“We need a culture of evaluation – independent and in real time.” – UN Secretary General,  António Guterres (12 April 2016)

28 September 2017, Geneva, Switzerland – The ‘Executive Leadership Programme in Evaluation and the Sustainable Development Goals’ (ELPE) is a new certificate programme being offered by the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) in partnership with the Claremont Evaluation Center – New York (CEC-NY).

Executive Leadership Programme in Evaluation and the Sustainable Development GoalsThe programme intends to build evaluation capacity among leaders to support efforts towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Registration for the programme will be open until 20 October 2017, and the course will begin on 13 November 2017. 

The programme uses a blended learning approach through three components:

  1. E-Learning course on the 2030 Agenda, legitimized by 22 United Nations entities which will be supported by three online moderators with experience in evaluation and SDGs.
  2. Face-to-face workshop managed by different experts in leadership and evaluation, adapted to the 2030 Agenda context, and held in New York City.
  3. Individualized follow-up project with faculty coaching to ensure the application of knowledge and skills after the programme.

“We must ensure the SDGs help transform the lives of people around the world. Words must be turned into impactful action. This will not happen without accountability, evaluation and learning.” – UN Deputy Secretary-General, Amina Mohammed.

Amina Mohammed - Deputy Secretary-General

Given the critical role of evaluation in informing global and national leaders of the best way to achieve the SDGs, the ELPE responds to the need to further strengthen evaluation capacities, in developing and developed countries alike. Hence, during the programme, participants will have the chance to develop both evaluation and leadership skills and explore key issues related to the Sustainable Development Goals and national evaluation capacity.

“Our goal is to develop leaders who can transform the world through evaluative thinking.” – Executive Director of CEC-NY, Dr. Deborah Rugg. 

The ELPE targets a broad audience of established and aspiring leaders with varying levels of expertise in evaluation and leadership from government, intergovernmental organizations, nongovernmental organizations, and the private sector as well as the United Nations. Applications from leaders in developed and developing countries, including the least developed countries, the landlocked developing countries, and the small island developing states, are encouraged to apply.

By the end of the ELPE, participants will be able to: 

  • Describe the role and importance of evaluation and impact pathways in the public and private sectors in achieving the SDGs.
  • Identify the main challenges in each SDG area, and the key linkages between the Goals.
  • Analyse options in terms of public and private sector strategy, financing and means of implementation.
  • Identify methods and implement good practices in SDG-responsive evaluations, including understanding systems-thinking, and human rights, equity and gender- sensitive evaluation.
  • Effectively promote the attainment of the SDGs through strategic leadership and evaluation.
  • Develop national evaluation agendas that reflect critical priorities.
  • Effectively commission evaluations and understand how to apply results to inform the decision-making process

Upon completion of the programme, participants will receive a certificate from UNITAR and CEC-NY. To register, please go to the Executive Leadership Programme in Evaluation and the Sustainable Development Goals page in our online catalogue.


The United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) is a principal training arm of the United Nations, empowering individuals, governments and organizations through learning and related programming to effectively overcome contemporary global challenges. UNITAR’s training and broader capacity development initiatives target two key groups of beneficiaries: the delegates to the United Nations and other multilateral bodies who develop intergovernmental agreements establishing norms, policies and programmes, and the key national change agents who turn the global agreements into action at the national level. UNITAR’s programming focuses on supporting capacity to implement the 2030 Agenda, strengthening multilateralism, promoting economic development and social inclusion, advancing environmental sustainability and green development, promoting sustainable peace, improving resilience and humanitarian assistance.

About CEC-NY

The Claremont Evaluation Center (CEC) at the Claremont Graduate University has been providing high quality evaluation services to over 160 organizations in the local and international community for the past 17 years. The CEC’s extension office in New York, Claremont Evaluation Center – New York (CEC-NY), is focused on the critical role of evaluation champions by developing the analytic and evaluative thinking skills necessary to better achieve the SDGs among evaluators and global leaders. Using the latest tailored training and coaching methods, the Center is a promoter for the better use of evaluation by leaders. Established in 2016, the Center provides comprehensive support for international efforts focused on the SDGs.

Cover photo: UN Photo/Cia Pak

Photo 1: ELPE Cover Page

Photo 2: UN Photo/Evan Schneider