Voluntary Evaluator Peer Review

The European Evaluation Society invites its members to participate in the newly established Voluntary Evaluator Peer Review. Participants will receive a Certificate of Completion signed by the EES President.

What is the VEPR?

The VEPR is a low-cost, structured and personally customised process of professional development involving self-assessment and self-reflection around the EES Evaluator Capabilities. The VEPR model is designed to help evaluation practitioners, in any evaluation role, to identify your own particular practice issues, and develop creative, practical solutions to those.  It combines guided self-reflection and collegial dialogue with two trained VEPR Peer Reviewers who are senior EES members, via email and videoconferencing, through rigorous but non-judgmental peer support. The review process is completely confidential, allowing you to focus exclusively on your evaluation practice issues. The VEPR process helps you to reflect critically on what you do and why, how your practice can be enhanced, and how to plan and implement your own professional development.

How will you benefit?

  • Extensive, personalised professional development support from two senior Peer Reviewers
  • Solutions to your self-identified practice issues
  • A personalised professional development plan
  • A VEPR Certificate of Completion and digital badge for your professional use
  • A 3-year listing on the EES website’s VEPR Evaluator Index 
  • Opportunities for new collegial and professional mentoring relationships
Read the VEPR Impacts Evaluation Report 2019 here.

You can read more about the VEPR professionalisation goals and processes in the VEPR Concept Document, or by watching former EES and UKES Board member Robert Picciotto discuss the value of VEPR to both individual evaluators and the evaluation profession.

Get started!

To apply for a VEPR review, download the application form. For further information about applying, contact the EES Secretariat at secretariat@europeanevaluation.org.


Launching the VEPR, EES President Bastiaan de Laat said, “I’m proud to support the Voluntary Evaluator Peer Review as an important innovation in evaluation professionalisation. The VEPR develops professional practice through encouraging individual practitioners to critically examine their own performance, in a safe, confidential and inclusive context, based on the EES’s Capabilities Framework, and supported by senior practitioners. In this way it facilitates good practice not only by individual evaluators, but also by the Society and indeed the profession as a whole. I strongly recommend the VEPR to EES members as a way to strengthen your day-to-day practice.”

Here’s what other EES Board members have said about their benefits from undertaking a VEPR experience.

“I highly appreciated the first chance ever to discuss my professionalism and fields of doubts in an open but safe environment.”  Weronika Felcis (Poland, EES Board member)

“The ideas and inputs were not only helpful for me but can be taken into use by my [work] unit. The VEPR is leading to both individual and institutional learning. How beneficial it is to share, work together – and also fun!” Riitta Oksanen (Finland, former EES President)

Read other experienced evaluators’ testimonials and the VEPR Pilot Evaluation Report on what reviewees have gained from the VEPR experience.

What does it require from you?

A willingness to reflect critically on your evaluation practice, through email and videoconferencing with the two trained, supportive Peer Reviewers, normally over a period of 6-8 weeks. The 75€ fee covers direct administrative costs to the EES; the Peer Reviewers donate their time to you gratis.

Who can apply?

To apply, you must:

  • Be a member of the EES
  • Have worked at least 3 years full-time equivalent in evaluation or evaluation-related activities
  • Have completed a relevant university qualification or equivalent professional development training.

More about how the VEPR works