Last month, CDI’s Director, Chris Barnett, was at the International Development Evaluation Association (IDEAS) Global Assembly, which was held concurrently with the UNDP’s conference on National Evaluation Capacities (NEC). On the agenda was a session on the New Frontiers for Evaluation, a subject CDI has been leading on for most of 2015. IDEAS President, Rob D. van den Berg, in his opening address, emphasised the need for evaluation to look to the future, to not just work in the ‘here and now’, but also in the ‘there and then’.

As well as chairing 3ie’s post-2016 strategy consultation, Chris Barnett was actively involved in several sessions, including a panel session on the New Frontiers of Evaluation – which debated the potential role of evaluators in relation to business and investors seeking to have a societal impact.

Reflecting on the event, Barnett said: ‘This was a great event for evaluators to come together and challenge themselves. In several of the sessions, evaluators were provoked to become more than simply technicians: to become ambassadors and activists for the role of evidence in making the world a better place. At CDI, we were pleased to contribute to this event, and particularly the discussions on new frontiers for evaluation that move us beyond the aid paradigm’.

Both conferences resulted in the Bangkok Declaration, which was approved by all NEC and IDEAS delegates present. The Declaration ‘seeks to capture an emerging body of shared understanding on lessons and priorities for evaluation practice in the era of the Sustainable Development Goals to help guide joint action in future support of national evaluation capacity.’

Read the Bangkok Declaration in full, and find out more about the New Frontiers for Evaluation by watching these short films with international evaluation experts.