The American Evaluation Association (AEA) is excited to announce the reintroduction of its prestigious awards program to be presented at Evaluation 2023 in Indianapolis, IN. In 2020, the AEA Board of Directors unanimously made the challenging but necessary decision to pause the AEA awards program to improve not only the processes associated with them, but also their meaning and service to the overall Ends Policies for the organization. In addition to the Board’s own observations, this decision was based on the recommendations from the Membership Engagement, Leadership and Diversity (MELD) report to the Board of Directors, feedback from the awards working group, and AEA’s commitment to living our values.
To learn more about the Awards Task Force recommendations, what to expect as we roll out the 2023 awards program, what to do if you submitted a packet in 2020 prior to the awards pause, and if you would have otherwise been eligible for a time bound award during the pause, click here.
AEA offers awards in seven 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 for each award can be found by clicking on the appropriate link.
Evidence of the significance of contributions should not be limited to traditional publications. Instead, additional/alternative forms of evidence that have reached a wide audience of evaluators are encouraged to be included in the nomination. Contributions should be demonstrated to have been substantial in nature, although they may have been limited to some aspect of evaluation as the object of inquiry.