Evaluation societies and associations play a significant role in strengthening national M&E systems. These organisations help foster the professional development of evaluators and evaluation managers, provide platforms for knowledge exchange, and advocate for good evaluation practices within countries.
VOPEs often engage with the government, civil society, and donor organisations to endorse evaluation practices and promote evidence-based policy-making.
These societies and organisations promote the sharing of ideas, best practices, current research and projects. They can be involved with running events, conferences and, training workshops or courses to help members build their skills and knowledge of evaluation theory and practice.
Some associations focus only on evaluation, like the Brazilian Evaluation Network; others explicitly cover M&E, like the Zambian Monitoring and Evaluation Association.
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 issues 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 recognised, 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."
As a starting point, some country-specific organisations have been listed below:
Please get in touch to suggest additional organisations to this list.
Zimbabwe: Zimbabwe Evaluation Society (ZES)
Asia Pacific Region: Asia Pacific Evaluation Network
- Development Evaluation Society of India (DESI)
- Evaluation Community of India (ECOI)
Malaysia: Malaysian Evaluation Society
Mongolia: Mongolian Evaluation Society
New Zealand: Aotearoa New Zealand Evaluation Association (ANZEA)
South Asia: Community of Evaluators (South Asia)
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)
IOCE (2014) 'Evaluation Organizations' in International Organization for Cooperation in Evaluation [Website]. Retrieved from: http://www.ioce.net/en/evaluationOrganizations.php
Global Evaluation Initiative (2022). MESA Guidance Note: Diagnostic Tool for a Monitoring and Evaluation Systems Analysis. Retrieved from https://www.globalevaluationinitiative.org/mesa
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