Evaluation 2015: Exemplary Evaluations in a Multicultural World

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Evaluation Policy Task Force Update

Session Number: 2959
Track: Evaluation Policy
Session Type: Panel
Tags: Evaluation advocacy, Evaluation Policy
Session Chair: George Frederick Grob [Center for Public Program Evaluation]
Discussant: John Gargani [Gargani + Company Inc]
Presenter 1: George Frederick Grob [Center for Public Program Evaluation]
Presenter 2: Melvin M Mark [Penn State]
Presenter 3: Cheryl J Oros [Oros Consulting]
Time: Nov 13, 2015 (04:30 PM - 05:15 PM)
Room: Skyway 272

Abstract 1 Title: Overview of the EPTF
Presentation Abstract 1: As Chair of the EPTF, Mr. Grob will present an overview of the EPTF and of recent broad events surrounding it.
Abstract 2 Title: EPTF Efforts on the Building Bridges Grant with Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF).
Presentation Abstract 2: As Co-Chair of the EPTF, Mr. Mark will present an overview of the EPTF efforts on the Building Bridges Workgroup and the product of its efforts on evaluation methodological approaches.
Presentation Abstract 3: As Consultant to the EPTF, Ms. Oros will facilitate a discussion involving EPTF members and the audience about the recent activities and future plans of the EPTF.
Audience Level: Advanced
Other Information: It would be helpful to hold this update session at a time and location that would facilitate Member attendance, as this is an official AEA task force funded by Members, drafting policies relevant to all Members.

Session Abstract: 

The Board of Directors of AEA established the Evaluation Policy Task Force (EPTF) in September 2007, to enhance AEA's ability to identify and influence policies that have a broad effect on evaluation practice and to establish a framework and procedures for accomplishing this objective. The EPTF has issued key documents promoting a wider role for evaluation in the Federal Government, influenced legislation and executive policy, and informed AEA members and others about the value of evaluation through public presentations and newsletter articles. It has also connected with other national evaluation organizations and governments; and reached out to state evaluation offices and organizations.  This session will provide an update on their work and invite Member input on their plans and actions.

 Of particular interest this year is a discussion of new work on evaluation methodologies undertaken jointly with RWJF. Member input is solicited on a new paper addressing impact evaluation methods.


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