Evaluation Community of Practice

The 2012 CGIAR Evaluation Policy  sets the basis for the creation of an Evaluation Community of Practice (ECOP) under the leadership of the IEA and in collaboration with SPIA and the Consortium which have responsibilities for impact assessment and monitoring respectively.

The ECOP is open to membership by “all those in the CGIAR having significant evaluation responsibilities as part of their job descriptions”. The ECoP aims to strengthen evaluation across the CGIAR, by building a strong network of staff who are able to design, commission and manage evaluations, by supporting evaluation staff with access to peer support and other resources, and by enhancing joint planning.  Facilitated and supported by the IEA, the ECoP will also provide resources for evaluation staff, and provide a platform where members can raise and discuss any problems and for regular feedback to the IEA.

ECoP – Online platform

To visit the evaluation community of practice online platform, please visit:


The online platform provides a space for evaluators across the CGIAR to discuss common issues, collaborate with community members, as well as access relevant infomration for evaluators. It provides a virtual area for sharing of information across the community and with IEA.

ECoP Workshop and Annual Meetings

2016 annual meeting and workshop

Upcoming annual meeting of ECOP and MEL-COP:

October 10-14 2016 in Rome, Italy.  

Contact IEA for more information.

2015 annual meeting and workshop

The annual meeting for CGIAR evaluation community members is scheduled to be held from 11-13 November 2015.  Bringing together evaluation focal points from across the CRPs and Centers, the meeting will explore the current evaluation framework and plans in relation to the new Strategy and Results Framework (SRF), and in light of the upcoming CRPII.

Sessions will explore the implications of the new SRF on accountability and how evaluation can assist in providing evidence of progress and address issues while implementing the new CRP portfolio.  In addition, as many of the CRP would have completed their own CRP commissioned evaluations, community members will share experiences and knowledge, with lessons learned captured for future exercises.

Collaboration with UN food and agriculture agencies on technical seminar: Enhancing the evaluability of Sustainable Development Goal 2
ECOP members will also be invited to participate in an event being co-organized by IEA and the evaluation offices of the food and agriculture agencies of UN (World Food Programme, Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), and IFAD) on enhancing the evaluability of Sustainable Development Goal 2: “End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture”.  The event will provide an opportunity to critically reflect on the experiences from previous attempts made to monitor and evaluate pgress towards the MDGs. It will identify the pitfalls that should be avoided as well as the foundations that have been laid and need to be laid with regards to monitoring and evaluation (M&E) at national and global levels, which may enable the SDGs to be effectively evaluated in the future.

A summary of the workshop and meeting, and potentail next steps is available here.  

2014 annual meeting and workshop

The 2014 meeting of CGIAR evaluators was held from 24 – 26 September  2014 in Rome, Italy.

img-20140926-wa0005_0The three day meeting included information and knowldge sharing sessions from across CGIAR and from IEA on experiences and lessons learned from evaluations.  This was followed by a professional training on practical approaches to assessing outcomes in complex programmes, whereby .

The meeting brought together over 21 evaluution focal points from acrtoss CGIAR to discuss developments in their areas of work, and share experiences and information.

The workshop involved a variety of activities including presentations, card exercises, group work and discussions to facilitate the  engagement of the community in sharing, learning, planning and decision‐making. Most of the workshop involved break‐out groups and roundtable discussions, which are not captured in detail, however, the report aims to highlight main discussions and focus of the workshop.

A summary of the meeting, including information on the monitoring and evaluation systems in CRPs, is inlcuded in the ECOP 2014 summary report. The report provides an overview of the workshop sessions, focusing mainly on the key discussion topics, decisions and next steps.

2013 ECOP meeting – launching a community 

Representatives across the CGIAR and CRPs, ranging from managers to staff with responsibilities on monitoring and evaluation and impact assessment came together in October 2013 to launch the Evaluation Community of Practice.  The workshop focused on the challenges and opportunities, and on defining the scope and potential ways forward for the ECoP.  Held in Rome, Italy,  the first ECoP meeting provided an opportunity for networking and discussing common challneges and ways forward.  The workshop, which will be held annually, aims to build a stronger community of practice and enhance joint panning and knowledge sharing of evaluations across the CGIAR.

A summary of the workshop can be found here


The first ECoP worksop – Rome, Italy (October 2013)