Evaluation 2024 Proposal Submissions

Eval 2021 Theme: Meeting the Moment

Evaluation 2024
October 21-26, 2024
Amplifying and Empowering Voices in Evaluation


Our theme for 2024 is “Amplifying and Empowering Voices in Evaluation." The lack of engagement from new and emerging perspectives in the evaluation field threatens diversity, sustainability, and the evolution of evaluation. At Evaluation 2024, we want to uplift these voices and encourage evaluators at all stages in their careers to bring forth new ideas, practices, and creative approaches to evaluation.

Learn more about the 2024 theme

Proposal Submissions are now closed.

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 2024 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).

Important Update: 2024 Session Organization

New this year: AEA is organizing sessions via a new system for 2024, categorized by streams rather than Topical Interest Group (TIG). All session proposals must be relevant to one or more of these topics to be considered for the 2024 program. This change was made to streamline education and provide more relevant content for attendees. You will have the opportunity to select a TIG during the selection process following selection one of the below streams. Each AEA TIG and their leadership will still individually manage the review of submitted session proposals. See the TIGs included in each stream by toggling the selections below:​

Evaluation Foundations and Methodology

  • Costs, Effectiveness, Benefits, & Economics
  • Design & Analysis of Experiments
  • Data Visualization & Reporting
  • Qualitative Methods
  • Quantitative Methods: Theory & Design Mixed Methods Evaluation
  • Integrating Technology into Evaluation
  • Use & Influence of Evaluation
  • Research on Evaluation
  • Theories of Evaluation
  • Social Network Analysis
  • Systems in Evaluation

Program Development and Design

  • Collaborative, Participatory & Empowerment Evaluation
  • Needs Assessment
  • Program Design
  • Program Theory & Theory-Driven Evaluation

Education and Learning

  • Assessment in Higher Education
  • College Access Programs
  • Extension Education Evaluation
  • Educational Evaluation (previously PreK-12 Educational Evaluation)
  • STEM Education & Training

Health and Wellness

  • Behavioral Health
  • Health Evaluation
  • Human Services Evaluation
  • Social Work

International Evaluation, Diversity, and Specific Populations

  • Disabilities & Underrepresented Populations
  • Feminist Issues in Evaluation
  • Indigenous Peoples in Evaluation
  • International & Cross Cultural Evaluation
  • LatinX Responsive Evaluation Discourse
  • Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Issues
  • Multiethnic Issues in Evaluation
  • Military & Veterans
  • Youth Focused Evaluation

Social and Cultural Impact

  • Advocacy and Policy Change
  • Community Development
  • Community Psychology
  • NonProfit & Foundations

Government and Public Policy

  • Democracy & Governance
  • Government Evaluation
  • Research, Technology & Development Evaluation

Multi-Level and Complex Evaluations

  • Cluster, Multi-site & Multi-level Evaluation
  • Translational Research Evaluation

Specific Issues

  • Arts, Culture, & Museums
  • Disaster & Emergency Management Evaluation
  • Environmental Program Evaluation
  • Social Finance

Professional Development and Leadership

  • Evaluation Managers & Supervisors
  • Internal Evaluation
  • Leadership & Organizational Performance
  • Organizational Learning & Evaluation Capacity Building
  • University-Based Centers
  • Independent Consulting
  • Graduate Education Diversity Internship
  • Graduate Students & New Evaluators
  • Teaching of Evaluation


See the full list of associated TIG leaders here

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 th ence 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 Friday, March 22, 2024.

You must create a new account to submit a proposal. This site is not associate with your AEA account.