The NEC Conference

The National Evaluation Capacities (NEC) Conference is an in-person conference held biannually in collaboration with the United Nations Independent Evaluation Office (UNDP IEO). The conference brings together government representatives working on monitoring and evaluation (M&E) from all over the world to facilitate South-to-South peer learning and experience exchange. It provides a platform for M&E stakeholders to build connections, share insights, and explore themes centered around principles of good governance, evidence-based decision-making, and improved performance management. 

In October 2022, the NEC Conference in Turin, Italy, concluded with the unanimous agreement on the Turin Agenda. The agenda called for the strengthening of partnerships and increased efforts to develop national evaluation systems that are resilient, agile, flexible, adaptable, and forward-looking. The Turin Agenda highlighted the importance of gender equality, social inclusion, and the meaningful integration of environmental sustainability and climate change considerations into evaluation processes. 

Building on the Turin Agenda and the discussions from the 2022 NEC Conference, the Global Evaluation Initiative (GEI) and UNDP IEO have been hosting a series of webinars to explore relevant topics dedicated to advancing the development of national M&E systems.

The first webinar focused on gender-responsive and climate-informed evaluation systems. The second webinar focused on the inclusion of youth in national evaluation processes and the challenges associated with evaluating and strengthening national evaluation systems in crisis settings.