EERS 2017 Call for Proposals

Eastern Evaluation Research Society (EERS)
40th Annual Conference

call for proposals

Proposals due Friday, December 9

The Eastern Evaluation Research Society (EERS) is pleased to invite your proposals for individual presentations and skill-building, ignite and panel sessions at the 40th Annual Conference. The conference will held at the Seaview Resort and Spa in Absecon, New Jersey on April 2-4, 2017.
As you consider what to present, peruse the following topics to get some ideas flowing:

  •    Moving forward from evaluation’s interdisciplinary past
  •    Big data, its roots and its future
  •    Foundations of evaluation that remain relevant and effective
  •    Past and future methods
  •    New disciplines to tap for evaluation work
  •    Culturally competent and inclusive approaches to evaluation

Submit your proposal at
Please refer to the Procedures for Submitting a Proposal link on for detailed instructions on the proposal submission process. Questions regarding the submission process can be directed to the Program Committee Co-Chairs, Akisha Jones ( and Justin Piff (

Key points when putting your proposal together:
  1. The proposal deadline is Friday, December 9. You’ll have until April to pull it all together for your presentation, and we expect to send out acceptances in late January.
  2. Consider the best format for your work: Individual, Skill Building, Ignite or Panel.
  3. Be selective. To increase program participation, we typically include the best presentation submitted by an author.
  4. Know your co-authors. Have information about your co-authors on hand when submitting your proposal. (You’ll need their city, state and email address.)
  5. Keep Informed. Follow us @EasternEval and #EERS17 on Twitter for the latest on the 2017 conference.

Build Capacity with Dr. Bowman!

Join Dr. Bowman for Skill building Topic & content areas: Design, capacity building, education, theory and government.

Culturally Responsive Indigenous Evaluation: An Model for Working with Tribal Governments & Communities

Nicole Bowman (Mohican/Munsee) Bowman Performance Consulting

When:  Monday, May 2nd, 2016

Where:  Harding Room

Chair:  Liesa Stamm, Rutgers University Camden

This capacity building session is for Indigenous and nonIndigenous evaluation partners to provide an overview and basic understanding of culturally responsive evaluation with Indigenous communities, in various Indigenous contexts (urban, rural, Reservation), and with Tribal Governments (USA).

Register now for Eastern Evaluation Research Society’s 39th Annual Conference!

eers logoEastern Evaluation Research Society will commence its 39th annual conference, beginning Sunday, May 1st and continuing through Tuesday, May 3rd at the Seaview Resort and Spa in Galloway, NJ.

This year’s theme is Improving Outcomes, Building Knowledge: Finding What Works.

Featured speakers include John Gargani, Katrina Bledsoe, and Tony Foleno.

Stafford Hood will be the keynote speaker of this year’s Eleanor Chelimsky Forum on Evaluation Theory and Practice, with Nicole Bowman as discussant.

Tom Archibald and Mustafa Karakus will hold pre-conference workshops on Evaluative Thinking and Economic Evaluations, respectively.

Register now for the conference and pre-conference sessions:

Dr. Nicky to be Keynote Discussant at EERS!


dr nicole bowman dr stafford hoodDr. Nicole Bowman was just named the keynote discussant at EERS and Dr. Stafford Hood is the keynoter.

The Eastern Evaluation Research Society will hold its 39th annual conference Sunday, May 1st through Tuesday, May 3rd at the Seaview Resort and Spa in Galloway, NJ.

Register now for the best rates at

This year’s theme is Improving Outcomes, Building Knowledge:
Finding What Works. The keynote speaker will be John Gargani, President, Gargani + Company and current AEA President.

Pre-conference workshops will be led by:

1. Mustafa Karakus, Westat, Concepts in Economic Evaluations:
Cost-Benefit and Cost-Effectiveness Analyses and 2. Tom Archibald, Virginia Tech, Evaluative Thinking: Principles and Practices to Enhance Evaluation Capacity and Quality.

A Sunday evening interactive and networking session will be led by Kirk Knestis of Hezel Associates.

According to EERS president Cheryl Ackerman, “This year’s EERS program, with an increased number of skill building sessions, outstanding keynote and plenary speakers, relevant presentations, and an intimate setting with many networking opportunities, will be a professional development opportunity not to be missed for every level of evaluator!”

Early bird rates continue through March 31st. For more information, go to the EERS website.

Dr. Nicky Named Discussant at the Eleanor Chelimsky Forum

eersDr. Nicole Bowman to be discussant on the Elenor Chelimsky Forum at the Eastern Evaluation Research Society Conference in 2016.

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The Eleanor Chelimsky Forum

In its 4th year for the 2016 conference, the Chelimsky Forum on Evaluation Theory and Practice focuses on a conference theme through the eyes of selected luminaries from the evaluation field. Supported again by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, this spring’s Forum Plenary Presentation will feature Stafford Hood, Director of the Center for Culturally Responsive Evaluation and Assessment. Nicole Bowman will serve as Forum discussant.

About the Conference

The 39th Annual Conference of the Eastern Evaluation Research Society will be returning to its longtime home at the Seaview Resort and Spa in Galloway, NJ. This year’s conference theme will be Improving Outcomes, Building Knowledge: Finding What Works. The conference will continue its tradition of providing professional evaluators, academics, students, and evaluation consumers an informal, collegial forum to discuss.

About the EERS

The Eastern Evaluation Research Society (EERS) is the oldest professional society for program evaluators in the United States. Founded in 1978, EERS remains a vibrant contributor to program evaluation practice and theory. A fully-fledged affiliate of the American Evaluation Association (AEA), the purpose of EERS is to promote key goals of the profession in our region.

Attn: Researchers! Check your EERS Submissions


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*The following is an email from More info at

Dear Eastern Evaluation Research Society friends and colleagues,

It’s come to our attention that, due to intermittent technical issues with our online proposal submission system for the 2016 EERS Conference, we may not have received some proposal abstracts. Although we do not send out confirmation emails, you should have seen a confirmation window with a confirmation number after completing the submission process.

If you submitted a proposal online and did not see a confirmation window and number, or are unsure whether you did, please email Lacy Fabian at for confirmation. Student submitters should email Akisha Jones at

If you know of a colleague who submitted a proposal and may not be on our email list, please pass this message along.

To allow time for resubmissions, the proposal deadline has been extended until Friday, December 18th.

We apologize for any inconvenience.

Thank you,

The EERS Board of Directors