The IDEAS Global Assembly 2011 was held in Amman, Jordan, from 11 to 15 April.
The theme for the 2011 Assembly was "Evaluation in Turbulent Times: The Crises of Food, Fuel, and Finances." This addressed one of the most pressing problems and challenges of the developing world--how to cope with the consequences of economic turbulence. Times of turbulence are disruptive to all countries, but especially so to those that are developing. The Assembly brought together global experts to discuss the ramifications of this turbulence, specifically in the areas of food, fuel, and finances. They discussed the challenges, the realities, and the ways forward. To date, no evaluation association anywhere in the world (and now now there are more than 50 of them) has taken on this theme for their annual meeting. Thus this IDEAS Assembly was ground breaking and innovative.
Papers, panels, and small group discussions addressed all three of these substantive areas and their implications for development evaluation. In addition, three keynote speakers addressed these issues at Assembly-wide plenary sessions.
As with the 2009 Assembly, it is planned that a book including the key papers and presentations will be prepared for publication.
The complete Conference Programme has been provided, and in order to simplify searches for documents, the conference papers have been grouped into several broad topics which follow the programme (see below).