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Sara Vaca

EES is warmly encouraging us to submit proposals for the upcoming, exciting next EES Conference that will take place from the 1st to the 5th October in Greece. I was wondering about why they are interested in us, European-ish (somehow related with Europe) evaluators, EES members, presenting roundtables, panels, posters or even pre-conference workshops.

And that made me remember all the reasons why every time I go to a conference, I submit proposals to try to contribute. Here’s why I do it:

Mariana Branco

The UNDP-NEC Conference that took place in Istanbul (16-20 Oct. 2018) is behind us and we can look back to a very interesting event with special contributions from members of EES TWG on Private Sector Evaluation.

Mariana Branco

On the 12th October 2017 EES attended the annual conference of the Hellenic Evaluation Society represented by Mariana Branco - EES board member. It was an excellent venue with an high quality and very strategic audience. There were participants from greek academia, public bodies and consultancy firms. The EES presence was very much appreciated by our colleagues.

Mariana Branco

The development of evaluation capacity depends on our ability to correspond with the needs of young and emerging evaluators. In addition, it is crucial to promote a more active inclusion of the next generation of evaluators in the debate and priorities set for evaluation in the context of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Barbara Befani

#EES2018 Conference Programme Coordinator: a tough job which gives you a unique insight on the evaluation field!

Apply by August 21.

Riitta Oksanen

Riitta Oksanen is the President of the EES. She works as a senior advisor at the Finnish Ministry for Foreign Affairs, Development Evaluation Unit. In this post Riitta discusses a new EES initiative - the ‘Voluntary Evaluator Peer Review’ (VEPR) process to promote evaluation professionalism - with Bob Picciotto who leads the EES Professionalizing Thematic Working Group and Pam Oliver who is leading the EES’s pilot of the VEPR.

Key Points

Riitta Oksanen

Riitta Oksanen is the President of the EES. She works as a senior advisor at the Finnish Ministry for Foreign Affairs, Development Evaluation Unit. In this post Riitta diablogues with André Martinuzzi who is founding director of the Institute for Managing Sustainability at the Vienna University of Economics and Business (

Riitta Oksanen

Riitta Oksanen is the President of EES. She works as a senior advisor at the Finnish Ministry for Foreign Affairs, Development Evaluation Unit. In this post Riitta triangulates with Fredrik Korfker former Chief Evaluator of the EBRD and now active as development finance consultant focusing on the private sector and Marvin Taylor-Dormond, current Director of Independent Evaluation for Financial, Private Sector and Sustainable Development at the World Bank Group.

Key points:

  1. Market-oriented development initiatives, often supported by public funds, are an essential part of efforts to achieve the global development commitments. Evaluation in this field is ongoing – but is the service industry involved in the evaluation of social impact investments willing to work together with the development evaluation community?
  2. Evaluating market-oriented development implies finding a balance between the rapid efficiency of the industry, and thinking through the systematic application of evaluation standards in this context. It is essential that evaluation approaches be aligned and responsive to the private sector/market-base nature of operations, instead of lazily adapting public sector practices. 
  3. Bringing together the stakeholders for dialogue is the best way forward, and urgently needed.
Robert Picciotto

There is no ‘immaculate conception’ in the birth of a profession.  Professionalization is driven by the collective exertions of a cohesive occupational group competing in the public arena. Thus, medicine triumphed over homeopathy. Psychiatry took over the terrain of personal relationships previously occupied by the clergy. Accountants fought their way from book keeping and cost accounting to management advisory services.