The International Development Evaluation Association (IDEAS) was inaugurated in September 2002 to help fill a gap in the international evaluation architecture.
IDEAS' mission is 'to advance and extend the practice of development evaluation by refining methods, strengthening capacity and expanding ownership', with a particular focus on developing and transitional economies.
IDEAS focuses on three major themes:
- Enhancing Conceptual Thinking in Development Evaluation
- Governance and Accountability for Development
- Strengthening Development Evaluation Practice
IDEAS' strategy aims to promote and advance evaluation especially in partnership with regional and national associations as a key tool for sustainable development effectiveness, transparency and accountability in policy-making, social and organisational learning.