Annual Conference History

AEA's Annual Conference brings together evaluators from around the country and around the world for professional sharing. Each year, the presiding AEA President, or - in the case of cosponsored conferences, a program team - identifies a theme for the conference plenaries and highlight strand woven throughout the event.

Conference History: AEA has held its annual conference in geographically dispersed locations in the US and with our partners at the Canadian Evaluation Society.

Upcoming Conferences:

  • Evaluation 2024: October 21-26, Portland, OR

Past Conferences: 

  • Evaluation 2023: October 9-14, Indianapolis, IN
    2023 President: Corrie Whitmore
    Presidential Theme: The Power of Story 
  • Evaluation 2022: November 7-12, New Orleans, LA
    2022 President: Veronica Olazabal
    Presidential Theme: (re) shaping evaluation together 
  • Evaluation 2021: November 8-12, Online
    2021 President: Tom Grayson
    Presidential Theme: Meeting the Moment
  • Eval20 Reimagined: October 27 - 30, Online
    2020 President: Aimee White
    Presidential Theme: How Will You Shine Your Light?
  • Evaluation 2019: November 11 - 16, Minneapolis, MN
    2019 President: Tessie Catsambas
    Presidential Theme: Paths to the Future of Evaluation: Contribution, Leadership, and Renewal
  • Evaluation 2018, October 29 - November 3, Cleveland, OH
    2018 President: Leslie Goodyear
    Presidential Theme: Speaking Truth to Power
  • Evaluation 2017, November 6-11, Washington, DC
    2017 President: Kathryn Newcomer
    Presidential Theme: From Learning to Action
  • Evaluation 2016, October 24-29, Atlanta, GA
    2016 President: John Gargani
    Presidential Theme: Evaluation + Design
  • Evaluation 2015, November 9-14, Chicago, IL
    2015 President: Stewart Donaldson
    Presidential Theme: Exemplary Evaluations in a Multicultural World: Learning from Evaluation's Successes Around the Globe
  • Evaluation 2014, October 13-19, Denver, CO
    2014 President: Beverly Parsons
    Presidential Theme: Visionary Evaluation for a Sustainable, Equitable Future
  • Evaluation 2013, October 14-19, Washington, DC
    2013 President: Jody Fitzpatrick 
    Presidential Theme: The State of Evaluation in the 21st Century
  • Evaluation 2012, October 22-27, Minneapolis, Minnesota
    2012 President: Rodney Hopson
    Presidential Theme: Evaluation in Complex Ecologies
  • Evaluation 2011, October 31-November 5, Anaheim, California
    2011 President: Jennifer Greene
    Presidential Theme: Values and Valuing
  • Evaluation 2010, November 8-13, San Antonio, Texas
    2010 President: Leslie Cooksy
    Presidential Theme: Evaluation Quality
  • Evaluation 2009, November 9-14, Orlando, Florida
    2009 President: Debra Rog
    Presidential Theme: Context and Evaluation
  • Evaluation 2008, November 5-8, Denver, Colorado
    2008 President: William Trochim
    Presidential Theme: Evaluation Policy and Evaluation Practice
  • Evaluation 2007, November 7-10, Baltimore, Maryland
    2007 President: Hallie Preskill
    Presidential Theme: Evaluation and Learning
  • Evaluation 2006, November 1-4, Portland, Oregon
    2006 President: Melvin Mark
    Presidential Theme: The Consequences of Evaluation
  • Evaluation 2005, October 26-29, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
    Co-sponsored with the Canadian Evaluation Society
    2005 President: Sharon Rallis, University of Massachusetts at Amherst
    Conference Theme: Crossing Borders, Crossing Boundaries
  • Evaluation 2004, November 3-6, Atlanta, Georgia
    2004 President: Nick Smith, Syracuse University
    Presidential Theme: Fundamental Issues
  • Evaluation 2003, November 5-8, Reno, Nevada
    2003 President: Richard Krueger, University of Minnesota
    Presidential Theme: Methodology
  • Evaluation 2002, November 6-9, Arlington, Virginia
    2002 President: Molly Engle, Oregon State University
    Presidential Theme: Evaluation - A Systematic Process That Reforms Systems
  • Evaluation 2001, November 7-10, St Louis, Missouri
    2001 President: James Sanders, Westrn Michigan University
    Presidential Theme: Mainstreaming Evaluation
  • Evaluation 2000, November 1-4, Honolulu, Hawaii
    2000 President: Laura Leviton, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
    Presidential Theme: Evaluation Capacity Building
  • Evaluation '99, November 3-6, Orlando, Florida
    1999 President: Michael Scriven, Claremont Graduate University
    Presidential Theme: The Territory Ahead
  • Evaluation '98, November 4-7, Chicago, Illinois
    1998 President: Donna Mertens, Gallaudet University
    Presidential Theme: Transforming Society Through Evaluation
  • Evaluation '97, November 5-8, San Diego, California
    1997 President: William Shadish, University of Memphis
    Presidential Theme: Theory and Practice: Partners in Evaluation
  • Evaluation '96, November 6-9, Atlanta, Georgia
    1996 President: Leonard Bickman, Vanderbilt University
    Presidential Theme: AEA: A Decade of Progress, Looking Back and Looking Forward
  • Evaluation '95: Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
    Co-sponsored with the Canadian Evaluation Society
    1995 President: Eleanor Chelimsky, Independent Consultant Conference
    Theme: Evaluation for a New Century: A Global Perspective
  • Evaluation '94: Boston, Massachusetts
    1994 President: Karen Kirkhart, Syracuse University
    Conference Theme: Evaluation and Social Justice
  • Evaluation '93: Dallas, Texas
    1993 President: David Fetterman, Stanford University
    Conference Theme: Empowerment Evaluation
  • Evaluation '92: Seattle, Washington
    1992 President: David Cordray
    Conference Theme: Synthesizing Evaluation: Perspectives, Practices, and Evidence
  • Evaluation '91: Chicago, Illinois
    1991 President: Lee Sechrest
    Conference Theme: New Evaluation Horizons
  • Evaluation '90: Washington, District of Columbia
    1990 President: Yvonna Lincoln
    Conference Theme: Evaluation and the Formulation of Public Policy
  • Evaluation '89: San Francisco, California
    1989 President: Ross F Conner
    Conference Theme: New Perspectives from International and Cross-Cultural Evaluation
  • Evaluation '88: New Orleans, Louisiana
    1988 President: Michael Patton
    Conference Theme: Evaluation and Politics
  • Evaluation '87: Boston, Massachusetts
    1987 President: Robert Covert
    Conference Theme: Utilization of Evaluation
  • Evaluation '86: Kansas City, Missouri
    1986 President: Richard Light
    Conference Theme: What Have We Learned