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Special Issue "Evaluating SDGs—Measuring and Managing Projects, Programs and Policies"

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050). This special issue belongs to the section "Sustainable Engineering and Science".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 March 2019)

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Assoc. Prof. Dr. André Martinuzzi

Head of the Institute for Managing Sustainability, Vienna University of Economics and Business, Vienna, Austria
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Interests: corporate social responsibility; evaluation; science–policy interfaces; responsible innovation
Guest Editor
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Meyer

Deputy Director of the Center for Evaluation, Saarland University, Germany
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Interests: evaluation; capacity building; approaches and methods; development cooperation; environmental policy
Guest Editor
Dr. Andrew Jenkins

Visiting Fellow: Judge Business School, University of Cambridge, UK; BRAC Institute of Governance and Development (BIGD), BRAC University, Dhaka, Bangladesh
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Interests: impact assessment; monitoring and evaluation; rural development; water resource management

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

In 2015, the General Assembly of the United Nations endorsed Agenda 2030, including globally valid Sustainable Development Goals. Monitoring and evaluation are explicitly mentioned as key success factors for achieving the SDGs. However, these efforts have to deal with a high level of complexity, potential trade-offs, interconnectedness and systemic effects, as well as different perspectives and interests of various actors. While the present discussions mainly focus on indicators, evaluation is only rarely addressed—although some debates are taking place in different, but only loosely linked, scientific communities. Bringing together these different discussions is the goal of this Special Issue.

This effort is especially necessary in times when evidence-based policy making is disregarded and false claims of fake-science undermine the credibility of sound scientific methods. A resilient society needs reliable and supportive evaluations of interventions implemented for reaching commonly shared goals on different levels (policies, programs, projects, etc.). Therefore, a critical reflection on the institutionalization of evaluating SDGs in the public and private sectors may provide new insights on how to improve both the quality and impact of such kind of tools, methods, and scientific approaches.

We encourage researchers and practitioners to submit papers that

  • Provide sound background information on the respective project, program or policy, its governance system and the way monitoring and evaluation of SDGs is implemented
  • Elaborate on the evaluation approach and link it to the current scientific debate, as well as to sustainability
  • Present evidence on experiences, challenges and lessons learned (and are therefore neither concepts not pure theoretical contributions) regarding the evaluation approach and/or the implementation of SDG evaluation
  • Critically reflect and discuss the transferability and generalizability of specific cases
  • Highlight contributions to the scientific debate, as well as to the practice of implementing SDGs

Assoc. Prof. Dr. André Martinuzzi
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Meyer
Dr. Andrew Jenkins
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Sustainability is an international peer-reviewed open access semimonthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1700 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • Sustainable Development Goals
  • SDG
  • Evaluation, Assessment, Review, Voluntary National Reviews, Appraisal, Auditing, Impact, Materiality, Monitoring and Reporting Systems

Published Papers

There is no accepted submissions to this special issue at this moment.
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