The IDEAS Competencies Framework for International Development Evaluators, Managers of Evaluations, and Commissioners of Evaluations was approved and adopted by the Board of Directors in January 2012. It is the product of the volunteer efforts of many IDEAS members, under the guidance of Linda Morra Imas, chair of various IDEAS Initiatives. The document reflects revisions made in response to comments made by IDEAS members and international evaluators. Detailed criteria underlying the competencies are provided. The IDEAS competencies framework is based on a three part premise:
- There is a core set of competencies that all who are development evaluators or development evaluation managers should look to, wherever they work. That is, the core competencies of development evaluation are basically the same regardless of whether a development evaluator or manager works, for example, out of Belgium, Bhutan, Botswana, Brazil, Bulgaria, or Uganda, Ukraine, the United Arab Emirates, or the United States;
- The core competencies are the same whether the development evaluators or development evaluation managers work for a bilateral development organization, a developing country ministry, a large or small non-profit, or a university;
- Each organization will have its own context-specific competencies to add to this core set. It is expected that the Competencies Framework shall be periodically revisited and revised, as IDEAS engages in a continuous process of self-reflection and examination for leveraging effective professional development evaluation.