Professional Development Workshops
This page provides an overview of information related to submitting professional development workshops as well as a portal for accessing the submission forms. Proposals are due via the online submission forms by midnight Eastern time on March 11, 2005.
Please do not use the application procedures described herein if you wish to present a workshop during the conference itself. Use this only for workshops that precede and follow the conference.
One unique feature of Evaluation 2005 is the focused learning that
will take place during professional
development workshops. These workshops offer evaluators at all phases of their
careers an opportunity to take a look at a topic or skill-set of interest
under the tutelage of an expert
facilitator. Attendees pay a separate registration fee allowing workshop
presenters to receive a stipend. The vast majority of workshops are
identified through the open submission process described below. A few
workshops are offered through special invitation to fill a specific need
not met by the open process or to try out new formats. In particular,
sessions offered on Monday, November 3, of this year will be offered by
invited speakers, refining a two-day format begun at the AEA conference in
Professional development workshops will be scheduled on Monday, October 24 and Tuesday, October 25, 2005 between 9:00 am and 4:00 pm (full day sessions only), on Wednesday, October 26, between 8:00 am and 11:00 am and 12:00 noon and 3:00 pm (both full and half day sessions), as well as on Sunday, October 30, between 9:00 am and 12:00 noon (half day sessions only).
These workshops differ from the ones offered during the conference itself in at least three ways: 1) each is longer and thus provides a more in-depth exploration of a skill or area of knowledge, 2) presenters are paid for their time and are expected to have significant experience both presenting and in the subject area, and 3) attendees pay separately for these workshops and are given the opportunity to evaluate the experience.
Professional development workshop
proposals will be competitively reviewed by a committee overseen by AEA
and comprised of both US and Canadian representatives. Since space for these workshops is
quite limited, we cannot accept all that apply. Therefore, in
your proposal, we strongly recommend that you address all of the criteria
listed below. A two step process will be used during peer-review:
Each proposal will first be reviewed on its own merit using the following
The adequacy of the workshop
description, including its goals,
The salience of the topic given current trends in evaluation,
The utility of the outcomes for those
registering for the session,
The fit between the topic and the
teaching/learning strategies outlined in the proposal,
demonstrated expertise of the presenter,
effort of previous presenters to use participant evaluation data to shape
their current submission, and
The identification of prerequisite
knowledge and skill required for intermediate and advanced sessions.
Each proposal will then be reviewed on the basis of how well it contributes
to the overall quality of the workshop program. To
attend to the diverse needs of conference attendees the committee:
Seeks a reasonable balance
across workshop levels (beginner, intermediate, advanced),
Seeks a broad and balanced
representation across the spectrum of evaluation theory and practice, and
Considers workshops and
presenters that will have broad appeal.
PAYMENT: We will pay US$500, or the Canadian equivalent, per half-day session and US$1000, or the Canadian equivalent, per full-day session for all professional development workshops presented at Evaluation 2005. All workshops will be held regardless of the number of registrants and all workshop presenters will be paid regardless of the number of registrants. In addition, we will reimburse up to US$3 per attendee for materials' expenses based on receipts submitted by the presenter. Some presenters choose to donate their presentation honorarium to one of the travel awards funds and these donations help those who might otherwise not be able to attend to go to future annual conferences.
REGISTRATION: AEA and CES will handle all registration for the professional development workshops as part of conference registration. We will update you periodically regarding your current enrollment. For sessions that have not yet filled, as many as 20% of the attendees are likely to register on site. All attendees must pay for the session -- presenters may not extend complimentary invitations to attendees.
SUBMITTING A PROPOSAL: There are three steps to submitting a proposal:
The American Evaluation Association is charged with overseeing the peer review process and we are here to answer your questions. Questions in English should be directed to Susan or Heidi in the AEA office via email at email@example.com or via phone at (888) 232-2275 or (508) 748-3326 between 9:00 am and 5:00 pm Eastern time Monday through Friday. Questions in French should be directed to the Canadian Evaluation Society office via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or via phone at (613) 725-2526.