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How it started

Founded in 1992, EES is the regional Voluntary Organization for Professional Evaluation (VOPE) for Europe. Our primary goal is to promote the theory, practice and utilisation of high-quality evaluation in Europe and beyond.

 Our flagship event is the biennial conference. Since the mid-1990s our conferences brings together hundreds of evaluators and evaluation commissioners from Europe and abroad. The conferences have made their mark in the evaluation community, offering a unique opportunity for building evaluation capacity.

The Mandate and Vision

The mandate of the European Evaluation Society (EES) is to stimulate, guide and promote the theory, practice and utilization of evaluation in Europe and beyond. Our vision is a world where evaluation contributes to human welfare through learning. Specifically, the EES seeks to advance evaluation knowledge and to encourage adoption of good practices by fostering evaluation excellence, independence and partnerships. EES activities aim to support improved enabling environments for evaluation, stronger communities of practice, relevant evaluation research and enhanced evaluation methods.

The Mission

This mission is aligned with recent changes in the policy environment. Evaluation in Europe is becoming an essential part of decision-making processes at national and Commission levels.  Demand for quality evaluation services is rising. This trend parallels a remarkable burgeoning of evaluation initiatives at the international level. Increasingly, governments, private companies and voluntary organizations are resorting to evaluation to assess the merit, worth and value of their policies, programmes and processes.

EES Goals

In pursuit of its goals EES values creativity, diversity and inclusiveness. We focus on the promotion of ethically sound, culturally sensitive and action-oriented evaluation practices. We strive to be responsive to members’ aspirations and concerns and to forge connections among a wide range of perspectives and insights. We wish to be perceived as a regional hub for evaluation excellence and advocacy. We are intent on accelerating professionalization of the evaluation discipline and the development of evaluation capabilities.

EES Biennial Conferences and Events

EES organises biennial conferences that have made their mark in the evaluation community. We also host webinars and parter on in-person events that bring together evaluators, evaluation managers, evaluation commissioners and professionals from diverse backgrounds and disciplines. Finally we reach out to other global, regional and national evaluation societies and networks and we give privileged status to evaluation initiatives that promote social justice, gender equity, democracy and the good anthropocene.