My relationship with EvalPartners was strengthened with the award winning Peer to Peer small grants proposal in 2015. Ever since, my participation in activities including Global Evaluation Week followed by the EvalSDGs network have been increasing,

 


the latest being the working with parliamentarians to promote evaluation culture. In early 2016 I got a golden opportunity to voluntarily contribute to the national project supported by the EvalGender+ network on "strengthening evaluation of SDGs with a gender and equity lens". As the Capacity Building Manager of the Parliamentarians Forum for Development Evaluation- South Asia (PFDE- SA) I have been managing the project in collaboration with all the stakeholders including the government, parliamentarians, development partners and evaluation professionals. Our first major breakthrough was when an Honourable Member of Parliament moved an Adjournment Motion in the Parliament of Sri Lanka in August 2016, proposing to formulate a National Evaluation Policy and an evaluation system for Sri Lanka which created history at the Parliament.

During October 2016, a National Dialogue with parliamentarians was organized (as mentioned elsewhere in this newsletter) marking yet another historical milestone for the evaluation discipline in Sri Lanka. In its effort to bridge the knowledge gap in evaluation, PFDE- SA also organized a series of capacity building events for Public Sector officials closely working with the mandated Departments and Ministries. Further, stakeholder consultations were organized to develop a National Evaluation Plan for the country.  All these achievements are significant as they contribute to the enabling environment for evaluation in Sri Lanka.

I believe that EvalPartners has a significant impact on enhancing the enabling environment for evaluation and achievement of SDGs, leaving no one behind. I am proud to be a part of EvalFamily and sincerely thankful for opening new vistas in the evaluation field.

Piroshini Trikawalagoda, Sri Lanka