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  call for abstracts

Contributions are invited on methods, practice and policy from civil society, government, academia and business, both in the UK and overseas. Structured abstracts for papers, symposiums, discussion panels, workshops and posters should cover:

Theme 1: Distinguishing between wants and needs, for commissioners, evaluators, beneficiaries and society, and negotiating appropriately to balance rigour and relevance
Theme 2: Deciding what evaluation products (reports, on-line material, etc) will deliver in terms of findings or recommendations or some other form of feedback, and how to judge the quality of these; and using the appropriate form(s) of communication to disseminate the agreed results
Theme 3: Distinguishing between uses: evaluation for accountability, learning, performance improvement and impact assessment
Theme 4: Usefulness, utility and value in evaluation – how they can be distinguished in theory and practice
Theme 5: Putting the results into action – how to make a difference with evaluation


  Types of Presentation
  In order to ensure that the conference is as interactive and participatory as possible you are encouraged to tailor your presentation to meet one of the following types of sessions:

Theory and practice session: The focus of such a session is on innovative evaluation models that may or may not have been practiced along with their underlying theoretical approach.
Methods session: The focus of such a session is on the delivery of a new evaluation method or the novel application of an emerging and promising tool.
Exploratory session: The focus of such a session is on the presentation of a specific proposition, question or dilemma that invites audience reaction and debate.
Case study session: The focus of such a session is the presentation of a specific evaluation or evaluation process that has generated notable intended or unintended outcomes in order to facilitate a discussion with the attendees.

Each parallel session will last 1½ hours and consist of two interactive 'presentations' within a particular theme (ie each 'presentation' will last approximately 45 minutes). To make the sessions as interactive as possible, can you please ensure that the actual presentation element (ie standing-up and talking) does not last more than 20 minutes. This will allow at least half the session to be dedicated to group discussions and questions. In addition, we would be very interested in receiving submissions for a full 1½ hour session if the people involved are different (eg a single organisation could have two separate teams present on a related topic within a single session). There is also an opportunity to deliver small interactive workshop or training sessions limited to 15 delegates.

The conference organisers will group papers on the basis of the information given in the abstract, with particular attention paid to the participatory / interactive element of the brief.

Structured abstracts should not exceed 300 words, and must include information under the following headings:

  • Context
  • Objectives
  • Methods
  • Findings
  • Learning points
  • Type of session
Outside the word count authors may include up to three references including relevant evaluation theories and methods used, policy documents and other relevant studies so that readers can refer to them. Authors are asked to name and provide an email address for the corresponding author.
  Conference participants may submit a poster for display at the conference, outlining an evaluation project or case study which falls under one of the key themes detailed above. Posters will be displayed in a dedicated space at the conference venue. If you would like to submit a poster, please provide an abstract with a brief overview of your evaluation (max 150 words).
  Alternative Formats
  The conference organisers are open to suggestions for alternative formats of sessions and presentation, especially if they are interactive and participatory. Please submit an abstract describing your proposed session and its relevance to the conference theme.
  Abstract Submission
  Abstracts can be submitted on-line via this website.

The closing date for receipt of abstracts for formal presentations is 9 December 2016 and for poster presentations is 24 April 2017.
  Submitting a Paper
  Work presented at the conference can also be submitted as a full paper. For the last several years, we have awarded a prize for best paper. The papers are assessed by the conference team and in order to ensure consistency in the review process the following structure should be followed.

The paper should be between 5-10 pages. If the paper is based on a completed evaluation, it should include context, objectives, methods/evaluation approach, findings and/or learning points, and references where relevant. Importantly, it should give a clear indication of why it should be of interest to a wider readership ie what 'evaluative' point is it making. The paper can be a summary of a longer document or report in which case a reference to the full document should be included. Papers might also be considered which are based on a consideration or discussion of an aspect of evaluation theory or approach. In this case, they must be making an original contribution to evaluation knowledge.

Our aim is to publish the winning paper and we can work with the author(s) to achieve a standard suitable for inclusion in the Evaluation journal.






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