Evaluation 2017: From Learning to Action

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Ten Years Later – Where is Learning Now?

Session Number: 3519
Track: Presidential Strand
Session Type: Expert Lecture
Tags: learning, learning from evaluation, learning to enhance practice
Session Facilitator: Hallie Preskill [Managing Director - FSG]
First Author or Discussion Group Leader: David J Bernstein, Ph.D. [CEO - DJB Evaluation Consulting]
Time: Nov 08, 2017 (01:45 PM - 02:30 PM)
Room: Maryland C

Theme: Learning to Enhance Evaluation
Audience Level: All Audiences

Session Abstract (150 words): 

A decade ago, 2007 AEA President Hallie Preskill spoke about the growth of the evaluation field, evaluation capacity building, technology in evaluation, learning through social networks, and the global epidemic of evaluation. However, what has captured her attention for the last 10 years is the question, “How can the evaluation field push harder on how to think about, design, and implement evaluations that have learning at their core, while also helping organizations think about the structures and processes needed to support learning from and about evaluation?” In this conversation with David Bernstein, 2017 AEA Conference Program Co-Chair, Preskill will share some thoughts about a) How learning is now showing up in evaluators’ work and how that affects the role of the evaluator, b) what clients are currently asking for when it comes to learning, and c) how learning is increasingly becoming embedded in our work.

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