The scope of the United Nations Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (DESD) was broad and its potential effects were far-reaching. The DESD aimed to reorient education towards sustainability, which in turn had the potential to impact the way people think. For this reason it was important to look at ways in which one could effectively monitor progress and capture learning in the process of implementation. Given the wide scope of Education for Sustainable Development (ESD), both quantitative as well as qualitative data were important in monitoring and evaluating the Decade.
Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) was one of the seven implementation strategies enshrined in the International Implementation Scheme (IIS). The M&E strategy underscored the importance of developing adequate and relevant indicators at all levels – local, national and international – and for each initiative and programme within the framework of the Decade.
Learning for a Sustainable World: DESD M&E Report series
The “Learning for a Sustainable World” DESD M&E report series was published during the Decade in 2009, in 2012 and in 2014. The reports corresponded to the DESD M&E phases. A well-defined monitoring and evaluation process that included relevant methodologies and indicators was the basis for the development of the DESD M&E reports.