How to contribute

Join EES in contributing to EvalYear 2015!

EvalYear  is well underway. This collective evaluation movement focuses on  the role of monitoring and evaluation in good governance for equitable and sustainable human development. It is intended to act as a catalyst for thinking, debate and action at international, regional, national, and sub-national levels.

Following its endorsement at a series of evaluation conferences in 2013 and 2014 the United Nations General Assembly designated 2015 as the International Year of Evaluation on December 19th,  2014.  The resolution led by Fiji received widespread official support from European representatives. It asked all United Nations member countries to strengthen their evaluation capacity and report on progress in 2016.

As a contribution to EvalYear 2015 EES will organize a seminar at the European Parliament in Brussels about the role of evaluation systems in Europe and beyond in May 2015. In addition EES is exploring how best to contribute to a UNESCO sponsored Paris event (autumn 2015) about evaluation use.  EES will also be an active participant at a Helsinki event featuring debates about the future of evaluation that is likely to bring together several Nordic evaluation societies.

Other evaluation events throughout the world include:

  • Evaluation Week organized by the Institute of Applied Manpower Research (IAMR) and Planning Commission of India held from January 19-23, 2015 in Delhi, India;
  • Middle East and North Africa Evaluators Network’s EvalMENA Conference to be held in Cairo, Egypt, from February 23-26, 2015;
  • Latin-American and Caribbean Monitoring, Evaluation and Systematization Network (RELAC) 4th International Conference to be held in Lima, Peru, from March 9-13, 2015;
  • United Nations Evaluation Group (UNEG) evaluation week to be held in New York, USA, from March 9-13, 2015;
  • UK Evaluation Society Conference to be held in London, UK on May 13 and 14, 2015;
  • Canadian Evaluation Society (CES) conference to be held in Montreal, Canada, from May 24-27, 2015 under the theme "Evaluation for the world we want";
  • Swiss Evaluation Society (SEVAL-GEN) evaluation conference on September 3 and 4, 2015;
  • Australasian Evaluation Society (AES) conference to be held in Melbourne, Australia, in September 2015 (conference website);
  • International Programme Evaluation Network (IPEN) conference to be held in the last week of September 2015;
  • National Evaluation Capacities conference and International Development Evaluation Association (IDEAS) Global Assembly to be held in Bangkok, Thailand, in October 2015;
  • American Evaluation Association (AEA) conference to be held in Chicago, USA, from November 7-15, 2015;
  • Global Evaluation Week to be held from November 30 to December 4, 2015 at the Parliament of Nepal in Kathmandu.

As a further contribution to EvalYear EES is determined to participate actively in the far flung consultative process that started in September 2014 and will culminate in November 2015 in Kathmandu when a 2016-2020 Global Evaluation Agenda will be officially launched at the EvalPartners Global Forum, to be held at the parliament of Nepal. EES will be represented at this final EvalYear event.

The Global Evaluation Agenda 2016-2020 will feed into networked action planning by key stakeholders involved, with the aim of increasing synergies and efficiencies to leverage comparative advantages of diverse stakeholders and achieve sustainable and equitable development results.

The initial phase of the consultation process was held online and it was started with live webinar facilitated by Marco Segone, Director- Evaluation, UN Women/ Co-chair – EvalPartners; Deborah Rugg, Chair, UNEG; and Rob van den Berg, President, IDEAS. Following the webinar, an online consultation was initiated on EvalPartners LinkedIn group. The eight weeks long online consultation was facilitated by UNEG, IOCE, IDEAS and EvalPartners.

In 2015, the consultation will go on face-to-face in global and regional events. Each event will pass-over to the next one the “evaluation torch”, to symbolize that the consultation will be enriched by each additional event and, finally, presented at the EvalPartners Global Forum at the parliament of Nepal.

In order to feed into this debate your Society will collect views from Europe and beyond using the interactive blog feature of the website. Please join into the conversation in the EES Blog.

NOTE: The previously announced seminar to be hosted by the European Parliament about "The role of evaluation systems in Europe and beyond” will not take place as originally planned.