Conference: Making the Invisible Visible: An Emerging Community of Practice in Indicators, Sustainability and Values

Date: December 16-18, 2010
Venue: University of Brighton, UK

The University of Brighton will be hosting a groundbreaking, EU funded, international conference on the theme of Making the Invisible Visible: An Emerging Community of Practice in Indicators, Sustainability and Values, bringing together the leading thinkers, practitioners and organizations in these fields.  The conference will also showcase a pioneering €1million EU funded project to trial values-based indicators at the project (see, which has demonstrated its value as a tool to measure in a non-reductionist, yet rigorous way, the values dimension of civil society activity, and offers a model of good practice in  civil society-university collaborations.

Among the speakers due to address the conference are global experts in economics, such as Augusto Lopez-Claros (former Chief Economist and Director of the the Global Competitveness Report at the World Economic Forum, and developer of the Humanitarian Response Index); leading environmentalists such as Arthur Dahl (President of the International Environment Forum, former Deputy Assistant Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and former coordinator of the UN System-Wide Earthwatch) and Professor Arjen Wals (UNESCO Chair of Social Learning and Sustainable Development and world expert on environmental education); parliamentarians  such as Professor Bedrich Moldan (Senator in the Parliament of the Czech Republic and a global authority on indicators for sustainable development); civil society organizations as diverse as the International Red Cross, Earth Charter International, the Alliance for Religions and Conservation (ARC, among others; world experts on values in business across the world, such as Richard Barrett (leadership expert mapping values among some 2000 organizations and 3000 leaders in over 40 countries); and many more.

Attendance is free, and there are still possibilities to contribute with a presentation and/or a workshop on the connection between values, sustainability and the challenges of evaluation in your work.

To register at the conference please go to:

EASY-ECO Saarland Training on Evaluation of Sustainability

Date: 13th to 17th April, 2009
Venue: Lund, Sweden

The next training opportunity within the EASY-ECO series of conferences and training courses will be held from 13th to 17th April, 2009, in Lund, Sweden. The training will focus on the areas of evaluation of energy and sustainable consumption policies and programmes. The training will consist of an e-learning phase (mid-December 2008 to March 2009), and the 5-day on-site case training.

EASY-ECO Trainings explore key elements in sustainability evaluation such as roles  of evaluation in the policy cycle, aproaches to evaluation, stages of evaluation, methods and techniques to conduct evaluation, and evaluation markets. After attending one of the trainings, participants will be able to conduct actual evaluation projects as full-fledged members of an evaluation team. In addition, the trainees will be embedded in a thematic network of leading scientists and practitioners. Continue reading “EASY-ECO Saarland Training on Evaluation of Sustainability”

Training on Evaluation of Sustainability, by EASY-ECO Saarland

Date: 20th to 24th October, 2008
Venue: Saarbrücken, Germany

The next training opportunity within the EASY-ECO series of conferences and training courses will be held from 20th to 24th October, 2008 in Saarbrücken, Germany. The training will focus on the areas of strategic environmental assessment (SEA) of regional development programmes and evaluation of climate protection initiatives, water management programmes and environmental education. This is the first training with a new structure: an e-learning phase lasting 3-4 months, followed by a 5-day on-site case training (for details, see Continue reading “Training on Evaluation of Sustainability, by EASY-ECO Saarland”

Checklist designed to guide evaluations of sustainability

(from Xceval email list)
Dear members of the XCeval list:

I would like to remind you of an opportunity to provide feedback on a
checklist designed to guide evaluations of sustainability for
sustainability. Many of you have already expressed an interest or
provided feedback.

Your knowledge, expertise, and experience is highly valuable for
improving the checklist to assure that it is complete, correct, and

The checklist has been developed based on a literature review and
provides guidance for general evaluation tasks as well as criteria of
specific relevance to sustainability. Specifically, it distinguishes
between evaluation OF sustainability (i.e., How well an evaluation
object is being sustained?) and evaluation FOR sustainability (i.e., How
well does an evaluation object address the larger concerns faced within
sustainable development?).

If you agree to participate, I will provide you with the checklist and
a survey that asks questions about the checklist and about your
professional background. In addition to the time required to read the
checklist, the survey will take approximately 20 minutes of your time.
The survey will be open until May 5, 2008. Your responses will be
treated confidentially. If you know of any person who may be interested
in this project and who is not on this listserv, please forward this
e-mail respectively.

If you are interested in participating in the study and willing to
volunteer some of your valuable time for providing critical feedback on
the checklist, please reply favorably to my personal e-mail address: I will respond to you with a copy of the
checklist and the survey. Please indicate if you prefer taking the
survey via a web-based link or a word document in which you can save
your answers.

If you decide to participate, you will receive a synthesis of the
responses to the survey as well as the improved checklist for use in
your organization.

Best wishes,


Daniela C. Schroeter
PhD Candidate in Interdisciplinary Evaluation
Western Michigan University Evaluation Center
Associate Editor of the Journal of MultiDisciplinary Evaluation
Office: 269-387-5895
Skype ID: daniela.schroeter

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