGHT YOU?

Moderator: Sasha Jahic, Communications Specialist, Independent Evaluation Office, UNDP

Conversation starters:

  • Towfiqul Islam Khan, Research Fellow, Centre for Policy Dialogue, Bangladesh
  • Habib Jabbari, Deputy Director, Planning, Spatial Planning and Environment, Plan and Budget Organization, Islamic Republic of Iran
  • Irene Molly Doroh, Director, Department of Implementation, Monitoring and Evaluation, Office of the President and Cabinet, Zimbabwe
Concluding Plenary and Closing Ceremony
  • In the current, rapidly evolving development context and the framework of the SDGs, how do principles and practices of evaluation need to change?
  • What are the implications for national evaluation capacities?
  • What needs to be done to ensure that evaluation enhances progress towards the SDGs and responds to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development?
Documents
Speakers
Michelle Gyles-McDonnough
Director, Sustainable Development Unit, Executive Office of the SG at the UN, New York

Ms. Michelle Gyles-McDonnough (Jamaica) is the Director, Sustainable
Development Unit, Executive Office of the Secretary-General at the United Nations, New York.
Throughout her career, Ms. Gyles-McDonnough has practiced privately as a lawyer; served as advisor to the Secretary-General of the Organization of American States and has deep development experience within UNDP, including as Chief of UNDP's sub-regional facility for the Caribbean, UN Resident Coordinator for Barbados and the OECS, Resident Coordinator for Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei Darussalam and was recently appointed as Deputy Assistant Administrator and Deputy Regional Director Designate for Asia and the Pacific. She is currently Director of the Sustainable Development Unit in the Executive office of the Secretary-General.
Ms. Gyles-McDonnough holds a law degree from Columbia University School of Law, with honours in international and foreign law, a Masters in Public Administration from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, and also a Diploma in Executive Education from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. She received her undergraduate degree at Bryn Mawr College in Pennsylvania
 

Michael Woolcock
Lead Social Scientist, World Bank's Development Research Group

Michael Woolcock is Lead Social Scientist in the World Bank's Development Research Group, where he has worked since 1998. For twelve years he has also been a (part-time) Lecturer in Public Policy at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government. His current research focuses on strategies for enhancing state capability for implementation, on crafting more effective interaction between informal and formal justice systems, and on using mixed methods to assess the effectiveness of 'complex' development interventions. In addition to more than 75 journal articles and book chapters, he is the co-author or co-editor of ten books, including Contesting Development: Participatory Projects and Local Conflict Dynamics in Indonesia (with Patrick Barron and Rachael Diprose; Yale University Press 2011), which was a co-recipient of the 2012 best book prize by the American Sociological Association's section on international development, and, most recently, Building State Capability: Evidence, Analysis, Action (with Matt Andrews and Lant Pritchett; Oxford University Press 2017). He has recently returned from 18 months in Malaysia, where he helped establish the World Bank’s first Global Knowledge and Research Hub. As an Australian national, he completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Queensland, and has an MA and PhD in sociology from Brown University

Jos Vaessen
Adviser on evaluation methods, IEG World Bank Group

Jos Vaessen (Ph.D. Maastricht University) is adviser on evaluation methods at the Independent Evaluation Group, World Bank Group. Since 1998 he has been involved in evaluation research activities, first as an academic and consultant to bilateral and multilateral development organizations and from 2011 to 2015 as an evaluation manager at UNESCO. Jos firmly believes in a strong link between research and practice. His ongoing involvement in some evaluation-related research and teaching activities as honorary lecturer at Maastricht University contributes to the necessary cross-fertilization between these two domains. Jos has been author of several internationally peer-reviewed publications, including three books. He regularly serves on reference groups of evaluations for different institutions and is a member of the Board of the European Evaluation Society.

Susanne Frueh
Director, Internal Oversight Service of UNESCO and UNEG Chair

Susanne has some 30 years of work experience with seven different UN entities combining operational and management experience with hands-on evaluation, result-based management and strategic planning expertise. Following work in consulting and programme management during her earlier career, she has worked at senior leadership level in the evaluation functions of the United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF), 1996-1999, the World Food Programme (WFP), 1999-2002 and the UN Office for Humanitarian Coordination (UNOCHA), 2002-2007. Between 2009 and 2014 she was the executive secretary of the Joint Inspection Unit, a subsidiary body to the United Nations General Assembly with system-wide mandate for evaluation, inspection and investigations.
In July 2014 Susanne took up her current position as the director of the internal oversight service of UNESCO in Paris. In this function she directs the internal audit, evaluation and investigation functions of UNESCO and is a member of UNESCO's Senior Management Team.


In 2011, Susanne was nominated by the Secretary-General to be a member of the Interim Coordination Mechanism for system-wide evaluation responsible for developing and negotiating a new UN policy on independent system-wide evaluation. She also served as an Advisory Board member of the mid-term review on the Hyogo Framework for Action (2011-12) and as a peer panelist or peer advisor on the evaluation functions/policies of FAO (2004, 2016), WFP (2007, 2013/14), IFAD (2015), the UN Office for Internal Oversight Services (2012) and UNRWA (2015). Susanne holds a number of professional credentials such as memberships in the American and European Evaluation Associations (AEA, EEA), member of the UN Evaluation Group (UNEG) since 1996, serving on its then Executive Committee for two years, an Advisory Board member of the German Institute for Development Evaluation (DEVAL) since 2013. She is the holder of an M.Sc. in Geography from the University of South Carolina (USA), obtained in 1986 and two bachelor-level certificates in Geography (with minors in Political Science and Sociology) and American Studies obtained in 1983 and 1984 from the Justus-Liebig Universitaet, Giessen (Germany). Her Master's Thesis evaluated the social, economic and evironmental impact of mass tourism on CanCun, Mexico.

Jyotsna Puri
Head of the Independent Evaluation Unit, Green Climate Fund

Dr. Jyotsna Puri (Jo) is currently the Head of the Independent Evaluation Unit of the Green Climate Fund. She is also adjunct associate professor at the School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA), Columbia University, New York. Dr. Puri’s areas of work include policy impact analysis on poverty reduction, environment, agriculture, health and climate change, etc. She has more than 22 years of experience in policy research and development evaluation at several organizations including the World Bank, Columbia University and the UN. Also, she has led evaluation-related work for UNDP, UNICEF, GEF and the MacArthur Foundation. Dr. Puri also has extensive policy experience and provides advice on evidence-based climate change and environmental policy, evidence-based advocacy for behaviour change, community-based engagements for improving health, and methods for evaluating humanitarian action. Her expertise is using mixed methods that use rigorous quantitative methods informed by high quality qualitative approaches. Dr. Puri’s academic qualifications include a Ph.D. and M.Sc. in Resource Economics and a Masters in Development Economics.

Partners
UNDP Regional Bureau for Europe and CIS
UNDP Regional Bureau for Europe and CIS

The UNDP Regional Bureau for Europe and CIS is on the ground in 19 countries and territories in the region, working with national partners, connecting people to knowledge and addressing their development challenges. In Europe and Central Asia, UNDP is moving from helping countries steer their ‘transition’ to supporting states in pursuing sustainable development – policy advice that has generated lessons for other regions.

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The European Evaluation Society

The mandate of the EES is to stimulate, guide and promote the theory, practice, and utilization of evaluation in Europe and beyond. The EES vision is a world where evaluation contributes to human welfare through social learning. Specifically, EES seeks to advance evaluation knowledge and to encourage adoption of good practices by fostering evaluation excellence, independence, and partnerships. The EES will contribute to the overall conceptualization of the conference, bring high-level technical expertise to the workshops and Conference sessions, and assist in moderating different components of the conference.

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The Government of the Republic of Turkey

The Government of the Republic of Turkey will co-host the conference. UNDP and Turkey signed a Partnership Framework Agreement in 2011. Turkey and UNDP share a mutual interest to facilitate the exchange of development knowledge and expertise across regions. Turkey’s strategic location at the crossroads of different continents enables the country to take a more prominent role in the international arena. Its active presence and engagement in international and regional organizations allows it to advocate for an advance global development agendas, including Agenda 2030.

Logistics
Resource
Participants
Daniela Tako
National Coordinator of IPSIS
Prime Minister Office, Strategic Planning Unit
Entela Lako
Programme Specialist/RBM Focal Point
UNDP CO
Mohamed Bouchakour
President
Merzak Belhimeur
Director General of Economic Relations and International Cooperation
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Sofiane Dih
RBM Analyst
UNDP CO
Ana Paula Machado
Deputy Director
National Statistical Office (INE)
Ercilia da Costa
Chef of Planning Department
Ministry of Planning and Territorial Development
Diann Black-Layne
Director
Department of the Environment
Anna Harutyunyan
Deputy head
Armenian Monitoring and Evaluation Association (AMEA)