The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) post-2015 team enabled an unprecedented global consultation process to help shape the Post-2015 Development Agenda. Many parties were consulted and new partnerships built to provide input to the Sustainable Development Goals that were adopted by the UN General Assembly in September 2015.
The decentralized outcome evaluation assessed the significance of the worldwide consultation process for shaping the SDGs in terms of both content and process. Special focus was placed on assessing the innovative approaches and their application and the role that UNDP plays within and outside of the UN. The evaluation included a strong learning component. Evaluating such a large, global and complex process necessitated multiple methods of data collection and analysis.
To address the challenge of complexity, MDF Training & Consultancy started the evaluation process by mapping actual events and reconstructing the process Theory of Change as it took place. This ‘reality map’ was validated by key stakeholders and subsequently used to identify and analyse the main challenges and successes of the process. This map assisted the evaluators locate required information and structured the evaluation process. Since the focus was on learning and the scope of the evaluation covered almost five years (2011-2015), the evaluation's emphasis was on outcomes rather than outputs. In agreeement with a broad reference group during a sense-making event held at the end of the evaluation process, the report included both recommendations and dilemmas. This to reflect the complexity of the process and stimulate creative and critical thinking.
The evaluation provided insight into the relevance, effectiveness, 'innovativeness' and efficiency of this unprecedented consultation process. Apart from facilitating increased accountability of the UNDP post-2015 team for its results and consumed resources, it also created a learning process from which UNDP and the wider UN-system can draw practical lessons to guide future global consultation processes in support of international policy development.
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