About Us

Our mission is to increase public awareness and globally validate evaluation, and support VOPEs in contributing to good governance, effective decision making and strengthening the role of civil society.

Evaluation is a means for program, organizational and social improvement.

The IOCE represents national and regional Voluntary Organization for Professional Evaluation (VOPEs) in the Americas, Africa, Asia, Australasia, Europe and Commonwealth of Independent States, and the Middle East. It strengthens international evaluation through the exchange of evaluation methods, theories and practice, and promotes good governance and recognition of the value evaluation has in improving peoples’ lives. It is committed to cultural diversity, inclusiveness and bringing different evaluation traditions together in respect of that diversity.

 

Mission

Increase public awareness and globally validate evaluation, and support VOPEs in contributing to good governance, effective decision making and strengthening the role of civil society.

Mandate

Contribute to building evaluation leadership and capacity, especially in developing countries; advance the exchange of evaluation theory and practice worldwide; address international challenges in evaluation; and assist the evaluation profession to take a more global approach to contributing to the identification and solution of world problems.

Strategic Priorities

Core priority areas:

• Provide leadership in evaluation worldwide
• Encourage and support organisational capacity building for evaluation organisations
• Facilitate communications and sharing of ideas across the global evaluation community

Internal governance strategy to support the core priority areas:

• Effective governance, management, and strategic direction of IOCE

The IOCE’s mission and strategic priorities are fully outlined in the Strategic Plan and this Infographic.

History

IOCE History by Donna Mertens - 2005

1997 – National evaluation associations formed a panel to discuss the international nature of evaluation and the creation of a worldwide evaluation community.

1998 – Presidents of the American Evaluation Association, Associazione Italiana di Valutazione, Australasian Evaluation Society, Canadian Evaluation Society, Kenyan Evaluation Association, and the United Kingdom Evaluation Society discussed entering into partnership during a plenary session of the American Evaluation Association conference.

2000 - The W. K. Kellogg Foundation awarded a grant enabling the presidents and official representatives from 15 regional and national evaluation organizations to attend a residency meeting in Barbados that led to the development of a framework for the International Organization for Cooperation in Evaluation (IOCE).

2001 – The IOCE was formally endorsed.

2003 – Representatives from 24 evaluation associations and networks from around the world launched IOCE at an Inaugural Assembly in Lima, Peru.

2012 – IOCE and UNICEF launched the EvalPartners Initiative to build and strengthen the global network of relationships between existing and emerging VOPEs.

EvalPartners’ International Forum on Civil Society’s Evaluation capacities in Chiang Mai, Thailand brought together more than 80 representatives of VOPEs, donors organizations and governments that are engaged in Evaluation Capacity Development (ECD). Participants signed the EvalPartners Chiang Mai Declaration , committing themselves to EvalPartners’ objectives and principles.

2013 – IOCE, under the Project Cooperative Agreement with UNICEF, launched EvalPartners Peer-to-Peer (P2P) Program, which encourages two or more VOPEs to form partnerships to strengthen their capacities. Thirty two national and six regional VOPEs formed 25 partnerships to design and implement P2P projects.

2014 – IOCE and EvalPartners conceived the concept of the Year of Evaluation. EvalPartners was successful in having 2015 declared the International Year of Evaluation (EvalYear) during the Third International Conference on National Evaluation Capacities in São Paulo, Brazil. EvalYear aims to advocate and promote evaluation and evidence-based policy making at international, regional, national and local levels.
Taskforces continued to expand.
The concept of EvalGender and EvalParliament were initially discussed.

2015 – EvalPartners was successful in having 2015 declared the International Year of Evaluation (EvalYear) during the Third International Conference on National Evaluation Capacities in São Paulo, Brazil. EvalYear aims to advocate and promote evaluation and evidence-based policy making at international, regional, national and local levels.

2016 – With the continuing assistance from the Government of Finland, EvalPartners offers further P2P grants to encourage VOPEs to work together, also for innovative approaches to evaluation through an Innovation Challenge.
Dynamic evaluators from developing countries were offered to opportunity for mobility grants to attend conferences to contribute to the evaluation sector and build their own, and their VOPE’s capacity.
Grants were made to Regional VOPEs to hold regional conferences to facilitate national evaluation capacity development.

2017 – The Third Global Evaluation Forum organized by EvalPartners took place in Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic from April 25 to 28, 2017. It brought together government representatives, parliamentarians, development partners, foundations, the private sector, universities, the civil society, and the evaluation community.
EvalPartners networks reported on progress of the EvalAgenda 2020, particularly in support of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
The Bishkek Partnership Statement was signed by partners in the presence of the Speaker and Vice-Speaker of the Parliament of the Kyrgyz Republic.
EvalPartners established two Flagship Programmes 1. Support for National Evaluation Systems and 2. Evidence Matters campaign.

2018 – EvalPartners with the assistance of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation and the US State Department continued support for the P2P and Toolkit activities, with a particular focus on peace and equity.
Network activities across all networks expanded and each network developed its own workplan which was supported through EvalPartners funding, as well as support from other partners directly to each network.

2019 – EvalColombo in September 2019 brought together 200 plus delegates from 76 countries and all regions, including 112 Parliamentarians. The inauguration of the event was graced by His Excellency the President of Sri Lanka, Hon. Prime Minister and the Hon. Speaker of the Parliament.
The Colombo Declaration was signed at EvalColombo by participants to progress national evaluation systems worldwide.
In late 2019, EvalPartners commenced preparations towards a Global Evaluation Forum in 2020.

2020 – Given the challenges faced with the global COVID-19 pandemic, the proposed Global Forum did not proceed, but a series of on-line events were held.

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