I received this message from four Directors of UN Evaluation Offices:
The focus on equity in human development is gathering momentum at the international level. Its premise is increasingly supported by United Nations reports and strategies, as well as by independent analysis. More and more national policies and international alliances are focusing on achieving equitable development results. The emerging equity agenda is surely the right way to go. But it poses important questions for everyone involved in development evaluation. Are current evaluation approaches and methods relevant and useful in the assessment of equity-focused interventions? Are we able to assess whether these interventions are achieving real and sustainable impact in reducing inequity? Under what conditions can equitable results be quickly and efficiently achieved? What needs to be done to strengthen the capacity of Governments, organizations and communities to evaluate the effect of interventions intended to achieve equitable outcomes for marginalized populations?
With the aim of prompting thinking to address such questions, UNICEF, UNDP, UNWomen and ILO Evaluation Offices partnered with Mexico’s Coneval, IDRC (the International Development Research Institute), IDEAS (International Development Evaluation Association) and IOCE (International Organization for Cooperation in Evaluation) to publish the book enclosed with this letter. This publication offers a number of strong contributions from senior officers in institutions dealing with evaluation, and from senior Government representatives responsible for national monitoring and evaluation systems.
We encourage you to share this publication within the United Nations system, as well as with your partners. We believe it will be a valuable resource for discussions on evaluation for equitable evaluation results, and to inform participants at relevant national and international meetings and conferences. Please do not hesitate to contact the book’s editor, Marco Segone, Evaluation Office, UNICEF, at firstname.lastname@example.org for any further information and/or additional copies. Soft copies are available, free of charge, at http://www.mymande.org, as well as a series of webinars with the authors of the book.