Evaluation + Design for Sustaining Life

Oct 28, 2016 1:45pm ‐ Oct 28, 2016 3:15pm


How can evaluation contribute to “designing human community in such a way that its activities do not interfere with nature’s inherent ability to sustain life” (Capra)? How can the relationship between evaluation and design support sustainable development “to meet the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs” (Brundtland Report)? How do ways of thinking about sustainability relate to evaluating programs, partnerships, initiatives and assisting those that they serve?

This session brings together a European Environment Agency policy leader, an evaluation specialist from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and a systems-oriented evaluator who works across sectors and levels of social systems. They will introduce flexible and diverse ways of engaging with the nexus of design, evaluation, and sustainability and initiate a dynamic and interactive conversation about what is and what ought to be for “evaluation + design” and its role in sustaining life.


  • Matt Keene, Social Scientist, Evaluation Support Division - US Environmental Protection Agency
  • Paul McAleavey, Head of Air and Climate Change (ACC), European Environment Agency (EEA)


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