Well-being and Sustainable Development – New Frontiers in Evaluation

6 - 9 June 2017; BHUTAN

CoE SA Evaluation Conclave 2017

Well-being and Sustainable Development – New Frontiers in Evaluation

Happiness – or people’s satisfaction of their lives – has become the key indicator of well-being. Many factors contribute to happiness; these include personal factors such as income, health, the freedom to choose life styles etc. Additionally, there are social conditions such as community interactions and governance. The conditions of the environment in which we live also contribute significantly to well-being and happiness.

In the recent times, work has progressed on quantifying happiness; for example, the evaluative happiness, as detailed in the World Happiness Report, looks at overall quality of life and has developed benchmarks. The ultimate aim of 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is human well-being examined from economic, social, and environmental objectives, rather than from a narrow agenda of economic growth alone.
Well-being can be easily linked to some of the key SDGs; for example, mitigating poverty (SDG 1), gender equality (SDG 5), working towards equality of income and wealth in society (SDG 10), promoting environmental stability and sustainability, and fostering peace and inclusive society.


The Community of Evaluators – South Asia (CoE-SA) is pleased to announce the 4th Evaluation Conclave (Conclave 2017) to be held in Bhutan from 6 – 9 June 2017 (both days inclusive). Conclave 2017 will be a collaborative Event of CoE – SA, the Gross National Happiness Commission (GNHC) of the Royal Government of Bhutan, and the Evaluation Association of Bhutan. The venue of the Conclave will be decided in January, 2017.


Conclave 2017 will focus largely on the relationship between well-being and sustainable development with a view to demonstrate the importance of evaluations in these areas. Conclave 2017 will be a forum for government, civil society, donors and evaluation fora to deliberate on a number of fronts, such as:

  • Use of innovative methods and tools in evaluations;
  • Fostering governance, accountability, credibility and transparency;
  • Gender and equity;
  • Environmental sustainability;
  • Poverty reduction;
  • Inclusiveness and hard-to-reach;
  • Partnership;

Conclave 2017

The Conclave 2017 will take the following format:
• 6 and 7 June 2017: Pre-Conclave skills development workshops;
• 8 and 9 June 2017: Evaluation Conclave Panels, keynote speeches, round-tables.


The event offers sponsors and partners an opportunity to support the Evaluation Conclave 2017 in a number of ways:

  • Sponsoring a skills development workshop, including providing resource persons;
  • Sponsoring a Panel discussion with speakers;
  • Bursaries to support participation of emerging and/or professional evaluators who lack finances to attend the Conclave although able to contribute in workshops and panels (including airfare, accommodation and registration fees);
  • Defraying the cost of participation of keynote speakers;
  • General sponsorship towards the conduct of the Evaluation Conclave, 2017

Further details

Call for Contributions and Conclave registration are now open.

In the meantime, you are most welcome to contact Dr Ranjith Mahindapala, Executive Director, CoE SA by email conclavecoe2015@gmail.com for any inquiries.

Report of the Evaluation Conclave 2015 - CoE SA