Important Notice from the Board Regarding 2020 AEA Awards

Dear AEA Members,
 
As a board, to better serve our members, we have been looking at every aspect of our organization with an explicit focus on identifying areas that are out of alignment with our values. The COVID-19 pandemic has amplified this need for a deep-dive into the complexity of association programming . This necessitates pausing and revisiting some of our existing programs, processes, and procedures to bring them all into alignment. The Topical Interest Group approval process and the Local Affiliate memorandum of agreement development process are two recent examples. Both of these processes are currently under review and revision until the end of 2020. 
 
This year, we looked closely at the AEA awards process and determined that it too required re-alignment. The AEA board voted unanimously to pause awards and to improve not only the processes associated with them, but also their meaning and service to the overall Ends Policies for the organization. A task force, which will report to the Board, will be convened to look at awards more closely and craft new and improved processes reflecting who we are and what we stand for.  As a result of this pause, AEA will not be distributing awards in 2020 and looks to reinstate the awards program in 2021 
 
This was not an easy decision. In the end, given our own observations, the Membership Engagement, Leadership and Diversity (MELD) report to the Board of Directors, feedback from the awards committee, and our commitment to living our values, we determined it was the right thing to do.
 
While AEA views this realignment as urgent and necessary, we recognize that time has already been spent developing materials. If you have already submitted a packet for consideration for the 2020 AEA Awards, please be on the lookout for additional next steps and information regarding your materials from the Awards Working Group and the AEA Board. If you are in the process of completing an awards packet, please pause material collection and notify letter writers of this pause.
 
Change is never easy. And, at times it cannot be incremental. We look forward to rolling out an awards process in 2021 that more accurately reflects not only who we are now, but who and how we aspire to be in the world.
 
If you have any questions, please contact us at awards@eval.org .
 
Sincerely,
AEA Board of Directors

American Evaluation Association (AEA) Awards

AEA offers awards in eight distinct areas to recognize truly exemplary performance. Our awards program celebrates accomplishments, published work, support of the association, advocacy efforts, and career achievement of AEA members. All awards are presented annually at the Evaluation Conference.

Each proposal is judged on its individual merit. An award is not necessarily given every year in every category. While more than one award could be given in a single category, this is done only in exceptional circumstances.

Full descriptions as well as nomination requirements for each award can be found by clicking on the appropriate link.


AEA Marcia Guttentag Promising New Evaluator Award

Presented to a promising new evaluator during the first five years after completion of his or her Master's or Doctoral degree and whose work is consistent with the AEA Guiding Principles for Evaluators.

Full Description and Nomination Requirements


AEA Robert Ingle Service Award

Presented to a member of AEA who has been particularly instrumental in promoting the interests and operations of the American Evaluation Association.

Full Description and Nomination Requirements


AEA Evaluation Advocacy and Use Award

Presented to an individual or group whose evaluation work has been particularly instrumental in furthering the interests of evaluation through advocacy, sponsorship, management, or promoting the use of evaluation in governmental (including local, state, and federal government), nonprofit, and/or private organizations whose work is consistent with the AEA Guiding Principles for Evaluators.

Full Description and Nomination Requirements


AEA Alva and Gunnar Myrdal Evaluation Practice Award

Presented to an evaluator who exemplifies outstanding evaluation practice and who has made substantial cumulative contributions to the field of evaluation through the practice of evaluation and whose work is consistent with the AEA Guiding Principles for Evaluators.

Full Description and Nomination Requirements


AEA Paul F. Lazarsfeld Evaluation Theory Award

Presented to an individual whose written work on evaluation theory has led to fruitful debates on the assumptions, goals, and practices of evaluation.

Full Description and Nomination Requirements


AEA Outstanding Evaluation Award

Presented for an evaluation (completed in the past five years) that remains consistent with the relevant evaluation standards.

Full Description and Nomination Requirements 


AEA Enhancing the Public Good Award

Presented to an individual whose evaluation work has substantially contributed to the public good. The evaluation work could be focused on theory, practice or use in any area of evaluation (i.e., Human Services, Health, International Development, Education).

Full Description and Nomination Requirements


AEA Research on Evaluation Award

Presented to an evaluator who has made a significant contribution to the study of evaluation. Work will have increased the empirical knowledge of the factors and conditions that influence (a) evaluation practice or (b) the understanding of evaluation theory and practice. This empirical knowledge may include, but not be limited to, exemplars for how research can make evaluation more useful, exemplars for how research can improve evaluation practice, the links between evaluation theory and practice, development of new approaches to evaluation, and the understanding of evaluation as a method to gather credible evidence.

Full Description and Nomination Requirements


Past Award Winners: To view a list of past AEA award recipients click here.

Search