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Fellows are the life and blood of the Academy

Academy Fellows include eminent evaluation thinkers, highly experienced evaluators, mid-career practitioners, as well as young, and emerging evaluators (YEEs).

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Fellows volunteer to work for the Academy

The Academy will support Fellows to work together to initiate, design, and implement initiatives that fall within its priorities

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Fellows can apply for small grants

Academy activities are volunteer driven. However, in some case, operational expenses can be met and Fellows can apply for small grants (normally US$10,000 or less).

The Academy engages in partnerships with evaluation societies and networks, universities, research institutes, think-tanks, civil society organizations, philanthropic foundations, and private firms. Partners agree to collaborate and support each other in areas of mutual interest, including evaluation research; evaluation advocacy; evaluation education; training; professionalization; transformational evaluation; evaluations without borders; and expert evaluation services. Such partnerships are primarily defined by memoranda of understanding endorsed by the Board.



Following the successful implementation of the small grants program, the Academy will begin encouraging fellows to set up ‘hubs’, with the assistance of partners and in concert with local or regional evaluation associations. Such hubs operate autonomously under Board oversight to design programs, implement projects and pursue initiatives aligned with Academy goals. They cut across disciplines; respond to diverse country and regional concerns; and facilitate cross-sector involvement in pursuit of strategically important social aspirations, e.g. the Sustainable Development Goals.

Friends of the Academy consist of individual and institutional donors who recognize that evaluation is a public good and a key instrument of democratic governance and corporate social responsibility. They include foundations, international organizations, government agencies, private corporations and individuals who share the vision of a strong and vibrant evaluation community, operating across borders and dedicated to a world where governments, private corporations and civil society organizations are accountable to citizens and learn from experience to achieve a world where peace, justice and respect for nature prevail and where development benefits all.

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Fellows contribute to the work of the Academy in a volunteer capacity, are eligible to apply for Academy small grants and to use the IEAc Fellow designation after their name.

To be eligible to become a Fellow and to remain in good standing, you must have:

  1. significant involvement in evaluation activities – research, education training, practice, management, commissioning, etc.;
  2. commitment to Academy purposes principles and values; and
  3. willingness and ability to contribute to evaluation excellence, advocacy, and social relevance.