A transformative statement that I liked very much: “We will address important effects in any of these domains (social, environmental, and economic sustainability) regardless of whether these were recognized in the design and implementation of the intervention.”

However, I can’t find in the Declaration anything about mechanisms of transformation and the need to detach evaluation from dominant power structures. How will evaluators become autonomous about these power structures? How will evaluation ‘talk truth to power’?

Furthermore, inclusiveness does not relate only to the marginalised groups – at least if one accepts the motto of 99% of the excluded population. United Nations or Eurobarometer reported that a strong majority of the world’s population, between 60% and 80%, does not feel represented by their governments.

Nothing found about evaluation as a way of thinking about transformative problems of the world. Evaluation is observed as a technique, instead of an independent ‘the third culture’ of reasoning about the world, besides science and philosophy.

So my humble suggestion: start a transformation with the transformation of a global structure of evaluation organisation that learned sweet talking instead of enhancing transformation or organising social action of evaluators.

Bojan Radej