2020 Call for Proposals

Eastern Evaluation Research Society

43rd Annual Conference – Capacity, Complexity, Collaboration

Proposals are due by December 2nd!

The Eastern Evaluation Research Society (EERS) is pleased to invite your proposals for Individual, Skill-Building, and Panel sessions at the 43rd Annual Conference (#EERS20). The conference will be held at our new home, the Chauncey Hotel and Conference Center in Princeton, New Jersey on April 26-28, 2020. Also new this year is our Wild Card session format, for which presenters can think outside of the box and propose their own type of presentation for the program committee to review.

Theme Description

Our roles as evaluators have become increasingly challenging in today’s complex world. Demands for evidence-informed practice are increasing. At the same time, resources are limited and programs struggle to balance the process of evaluation with the administrative obligations of implementation. Given these factors, now is the time to streamline processes and move towards evaluating with intention and purpose. Evaluation consultants, internal evaluators, funders, program staff, and other key stakeholders working together can ensure that evaluations produce actionable findings that lead to purpose-driven decisions and, ultimately, more equitable outcomes.

As you reflect on what to propose, consider how your EERS presentation will contribute to the broader discussion about evaluation capacity, complexity, and collaboration:

Conference presentations from previous years are available for download and review if you are interested in seeing what has been accepted in the recent past. Remember to align your presentation with the conference theme and please feel welcome to share the announcement with your evaluation colleagues.

Key Points for Organizing your Proposal

General Proposals

The EERS annual conference presents an opportunity where evaluators can grow in their professional practice. It provides the time and space for you to learn from the successes of others, develop new skills, strengthen understanding of evaluation methods, grow professional relationships, and gain perspectives on the interplay between theory and practice.

Questions regarding the general submission process can be directed the Program Committee Chair, Elizabeth Grim. General session proposers may go to the EERS conference registration information page using the button below:

  Submit a General Session Proposal



Student Proposals

EERS is very pleased to invite undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in at least two courses per semester for the 2019-2020 academic year to submit proposals for presentations at our 43rd Annual Conference. EERS is committed to encouraging students to build their professional skills through full participation in a professional conference and opportunities to present their work as developing evaluators:

This opportunity is designed to supplement your learning through attendance and presentation. All individuals selected for poster or oral presentations are expected to register for and attend the full conference. Incomplete participation could result in your stipend being withdrawn.

Questions about student conference proposals can be directed to Keith Trahan. Student proposers may jump straight to their registration form using the button below.

  Submit a Student Presentation Proposal



Nonprofit Evaluator Support – New for 2020!

EERS understands its role as learning community for all types of evaluators that represent a diverse sector of organizations. EERS specifically recognizes the experience, development, and network of internal nonprofit evaluators, and also the budget and resource constraints many nonprofits face. For 2020, to encourage both their participation and presentations, EERS is able to offer a stipend to some nonprofit evaluators. To help promote the professional development and network of internal nonprofit evaluators, EERS is pleased  to defray the cost for up to five presenters, selected to receive $200 each to help with travel, registration, and lodging. Recipients must meet the following eligibility requirements to be considered for selection by the EERS board:

Consideration for Nonprofit Evaluator support can be requested by (1) checking the Nonprofit Evaluator Stipend box on your presentation proposal form, and (2) completing the separate from affirming that you meet the requirements listed above. Questions about nonprofit evaluator conference proposals can be directed to Dan Tsin, Expanding Participation Committee Chair.

  Request Nonprofit Evaluator Support