Our last newsletter, published in both English and Spanish, received very good reviews from individuals and organisations in the CEI network.
The Red Internacional de Evaluación de Políticas Públicas (RIEPP), a professional VOPE in Mexico which focuses on the evaluation of Public Policy, positively acknowledged the CEI newsletter and shared its monthly bulletin, Boletín RIEPP. This exchange led to the bulletin being translated from Spanish to English by CEI editorial committee member Molly Hamm, who is located in the Dominican Republic.
In this new offering, the newsletter editorial committee, led by Valerie Gordon, Vice-President & VP Research and Publications, has chosen to focus on Evaluation of the SDGs, which is currently a “hot” topic across all professional sectors. The articles in this issue offer much food for thought as the authors sought to describe some of the practical considerations necessary to evaluate the SDGs generally (Claudia Nicholson) and then specifically in the areas of the environment (Perry Polar), citizen security (Tonya Pierre-Gopaul), and the public sector (Chez Thomas). Also included is a note about our first webinar on Empowerment Evaluation and the SDGs, which was given by Dr. David Fetterman on December 1.
In this issue, you will also learn about the new national VOPE being formalised in Trinidad and Tobago, and a proposed collaboration between the CEI and the African Evaluation Association. The CEI’s strategic goal of becoming a forum for regional and international organisations to locate regional evaluators, was in focus during the last quarter as many organizations and individuals sought the organisation’s assistance to find regional professionals for a range of evaluation assignments.
As we approach the close of 2016 and look to the beginning of 2017, I would like to extend, on behalf of the CEI Board, best wishes to CEI members and others in our network.