Two Thumbs Up for These 18 Internationally Focused AEA Conference Sessions

From Mike Hendricks, AEA Representative to the International Organization for Cooperation in Evaluation (IOCE), with contributions from Jim Rugh, EvalPartners Co-Coordinator

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Feeling a little overwhelmed by the incredible number and variety of internationally focused sessions at the upcoming AEA conference in Chicago? Well, you’re not alone – so are we! It’s a great tribute to everyone who put together the conference that we have such richness to choose from, but it also makes it hard to decide which sessions to attend.

This is obviously a personal decision, and we urge you to start looking through the conference program as soon as possible. But for what it might (or might not) be worth, we’ve put our heads together, and here are 18 sessions we think are especially promising. Please don’t be offended if we’ve not highlighted your session – we count at least 82 internationally focused sessions over the four days, so we could pick only about one in five options during many of the timeslots. No doubt the other 64 sessions will be equally enjoyable and informative.

Whichever sessions you attend, we hope you enjoy Evaluation 2015, and we look forward to meeting you there in person. It’s going to be a terrific conference!

Wednesday, November 11

3:15 – 4:15      Opening Ceremony and Presidential Address: “Exemplary Evaluations in a Multicultural World”

4:30 – 6:00      Panel WPS1: “Exemplary High-Impact Interventions and Evaluations from Around the World: Views from Association Presidents”

7:00 – 9:00      Opening reception: Meet the Authors and View Poster Presentations (including 14 internationally focused posters)

Thursday, November 12

7:00 – 7:45      Panel 1660: “Exemplary Evaluations That Make a Difference: Stories From Around the World”

8:00 – 9:30      Panel WPS5: “Perspectives on Evaluation in Europe: Currents, Contexts and Exemplars”

9:45 – 10:45    Plenary: “The International Year of Evaluation”

11:00 – 11:45  Panel WPS6: “Exemplary Positive Approaches to Evaluation: Views from Around the World”

1:00 – 1:45      Panel 2682: “New Developments in Rubric Methodology: Exemplary Cases from Aotearoa/New Zealand and Brazil”

3:00 – 4:30      Panel 1911: “Locally-Made Evaluation Capacity Development (ECD): A Review of International Experiences”

4:45 – 6:15      Panel 1899: “Harnessing the Narrative: SenseMaker as a Monitoring and Evaluation Tool in Complex International Settings”

6:20 – 7:10      Business meeting 3208: International and Cross-Cultural Evaluation (ICCE) Topical Interest Group (TIG)

Friday, November 13

11:00 – 11:45  Roundtable 1791: “Accountability to Communities in Humanitarian Work”

1:45 – 3:15      Panel 1880: “Equity-Focused and Gender-Responsive Evaluation: Real Life Examples from the Field”

6:30 – 8:00      Reception: Silent Auction to Fund AEA’s International Travel Awards

Saturday, November 14

7:00 – 7:45      Roundtable 2098: “New Guidance from Food for Peace to Improve Mid-Term Evaluations”

9:45 – 10:30    Think Tank 2592: “Global Evaluation Agenda 2016-2020: Voices from America”

10:45 – 11:30  Panel WPS20: “Identifying Exemplary Evaluations and the Lessons Learned for Funding Evaluation: The Faster Forward Fund”

11:45 – 12:45  Closing Plenary: “The Future of Exemplary Evaluations: Prospects for a Thriving Global Evaluation Community”

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