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Special Issue in Sustainability

Spe­cial Is­sue in Sus­tain­ab­il­ity: Evalu­at­ing SDGs. Meas­ur­ing and Man­aging Pro­jects, Pro­grams and Policies

In 2015, the Gen­eral Assembly of the United Na­tions en­dorsed Agenda 2030, in­clud­ing glob­ally valid Sus­tain­able Devel­op­ment Goals. Mon­it­or­ing and evalu­ation are ex­pli­citly men­tioned as key suc­cess factors for achiev­ing the SDGs. However, these efforts have to deal with a high level of com­plex­ity, po­ten­tial trade-offs, in­ter­con­nec­ted­ness and sys­temic effects, as well as differ­ent per­spect­ives and in­terests of vari­ous act­ors. While the present dis­cus­sions mainly fo­cus on in­dic­at­ors, evalu­ation is only rarely ad­dressed—al­though some de­bates are tak­ing place in differ­ent, but only loosely linked, scien­ti­fic com­munit­ies.

Bring­ing to­gether these dif­fer­ent dis­cus­sions is the goal of this Spe­cial Is­sue. This ef­fort is espe­cially ne­ces­sary in times, when evid­ence-­based policy mak­ing is dis­reg­arded and false claims of fake-s­cience un­der­mine the cred­ib­il­ity of sound scien­ti­fic meth­ods. A re­si­li­ent so­ci­ety needs re­li­able and sup­port­ive evalu­ations of in­ter­ven­tions im­ple­men­ted for reach­ing com­monly shared goals on dif­fer­ent levels (policies, pro­grammes, pro­jects etc.). There­fore, a crit­ical re­flec­tion on the in­sti­tu­tion­al­iz­a­tion of evalu­at­ing SDGs in the pub­lic and the private sector may provide new in­sights on how to im­prove both qual­ity and im­pact of such kind of tools, meth­ods, and scien­ti­fic ap­proaches.

We en­cour­age re­searches and prac­ti­tion­ers to:

  • Provide sound back­ground in­form­a­tion on the re­spect­ive pro­ject, pro­gramme or policy, its gov­ernance sys­tem and the way mon­it­or­ing and evalu­ation of SDGs is im­ple­men­ted

  • Elab­or­ate in-depth on the evalu­ation ap­proach and link it to the cur­rent scien­ti­fic de­bate as well as to sus­tain­ab­il­ity

  • Present evid­ence on ex­per­i­ences, chal­lenges and lessons learned (and are there­fore neither con­cepts not pure the­or­et­ical con­tri­bu­tions) regard­ing the evalu­ation ap­proach and/or the im­ple­ment­a­tion of SDG evalu­ation

  • Crit­ic­ally re­flect and dis­cuss the trans­fer­ab­il­ity and gen­er­al­iz­ab­il­ity of the spe­cific case

  • High­light the con­tri­bu­tions to the scien­ti­fic de­bate as well as to the prac­tice of im­ple­ment­ing the SDGs

Guest Ed­it­ors of this Spe­cial Is­sue are:

  • As­soc. Prof. Dr. André Martinuzzi Head of the In­sti­tute for Man­aging Sus­tain­ab­il­ity, Vi­enna Uni­versity of Eco­nom­ics and Busi­ness, Vi­enna, Aus­tria

  • As­soc. Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Meyer Deputy Dir­ector of the Center for Evalu­ation, Saar­land Uni­versity, Ger­many w.mey­er­@mx.uni-saar­

  • Dr. Andrew Jen­kins Vis­it­ing Fel­low at the Judge Busi­ness School, Uni­versity of Cam­bridge, UK and BRAC In­sti­tute of Gov­ernance and Devel­op­ment (BIGD), BRAC Uni­versity, Dhaka, Bangladesh andrewjen­kin­s@b­tin­t­er­

Dead­line for manuscript sub­mis­sions: 31 March 2019

You can find ad­di­tional in­form­a­tion here.

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