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Join us for the next IPPN Knowledge Café, a webinar series focused on building the IPPN members’ capacity to better understand a systems perspective on policy integration and acceleration; and integrated policy solutions, including curation of tools and resources that support the design and implementation of cross-cutting policy solutions.

About this webinar

The UNDP Independent Evaluation Office, UNICEF Evaluation Office and other partners are spearheading a Global SDG Synthesis Coalition to deliver a series of living syntheses that systematically analyze evaluative evidence on key areas under the five pillars of the Sustainable Development Goals – People, Peace, Planet, Prosperity, and Partnership. As of January 2024, the Coalition consists of 45 United Nations entities, several Member States, multi- and bi-lateral organizations, private sector entities, and evaluation and synthesis networks.


Join this session to learn how the Global SDG Synthesis Coalition is approaching the task of systematically collating evaluative evidence on what works, how and for whom to accelerate progress towards the SDGs. Participants will learn about the Coalition’s first synthesis on the Partnership Pillar of the SDGs, and several examples of how evaluative evidence can be made more accessible in the form of visual evidence gap maps.

This session will be moderated by Olivier Cossée, Senior Evaluation Officer, Office of Evaluation, Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). The keynote speakers for this session include:

  • Ana Rosa Soares, Chief, Synthesis and Lessons Section, Independent Evaluation Office (IEO), UN Development Programme (UNDP)
  • Kerry Albright, Deputy Director, Evaluation Office, UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF)
  • Shivit Bakrania, Evaluation Specialist, IEO, UNDP

Connection details

Date: Wednesday, 21 February 2024

Time: 8:00 AM New York/ Panama | 4:00 PM Addis Ababa/ Amman/ Istanbul | 8:00 PM Bangkok

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Session materials

Watch the session recording (to be added soon), and find the PPT presentation and all relevant links shared during the session in the comments section below.

About the speakers

Ana Rosa Soares is Chief of Evaluation Syntheses and Lessons in the UNDP Independent Evaluation Office (IEO) at UNDP. In this position she also leads the Global SDG Synthesis Coalition Secretariat.  Prior to that, she was the Chief of Corporate and Thematic Evaluations leading and conducting country, regional, corporate and global thematic and programmatic evaluations. She has 25 years of experience in international development. Prior to working for the IEO, she was a Strategic Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation Officer for UNDP in Brazil. Before joining the UN, she was an International Development Advisor at the Center for International Development of the State University of New York managing USAID projects with bilateral and multilateral cooperation partners in Africa, Europe and Latin America. 

Kerry Albright is a Social & Political Scientist with over 25 years of experience in international development and evidence informed decision-making.  Since September 2022, she has been the Principal Adviser/ Deputy Director of Evaluation at UNICEF, based in New York City, USA. Prior to this, she worked at UNICEF’s Office of Research-Innocenti in Florence, Italy, where she introduced a formal evidence synthesis function as part of efforts to strengthen a broader organizational evidence culture. Before joining UNICEF in 2015, Kerry worked for the UK government’s Department for International Development (DFID, now FCDO) where she co-founded the Global Open Data for Agriculture and Nutrition (GODAN) initiative and established and headed up a new Evidence Into Action Unit in the Research & Evidence Division. Kerry is currently UNICEF’s institutional Co-Lead (with UNDP) of the Global SDG Synthesis Coalition. She is also the institutional Co-Chair (with USAID) of the Multi-Donor Learning Partnership, the founding member and Co-Chair of the Campbell Collaboration’s, Children and Young Persons Wellbeing Coordinating Group and a Council Member of the Alliance for Living Evidence (ALIVE). In 2021, she was invited to be a Commissioner on the Global Commission on Evidence to Address Societal Challenges and is now a member of their Implementation Council.

Shivit Bakrania is an Evaluation Specialist at UNDP’s Independent Evaluation Office (IEO), with responsibility for overseeing all evaluation synthesis activities. As part of his role at IEO, he forms part of the Global SDG Coalition Secretariat, which aims to produce five syntheses centred on the SDG Pillars (Partnerships, Peace, People, Planet and Prosperity). Prior to joining IEO, he was at UNICEF Innocenti as a Knowledge Management Specialist. He has been involved in undertaking systematic reviews, evidence gap maps and rapid evidence assessments, as a principal investigator, team leader and as a commissioner and manager. The most recent published examples include a systematic review of reviews on the ‘Impact of social protection on gender equality in low- and middle-income countries’, and evidence gap maps on ‘Inclusive Interventions for Children with Disabilities Living in Low- and Middle-Income Countries’ and ‘Child and adolescent mental health and psychosocial support interventions’. He has long-standing thematic and academic research interests in: evidence synthesis and translation, political economy approaches to development, youth and political violence, security and access to justice, and governance in fragile and conflict-affected contexts.

The Integrated Policy Practitioners' Network (IPPN) is a one-stop-shop for integrated policy practitioners, operating as a knowledge hub for the global community. IPPN aims to link existing efforts on SDG integration across UN agencies and beyond, and enabling cross-pollination and learning to enhance the UN System-wide capability to practice and deliver high-quality integrated policy support. IPPN is a joint effort under the auspices of the UNSDG Task Team on Integrated Policy Support.

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Comments (1)

Nadine Ravaud
Nadine Ravaud

Dear IPPN community, thank you for joining today's Knowledge Café! Find attached the PPT presentation, and a few resources shared during the session:
- The Global SDG Synthesis Coalition website: https://www.sdgsynthesiscoalition.org/ and the flagship knowledge product on “What Works to Accelerate Progress on the Partnership Pillar of the Sustainable Development Goas: A Synthesis of Evaluative Evidence”
- Final report: https://www.sdgsynthesiscoalition.org/sites/default/files/2023-09/Synth…
- Brief: https://www.sdgsynthesiscoalition.org/sites/default/files/2023-10/Synth…
- 2-page overview: https://www.sdgsynthesiscoalition.org/sites/default/files/2023-10/Synth…

- The SDG Summit Side Event hosted by the Global SDG Synthesis Coalition (17 September 2023), https://www.sdgsynthesiscoalition.org/events/sdg-summit
- The Global SDG Synthesis Coalition newsletter (September 2023), https://mailchi.mp/sdgsynthesiscoalition/sdg-summit

- Evidence Gap Maps (EGM) on Impact Evaluation: https://www.sdgsynthesiscoalition.org/sites/default/files/2024-01/1-12-… and Process/Performance: https://www.sdgsynthesiscoalition.org/sites/default/files/2024-01/1-12-…
Cc' Serge Kapto Ilija Franeta

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