Call for Interest: Join GEI Network Partners and Many Others for “Youth in Evaluation Week” in April 2023

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The GEI Network is excited to support the upcoming the 5-day “Youth in Evaluation Week” being convened by the Eval4Action advocacy campaign, its regional partners, Global Parliamentarians Forum for Evaluation, the EvalYouth Global Network and UNFPA. The event aims to be an inclusive and intergenerational gathering of YEEs and the global evaluation community, focusing on advancing the meaningful engagement of youth in evaluation. It will be held April 24-28, 2023. 
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Supporting the next generation of evaluation professionals is an important part of GEI’s mission. Young and emerging evaluators (YEEs) have an important role to play in strengthening monitoring and evaluation (M&E) ecosystems in developing countries that support the use of evidence.  YEEs inspire the evaluation and development agenda based on their lived experiences, ask new and creative questions, suggest and adopt innovative methods and adapt M&E knowledge to local conditions.

The GEI Network is excited to support the upcoming the 5-day “Youth in Evaluation Week” being convened by the Eval4Action advocacy campaign, its regional partners, Global Parliamentarians Forum for Evaluation, the EvalYouth Global Network and UNFPA (both EvalYouth and UNFPA are GEI partners). The event aims to be an inclusive and intergenerational gathering of YEEs and the global evaluation community, focusing on advancing the meaningful engagement of youth in evaluation. It will be held April 24-28, 2023.

The Youth in Evaluation Manifesto, launched in May 2022, has been adopted by many GEI Network partners . Overall, 110 organizations and close to 400 individuals have committed to engaging YEEs meaningfully in all stages of evaluation. To support the delivery of the manifesto, six stakeholder groups (international agencies, governments, VOPEs, academia, youth organizations, private sector and NGOs) are co-creating standards on enhancing meaningful youth engagement in evaluation. These standards will provide a roadmap to step up the practice and accountability towards engaging youth in evaluation. The event builds on the momentum created by the Youth in Evaluation initiative, to further expand commitments and partnerships on advancing youth in evaluation.

Please find more information on the event in the related concept note.

 Highlights of the Youth in Evaluation Week

  1. Co-led and co-organized by young and emerging evaluators (YEEs)
  2. Launch of standards on enhancing meaningful youth engagement in evaluation
  3. Training programs on career development for YEEs in 6 languages
  4. Will feature discussions of activities that are delivering on commitments in the manifesto
  5. Mix of global, regional and cross-regional events, in regional languages
  6. Multiplatform events and advocacy, including Twitter Space dialogues
  7. Outcomes to input into EvalYouth Summit
  8. Everyone is invited to collaborate and participate!

On behalf of Eval4Action, GEI invites all UN agencies and international development partners to collaborate with the Youth in Evaluation Week.

In particular, we invite you to:

  • Actively engage in organizing the week with Eval4Action co-leaders and other partners. (The Eval4Action global team will provide the overall planning, coordination and communication support to the entire event.)
  • Mobilize other organizations and interested individuals to join the event.
  • Submit proposals in response to the call for proposals for events.
  • Support promotions and communication outreach for the event.
  • Support the drafting of the YEE outcome document.

Please indicate your interest by 14 November 2022 by writing to contact@eval4action.org.