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International Year of Evaluation 2015

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International Year of Evaluation 2015
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Ideas for the EvalYear 2015

The new EES vice president, Riitta Oksanen, asked me yesterday: Why do we need NESE? Isn´t EES enough? Well, we live in network societies and the complexities of everyday life are carried out by networks of networks. The Network of Evaluation Societies in Europe (NESE) comprises national evaluation societies, whereas the European Evaluation Society (EES) consists of individual and institutional members. They have different interests, purposes and strategies. However, the  NESE-EES workshop, held in Warsaw, early this year demonstrated that we have a lot to learn from each other´s practices.  It was truly inspiring. The event was financed by the Peer-to-Peer (P2P) programme of EvalPartners/IOCE which promotes good governance through strengthening the evaluation capacity of VOPEs – national and regional Voluntary Organizations of Professional Evaluators – all over the world. Among the outcomes of the workshop, was the idea of NESE and EES preparing a joint message for the International Year of Evaluation in 2015 on, what is evaluation and how it has evolved in Europe.

NESE and EES members are both working on the proposals for this year, which will be debated at the EES Biennial conference in Dublin, early October.  Together we can start now to throw ideas that we can share nationally or regionally. Events, workshops, seminars, videos, performances on and about evaluation in diverse forms and types are welcome.  Jiri Remr from the Czech Evaluation Society created an excellent Communication Matrix on how to proceed with our ideas. (see attached). Lets start working!

Liisa Horelli

Finnish Evaluation Society (FES)