Eval 2021 Proposal Submissions

Eval 2021 Theme: Meeting the Moment

Eval 2021 Reimagined
November 8-12, 2021



Our theme for 2021 is “AEA at 35: Meeting the Moment”.  It is a time for celebration and a time for reflection on our practice of evaluation. It is a time for us to share our stories about what we have learned over the past 35 years.

“Meeting the Moment” begs the questions: What is our history? What is today’s context? and How will we move forward? It invites an examination of the trajectory of what was, what is, and what will be.

As you prepare to submit proposals for AEA’s 2021 conference, please consider how our practice of evaluation has been shaped by the past and how we are adapting to meet today’s challenges. You may want to explore the following existential- and practice-oriented questions, which are not meant to be all inclusive:

  1. Where does the evaluation profession stand in today's society?
  2. What have we learned from the past practice of evaluation, in term of both used opportunities and missed opportunities, that could help us to address such challenges as globalization, social change, social justice, equity and sustainability?
  3. How can evaluations contribute to uncovering social structures that no longer serve the common good, and to insuring social justice and equity?
  4. What are our responsibilities as individual professionals to reflect on how our profession and our practice may perpetuate injustice?
  5. With whom and how you have connected in developing local, national or/and international partnerships and alliances?
  6. Looking ahead toward strengthening AEA’s future, in what ways have you been supporting young and emerging evaluators?
  7. In what ways have you been adjusting and evolving your evaluation practice to harness today’s innovative technologies?

What We Are Looking For

We are looking for a dynamic variety of virtual presentations to meet the diverse needs of the AEA members. Presentation types include panel discussions, expert lectures, roundtables, skill building workshops, and more. Due to the virtual format, sessions will have a fixed timeframe.

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, their design, and format to provide attendees with the best experience while presenting virtually. Virtual sessions will have the opportunity for typed chat and Q&A, live engagement via video chat, space for breakout rooms, and more. 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. 

Think About the AEA Guiding Principles

We want your proposal to connect to the AEA guiding principles, as well as 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 May 17, 2021.

Submitters must log in to the AEA website to submit a proposal. Each submitter must either log in to eval.org or create a guest account to submit a proposal.