The Asia Pacific Evaluation Association (APEA) is a regional organization for national, thematic, and sectorial evaluation associations, networks, or groups in Asia.
APEA was successfully launched on the 14th of September 2012, during the last day of the Malaysian Evaluation Society (MES) Conference. The First General Assembly was held during this event when the formal inaugural launching was made. Another General Assembly followed in Chiang Mai, Thailand on December 7, 2012 at the sidelines of the EvalPartners International Forum held on December 5-6, 2012.
The Charter and By-laws of APEA were approved after much effort and the Interim Officers and Board Members were subsequently elected. Finally in 2013, legal registration was received in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, where APEA is now headquartered.
APEA is not a membership organization of individual members, but one of its aims is assisting individual evaluators in their development of national, thematic, and sectorial evaluation associations, networks or groups in their specific region, sector, or thematic work area.
The main aim of APEA is to improve the theory, practice, use, and institutions of evaluation through:
1. Establishing and promoting ethics, professionalism, and exemplary standards in evaluation practice in the Asia-Pacific region;
2. Providing forums for discussions of ideas, including association publications, seminars, workshops and conferences in the region;
3. Promoting transparent and accountable governance (in relation to M&E) in the region;
4. Promoting inclusiveness and linking members who have similar evaluation interests regionally and globally;
5. Facilitating education and training in matters related to evaluation;
6. Recognizing outstanding contributions to the theory and/or practice of evaluation in the region;
7. And any other matters consistent with the above themes.