Evaluation 2023 Proposal Submissions

Eval 2021 Theme: Meeting the Moment

Evaluation 2023
October 9-14, 2023
The Power of Story 

Proposal Submissions have now closed.

Our theme for 2023 is “The Power of Story." Storytelling serves many purposes: it can build relationships, ground evaluation work, describe the context, convey data, impose meaning, share lessons learned, and identify challenges left to address.

Evaluation can tell stories; sometimes story fuels evaluation instead. Evaluation 2023 will reflect on how storytelling contributes to and shapes the narrative of evaluations, and dive deeper into storytelling’s usage, benefits, and impacts on our practices.

What We Are Looking For

We are looking for a dynamic variety of presentations to meet the diverse needs of the AEA members. Presentation types include panel discussions, expert lectures, roundtables, skill-building workshops, and more.

The AEA conference includes a wide range of topics - from evaluation results to new theories, to practical skill-building for day-to-day practice. Audiences consist of evaluators, evaluation managers, and other stakeholders. To reach that broad audience, strong content should (1) match the title and proposal printed in the program, and (2) follow an action-oriented structure. Structure your content so that it prioritizes the information most relevant for AEA audiences and provides suggested time allotments.

We encourage you to think creatively about your presentations, design, and format. Please choose the presentation type that best fits your material and utilizes your content in the greatest way. Skill-building workshops, panel discussions, demonstrations, and expert lectures continue to be the most popular session types at the annual conference. 

Professional Development Workshops 

Professional Development (PD) Workshops are great learning opportunities that provide attendees with in-depth lessons, group activities, and real-world case studies. These full-day and half-day workshops take place prior to the conference and allow a limited number of attendees in order to replicate a classroom environment. PD workshop submissions are reviewed by the Professional Development Working Group and selected presenters receive a small stipend for their efforts. 

We encourage you to consider the 2023 theme and think creatively when submitting your workshop proposal. 

Professional Development workshop submissions will be reviewed by multiple workshop reviewers. The criteria used for review are the following – Viability (content maps to suggested learning from members and participant surveys), Relevance (aligns with AEA’s professional competencies, values and AEA current events/issues), Trainer (prior experience presenting with AEA, displayed experience teaching for other organizations, demonstrable positive feedback from previous workshop execution) and Instructional Engagement (proposed submission maps to adult learning principles, promotes in class interactivity with the course material).

Think About the AEA Guiding Principles

We want your proposal to connect to the AEA Guiding Principles and the AEA Evaluator Competencies. The Guiding Principles reflect the core values of AEA and are intended as a guide to the professional ethical conduct of evaluators. Keep these principles in mind when developing your proposals. When submitting your proposal, you will be asked to choose one or two principles that are related to your topic or proposal. Learn more about the AEA Guiding Principles.

DEADLINE: Proposal Submissions must be received by 11:59 PM ET on Wednesday, March 22, 2023.

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