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Hi members,

How time flies - the next EvalTalk is already close upon us. If you had missed the first one, the Event page has been updated with the recording from the session.

Event details:
EvalTalk: "Key Performance Indicators: Realistic Solution or Unnecessary Distraction for Results Management?"
Sunday, 3 October 2021
Time: 5pm (MYS UTC+8)
Registration link:

Moderated by Dr Hari Ramalu Ragavan, the panellists are:
  1. Scott Bayley – International Evaluation Consultant; former Principal Consultant for Monitoring & Evaluation & Learning at Oxford Policy Management
    (OPM) for the Asia Pacific region
  2. Prasantha Abeykoon – Integrated Results Based Management/Monitoring & Evaluation specialist
  3. Nurshafenath Shaharuddin – Former Monitoring & Evaluation Officer with UNDP Malaysia, and current President of MES.
More details on the session including expected takeaways can be found here on the event page.

The last EvalTalk event: "Evaluation & Budgeting: Are they compatible bedfellows?" have also updated its event detail page with a recording from the session:

(direct link if the embed isn't working)

News from the Field

Other news: regional VOPE survey from APEA

The Asia-Pacific Evaluation Association has just published the results from their survey of regional VOPEs, from the Promoting National Evaluation Policy and Systems theme group. You can download the report on their site.


Unfortunately, MES, despite being a founding member, was not and has not been involved in the organisation of recent APEA activities. The reason for it has been shared with the APEA leadership in a letter dated December 2020. You may download the full letter here.

The main thrust of the letter is regarding the legal status of APEA, which was originally established in Malaysia. It had been deregistered by ROS Malaysia due to non-submission of returns since 2015. Consequently, a new APEA has been registered and established in the Philippines. Unfortunately MES has not been able to establish if this establishment followed due process of setting up a new entity.

The current MES management committee have made every effort to reconnect with APEA at management level to highlight the matter as well discuss how to maintain cordial relations. Regardless, I am not able to update you, the MES members, any further, as APEA has communicated to me, that the matter of their constitution cannot be shared publicly, despite being a non-profit organisation.

However, I recognise that the current body operating under the name APEA is still continuing to promote the agenda of evaluation with many activities that may be of interest to you. Therefore, please do continue to explore their offerings as they may be suitable for you. Only note that unfortunately for the reasons outlined above, MES currently is not a member of the new APEA.

Sharing Knowledge: Got a Query?

As those who are part of the WhatsApp group may be aware, members are already taking the opportunity to share opportunities but also questions for feedback. MES would like to restart our regular EvalKlinik sessions, where such practical questions have an opportunity to be shared and responded to.

We're currently collecting queries and questions. Please do use this form or reply to this email directly. We're collecting questions on a rolling basis.

Don't forget to follow our twitter @MsiaEvalSoc, where we do regularly share such news. And if you have similar news, don't forget to reply to this email, or just email directly.
Thanks for reading. See you soon!

Malaysian Evaluation Society