Discussions and Findings from an Expert Meeting
Held 20 November 2014 at The Netherlands Permanent Representation to the UN
Benchmarks, metrics, results, impact and evaluations have been trending topics within the international security community. Now, 2015 promises to witness a crescendo in this mounting wave of attention for data, as the Sustainable Development Goals are further specified into targets and indicators. In recognition of the salience of the topic and need for reflection, in late 2014 an expert meeting of policymakers, practitioners and researchers was convened to discuss the political nuances and operational challenges of designing, applying and interpreting security progress measurements. This report seeks to capture the debates, lessons and innovations that emerged from the day’s discussions. The meeting, which was held under the Chatham House Rule, benefited from the deep and varied experience of the speakers, as well as the critical reflections offered by the participants. The organisers would also like to acknowledge the staff of The Netherlands Permanent Mission to the UN, for assisting with coordination and generously hosting the event in their New York mission.
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