Mission Statement

The UK Evaluation Society was established in 1994 and is the principal professional organisation for evaluation in the UK. We aim to provide leadership on evaluation and believe that evaluation makes an important contribution to human endeavour.

Our membership is open to all who work in or are affected by evaluation – this includes evaluation commissioners, evaluators, users of evaluation evidence, members of the public both here in the UK and elsewhere in the world.

We aim to be diverse and inclusive society, including the active participation in the society of all with an interest or involvement in evaluation regardless of age, disability, gender, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex or sexual orientation.

Our mission

On behalf of our members we will strive to:

  1. 1.  Promote the value of evaluation and evaluative thinking in policy and strategy, service delivery, initiatives and programmes across sectors and funding environments
  2. 2.  Strengthen all aspects of evaluation practice by clarifying and encouraging good practice across the evaluation life-cycle – including the commissioning, design and delivery, and use of evaluation.
  3. 3.  Encourage and support innovation and change in evaluation practice and where appropriate, foster the adoption of new approaches and methods.
  4. 4.  Protect and promote principles of equality, diversity and inclusion and ethical practice across the evaluation community.

How we work

We aim to enact our mission, sometimes working with other organisations where appropriate to enhance our impact, through a range of practices including:

  • connecting and networking the community of those commissioning, working in and using evaluation
  • provision of learning and training events
  • convening – stimulating debate on topical evaluation issues and evaluative practice
  • providing professional guidelines for evaluation practice for commissioning and the delivery of evaluation
  • providing resources to support ethical considerations in evaluation
  • sharing evaluation materials and news
  • reaching out to wider audiences to advocate for and represent evaluation.