The EES was initiated in 1992 and registered in 1996 as a non-profit association. The first official board was elected in autumn 1995 and started its work in January 1996. Since the start of the Society, it has organized thirteen biennial conferences in as many European countries.
The mandate of the European Evaluation Society (EES) is to stimulate, guide and promote the theory, practice and utilization of evaluation in Europe and beyond. The vision is a world where evaluation contributes to human welfare through social learning. Specifically, EES seeks to advance evaluation knowledge and to encourage adoption of good practices by fostering evaluation excellence, independence and partnerships. EES activities aim to support improved enabling environments for evaluation, stronger communities of practice, relevant evaluation research and enhanced evaluation methods. This mission is aligned with recent changes in the policy environment. Evaluation in Europe is becoming an essential part of decision making processes at national and Commission levels. Demand for quality evaluation services is rising. This trend parallels a remarkable burgeoning of evaluation initiatives at the international level. Increasingly, governments, private companies and voluntary organizations are resorting to evaluation to assess the merit, worth and value of their policies, programmes and processes.
Membership in the European Evaluation Society gives evaluators and organizations/institutions access to a body of knowledge and network of professionals, involved in evaluation in Europe and elsewhere. Membership fee includes subscription to Evaluation, The International Journal of Theory, Research, and Practice, as well as other benefits such as reduced fees for conferences, access to membership area, events etc.
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