EvalPartners, formed by the International Organization for Cooperation in Evaluation (IOCE) and the UN, is an innovative partnership whose members are Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) and Voluntary Organizations for Professional Evaluation (VOPEs). Together, these partners strive to influence policymakers, public opinion, and other key stakeholders into recognizing the need on effective evaluation as necessary to any important decision.
EvalPartners has credibly demonstrated its capacity to bring together organizations from across the globe in order to enhance evaluation capabilities of VOPEs and individual members. 2015 was successfully declared the International Year of Evaluation by the United Nations General Assembly, and launched the Global Evaluation Agenda for 2016-2020 at Nepal’s parliament in 2016.
Since 2013, EvalPartners and its partners have been working to promote and develop evaluation as a mainstream tool to be used by policymakers and decision-makers everywhere. It created and launched e-learning resources on its website, easily accessible to anyone wanting to learn evaluation skills. Apart from its online modules, EvalPartners has also launched online toolkits, with curated descriptions, tools, advice, examples, software and toolboxes developed by VOPEs and other organizations working to support non-profit organizations.
EvalPartners’ Peer-to-Peer (P2P) grant mechanism is an effective method in fostering South/South and triangular cooperation by encouraging two or more VOPEs to form partnerships to share advice and lessons learned when it comes to evaluation practices.
Networks have also been launched in order to strengthen evaluation practices for certain specific issues, such as integrating evaluation methods when measuring Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), gender-responsive evaluation, and promoting young evaluators to become future leaders in the field.
HighlightsEvalPartners/IOCE Final report to MasterCard Foundation EvalPartners Annual Narrative Report to UN Women 2014-2015 EvalPartners Annual Progress Report to Unicef November 2013 – December 2014 Eval Partners Global Evaluation Agenda
Mapping of existing Voluntary Organizations for Professional Evaluation
EvalPartners is proud to inform that the results of the Mapping of existing Voluntary Organizations for Professional Evaluation (VOPE) is now accessible for those who are interested.
The International Organization for Cooperation in Evaluation (IOCE)1 and UNICEF, in partnership with several major organizations, launched an innovative partnership to enhance the capacities of Civil Society Organizations (CSO) to influence policy makers, public opinion and other key stakeholders so that public policies are based on evidence, and incorporate considerations of equity and effectiveness. The objective of the Initiative is to enhance the capacities of CSOs to engage in a strategic and meaningful manner in national evaluation processes, contributing to improved country-led evaluation systems and policies that are equity-focused and gender equality responsive.
The expected outcomes of this initiative are three-fold:
A. Voluntary Organizations for Professional Evaluations (VOPEs)2 have a strengthened Institutional capacity
B. VOPEs are able to play a strategic role within their countries, contributing to country-led evaluation systems and policies that are equity-focused and gender equality responsive, including by having better access to support by regional and international networks/associations (including IOCE and the more developed VOPEs) and institutions (including, inter alia, UNICEF), sharing lessons learned of similar experiences in other countries, and peer to peer mutual support.
C. VOPE members have stronger evaluation capacities, including by attending live webinars with international keynote speakers; e-learning programmes; mentoring programmes; and training organized by local institutions and more developed VOPEs.
The initiative foresees the mapping, documentation and sharing of VOPE’s good practices and lessons learned; a peer to peer mutual support programme and triangular cooperation; the use of social networking, social media and knowledge management systems; and the organization of an International Forum on CSO’s evaluation capacities organized in December 2012 in Thailand.
EvalPartners is guided by the principles stated in the Chiang Mai Declaration ( Arabic, English, French, Spanish, Russian ) and endorsed by the Forum’s Participants. EvalPartners’ Governance ensures an effective decision-making system.
If your VOPE or no-profit organization would like to join EvalPartners, or for additional information, please contact: Ziad Moussa or Colin Kirk, EvalPartners Co-chairs. If you would like to join an EvalPartners Task Force, please click here for additional information.
1 IOCE is the international association representing national and regional Voluntary Organizations for Professional Evaluation (VOPE) in Americas, Africa, Australasia, East Europe and Commonwealth of Independent States, and the Middle East. For additional information, please visit www.ioce.net
2 Since a number of different names are used to describe these groups, the term Voluntary Organizations for Professional Evaluation (VOPEs) has been introduced. VOPEs include formally constituted associations or societies, as well as informal networks. Their memberships are open to not only those who conduct evaluations but also to those who commission and utilize evaluations and those engaged in building the evaluation field
EvalPartners International Forum on Civil Society’s Evaluation Capacities
Within the EvalPartners initiative, an International EvalPartners Forum was organized on 3-6 December 2012 in Chiang Mai, Thailand, with the aim of strengthening evaluation capacities of Civil Society Organizations (CSO) in general, and Voluntary Organizations for Professional Evaluations (VOPEs) in particular.
The Forum facilitated the sharing of good practice and lessons learned by VOPEs and others engaged in Evaluation Capacity Development (ECD), while identifying EvalPartners priorities to be implemented in 2013.