The Establishment of A VOPE for the Caribbean – Snippets of the History

This evolving post curates pieces of the history of Caribbean Evaluators International, a VOPE for Caribbean Evaluators at home and in the Diaspora.

                            The Rally Call – Caribbean Evaluators International                              By Meegan Scott, Founding Board Chair


The vision, commitment, aspirations, passion, needs, wants, obstacles, preferences, rights, and responsibilities that fueled the drive to deliver a VOPE for Caribbeans by Caribbeans.

Who planted the seed to act in my mind? An opportunity presented for VOPEs on the EvalPartners learning network.

Up and Running Despite the Odds

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Caribbean Evaluators International timeline 2013 to 2015 history of CEI CEI timeline

2013: Recruitment and mobilization of the Region

February 25, 2014: The CEI is delivered (Voted into being)

May 2014: Recognized by International Organization for Cooperation in Evaluation (IOCE)                                                                                                                          July 2, 2014: Caribbean Evaluators International is Incorporated in Jamaica                                                                                                                                              September 2014: CEI hosts Caribbean Evaluators (CEI) Week

October 2014: The Leader of Jamaica’s Opposition, The Hon. Andrew Holness, MP endorses the CEI and sends his message.

Then leader of the Opposition of Jamaica, the Honourable Andrew Holness, MP


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December 13, 2014: The first Charter VOPE is delivered in Jamaica. Partnership with the Centre for Leadership and Governance, Department  of Government (CLG), University of the West Indies, Mona deepened for the event.

The Bajan Reporter – First CEI Charter Voluntary Organization of Professional Evaluators (VOPE) established in Jamaica

Mobilization of the Dominican Republic and Haiti has started.

2015: Launch of EVALYear 2015

Mobilization of Trinidad, Dominica, and Barbados has started.

The Bajan Reporter – Caribbean Evaluators International (CEI) Week: Wednesday 1st October to Thursday 4th October

CaribDirect,  JA — Caribbean Evaluators International Week

Int’l Year of Evaluation 2015: Message to Caribbeans


The Plan of Action 2014-2015

caribbean evaluators international VOPE strategy and actions 2014 -2015 plan

Prepared by Meegan Scott, 2014

The brick and mortar spaces were physical VOPE meeting homes in each territory. Modelled off the Toastmasters International Programme, it was adapted to suit the learning, networking, and growth needs of evaluators, supporting professionals, and the CEI.





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Left Behind: Authorship and Missed Opportunities for Professional & Business Growth

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Left Behind: Authorship and Missed Opportunities for Professional & Business Growth

Who has been left behind?

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Immigrant professionals and entrepreneurs who studied and left behind their professional and social networks are also left behind. Second, third, and fourth generation Caribbean immigrants can also be left behind given, the gap in entrepreneurial experience of the Caribbean Immigrant Community compared to other groups.

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Whether you are pursuing social or commercial entrepreneurship The Noësis presents the right opportunity to balance authorship and growing your business.  For the young graduate and new researcher, you have an easy opportunity to publish. For the expert or academic, paraded before you is the opportunity to publish, or benefit and contribute by serving as editor or peer-reviewer of works. Our double-blind peer-review process gives both authors and reviewers a sense of ease and objectivity in selecting pieces as well as in providing reviews.

Submission deadline

The Noësis is a hybrid Magazine/Professional Journal geared towards C-level executives, entrepreneurs, researchers, practitioners, and consultants with an interest in strategy, marketing, evaluation, organizational assessments, international trade, entrepreneurship, and international development. It will be circulated to senior executives, business owners and libraries.

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Submit your paper for the Fall Edition today!  Deadline: August 30, 2018.

Opportunities for reviewers and editors are still available. Submit your reviewer or editor’s profile today!

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