The Evaluation Division of the European Investment Bank convened a high-level conference on Picking up the pace: Evaluation in a rapidly changing world on 6 March, 2023 at the EIB headquarters in Luxembourg.
It brought together around 200 in-person and online participants from the European and international evaluation community, as well as practitioners from international finance institutions and multilateral organisations, to discuss the changing landscape of evaluation and how institutions can learn from the past to better prepare for an uncertain future.
Building on futures thinking and strategic foresight, the conference opened with a reflection on how institutions are adjusting to the uncertain and rapidly changing environment in which they operate, and how evaluation functions can contribute to this process. It emphasised the importance for organisations to envision multiple futures to become more adaptable and resilient. Participants discussed how evaluation functions can integrate strategic foresight and futures thinking in their work to contribute to strategic decision-making.