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When evaluation makes a difference

The UN's Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) provide a starting point to expand the evaluative focus from short-term growth to long-term welfare. SDGs are 17 goals pertaining to poverty, the environment and climate, human and social development.

GOVERNMENTS routinely rely on evaluation to decide on investment projects in areas ranging from transport and energy to education and social protection. But are the evaluation techniques used adequate for judging the sustainability of the investments and policies in question? For the most part,...

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