EVALUATION 2014

Evaluation 2014 Proposal Submission Website

Evaluation 2014
Conference: October 15-18, 2014
Professional Development Workshops: October 13-14 & 19, 2014
Denver, Colorado USA 

SUBMISSION PROCESS IS NOW CLOSED.

 

Birds of a Feather Gathering

Birds of a Feather Gatherings, also known as idea exchanges or networking tables are approximately 45 minutes in length and will be held during the Thursday and Saturday lunch breaks of the conference and attendees are welcome to bring a brown bag lunch or snack from the hotel's outlets. They are relatively small and informal discussion-based gatherings, aimed at building networks and exploring ideas. Although the same length as a roundtable, this is the only session type for which there is NO formal presentation, instead the facilitators ensure that there is time for introductions among those in attendance and come with questions or ideas to spark discussion around a particular topic area. The information in the 'abstract' section for the session should indicate the topic to be explored, why the topic is of likely interest to a subset of attendees, and a key guiding question to be raised during the session.

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Demonstration or Skill Building Workshop

Demonstrations - Formal 45- or 90-minute presentations that show how to use or apply an evaluation concept or tool. These may be contrasted with Skill Building Workshops that provide a hands-on experience. The abstract should describe how the presenter will walk attendees through a clear, step-by-step explanation of the concept or tool, how it compares to other evaluation concepts or tools, its strengths and weaknesses, and how it can best be applied.

Skill Building Workshops - As part of a 45- or 90-minute session taking place during the conference, workshops teach a specific skill needed by many evaluators and include one or more exercises that let attendees practice using this skill. The abstract should include a detailed discussion of why this skill is important, how the presenter will teach the skill within a short time frame, and how the presentation will enable attendees to learn more after the session. This session differs from a Demonstration in that attendees will have a hands-on opportunity to practice the skill. This session differs from a Professional Development Workshop in that it takes place during the conference, is significantly shorter in length, and thus does not allow for as much breadth or depth in exploring the topic, and may be presented by someone with less facilitation experience than that expected for the pre- and post-conference workshops.

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Panel or Multipaper

Panel - This formal, thematic, 45- or 90-minute presentation focuses on an issue facing the field of evaluation. The overall abstract should describe how two (for a 45-minute panel), or more (for a 90-minute panel), panelists and possibly a discussant will offer coordinated presentations and the general topic of the panel. In addition, the proposal must contain separate abstracts or summaries from each presenter describing his or her contribution to the session. At a minimum, the information in the 'abstract' section for each panelist should indicate the expertise or perspective that he or she brings to the panel (why is this person a panelist rather than someone else). The submitter is responsible for coordinating the presentations in advance. Panels should be interactive in that they allow for questions and discussion following the formal presentations.

Multipaper - This is a formal, thematic, 45- (for two papers) or 90-minute (for three or more papers) session of a set of oral presentations, each 15 minutes in length, of completed papers facilitated by a session chair and often commented upon by a discussant. The proposal must contain a separate abstract or summary from each presenter describing her or his presentation. The submitter is responsible for coordinating the presentations in advance, identifying a session chair, and notifying all presenters of the expectation of conference registration.

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Paper, Roundtable, or Ignite

Paper - Paper presentations may be submitted either individually using this form or as a pre-defined group of two or more papers on a common topic using the multipaper submission form (click back on your browser and select the multipaper option). The paper upon which ygur presentation is based should be completed by the time of the conference. Accepted paper proposals submitted individually will be grouped with others on a common theme and will be allocated 15 minutes as part of either a 45- or 90-minute session. Papers are formal presentations, based on written work. The abstract should detail the focus of the presentation and the way(s) in which it contributes to the body of knowledge in the field of evaluation.

Roundtable - Roundtables are 45-minute presentations with discussion seated around a table. Roundtable presentations typically include 15 minutes of oral presentation, followed by 30 minutes of discussion and feedback. Roundtable presenters should bring targeted questions to pose to others at the table in order to learn from and with those attending. Roundtables are an ideal format for networking and in-depth discussion on a particular topic. The abstract should detail the focus of the presentation and the way(s) in which it contributes to the body of knowledge in the field of evaluation.

Ignite - Ignite presentations use 20 PowerPoint slides that automatically advance every 15 seconds for a total presentation time of just 5 minutes. Ignite slides tend to incorporate excellence in slide design in support of a very clearly articulated message. Presenters need to practice in order to get their timing down and their quality up. Ignite presentations are challenging and exciting. Please note that Ignite presenters must share their 20-slide PowerPoint deck with the session coordinator at least 3 weeks in advance of the conference and will be asked to participate in a short webinar-based orientation so as to be ready to succeed in this format. Presentations may be videotaped and presenters will always have the option of opting against taping. The abstract should detail the focus of the presentation and the way(s) in which it contributes to the body of knowledge in the field of evaluation.

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Poster

This formal graphic presentation of your topic offers an excellent opportunity for gathering detailed feedback on your work and reporting on evaluation results. Posters will be presented during Wednesday's very well attended evening reception and poster exhibition. Posters should not be used to advertise a product or service. Like a paper, a poster abstract should detail the focus of the presentation and the way(s) in which it contributes to the body of knowledge in the field of evaluation.

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Pre or Post Conference Workshop

A professional development workshop can be a two day, one day, or half day workshop that offers evaluators at all phases of their careers an opportunity to take a look at a topic or skill-set of interest. Presenters are paid an honorarium and are therefore expected to have significant experience as training facilitators and in the subject area they present. Presenters are responsible for developing engaging, thoughtful, and in-depth material as well as an interactive educational environment. The abstract should detail the focus of the presentation and the way(s) in which it contributes to the body of knowledge in the field of evaluation.

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Think Tank

A think tank is a 45- or 90-minute session focusing on a single issue or question. Initially, a chairperson orients attendees to the issue or question and relevant context. Then, attendees break into small groups to explore the issue or question and finally reconvene to share their enhanced understanding through a discussion facilitated by the chairperson. The abstract succinctly should identify the question or issue to be addressed, the relevant contextual factors, and the roles of the individual breakout groups (Will they each address the overall topic or question? A particular facet of the topic or question? Or examine the topic or question from a particular viewpoint?).

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Cancellation Policy: Once a session has been accepted it imposes a serious burden to cancel it. Please do not submit a proposal if you are uncertain that you will be able to fulfill your obligation to organize and conduct the session at the conference.

 

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