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A hierarchy of evaluation organizations is slowly emerging. At the global level are organizations such as the International Organization for Cooperation in Evaluation (IOCE) and the International Development Evaluation Association (IDEAS). The IOCE is a loose coalition of some 50 regional and national evaluation organizations from around the world. The mission of the IOCE is to legitimate and strengthen evaluation societies and associations by promoting the systematic use of evaluation in civil society. Its intent is to build evaluation capacity, develop principles and procedures in evaluation, encourage the development of new societies and associations, procure resources for cooperative activity, and be a forum for the exchange of good practice and theory in evaluation.

The initiative to establish IDEAS arose from the lack of an international organization ...

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