IDEAS was launched thanks to crucial support from donor organisations and has subsequently received financial support from many donors. In 2009, IDEAS started organising biennial Global Assemblies that were well funded by donor contributions, allowing evaluators from all over the world to attend these events. IDEAS also received grants for publications and its work on professionalisation. Over time, donor involvement has shifted and, although a full historical overview of donor support for IDEAS has not yet been assembled, it is important to acknowledge how funding provided by so many organisations has enabled the growth of the global development evaluation profession. There has been great appreciation for this support amongst the members.

The 2017 IDEAS Global Assembly was an integral part of the Joint Conference in Guanajuato (December 2017). We hereby acknowledge and express our sincere gratitude for the grants and support received from the following organizations:

African Development Bank
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Caribbean Development Bank
Center for Learning on Evaluation and Results - Latin America and Caribbean
Climate Investment Funds
Fomento de Capacidades en Evaluación
German Institute for Development Evaluation
Global Environment Facility
The Government of the State of Guanajuato
Inter-American Development Bank
Independent Office of Evaluation, International Fund for Agricultural Development
International Initiative for Impact Evaluation
International Organization for Cooperation in Evaluation
Policy and Operations Evaluation Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, The Netherlands
Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency



IDEAS has partnered with many organizations over time. Over the past five years, these partnerships have become more formal in nature. IDEAS Vice President Susan D. Tamondong initiated the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Malaysian Evaluation Society, which expressed a mutual wish to attend each other's events and collaborate on other issues, such as professionalisation. The IDEAS Board developed a standard MOU because of this initiative. Furthermore, the Board decided to discontinue partnership agreements with national Voluntary Organisations for Professional Evaluators (VOPEs), of which there are many, and instead to focus on formal partnership agreements with regional associations and networks, and thematic networks of a global nature.

Three regional collaborative arrangements have been signed:

  • The agreement with partners for the Joint Conference on Evaluation for the Sustainable Development Goals, including regional networks ReLAC and RedLACME (as conference co-conveners), and a number of others as hosts such as the Government and University of Guanajuato. This partnership culminated in the well-attended conference in Guanajuato, Mexico, on 4-8 December, 2017. As follow up to the conference, ReLAC and IDEAS are discussing a possible MOU to guide further collaboration between the Latin America network and the global development evaluators association.
  • An MOU with the Asian and Pacific Evaluation Association (APEA).
  • An MOU with the Caribbean Evaluators International (CEI), signed during the IDEAS Annual General Meeting on 8 December 2017 in Guanajuato, Mexico.

Both MOUs can be found in the IDEAS' members document library.

IDEAS is also active in Evalpartners and is a member of IOCE.