Evaluation societies and organisations are an important pathway for developing evaluation capacity. These societies and organisations promote the sharing of ideas, best practice, current research and projects. They can be involved with the running of events, conferences and training workshops or courses to help members build their skills and knowledge of evaluation theory and practice.
Evaluation societies and associations are often nonprofit organisations, open to those working in or interested in evaluation. Many societies and associations may charge a small annual membership fee to offset running and organisational costs. Discussing specifically Voluntary Organisations for Professional Evaluation (VOPES), the IOCE notes that:
"VOPEs are important, first and foremost, as professional networks or guilds where evaluators and commissioners of evaluation can meet and discuss issue of mutual interest including promoting the profession, strengthening member evaluation competencies, finding employment opportunities, partnering for professional collaborations, etc. As the evaluation profession as a recognized, distinct profession is less than 20 years old, VOPEs have important roles to play in helping governments and civil society in their countries to understand what evaluation is, and the role evaluation can play in supporting better informed public policy and decision making." (IOCE, 2014)
In the resources below you will find links to some extensive lists of evaluation organisations and societies. As a starting point, a some country specific organisations have been listed below:
Egypt: Egyptian Research and Evaluation Network (EREN) (Link currently broken - please let us know if you have a working link for this network)
Zimbabwe: Zimbabwe Evaluation Society (ZES)
Australasia: Australasian Evaluation Society (AES)
- Development Evaluation Society of India (DESI)
- Evaluation Community of India (ECOI)
New Zealand: Aotearoa New Zealand Evaluation Association (ANZEA)
Caribbean: Caribbean Evaluators International (CEI)
Belgium:Vlaams Evaluatieplatform (Flemish Evaluation Platform) (VEP)
Czech Republic: Czech Evaluation Society (CzES)
Denmark: Dansk Evaluerings Selskab (DES)
Switzerland: Swiss Evaluation Society
USA - Arizona: Arizona Evaluation Network (AZENet)
Brazil: Rede Brasileira de Monitoramento e Avaliação (Brazilian M&E Network)
The International Organization for Cooperation in Evaluation (IOCE): IOCE is a network that brings together national and regional evaluation associations from around the world. On its website you can find extensive lists of international, national, and regional evaluation organizations.
Monitoring and Evaluation NEWS - M&E email lists: This list brings together a suite of M&E email lists from around the world. The lists presented offer a good starting point for evaluators looking to stay connected with evaluation organisations, news, current practise and events, and includes general purpose lists, lists focused on specific evaluation themes issues or methods, and country specific lists.
IOCE (2014) 'Evaluation Organizations' in International Organization for Cooperation in Evaluation [Website]. Retrieved from: http://www.ioce.net/en/evaluationOrganizations.php