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    Evaluation 2015 to Inspire and Energize Evaluation Professionals from Around the World

    Participants will have the opportunity to learn about exemplary evaluations, enabling evaluation environments, evaluation policies, evaluation theories and methods, and research on evaluation from a range of cultures and regions throughout the world. In 2015, we encourage participants to reflect on our practice and to present examples of success and challenges to contribute to the goal of highlighting exemplary evaluations conducted in countries at all points along the development continuum. Additionally, we look to explore what facilitates exemplary evaluations—what are the enabling factors, actions, and drivers of success?

    The Exemplary Evaluations' theme is intended to inspire and energize evaluation professionals from around the world to spotlight what has gone well in evaluation. As we listen to each other’s exceptional experiences, we listen for themes of success—how were these evaluation exemplars managed? How did evaluators engage with stakeholders? How were evaluation conclusions developed, what gave them credibility, and what led to evaluation use? There is much to learn from examples of high quality, ethically defensible, culturally responsive evaluation practices that have clearly contributed to decision-making processes, program improvement, policy formulation, effective and humane organizations, and ideally to the enhancement of the public good. 

    In developing their contributions, participants will be encouraged to identify applications of the principles articulated in AEA’s Statement on Cultural Competence in Evaluation and its Guiding Principles for Evaluation. In addition, presentations will demonstrate optimal enabling environments for evaluation, the successful use of technology to enhance evaluation, exemplary evaluation designs and methods, stellar research on evaluation, successful evaluation policies, and examples of Visionary Evaluations as conceptualized and explored in detail by the AEA community.

    We also hope to identify and learn from successful applications of a range of evaluation theories, models, and approaches— including, but not limited to, appreciative inquiry and positive evaluation approaches, culturally responsive evaluations, democratic evaluations, developmental evaluations, empowerment evaluations, equity-focused evaluations, experimental evaluations, feminist evaluations, formative evaluations, impact evaluations, realist evaluations, social justice-oriented evaluations, systems evaluations, theory-driven evaluations, utilization-focused evaluations, and values-engaged evaluations. Leaders of VOPEs, AEA Topical Interest Groups, and AEA Local Affiliates will be encouraged to inspire their members to identify and present exemplary evaluations throughout the regions and specialty domains they represent.

    In past years, we have learned from numerous prescriptions for how to conduct evaluation, common or typical evaluation practices, and a litany of evaluation problems and challenges. While these discussions have been useful, they have not focused in-depth on learning from exemplars and have often been limited to evaluations from a few regions of the world.

    Let us come together in 2015, evaluation professionals, and other stakeholders from all regions of the world, and collectively learn from the best of evaluation. Let us imagine what evaluation could be in the future, and use our proceedings to help create a truly Global Evaluation Community. Please bring your exemplary evaluation work, enthusiasm for the hope that through good evaluation we can create a better future, and join others attending AEA’s Evaluation 2015 in Chicago, Illinois. We are eager to engage with you at what promises to be an inspiring, multi-cultural, and extraordinary evaluation conference!

     

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    Dr. Stewart I. Donaldson, AEA President 2015

                                                                                   

    Program Chairs:

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        Tessie Catsambas    Stafford Hood      Ashaki Jackson

     

    Participants will have the opportunity to learn about exemplary evaluations, enabling evaluation environments, evaluation policies, evaluation theories and methods, and research on evaluation from a range of cultures and regions throughout the world. In 2015, we encourage participants to reflect on our practice, and to present examples of success and challenges to contribute to the goal of highlighting exemplary evaluations conducted in countries at all points along the development continuum. And, we look to explore what facilitates exemplary evaluations—what are the enabling factors, actions, and drivers of success? 

    The Exemplary Evaluations theme is intended to inspire and energize evaluation professionals from around the world to spotlight what has gone well in evaluation. As we listen to each other’s exceptional experiences, we listen for themes of success—how were these evaluation exemplars managed? How did evaluators engage with stakeholders? How evaluation conclusions were developed, what lent them credibility, and what led to evaluation use? There is much to learn from examples of high quality, ethically defensible, culturally responsive evaluation practices that have clearly contributed to decision-making processes, program improvement, policy formulation, effective and humane organizations, and ideally to the enhancement of the public good. 


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