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:

  • Read a letter of invitation about the conference from the AEA President Learn more

  • Review the Frequently Asked Questions about proposal submission and the conference Learn more

  • Explore the types of sessions that have been proposed Learn more

  • Consider proposing an extended workshop to precede or follow the conference No longer available

  • Review the draft conference schedule Learn more

  • Go directly to the proposal submission forms No longer available

  • Check out the available conference accommodations Learn more

  • Information on Ethics Related Sessions Learn More


Letter of Invitation from AEA's President

Dear Colleagues,

As 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 evaluation practice.

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 possible consequences of evaluation, which should we be seeking (under what circumstances) – and why?

  • What evidence exists about the actual consequences of evaluation?

  • What are the unintended consequences of evaluation – for example, might certain kinds of programs and policies be put at greater risk because they are more likely to be evaluated?

  • What are consequences of past evaluations on future evaluation practice?

Some 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 AEA’s 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 AEA’s 36 TIGs. 

I 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!   

Regards,

Mel Mark
2006 President
American Evaluation Association 


Draft Conference Schedule

Monday, October 30, 2006

8:00 am

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5:30 pm

Registration Desk Open

9:00 am

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4:00 pm

Professional Development Workshops

Tuesday, October 31, 2006

8:00 am

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7:00 pm

Registration Desk Open

9:00 am

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4:00 pm

Professional Development Workshops

Wednesday, November 1, 2006

7:00 am

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7:00 pm

Registration Desk Open

8:00 am

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5:00 pm

Exhibits Open

8:00 am

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3:00 pm

Professional Development Full-Day Workshops

8:00 am

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11:00 am

Professional Development Half-Day Morning Workshops

12:00 pm

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3:00 pm

Professional Development Half-Day Afternoon Workshops

3:15 pm

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4:15 pm

Opening Plenary

4:30 pm

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6:00 pm

Concurrent Sessions

6:10 pm

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6:40 pm

First Time Attendee Orientation Session

6:30 pm

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8:00 pm

Reception, Posters Exhibition, Information Tables and Meet the Authors

8:00 pm

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9:00 pm

Graduate Student Reception

Thursday, November 2, 2006

7:00 am

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6:30 pm

Registration Desk Open

7:00 am

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6:30 pm

Career Center Open

8:00 am

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5:00 pm

Exhibits Open

8:00 am

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9:10 am

Keynote Address

9:25 am

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10:55 am

Concurrent Sessions

11:05 am

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12:35 pm

Concurrent Sessions

12:45 pm

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1:30 pm

AEA Business Meeting

1:40 pm

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3:10 pm

Concurrent Sessions

3:20 pm

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4:50 pm

Concurrent Sessions

5:00 pm

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6:00 pm

Concurrent TIG Business Meetings

Friday, November 3, 2006

7:00 am

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6:30 pm

Registration Desk Open

7:00 am

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6:30 pm

Career Center Open

8:00 am

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5:00 pm

Exhibits Open

8:00 am

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9:10 am

Keynote Address

9:25 am

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10:10 am

Concurrent Sessions

10:20 am

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11:05 am

Concurrent Sessions

11:15 am

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12:00 pm

Concurrent Sessions

12:10 pm

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1:45 pm

Awards Luncheon (ticketed event)

1:55 pm

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3:25 pm

Concurrent Sessions

3:35 pm

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4:20 pm

Concurrent Sessions

4:30 pm

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6:00 pm

Concurrent Sessions

6:30 pm

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8:00 pm

Reception and Silent Auction

Saturday, November 4, 2006

7:00 am

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5:00 pm

Registration Desk Open

7:00 am

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12:00 pm

Career Center Open

8:00 am

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5:00 pm

Exhibits Open

8:00 am

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9:20 am

Keynote Address

9:35 am

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10:20 am

Concurrent Sessions

10:30 am

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12:00 pm

Concurrent Sessions

12:10 pm

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1:40 pm

Concurrent Sessions

1:50 pm

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3:20 pm

Concurrent Sessions

3:30 pm

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5:00 pm

Concurrent Sessions

Sunday, November 5, 2006

8:00 am

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12:00 pm

Registration Desk Open

9:00 am

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12:00 pm

Professional Development Workshops