Presidential Strand Presentations

Tied closely to the 2022 conference theme of “(re)-shaping evaluation together”, Presidential Strand sessions will explore many facets of how we can make evaluation theory and practice more equitable, data-rich, forward-looking and – ultimately - impactful. 

The Presidential Strand sessions were curated by a working group that was constituted by 2022 AEA president Veronica Olazabal. This working group consisted of colleagues from across sectors (academia, government, non-profit, philanthropy, etc.), who worked to ensure diverse representation on AEA’s stage this year.

Check out the presidential sessions below.

Wednesday Sessions

Re(Shaping) Evaluation: Decolonization, New Actors, & Digital Data

Wednesday, November 9 | 2:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. | Elite Hall B

Speaker: Edgar Villanueva

Te Koha – The Gift: An Indigenous Approach to Scaling and its Implications for Evaluation

Wednesday, November 9 | 4:15 p.m. - 5:15 p.m. | Empire A

Speakers: Jan Noga, Kataraina Pipi, Kahiwa Sebire, and Nan Wehipeihana

Sharing Power When Stakes Are High: Trust-Based and Equity-Focused Grant Evaluation in Post-Disaster Contexts

Wednesday, November 9 | 5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. | Empire A

Speakers: Steve Mumford, Kellie Chavez Greene, Isabel Barrios, Michelle Lawrence Bidwell, and William Stoudt

Thursday Sessions 

Co-creation of Strategic Evaluations to Shift Power

Thursday, November 10 | 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. | Elite Hall B 

Speakers: Ayesha Boyce, Elizabeth Taylor-Schiro/Biidabinikwe, Gabriela Garcia, Melanie Kawano-Chiu, and Subarna Mathes 

The Next Frontier for Evaluators: Transforming the Capital Markets

Thursday, November 10 | 9:05 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. | Elite Hall B

Speakers: Lissa Glasgo, Katsuji Imata, Jane Reisman, Belissa Rojas, and Erica Orton 

Sex, Data, and the Material Conditions of Transgender Life: Telling Liberatory Stories through Evaluation

Thursday, November 10 | 10:15 a.m. - 11:15 a.m. | Empire A 

Speaker: Dylan Felt

To Equity and Beyond: What Evaluation Needs Right Now

Thursday, November 10 | 2:15 p.m. - 3:15 p.m. | Empire A 

Speakers: Monique Liston and Zuri Tau 

Predicting Outcomes, Increasing Equity: How Lived Experience Strengthens Evaluation

Thursday, November 10 | 3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. | Empire A 

Speakers: Alissa Stover, Valerie Threlfall, and Ahmed Whitt

The Data Revolution in Low- and Middle-Income Countries: Opportunities and Challenges for Evaluations

Thursday, November 10 | 4:45 p.m. - 5:45 p.m. | Empire A 

Speakers: Paul Jasper and David Yamron 

Friday Sessions 

Reshaping Evaluation by Enhancing Meaningful Participation of Youth in Evaluation

Friday, November 11 | 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. | Empire A 

Speakers: Gabriela Renteria Flores, Claudia Olavarria, Veronica Olazabal, Marco Segone, and Maria Montenegro

Measuring Capital Flows to Low-Income Systemically Excluded Communities: Impact Investors’ Approach to Advancing Racial Equity and Creating Industry Indicators for Transparency and Accountability

Friday, November 11 | 9:15 a.m. - 10:15 a.m. | Empire A 

Speakers: Eliisa Frazier, Christine Fu, Zoila Jennings, Catherine Dun Rappaport, and Akobe Sandy

Evalpreneurs (Re)Shaping the Marketplace through Innovation and Equitable Business Growth

Friday, November 11 | 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. | Empire A

Speakers: Mindelyn Anderson, Nicole Bowman, Nina R. Sabarre, and Stephanie Evergreen

Advancing Racial Equity & Justice: Conceptualizations, Criteria, and Competing Values

Friday, November 11 | 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. | Empire A 

Speakers: Maria Serano Abreu, Cherie Avent, Ceily Moore, and Rebecca Teasdale

Fix it or Tear it Down? How Much of the System Needs to Change to Move Toward More Locally-led Evaluations?

Friday, November 11 | 3:15 p.m. - 4:15 p.m. | Empire A 

Speakers: David Ameyaw, Danielle De Garcia, Shiro Gnanaselvam, and Nasra Ismail

Meeting the Moment: Reimagining Evaluation in Philanthropy

Friday, November 11 | 4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. | Empire A 

Speakers: Hanh Cao Yu, Julia Coffman, Caroline De La Rosa Mateo, Jewlya Lynn, and Meredith Blair Pearlman 

Saturday Sessions

What is ESG and How Can Evaluators Lean Into the ESG Conversation?

Saturday, November 12 | 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. | Empire A

Speakers: Eric Barela, John Sherman, Kathleen Agaton, Morgan Buras-Finlay, Sylvia Pu, and Sasha Zoueva

(re) shaping evaluation: Reflections of Past AEA Presidents

Saturday, November 12 | 9:15 a.m. - 10:15 a.m. | Empire A

Speakers: Tessie Catsambas,  John Gargani, David Fetterman, Saul Maldonado, Donna Mertens, and Veronica Olazabal

Big Data and Evaluation: Addressing Potential Sources of Bias Affecting the Understanding of Equity and Social Justice

Saturday, November 12 | 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. | Elite Hall B

Speakers: Michael Bamberger, Oscar Garcia, Jerusha Govender, Miriam Sarwana, Rachel Sibande, and Pete York