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Conference: Communicating Evidence for Sustainable Development

Apr. 04, 2018 - Apr. 05, 2018

A conference for sustainable development

This conference aims to seek clarity in the role that communication can play in generating and using evidence for sustainable development. How can evidence generated by research, monitoring and evaluation, dialogue, et cetera be better used to influence decision making and transformational change? What are other factors at play when influencing transformational change processes and how can we deal with this? What role can communication play in all of these processes? And what does this mean for you as a development professional?

Key conference questions

What do we understand by ‘evidence’?
What are challenges and opportunities in the generation and use of evidence to influence sustainable development?
What role can communication play in transformational change processes in general and in the generation and use of evidence for sustainable development specifically?

Inspiring keynote speakers

We are happy to have excellent keynote speakers, who will set the scene for the conference.

Noelle Aarts: Professor of Socio-ecological Interactions, Radboud University Faculty of Sciences. The most inspiring communication Prof in the Netherlands (2017).
Irene de Goede: Global Monitoring, Evaluation & Learning Advisor at Oxfam Novib. Irene will share key ideas from the ‘Evidence for Influencing’ conference (#OxfamEvid), organised in October 2017.

Contribute and engage

We invite you to contribute and engage in interactive and reflective sessions, and workshops. You can submit ideas for a workshop relevant to the conference theme. This can be a presentation and discussion around a case, methodology or theory, or a dialogue to generate insights and ideas. Please send your ideas to before the end of January to 

This conference is for you

We invite those involved in (sustainable) development initiatives, from government, international organisations, civil society, private sector, M&E and academia.

Conference organisers 

This conference is the tenth annual ‘M&E on the Cutting Edge’ event organised by the Wageningen University & Research, Wageningen Centre for Development Innovation (WCDI).

Related events

This conference is one of the events organised in celebration of the 100th anniversary of Wageningen University & Research and linked to the SDG Conference 'Towards Zero Hunger'. It builds on the conference 'Evidence for Influencing' organised by Oxfam.

Conference products

Conference products include presentations, background information, and a conference report.

Conference programme (tentative)

Wednesday, 4 April 2018: morning - keynotes and reflections; afternoon - workshops

Thursday, 5 April 2018; morning – workshops; afternoon - converging reflection sessions


Campus of Wageningen University & Research, Wageningen, the Netherlands

Conference fee & registration

€395, including coffee/tea, lunch and closing drinks.

Students and WUR colleagues: €175

You can register here

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