The IOCE Board of Trustees and the EvalPartners Management Group met in Helsinki on March 11 to 14 (Do you wonder what the IOCE and EvalPartners are and how they differ? More information on the international partnership page of the CES website). Key to the agenda of these meetings were:
- A hand-over meeting from the old to the new IOCE Executive Committee following the normal ending of the mandates of three out of four members at the end of 2017;
- Discussions of the EvalPartners governance model: EvalPartners is a five-year old initiative that has been operating as a start-up and was in need of some structural formalization;
- Planning for EvalPartners new flagship initiatives: (1) a program to strengthen national evaluation systems in 16 countries over the coming three years and (2) a series of global actions to promote the importance of evaluative evidence in good governance;
- Exchanges with representatives of the Finnish government (a key funder for EvalPartners from 2015 to 2017) about the achievements of EvalPartners and EvalSDGs in particular and about the Finnish approach; to the Sustainable Development Goals and their evaluation.
- An IOCE discussion about current programs and the strategic plan.
I represented the Canadian Evaluation Society and the Réseau francophone de l’évaluation at these meetings. I am glad to report that both the IOCE and EvalPartners perform at exceptional pace considering the resources available: the IOCE is fueled by generous volunteer energy from all regional evaluation associations from around the world while EvalPartners, in addition to strong volunteer support, has secured funding from the United States Department of State (2017-2019) and the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (2017-2020). The new EvalPartners governance model will emphasize agility and effectiveness while ensuring strong coordination among the many parts of this initiative. The flagship programs will be launched momentarily and will harness the contributions of all EvalPartners Networks (EvalSDGs, EvalYouth, EvalIndigenous, EvalGender+, and the Global Parliamentarian Forum for Evaluation). Meanwhile, the IOCE drives the global conversation on the professionalization of evaluation, continuously updates the Toolkit which supports the work of national evaluation associations, and leads the efforts to organize evaluators at the national level.
Benoît Gauthier, CE