Towards Sustainable Futures serves as a guide to better understand what roles evaluation can play in sustainability. Rather than proposing a single definition of sustainability or methodological approach, this book gives us the tools to improve the quality and relevance of evaluation of sustainability. Divided into two parts, the first part introduces the reader to key debates and challenges related to evaluation of sustainability. Part Two provides examples of methods and applications. By combining a stellar line up of specialists, theorists, and practitioners in the field of development evaluation with expert, accessible and engaged analysis of key issues, Towards Sustainable Futures is a must-read source for re-tooling and re-focussing evaluation towards the green transition imperative. It should be essential reading for scholars and practitioners of evaluation.
IDA LINDKVIST, KIM FORSS AND PER ØYVIND BASTØE
PART 1: From projects to systems and politics
2 Can equity be sustained – and can evaluation find the answer?
3 Evaluation of sustainability in the presence of a goal conflict
4 Understanding and addressing sustainability in evaluation
ROB D. VAN DEN BERG
5 Setting goals and missing them: can evaluations help us meet SDGs?
6 Strategies to manage disaster risks: evaluating their contributions to sustainable development
MATHILDE DE GOËR DE HERVE
PART 2: Methods and applications
7 Evaluating sustainability through the lens of circular business models
8 Credibility and utility of corporate sustainability reporting
PER ØYVIND BASTØE AND PAUL WADE
9 A classification algorithm to link official documents to Sustainable Development Goals
FRANCESCO MAZZEO RINALDI, GIOVANNI GIUFFRIDA, SALVO NICOTRA AND FLORA DISPINSERI
10 Evaluation: a road to sustainable welfare
KJELD HØGSBRO AND OLAF RIEPER
11 Sustainability, systemic change, and theory-based evaluation: lessons from the ‘safe system’ approach in road safety
PETER VAN DER KNAAP
12 Why we should employ a social practice perspective when we evaluate sustainability
TOVE HEGGLI SAGMO AND ANITA HASLIE
13 Evaluating social sustainability: concepts, approaches and how to apply these to evaluations
14 Re-imagining the role of evaluation in planning for sustainability of gender equity interventions
SANJEEV SRIDHARAN, DEBRA TOROK, ABHIJIT DAS, SATISH KUMAR SINGH, AMANDA PEREIRA, AND APRIL NAKAIMA
15 Evaluating sustainability – a multidimensional approach
TOM LING AND ANANDA S. MILLARD
PART 3: Conclusion
16 Conclusions – outlining the roles for evaluation
KIM FORSS, PER ØYVIND BASTØE AND IDA LINDKVIST
Followers of the Comparative Policy Evaluation book series will be familiar with the qualities presented in this new volume. A well-managed collection of essays addresses a topical and substantive issue not only for evaluation but public policy in general, tackles sometimes contested conceptual and methodological complexity and, perhaps more distinctively, is oriented to policy and evaluation futures. The authors collectively argue that ensuring sustainability is one of the most important tasks we face. Sustainable development, both economic and social and especially together, is critical to our future. Their volume explores the role of evaluation in contributing to this sustainable future. It speaks to those who share this burgeoning interest, especially those who commission, carry out and use evaluations in public policy.
Andrew Gray, Emeritus Professor of Public Management, Durham University
Towards sustainable futures indirectly raises the challenge that development, evaluation of development and sustainability of development are concepts intrinsically linked to a growth paradigm. The very notion of cause and effect and development is a notion of growth – and the role of evaluation is to assess whether this growth has actually taken place – and if so – whether it is sustainable. But Towards sustainable futures: the role of evaluation in many ways asks the crucial question, whether growth and development is what we want? The editors hold up a mirror which shows a somewhat bleak reflection: ”… so far the evaluation community at large has not contributed much.”
Dr. Claus C. Rebien, Vice President, Green Transition Advisory, COWI.