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Session 3: Challenges in evaluating SDGs

On 2 November, the third session of the IPDET Global Outreach event series ‘Better policy making through Evaluations’ focused on a highly up-to-date topic for policy makers: ‘Evaluating the SDGs’.

In his theoretical input, Prof. Wolfgang Meyer from Saarland University draw the attention of the 90 participants to three main challenges in the framework of sustainable development – System Integration, System Change and Inclusiveness – and how National Monitoring and Evaluation Systems might accompany the resolution of these challenges.

Besides that, the participants were also able to get deeper insights into country experiences from India, the Philippines and Sri Lanka. A further interesting country example is also available for Costa Rica (please see the additional recording below).

Resource Person:

  • Prof. Wolfgang Meyer: Deputy Director of Center of Evaluation (CEval) at Saarland University and Member of the Steering Group of the International Program for Development Evaluation Training (IPDET)

Country example experts:

  • María del Pilar Garrido Gonzalo (Costa Rica): Minister of Planning and Economic Policy, Republic of Costa Rica, and Coordinator of the Technical Secretarial of the National Commission of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
  • Dr. Shweta Sharma (India): Development, Monitoring and Evaluation Office (DMEO) at NITI Aayog | Govt. of India


  • Mylvaganam Thilakarajah (Sri Lanka): Treasurer of the Sri Lanka Parliamentarians Forum for Evaluation (SLFPE) and former member of Parliament of Sri Lanka
  • Dr. Romulo E.M. Miral, Jr. (Philippines): Director General of the Congressional Policy and Budget Research Department, House of Representatives of the Philippines
The resource person, country example experts and panelists:
The presentation slides:
Watch the recording:

Interview with María del Pilar Garrido Gonzalo on the institutionalized processes evaluating/monitoring the SDGs in Costa Rica:


María del Pilar Garrido Gonzalo is the Minister of National Planning and Economic Policy of the Republic of Costa Rica as well as Coordinator of the Technical Secretarial of the National Commission of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). She studied political science and has a master’s degree in democratic governance and public politics from the University of Costa Rica. She worked for the United Nations Organization and for the Barcelona Provincial Council as a consultant of topics of human local development planning and of population and development, with vulnerable populations. She was Vice Minister of National Planning from 2016 to 2018.