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.



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.


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.


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.

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.

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