This section provides some information on how to connect regionally and internationally with other evaluators and evaluations organisations.
Even if a VOPE operates in only one country or sub-region of a country, it is still important that it connects regionally and internationally with other VOPEs because this provides opportunities for shared learning, mobilization of resources and more effective use of resources. The International Organization for Cooperation in Evaluation (IOCE) publishes information on international, national and regional VOPEs which could help a VOPE to find other evaluation associations in its area.
A VOPE can network and collaborate with other VOPEs in many different ways, for example;
A list of organisations that a VOPE might consider connecting with or joining is:
The IOCE (Source: http://ioce.net/members/why_join.php) urge associations to join them as follows:
Your organisation can and should – be part of an international movement that:
“There [BD1] is tremendous scope for exchanges of home-grown and country-driven solutions, ideas and experience to support capacity development in evaluation. In this context, EvalPartners aims to strengthen the evaluation capacities of CSOs through triangular cooperation and peer to peer support and mutual learning, and by taking advantage of new ICT technology to facilitate networking and learning.“
“The American Evaluation Association is an international professional association of evaluators devoted to the application and exploration of program evaluation, personnel evaluation, technology, and many other forms of evaluation. Evaluation involves assessing the strengths and weaknesses of programs, policies, personnel, products, and organizations to improve their effectiveness. AEA has approximately 7700 members representing all 50 states in the United States as well as over 60 foreign countries.” (Source: ABOUT AEA http://www.eval.org/p/cm/ld/fid=4)
“Networking and Community:
Membership includes participation in up to five of AEA’s 40+ Topical Interest Groups, each one a professional community of colleagues with similar interests and professional foci. Members also receive regular newsletters and electronic updates regarding the latest happenings in the field and the Association, and a listing in and access to the AEA Online Membership Directory, a key resource for networking among colleagues.“ (Source: AEA, Benefits of AEA membership, http://www.eval.org/p/cm/ld/fid=9)
“African Evaluation Association (AfrEA) is a non-profit umbrella organisation of national monitoring and evaluation associations and networks operating in Africa, as well as a leading source of quality evaluation methodologies essential for individual evaluators in countries where bodies do not exist. (Source: www.afrea.org)”
“The Australasian Evaluation Society (AES) is a member based organisation which exists to improve the theory, practice and use of evaluation in Australasia for people involved in evaluation including evaluation practitioners, managers, teachers and students of evaluation, and other interested individuals.” (Source: http://www.aes.asn.au/about-us/about-the-aes.html)
“The Asia Pacific Evaluation Association (APEA) has been successfully launched on the 14th of September 2012, during the last day of the Malaysian Evaluation Society (MES) Conference. APEA is a membership organization for national, thematic and sectorial evaluation associations/networks and groups in Asia.
APEA is as such not a membership organization of individual members, but one of its aims is assisting individuals in their development of national, thematic and sectorial evaluation associations/networks and groups in their specific region, sector or thematic work area.” (Source: About us http://www.mes.org.my/apea/index.php/aboutus)
“EvalMenaNet is an informal network of stakeholders concerned by monitoring & evaluation in development work in the Middle East and North Afica (MENA) region. It aims at promoting and strengthening the M&E culture and practice in the region at all levels.” (Source: https://dgroups.org/dgroups/evalmenanet)