My warm thanks to all who contributed to the first round of discussion on the Global Evaluation Agenda 2016-2020! The dates of the 2nd EvalPartners Global Forum have now been set. The global evaluation community will review and endorse its 2016-2020 agenda in Nepal on 23-25 November 2015. This makes possible another round of exchanges about for our Society’s contribution to that agenda.
We have already reached the conclusion that all Voluntary Organisations for Professional Evaluation (VOPEs) – including EES – will have to tackle a more complex and comprehensive agenda. In particular you have stressed the need for more dynamic advocacy for the evaluation discipline; greater emphasis on gender- and equity responsive evaluation; more systematic outreach to decision makers; promotion of individual evaluator capabilities through peer review, education and training; and an enhanced role for the evaluation function in national governments, European bodies and international institutions.
Two more policy emphases might be added to this list: 1) environmental sustainability; and 2) private sector evaluation. Fortunately EES Thematic Working Groups have been exploring both issues. I would invite all EES members to engage in a debate about how best to integrate these priorities in the Global Evaluation Agenda 2016-2020.
Shaping a strong and relevant vision is one thing. Implementing it is another. How will VOPEs in general and EES in particular mobilize the energies and resources required to tackle a more ambitious agenda? What approaches do you recommend for eliciting the volunteers and raising the funds needed to address priority challenges? How can we better share, exchange, learn and work together? What kinds of partnerships should we construct? I would greatly value your ideas about how we can turn our joint vision into reality.