A regional training workshop “Developing National Evaluation Capacities to Support the Implementation of the 2030 Agenda” was held in Bangkok on 26 and 27 October 2016 for seven selected countries as the initial workshop.

 

It was organized by UNDP and United Nations Institute of Training and Research (UNITAR) in collaboration with the EVALSDGs Network. The training discussed the importance of strengthening evaluation and using its results for evidence-based decision-making to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). After a brief summary of the lessons learned from the MDGs (Millennium Development Goals), it provided an overview of the multi-level follow-up and review framework agreed by UN Member States for the SDGs, and grounded on UN Member States’ commitment to regular and inclusive reviews of progress at country level. The description of the review framework was followed by a brief discussion of the implications of the main principles of the 2030 Agenda for this framework in general, and evaluation practice and criteria, in particular, preparing the ground for subsequent sessions. Finally, the training discussed opportunities and practical steps for strengthening the feeding of evaluation evidence into national SDG reviews and reports and global and regional follow-up and review processes.