IDEAS first Constitution was proposed by a Steering Committee of nine members (six from developing countries and three from developed countries). It was approved and adopted on 8th September 2002, in Beijing (China), when a Constituent Assembly launched IDEAS, elected a widely representative Board composed of ten members, approved a three-year workplan and budget.
Over time amendments became necessary, to follow the historical functioning of the Association, preserving its principles.
The latest Constitution was approved by the members and published in 2018.
By-laws on the Nomination and Election of Board Members, as per Article 44 of the IDEAS Articles of Association, were developed, approved and adopted in 2018, facing requirements of the growth of the membership and the renewed interest in being part of IDEAS Board.IDEAS By-laws
The strategy allows paying members to publish original work on international development evaluation-related topics to meet the following short-term objectives:
- Give visibility to practitioners and decision-makers with no prior track of publications;
- Disseminate evaluation-related ideas on topics and/or countries rarely mentioned in mainstream peer-reviewed evaluation literature;
- Encourage IDEAS members to document and write about their own evaluation practice on a more regular basis (not only in response to the call for conference proposals launched every two years before the IDEAS General Assembly);
- Use the publication of articles and other items posted on the IDEAS website as the entry point for further dialogue and mutual intellectual and professional enrichment among the Association’s members.
Likewise, it is expected that the implementation of the publication policy will contribute, in the long run, to advance and further IDEAS members’ practice of development evaluation, thanks to the strengthening of their capacity and their uptake of innovative evaluation methodologies.
Under the Leadership of Linda Morra Imas, guidelines for the overall functioning of the ITIGs were then proposed and approved by the Board. These guidelines constituted the basis for the current policy, here published.
In May 2018, the IDEAS Board published a policy concerning IDEAS and compliance with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). The policy informs members how IDEAS manages and stores member data, and what happens to the data should membership expire. The policy promises members that IDEAS will only ask members for data that is required for registering membership; that this data visible will only be visible to the member concerned through their online account in the IDEAS website; and that this data will only be used by the Board for the purpose of serving its members better.
Members are automatically subscribed to the IDEAS newsletter which is issued once a month. Members are also added to the IDEAS mailing list for more direct correspondence. Those wishing to unsubscribe from the newsletter and mailing list should inform the IDEAS Coordinator.
Ensuring the privacy of your data is important to us and you can read or download the Board approved policy on “IDEAS and the General Data Protection Regulation” here.
IDEAS is a UK-registered limited by guarantee (No. 1098370).
The Trustees (who are also Directors of the charity for the purposes of the Companies Act) present their annual report together with the IDEAS financial statements whose fiscal year runs from October to September.
This legal status obliges IDEAS to follow the Statement of Recommended Practice (SORP) “Accounting and Reporting by Charities”, issued in March 2005. The Financial Reports of the last five years, here published, comply with these regulations.
Members can download IDEAS Financial reports from the document library.