Our theme for 2021 is “AEA at 35: Meeting the Moment.” It is a time for celebration and also a time for reflection on our practice of evaluation. It is a time for us to share our stories about what we have learned over the past 35 years.
“Meeting the Moment” begs the questions: What is our history? What is today’s context? and How will we move forward? It invites an examination of the trajectory of what was, what is, and what will be.
“AEA at 35: Meeting the Moment,” suggests that this is a time for us to look into the mirror and reflect on ourselves as individual professionals and as a field of evaluation. This is our opportunity to recognize the realities of today’s uncertain times, to share what we have learned, to talk about opportunities and missed opportunities and to examine how we are transforming evaluation practice to meet the complex challenges of the moment. Some of those challenges regard diversity and inclusion; social justice; equity; global systems change; multicultural, local, national and international connections and partnerships and globalization, etcetera.