Evaluation 2014: Visionary Evaluation For A Sustainable, Equitable Future
28th Annual Conference of the American Evaluation Association
Thank you for joining us in Denver, Colorado, for Evaluation 2014. We were thrilled by the energy and buzz surrounding visionary evaluation, and we hope you feel better equipped to use evaluation to create a sustainable, equitable future.
We also want to thank our sponsors, exhibitors, and volunteers for making the conference such a tremendous success. We couldn’t do it without you!
Presidential Strand: Visionary Evaluation For A Sustainable, Equitable Future
AEA ‘s 2014 president, Beverly Parsons, encouraged the 2014 attendees to “use relationships and systems thinking to connect evaluation to the premier challenge of our time—nurturing a diverse and interconnected world with enough for all for generations to come. Let’s envision evaluation as fundamental to a sustainable, equitable future. Let’s unleash the power of evaluation and the desire of both evaluators and evaluation users to impact the world in positive ways.
In keeping with the 2014 theme, speakers and panelists encouraged participants to share their evaluation examples and create their own visionary evaluation for supporting a sustainable, equitable future relevant to the context in which they work. Forty percent of attendees were first- time participants and 15 percent were students. Attendees experiences four days of education sessions, three days of professional development workshops, and multiple networking events including an Awards Luncheon; Meet the Authors, Poster Exhibition & Reception; Reception & Silent Auction; and TIG business meetings.
Photos from Evaluation 2014 have been posted to the AEA Facebook page! Take a look and tag yourself and your fellow evaluators as you spot them in the album.
If you were unable to join us in the Mile High City, here are some of the highlights you missed:
Evaluation 2014 included 32 presidential strand session addressing the conference theme and 4 presidential strand plenaries:
We Want to Hear from You
We would like to hear from you about what worked particularly well, and what you’d like to see improved next year. Please take a few minutes to fill out the conference survey to share your thoughts on Evaluation 2014. Your feedback will help AEA better understand your experience at this year’s conference and will be used to enhance and generate new ideas for future AEA events.
Your feedback is very important to us; please fill out the conference survey by Friday, November 21, 2014.
Save the Date for Evaluation 2015
AEA is thrilled to be hosting next year’s conference in the bustling city of Chicago, Illinois. Join us November 11 -14, 2015 at the Hyatt Regency Chicago to explore Exemplary Evaluations in a Multicultural World.