Visit Capitol Hill to speak with congressional staff about the importance of evaluation and evidence to our government and our society. The EvalAction initiative in 2017, co-sponsored by the American Evaluation Association (AEA), Evaluation Policy Task Force (EPTF), and Washington Evaluators (WE) will help you facilitate your trip to the Hill and will provide guidance for confidently speaking and advocating on the behalf of the evaluation community.

As an evaluation advocate, you will meet with congressional staff members that represent your state. To prepare you for this meeting, we will be hosting informational conference calls that are required for all participants. This call will inform you on key talking points, etiquette, and logistics.

During your visit to the Hill, you will provide government staff members with materials developed by AEA, highlighting AEA’s mission and explaining the basics of program evaluation.  You will also have the opportunity to answer questions about AEA and the field of evaluation and follow up with the staff member after your visit.

If you are interested in participating in this initiative, please sign up using the on-line form. We encourage you to read through all the FAQs prior to signing up.

Learn more about EvalAction in our upcoming Coffee Break: 

Thursday, September 14, 2017 2-2:20 PM

EvalAction2017: Visit the Office of Your Congressional Representative and Discuss the Importance of Evaluation and Evidence

Do you think decision makers should have evidence when making important policy decisions?  Do you think facts are an important part of policy discourse?  Do you want to help AEA promote good federal evaluation policy?   Have you ever wanted to visit the Capitol and an opportunity to talk about evidence and evaluation with policymakers? Now is your chance!  The EvalAction initiative in 2017 -- co-sponsored by the American Evaluation Association's (AEA) Evaluation Policy Task Force (EPTF) and Washington Evaluators (WE) -- facilitates you visiting Capitol Hill to speak with congressional staff, communicating the importance of evaluation and evidence to our government and our society.  Learn more about this interesting and important initiative.

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn about the history of EvalAction2017
  • Learn how to participate in EvalAction2017
  • Learn what to expect when you visit the office of your congressional representative

Click here to register. 


March 1, 2017 – September 22, 2017

Sign-up for EvalAction initiative.  You must sign-up in advance to participate.

September 22, 2017

Registration for EvalAction closes on September 22.

Early October, 2017

An EPTF member will invite you to join a mandatory conference call to discuss this initiative and advise you on how to schedule a visit with your congressperson, discuss in more detail what to expect during your visit, and answer your questions.  You must participate in the call in order to represent AEA at the event this fall. Please note, Friday November 10 is a federal holiday and government offices will be closed. We recommend you schedule your meeting earlier in the week.

Early October 2017 /Early November 2017

You will contact your congressional office and make an appointment with the appropriate staff. The days we recommend for visiting Capitol Hill during the AEA conference are November 6–9.

Evaluation 2017 (November 6, 2017 – November 11, 2017)

You will pick up your packet of materials during AEA conference check-in at the conference center.  The materials will serve as handouts for your visit.  If you will be unable to pick-up materials, please notify an event organizer to arrange for alternative delivery. 

Visit the congressional office at the scheduled time.

After Evaluation 2017 (Late November 2017)

Send an email to your congressional contact(s) thanking them for the visit and providing them with additional materials/information.

Complete a survey to provide information about your visit to the EPTF.

I RSVP'ed, now what?

After you have expressed interest in participating, please wait until receiving further information from event organizers before reaching out to schedule meetings specifically related to this event.