EVALUATION 2006 Overview
Call for Proposals: The Deadline has passed to submit a proposal for Evaluation 2006.
The American Evaluation Association invites evaluators from around the world to attend at its annual conference to be held Wednesday, November 1, through Saturday, November 4, 2006 in Portland, Oregon. AEA's annual meeting is expected to bring together over 2000 evaluation practitioners, academics, and students and represents a unique opportunity to gather with professional colleagues in a supportive, invigorating, atmosphere.
The conference is broken down into 36 Topical Strands that examine the breadth and depth of the field as well as the Presidential Strand highlighting this year's Presidential Theme of "The Consequences of Evaluation." Presentations explore the conference theme as well as the full breadth and depth of evaluation theory and practice.
The deadline has passed to submit a proposal, but we invite you to learn more:
Letter of Invitation from AEA's President
AEA celebrates its 20th anniversary, it seems fitting to
think and talk about what the consequences of evaluation have been and
what they could be. Evaluations
are generally done with the belief, or at least the hope, that they will
be beneficial in some way that they will have desirable
consequences. The classic literature on evaluation use identifies
several important possible consequences of evaluation. Evaluation can
contribute to decision making. It can lead to program improvement.
Evaluation can extend the knowledge base. More recent writings suggest a
wide array of hoped-for consequences of evaluation, including
empowerment, social justice, organizational learning, capacity building,
social betterment, and even transformation. Evaluations can influence
the way people think and act, individually and collectively.
It can affect organizations in which evaluation has taken place
and sometimes affect places far removed.
Evaluations may even have notable consequences for subsequent
As the 2006 Presidential Strand theme, The Consequences of Evaluation will provide a focus while allowing presentations that engage the topic in various ways. For example, the following questions illustrate, but hardly exhaust, the issues that fall within the theme:
of the sessions for the Presidential Strand will be specially invited by
the Strand Program Chairs, Gary Henry and Laurie Stevahn. Others will be
selected from sessions nominated by AEAs Topical Interest Groups from
the proposals that they review. And I expect that several other
excellent sessions, outside the Presidential Strand, will be related to
the Strand theme. I
encourage you to consider submitting a proposal on some aspect of the
consequences of evaluation, or on any topic of interest to evaluators,
for peer review by one of AEAs 36 TIGs.
hope that you will consider sharing your best work as part of what
promises to be a stimulating, enjoyable, and consequential conference.
I look forward to seeing you in Portland!