National Evaluation Systems in the public service: Institutionalizing evidence informed policymaking

Learning goals

The worksshop will examine the concepts of M&E, M&E systems, Evaluation and Evaluation Systems at different levels. It aims to:

-Expose participants to key components of an evaluation system (building blocks of an evaluation system);

-Expose the participants to different kinds of evaluation systems from different countries and sectors, with a primary focus on public sector systems;


Can evaluation of policies and programmes help governments better respond to complex social, political and economic problems? Does it matter if governments do not entrench evaluations as an essential part of public service management and public policy implementation? Countries face unprecedented development pressures; growing inequality, political disruptions, threats brought by climate shifts. Join us in this workshop to explore how institutionalization of evaluations of public policies and programmes through National Evaluation Systems enables governments to generate and use evidence to tackle complex problems.

The workshop draws from documented experiences of governments that have evaluation systems. It explores both the technical and cultural/political elements of institutionalization of evaluations within the public service. It also examines how formalization of evaluation within management of public services strengthens the use of evidence in the public policy.

Implementing institution/s or person/s (incl. short description)

Matodzi Michelle Amisi, Ian Goldman

Scope (duration)

5.10. - 9.10.2020

Target groups

M&E staff in governments at national and sub-national levels;

International development agencies;

-Voluntary Organisations for Professional Evaluation (VOPEs)

-Academics, private consultants

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