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.

Save These Dates! Minnesota Evaluation Studies Institute Spring Training

universityofminnesotalogo*Important information about the University of Minnesota – Minnesota Evaluation Studies Institute (MESI) Spring Training 2016*


*MESI Spring Training and Pre-Workshops 2016*

*Reconciling Equity and Accountability:  Evaluation in an Unjust World*

*Pre-MESI Workshops – March 7 & 8, 2016 (Monday & Tuesday)*

*8:15 – 4:15 each day*

*MESI Spring Training – March 9 – 11, 2016  (Wednesday, Thursday, & Friday)*

*Wednesday & Thursday, March 9 & 10: 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.Friday, March 11: 8:00 a.m. to Noon*

*Continuing Education and Conference Center
*St. Paul campus of the University of Minnesota*

*Intended audience:*  Evaluation professional seeking to improve knowledge, skills and competencies.  Professionals from organizations who seek to build and improve evaluation capacity.

Cost (registration information and links below)

*Spring Training (March 9-11)*

·      $350 Regular Registration ($400 after February 20)

·      $150 Full-time Student Registration ($200 after February 20)

·      $300 Group Registration; per person ($330 after February 20)

*Pre-Workshops (March 7 & 8)*

·      $340 for 2-day Workshops ($360 after February 20)

·      $185 for each 1-day Workshop ($205 after February 20)

·      $50 for each ½-day Workshop ($70 after February 20)
Spring Training Schedules

·      Download the 2016 Spring Training Schedule [PDF]

·      Download the 2016 Pre-Workshop Schedule [PDF]

*MESI Spring Training – Keynote Speakers:*

March 9, 2016

Thomas Chapel <>, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

*Reducing Evaluation Fear and Loathing:  Avoiding 7 Common Potholes*

March 10, 2016

Sanjeev Sridharan <>, University of Toronto and St. Michael’s Hospital

*Bringing Diversity into Impact Evaluation: Towards a Broadened View of Design and Methods for Impact Evaluation*

March 11, 2016

Jean A. King <>, University of Minnesota

Evaluation’s Role in an Unjust World: What Do Evaluators Need to Know?
Michael Quinn Patton
<>, Utilization-Focused Evaluation, St. Paul, MN


*About the Theme:  **Reconciling Equity and Accountability:  Evaluation in an Unjust World*

The U.N.-sponsored International Year of Evaluation ended December 31, 2015, even as the practice of evaluation continued its global expansion and development. Recent events in the U.S. and around the world have pointed to the enormous challenges humankind faces and the routine injustice of the circumstances in which so many people live. In light of the complexity and seeming intractability of many problems, evaluators may begin to question the likely influence of their work. Programs that tackle social problems are regularly evaluated using different starting points. On the one hand, evaluators whose practice is animated by social justice concerns—fairness, impartiality, an end to discrimination and prejudice—may seek opportunities to evaluate such programs using an equity frame. On the other hand, those who fund evaluations may apply an accountability frame in  commissioning studies: What were the outcomes? What appeared to work in that setting? How efficiently? At what cost?

In constructing this year’s schedule for training, we were again reminded of the multifaceted social systems within which we practice. We invite you to join us for the 21th Annual MESI Spring Training as together we seek, both as individuals and as members of a growing professional community, to develop competencies that will help evaluators embrace both equity and accountability issues in the 21st century.


*Online Registration:* Use online registration when registering a single person and paying with a credit card
Each registration requires a login ID and password to identify the user. If registering multiple participants for an organization, each registrant will need to provide a login ID and password to the person doing the registration process in your organization. Otherwise, please use the paper form.

*Group registrations:  *(5 or more from a single organization) can be done online by selecting “group registration” on the options list.  An individual login ID is still needed for selecting this option.

·       After registering online you will receive a registration confirmation email and a receipt email from You may want to check your spam folder if you do not see these emails in your inbox.

*Paper Registration*: Use the paper registration form
<> when registering multiple people (without a single login), registering someone other than yourself, or if there is a need to have the registration fee billed to your organization.

*Cancellation Policy:* If you need to cancel your registration, a refund, minus $40 cancellation fee, will be issued if you cancel by February 22, 2016. Cancellations after this date will not be eligible for a refund.

Please email to cancel your registration, or fax a request to 612-624-4754.

*Registration Inquiries:* For questions regarding registration, please contact Julie Schmitz at or 612-624-4754.

*Parking at the University of Minnesota Continuing Education and Conference Center:*

Parking information, including locations, directions, maps, and rates
<>, is available on the Continuing Education and Conference Center website.

Hotel Lodging

Convenient lodging for out-of-town participants is available at the Radisson Hotel Roseville <>. Participants are responsible for making their own lodging reservations. *The nightly rate is $89.00 plus tax – this special rate is only available if you make your reservation by February 23, 2016.* To receive the special conference rate, please identify yourself as a participant of the MESI Spring Training. Hotel space is limited; we strongly encourage you to make your hotel reservations as soon as possible. The hotel will provide complimentary shuttle service for participants to and from the Continuing Education and Conference Center. Please indicate your transportation needs when you make your reservations.

Radisson Hotel Roseville
2540 North Cleveland Avenue
Roseville MN 55113

*We look forward to seeing you at MESI!*

Visit the website for more information

Register Today for the Minnesota Evaluation Studies Institute Workshops March 7-11!


Reconciling Equity and Accountability:  Evaluation in an Unjust World

Continuing Education and Conference Center
St. Paul campus of the University of Minnesota

Pre-MESI Workshops – March 7 & 8, 2016 (Monday & Tuesday)

MESI Spring Training – March 9 – 11, 2016  (Wednesday, Thursday, & Friday)

To find out more and register click here:


University of Minnesota Duluth 2016 Summit on Equity, Diversity and Multiculturalism Call for Proposals


University of Minnesota Duluth

2016 Summit on Equity, Diversity and Multiculturalism

Wednesday, February 24th, 2016

UMD Kirby Student Center

To submit your session, please follow the link at the bottom of the page.

The following dates have been set to submit your session.

  • Submissions Open: December 10th, 2015
  • Submission Deadline: January 30th, 2016
  • Notification of Acceptance: February 5th, 2016

The UMD Commission on Equity Race and Ethnicity [CERE] seeks proposals from UMD faculty, students, staff, administration, and interested community organizations for meaningful and interactive workshops, presentations, lectures and other educational formats that address diverse racial, ethnic and sovereign nations. Submissions may address the following broad topics:

  • Initiatives focused on capacity building for diversity and inclusion
  • Methods for developing cultural competence of faculty, staff and students
  • Assessment mechanisms for diversity work
  • Intercultural curricular and course transformation
  • Diversity and inclusion work in the time of Ferguson
  • Strategies to leverage campus diversity to enhance student engagement and learning

To submit a proposal please go tot his link:

For more information about the Summit & to register , 

Click Here

Students who would like to register, 

Click Here

We hope to see you there!

To pay with a University of Minnesota Department EFS chargeplease click here

Price Recommendations

General public: $20, $10, $0 (You choose)
UMD Students: Free (Use the Student Registration link! Will open page for 2016 Student Leadership Conference.)
Professional Accreditation (CEU), please register at the $20 level.

For more information please contact Joie Acheson at acheson@d.umn.eduor Susana Pelayo-Woodward