Social Events 

First Time Attendee Rapid-Fire Orientation

Wednesday, October 31, 2018 | 6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. 

Join us for this quick session for everything you need to know about Evaluation 2018! AEA staff will be present to assist with the mobile app, explain the education format of the conference, and answer any questions regarding AEA membership.  Following the orientation, we will head to the evening’s reception together.

Poster Exhibit & Meet the Authors Reception

Wednesday, October 31, 2018 | 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. 

Don’t be spooked at the Poster Exhibit & Meet the Authors Reception. Join us for a Halloween celebration and explore more than 200 posters on display and ready for judging, network with top authors, and meet with exhibitors from across the country. Costumes are welcome!

Topical Interest Group Reception

Thursday, November 1, 2018 | 6:45 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. 

Enjoy appetizers and light refreshments as you meet AEA’s Topical Interest Group (TIG) members. Each of our 57 TIGs will be participating in the TIG Receptions, giving you an opportunity to learn more about their year-long initiatives and how to get involved. Learn more about TIGs.  

Awards Luncheon

Friday, November 2, 2018 | 12:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. 

Ticket required, space is limited. 

Socialize, network, and hear from the best of the best in the evaluation field at the presentation of this year’s AEA Awards. You can purchase tickets online through registration. For more information, contact

Silent Auction to Benefit Traveling Presenters

Friday, November 2018 | 6:45 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. 

One of the highlights of Evaluation 2018 is the Silent Auction, coordinated by AEA’s International and Cross-Cultural Evaluation Topical Interest Group.  The auction features a variety of items ranging from books, to clothing, to evaluation courses. The proceeds benefit AEA’s International Travel Awards and are used to offset travel expenses for presenters who reside in developing countries or countries in transition, and to encourage their participation internationally.

If you would like to donate something to be bid on at the Silent Auction, please feel free to bring it along and drop it at the AEA conference registration desk. If you have any queries, please email

Do you need a break?    Sponsored by: improve group.png

Take a time-out to clear your mind! Join The Improve Group in their Mindfulness Space outside Grand Ballroom C to celebrate mindfulness. Take time to refresh and reflect, discover tips about mindfulness practices, and get the most out of the conference.

The Improve Group is a woman-owned evaluation consulting firm based in Minnesota.