IDEAS was conceived to help build a community of development evaluators through a professional association that would be:

  • global
  • voluntary
  • inclusive and pluralistic
  • responsive to the particular needs of developing and transition countries
  • an advocate for networking, capacity building, and exchange of knowledge
  • led with representative governance
  • proactive in supporting regional and national efforts to promote development evaluation.

Proactive support was offered by DFID, DGIS, SDC, World Bank, and UNDP.