Executive Leadership Programme in Evaluation and the Sustainable Development Goals

Turning Goals Into Reality

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is an unprecedented global endeavour that requires transformative leadership and a new bold approach. The Agenda recognizes the critical role of evaluation in informing global and national leaders of the best way to achieve the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and will require efforts to further strengthen evaluation practices, in developing and developed countries alike.

The aspirational nature and interconnectedness of many of the Agenda’s goals will require those conducting and commissioning evaluations in both the public and private sectors to have a thorough understanding of the Agenda and its goals, targets, and indicator framework; different approaches to evaluation, such as performance-based vs. system-based approaches; as well as equity and human-rights based approaches.

The Executive Leadership Programme in Evaluation and the Sustainable Development Goals (ELPE) is a certificate training programme designed to build evaluation capacity to support the voluntary national follow up and review processes of the SDGs.

The ELPE equips leaders with the most cutting-edge knowledge and skills in the field of evaluation, including:
• Evaluative, analytic, and systems thinking
• Visioning, strategy and planning leadership skills
• Communication and advocacy skills
• Understanding impact pathways
• Developing comprehensive SDG evaluation frameworks & policies


Fee: $6,000

What’s included:
• 4-week online course
• 5-day face-to-face workshops in New York
• 4-week follow-up project and personalized coaching online



Efforts are being undertaken to offer a limited number of full and partial scholarships to waive or reduce fees. Scholarships will be awarded on a competitive basis to eligible applicants from developing countries.



Participants successfully completing the programme requirements, including the online course end of module assessments and actively taking part in the NY residential and follow-up coaching components, will be entitled to a Certificate of Completion. Participants not successfully completing the online course but meeting other programme requirements will be entitled to a Certificate of Participation. Certificates will be issued jointly by Claremont Graduate University and UNITAR.


Click here to visit the UNITAR website for more information.

Click here to view a comprehensive guide to the program in PDF form.