Theory, Practise and Quality Assurance
Evaluating Sustainable Development series
Edited by Anneke von Raggamby and Frieder Rubik
Chapter 15: Developing and Mapping a Community for Evaluating Sustainable Development
___________________________________________________ INTRODUCTION About ten years ago we started analysing the markets and communities dealing with evaluating sustainable development (SD). Besides working as evaluators on our own, we collected and assessed evaluation reports, interviewed researchers, evaluators and clients and initiated working groups at European evaluation societies. We soon found out that evaluating sustainable development faces similar problems in different fields of work, requires interdisciplinary collaboration and needs capacity building and networking. As a consequence we initiated a series of European conferences and courses, focusing on the tools, practices and fields of work in evaluating sustainable development which ran between 2002 and 2010. After the end of this series, it is now the best time to summarise what we have learned, what we have achieved and what still lies ahead. In order to do so this paper presents the key elements and findings of the EASY ECO series, as well as the results of a survey which we conducted in late 2010 in order to map the community. This survey gave insights into the fields of work, the most common frameworks and approaches for evaluating sustainable development, the evaluation designs and tools used and the needs for further community building and networking. These results can be interpreted as an agenda for further steps to develop the community of evaluators dealing with sustainable development. André Martinuzzi 279 280 Sustainable Development, Evaluation and Policy-Making DEVELOPING A COMMUNITY – MILESTONES OF THE EASY ECO PROGRAMME Since its beginning in the year 2002 the series ‘EASY ECO – Evaluation...
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