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Important Notice from the Board Regarding 2020 AEA Awards

The AEA board voted unanimously to pause awards and to improve not only the processes associated with them, but also their meaning and service to the overall Ends Policies for the organization. A task force, which will report to the Board, will be convened to look at awards more closely and craft new and improved processes reflecting who we are and what we stand for. As a result of this pause, AEA will not be distributing awards in 2020 and looks to reinstate the awards program in 2021. For more information, click here.  

The Awards: AEA offers awards in eight distinct areas. Awards are provided only to recognize truly exemplary performance, and there is no need to give an award every year in any category.  While more than one award could be given in a single category, this would be done only in exceptional circumstances. Each proposal is judged on its individual merit. The scope of each award is described briefly below.

Full descriptions as well as nomination requirements for each award can be found by clicking on the appropriate link.

Past Award Winners: To view a list of past AEA award recipients click here.


AEA Marcia Guttentag Promising New Evaluator Award: Presented to a promising new evaluator during the first five years after completion of his or her Master's or Doctoral degree and whose work is consistent with the AEA Guiding Principles for Evaluators.

Full Description and Nomination Requirements


AEA Robert Ingle Service Award: Presented to a member of AEA who has been particularly instrumental in promoting the interests and operations of the American Evaluation Association.

Full Description and Nomination Requirements


AEA Evaluation Advocacy and Use Award: Presented to an individual or group whose evaluation work has been particulary instrumental  in furthering the interests of evaluation through advocacy, sponsorship, management, or promoting the use of evaluation in governmental (including local, state, and federal government),nonprofit, and/or private organizations whose work is consistent with the AEA Guiding Principles for Evaluators.

Full Description and Nomination Requirements


AEA Alva and Gunnar Myrdal Evaluation Practice Award: Presented to an evaluator who exemplifies outstanding evaluation practice and who has made substantial cumulative contributions to the field of evaluation through the practice of evaluation and whose work is consistent with the AEA Guiding Principles for Evaluators.

Full Description and Nomination Requirements


AEA Paul F. Lazarsfeld Evaluation Theory Award: Presented to an individual whose written work on evaluation theory has led to fruitful debates on the assumptions, goals, and practices of evaluation.

Full Description and Nomination Requirements


AEA Outstanding Evaluation Award: Presented for an evaluation (completed in the past five years) that remains consistent with the relevant evaluation standards.

Full Description and Nomination Requirements 


AEA Enhancing the Public Good Award:  Presented to an individual whose evaluation work has substantially contributed to the public good. The evaluation work could be focused on theory, practice or use in any area of evaluation (i.e., Human Services, Health, International Development, Education).

Full Description and Nomination Requirements


AEA Research on Evaluation Award:  Presented to an evaluator who has made a significant contribution to the study of evaluation. Work will have increased the empirical knowledge of the factors and conditions that influence (a) evaluation practice or (b) the understanding of evaluation theory and practice. This empirical knowledge may include, but not be limited to, exemplars for how research can make evaluation more useful, exemplars for how research can improve evaluation practice, the links between evaluation theory and practice, development of new approaches to evaluation, and the understanding of evaluation as a method to gather credible evidence.

Full Description and Nomination Requirements

Presented to an individual whose evaluation work has substantially contributed to the public good. The evaluation work could be focused on theory, practice, or use in any area of evaluation (e.g., Human Services, Health, International Development, Education).