Call for Proposals: A Working Conference to Chart the Future of Evaluation Education and Training


A Working Conference to Chart the Future of Evaluation Education and Training

March 19-20, 2018

Sponsored by

The Minnesota Evaluation Studies Institute (MESI), University of Minnesota

The University of Melbourne (Australia) Centre for Program Evaluation

Claremont Graduate University

The Teaching of Evaluation Topical Interest Group of the American Evaluation Association

The purpose of this working conference is to engage evaluation trainers, instructors, and faculty to begin a formal discussion of the current status of the education and training of program evaluators. The conference will address a range of essential questions, including:

– What are foundational questions in the area of evaluation education, and how can researchers and practitioners collaborate to describe and
explore them together?
– What are the risks of not addressing evaluation education with data-driven questions and solutions?
– What research exists on evaluator education/training, and what is needed?
– How can research on evaluation education be strengthened?

We seek proposals from people who are actively engaged in evaluation education practice so we can establish a collaborative, professional community of individuals charged with teaching the current and future generations of evaluators.

A number of presentation opportunities are available for participants to share their theoretical and empirical work on evaluation education. We are requesting proposals for presentations of 3-5 minutes on a variety of topics related to the education and training of evaluators, including, but not limited to, the following:

– Conceptual framings of evaluator and evaluation education/training
– Research on evaluator and evaluation education/training
– The status and future of evaluation educators in different settings (e.g., university, paid professional development, conferences, in-house
trainings, on-line)
– The role of competencies in curriculum development
– Pedagogy for the practice of evaluation
– Assessing learning and impact from evaluator education/training programs
– The appropriateness and potential of program accreditation and/or evaluator credentialing
– Good questions to shape our vision and future work

All proposals will undergo peer-review for content and fit with conference goals.  For your work to be considered, please complete the application at and submit your form by January 15, 2018.

Anticipated benefits of this conference and the pre-work leading to it include the following:

Benefits for participants

·         Adding a conference presentation to your resume or CV
·         Establishing connections with others working in evaluation education
·         Participating in a conversation that will shape the research agenda and future of evaluator education

Potential benefits for participants over time

·         Collaborative research and eventual; publications on key topics identified
·         Participation in AEA conference panel presentations in coming years
·         Access to an ongoing community working on cutting edge research to improve teaching practice

The working conference will occur concurrently with the annual Spring Training of the Minnesota Evaluation Studies Institute. It will begin at
5:00 PM on Monday, March 19, 2018 with an introductory working session and dinner, then continue throughout the day on Tuesday, March 20, 2018, with presentations in the morning and early afternoon and ending with agenda setting and final debriefing. There will be no cost to attend the working conference, although participants can attend the MESI conference for an additional fee.  See for details and more information.