EvalPartners History


With the adoption of the EvalAgenda road map in January 2021, EvalPartners continue the stocktake and engagement exercise of EvalAgenda2020 at various conferences and events, including gLOCAL and the European Evaluation Society’s first virtual conference. It launches a stakeholder engagement survey in March 2021.

EvalPartners publishes the Evaluation of the Strategic Plan 2018-2020 and continue to engage stakeholders in internal workshops, as well as conferences to validate and share findings and recommendations.

At the High Level Political Forum in July 2021, EvalPartners together with the Governments of Nigeria, India and Argentina as well as the WFP, UNICEF, UN Women and IDEAS host a side event titled Country-led Evaluation of the SDGs: the missing piece of the jigsaw?

EvalPartners and UNEG collaborate to host the first-ever UNEG EvalPartners Partnership Forum, strengthening collaboration between the two organizations. It takes place exactly one year after the EvalPartners Virtual Reunion on 12 November 2020.


EvalPartners commissions an independent evaluation of the EvalPartners Strategic Plan 2018-2020.

The EvalAgenda taskforce meets for its inaugural meeting to commence the review process of EvalAgenda2020. A road map is proposed to drive forward the EvalAgenda review process in four steps: stocktaking, stakeholder engagement, co-creation of EvalAgenda2030 and dissemination & advocacy.

In the context of Covid-19, EvalPartners hosts a first-ever Virtual Reunion with the eval family on 12 November. It also launches a dedicated Evidence Matters microsite to display evidence stories as part of the EvalPartners Flagship 1 and Flagship 2 programmes.


The EvalPartners Executive Committee adopts a new Governance Structure.

EvalPartners participates in a High Level Political Forum panel discussion titled: 4 Years into the 2030 Agenda: Exploring National Evaluation Capacities. It launches the Evidence Matters programme at the event with representatives of the EvalNetworks.


The EvalPartners Strategic Plan 2018-2020 – a product from the third Global Evaluation Forum in Bishkek, is adopted for implementation.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Finland, UNICEF, the International Institute for Evaluation in Development (IIED), and the EvalSDGs network first tables the idea of a UNGA Resolution to Promote Country-led Evaluation of the SDGs at a joint retreat in Helsinki, Finland.

In 2018, the Global Parliamentarian Forum for Evaluation (GPFE) in collaboration with EvalPartners, the Sri Lanka Parliamentarians Forum for Evaluation and Sri Lanka Evaluation Association, organized EvalColombo2018, on the theme of Responsible Parliaments: Embracing Evaluation for Agenda 2030.


The Third Global Evaluation Forum takes place in Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic from 25-28 April. Two EvalPartners flagship programmes, Strengthening National Evaluation Policies & Systems (Flagship 1) and Evidence Matters (Flagship 2) are conceptualised at the event. The EvalNetworks develop a two-year road map and commit to the launch of the two flagship programmes.

The Forum results in the development of the Bishkek Partnership Statement on a renewed engagement to work together to transform our world through evaluation, as well as a report of the same title.


EvalPartners harnesses the global advocacy and outreach efforts that culminated in declaring 2015 “International Year for Evaluation” (EvalYear’2015) by a resolution of the United Nations General Assembly.

The global evaluation community meets at the second EvalPartners Global Evaluation Forum from 23-25 November in Kathmandu in the context of Global Evaluation Week to commemorate the International Year of Evaluation (EvalYear) and launch the 2016-2020 Global Evaluation Agenda.

It is also the birth the five EvalNetworks established to drive forward the EvalAgenda, EvalYouth, EvalGender+, EvalIndigenous, the Global Parliamentarian Forum for Evaluation and EVALSDGs.


The parliamentarians’ movement for evaluation gains increased traction. Particularly between 2014-2015, regional parliamentarians’ fora are created in Africa, East Asia, Latin America and the MENA regions.

The EvalYear Evaluation Torch is lit at the UN building in New York in December 2014 and travels all over the world in 28 countries, ending at the Second EvalPartners Global Forum in Nepal (2015) to culminate the celebration of the International Year of Evaluation.


The number of regional, national, and international VOPEs increases from 15 in 1999 to more than 188 by the end of 2013. A new type of VOPE also emerges in early 2013: the Parliamentarians Forum on Development Evaluation (PFDE) in South Asia, a self-organized group of members of Parliament from South Asian countries interested in advancing evaluation in their countries.


EvalPartners is borne in April 2012, as a joint vision of IOCE board members and UNICEF, at an IOCE board meeting in Accra. The First Global Evaluation Forum takes place in Chiang Mai, Thailand, in December 2012 and is the foundation for the future of EvalPartners with the Chiang Mai Declaration.


The International Organization for Cooperation in Evaluation (IOCE) is established in 2003 as an umbrella organization for Voluntary Organizations for Professional Evaluation (VOPEs).