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Blog Post #8: The Future of Evaluation is Bright: From AEA 2019 to CES 2020

About four weeks ago, I had the good fortune of attending the American Evaluation Association conference in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The theme of this year’s conference was “Paths to the future of evaluation” which was captured in a strong focus on equality, diversity and inclusion; innovative methodologies; and utilization-focused evaluation. So, based on my experience at ...

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Blog Post #7: An Intense Evaluation Experience

Show your support for new and upcoming evaluators! Consider attending presentations given by the student teams participating in the second round of the 2020 Student Evaluation Case Competition on June 15 at C2020. You might even learn a few new things too!  The competition is a fabulous opportunity for students to showcase their program evaluation ...

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Blog Post #6: Submitting a (winning) proposal

With an acceptance rate of around 50% in recent years, the CES conference has become a competitive event for presenters (acceptance rates approached 95% in earlier times). So, there are no more assurances of success in preparing a proposal, but there are ways to augment your likely success rate. Here is a checklist for you: ...

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Blog Post #5: What are you proposing for C2020?

We hope you’ve been thinking about your workshop, presentation or thematic breakfast table discussion for the C2020 Conference. You’ve got until December 8, 2019 to get your proposal in. Firm deadline. There will be no extensions. AEA365’s Lead Curator Sheila B. Robinson, who also frequently reviews proposals for AEA conferences, emphasized in a recent posting ...

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Blog Post #4: It’s C2020 proposal time!

Guidelines for submitting proposals for workshops, presentations, and thematic breakfasts for the 2020 Conference are out this month.  You may submit several proposals, but please note that only a maximum of two presentation proposals can be selected for one person, not counting workshop or thematic breakfast proposals.  See the Call for Workshops, the Call for ...

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Blog Post #2: What’s so great about attending CES conferences

We talked with a few of you to find out what you think makes the conferences so great. Here’s what you told us. The keynote speakers, the panel presentations—they get you thinking! The sessions—you learn so much! The conversations in between sessions, at social gatherings, during meals together—that’s what helps to absorb the presentations, what ...

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Blog Post #1: Volunteers Preparing for C2020

A core group of over 65 volunteers (and counting) is well into planning for the 2020 CES conference. Tons of contacts have been made, sponsors are beginning to line up, and we’re looking at ideas for the workshops, keynote speakers, and of course, fun social events.  How might we shape our workshops and plenary sessions? ...

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