Wednesday, November 11

Opening Ceremony & Presidential Address

3:15 p.m.- 4:15 p.m.

Chair: Tessie Catsambas, EnCompass, LLC; Stafford Hood, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; Ashaki Jackson, AEA GEDI Program & Soma Research Project, Inc.

Presenter 1: Dr. Stewart Donaldson, Claremont Graduate University

 Numerous Voluntary Organizations of Professional Evaluation (VOPEs), including the American Evaluation Association (AEA), EvalPartners, UN Agencies, and donor agencies have declared 2015 the International Year of Evaluation.  The Exemplary Evaluations theme is intended to inspire and energize evaluation professionals from around the world to spotlight what has gone well in evaluation.  There is much to learn from examples of high quality, ethically defensible, culturally responsive evaluation practices that have clearly contributed to decision-making processes, program improvement, policy formulation, effective and humane organizations, and ideally to the enhancement of the public good.  AEA President Stewart Donaldson will invite us to take advantage of the fact that evaluation professionals and other stakeholders from many regions of the world have come to Evaluation 2015 to collectively learn from each other about the best of evaluation. Stewart will ask us to imagine what evaluation could become in the future, and will encourage us to the use our proceedings to help create a thriving Global Evaluation Community.

Thursday, November 12

Exemplary Evaluation in the International Year of Evaluation

9:45 a.m.-10:45 a.m.

Chair: Tessie Catsambas, EnCompass, LLC

Discussant: Michael Quinn Patton, Utilization-Focused Evaluation

Facilitator: Thomas A. Schwandt, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Presenter 1: Deborah Rugg, United Nations Evaluation Group

Presenter 2: Bianca Montrose-Moorhead, University of Connecticut

2015 is the International Year of Evaluation or #EvalYear. 2015 dawned with an unprecedented success that surpassed the expectations of evaluators around the world: UN Resolution A/69/237 entitled, “Building Capacity for Evaluation Activities at the Country Level” recognized 2015 as the International Year of Evaluation, and called for countries to build national capacities for evaluation according to the principle of country ownership. It further invited collaboration at all levels, with national stakeholders including civil society and Voluntary Organizations for Cooperation in Evaluation, and international actors like the United Nations Evaluation Group and many others. This success was a result of global grassroots and international cooperation under the auspices of EvalPartners, a global initiative to promote the role of civil society in evaluation to influence policies and programs by the social sector.

Now, EvalPartners is calling for the development of a Global Agenda for Evaluation 2016-2020 to build on the successes of EvalYear and the good work of all partners under EvalPartners, including AEA. Evaluators around the world have been coming together in their conferences and gatherings, lighting the Evaluation Torch, and having visionary conversations about priorities they wish to see EvalPartners work on in the coming years. In this session, you will hear messages from colleagues around the world, and their input into the evaluation agenda, and then, we will ask you — our members — to provide your input. AEA has been working on input to the evaluation agenda, and this session will round it out.Join us and help create the future of evaluation together!

Friday, November 13 

Exemplary Culturally Responsive Evaluation

9:45 a.m.-10:45 a.m.

Chair: Ashaki Jackson, AEA GEDI Program & Soma Research Project, Inc.

Discussant: Stafford Hood, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Presenter 1: Edmund Gordon, Teachers College Columbia University

Presenter 2: Ernest House, University of Colorado at Boulder

Presenter 3: Veronica Thomas, Howard University

As the evaluation field moves more firmly into culturally competent evaluations  those that acknowledge systems, practices and assumptions within the self, the space, and the community – we examine its use and foundations. Panelists explore the use of cultural competence (also referred to as cultural responsiveness or cultural humility) as an equity tool that brings evaluators and stakeholders to a shared understanding of need and strategy. Panelists describe the ways they apply this competence, including self-knowledge, to achieve justice in evaluations and to create more meaningful outcomes. Lessons learned that inform how evaluators might scale cultural competence’s international application, how we apply such competence when working in other nations and how cultural competence manifests in these international contexts are discussed.

Saturday, November 14

The Future of Exemplary Evaluation: Prospects for a Thriving Global Evaluation Community

11:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m. 

Chair: Dr. Stewart Donaldson, Claremont Graduate University

Presenter 1: Michael Quinn Patton, Utilization-Focused Evaluation

Presenter 2: Maria Bustello, University Complutense Madrid

Presenter 3: Janet Clinton, University of Melbourne

Presenter 4: David Fetterman, Fetterman & Associates

Presenter 5: Stafford Hood, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Other Speakers:Tessie Catsambas, EnCompass, LLC : Ashaki Jackson, AEA GEDI Program & Soma Research Project, Inc; Beverly Parsons, Insites; John Gargani, Gargani & Co; Kathryn Newcomer, George Washington University

The purpose of this closing session is to reflect on what we have learned about Exemplary Evaluations in a Multicultural World, and to discuss how we might use our proceedings to help create a thriving Global Evaluation Community.  The program chairs and evaluation thought leaders will discuss the insights they have gleaned, and participants will be engaged to ask questions and share their thoughts about what they have learned at Evaluation 2015.