Lars Soeftestad



Member profile details

Membership level
Regular VOPE Membership
Acronym of VOPE
Primary Contact's Full Name
Lars Soeftestad
Email Address
1. Full name of VOPE
Bulgarian Monitoring and Evaluation Network
2. Acronym of VOPE
3. Primary contact's name
Lars Soeftestad
4. Primary contact's email

Organizational Identification

10. Website
11. Address of organization (VOPE)
POPOV & Partners
1000 Sofia, 4 Sveta Nedelya square, fl.4
12. Year organization (VOPE) founded
13. Current status
2. Formal association/society (charter and bylaws adopted)
14. VOPE legally recognized by government?
2. Not yet (but we're working on it)
15. Geographic scope
17. Country


20. Number of dues-paying official membership
22. Total current number of members


32. Name of president/chairperson
Lars Soeftestad
34. How active would judge your VOPE's leadership to be?
5. Very active - creatively organizing frequent events to serve our members
35. Paid secretariat staff
36. Means of communication
  • 1. email listserv
  • 2. social media
  • 4. website
39. VOPE Institutional Capacity Toolkit
1. No (at least not yet)

VOPE Activities and Affiliations

40. Purpose and mission
The Statutes, article 5 states:

"The Association is established to support the development of active civil position and empowerment of civil society for monitoring and evaluation of the economic, fiscal and social policy from the perspective of their effects on achieving faster growth and more competitive economy. In this context, the Association will work for:

1. creation, implementation and development of the network potential among other national evaluation networks in the countries neighboring Bulgaria and at international level;
2. development and expansion of the national partner network of non-profit organizations and independent media for exchange of good practices and interaction for monitoring of management processes;

3. stimulating the link between science, education and business as a factor for dynamic and sustainable growth, attracting expertise to solve the short-term and long-term problems for the society in various fields;

4. establishing forms of dialogue between civil society, business, state and local authorities for development of the social environment with a competitive environment and improving the productivity, the standards of living and the working conditions;
5. manufacture and maintenance of standardization in evaluation procedures, analysis and monitoring procedures;
6. assisting in the preparation of assignments on projects and supporting the implementation of projects in the areas funded by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, the World Bank and other similar organizations;
7. development and implementation of evaluations and practical guidance in various areas.
41. Recent Activities
NIL. We have just begun our work. Ahead now is the preparation of the website. Some information is disseminated on our Facebook page at:
43. Standards / guidelines
2. Not yet (but we're working on it)

VOPE Affiliations

45. VOPE membership in regional or international network
46. Network name(s)
The "SEE Evaluation Network", consisting of VOPEs from Bulgaria, Greece and Macedonia, will be established at the 2nd Biannual Regional Conference of Evaluators (Zagreb, October 2017).
47. P2P or Innovation Challenge?
1. No

Evaluation Advocacy

50. Has your VOPE influenced government policies & systems?
No, but we're working on it
51. Does your government have a National Evaluation Policy?
Coming - NEP in process of being developed and approved
52. Has your VOPE partnered with Parliamentarians?
  • No (at least not yet).
53. Have you used the EvalPartners Advocacy Toolkit?
  • No, at least not yet.