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The Eastern Evaluation Research Society (EERS) is moving to a new home, at the Chauncey Hotel and Conference Center in Princeton, New Jersey. This change is based on input from EERS conference participants who have asked for a venue that is closer to major population centers; easier to reach using public transportation; and provides modern, accessible meeting spaces.
Mark your calendar for April 26-28, 2020 (Sunday evening through Tuesday afternoon), starting with our traditional welcome networking reception. With additional input, the EERS Program Committee revised the initially announced schedule, returning to the three-day calendar established over more than four decades serving professional evaluators on the Atlantic coast.
As in past years, your conference registration fee includes food – a Sunday dessert reception; Monday breakfast, lunch, and hors d’oeuvre plates for the Student Poster Symposium; Tuesday breakfast and lunch; and snacks and beverages both days of concurrent sessions.
Watch for additional announcements of new EERS conference features designed to meet the evolving needs of the evaluation professionals we support. Check here in the coming months for additional details or join our email list to receive email updates about the 2020 EERS Conference.
As evaluators, we seek to ensure evaluations produce actionable findings that lead to purpose-driven decisions and, ultimately, more equitable outcomes. At the forefront of our collective social consciousness is the urgency to dismantle the traditional power structures that uphold dominant culture and oppress or exclude groups of people, including by race/ethnicity, gender, LGBTQ+ individuals, disability, education level, and income status.
EERS recognizes the moral imperative for the evaluation field to self-reflect, challenge our own mental models, and adapt practices in order to authentically and truly advance equity through evaluation. We recognize that learning and behavior change is a journey. Our first step in this journey is to explicitly call out equity as a core organizational value. We seek to create a safe, accessible, professional learning environment for evaluators to challenge how we hold and share power, to learn how to authentically work with community, and to adapt in a changing world through the EERS annual conference and other learning and networking opportunities.
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 the first time, to encourage both their participation and presentations, EERS is able to offer a subsidy to some nonprofit evaluators. Eligibility is detailed in the 2020 Call for Proposals.
Regular Registration ($400) – Includes all conference speaker presentations and concurrent sessions, Sunday evening through Tuesday afternoon, plus food and refreshments as described above.
Student Registration ($200) – Includes all of the above at a price subsidized to support evaluation students.
EERS takes pride in encouraging diversity and in annual conference participation. New for 2020 is our nonprofit evaluator support stipend program, added alongside our longstanding offering of stipends and subsidized fees for students in evaluation-related degree programs.
You can help support these efforts, by making a tax-deductible donation securely through PayPal or with a credit card. Proceeds will go to defer costs for students and first-time EERS attendees employed by under-resourced nonprofits. Click the button below to make a one-time $10 donation and thank you for supporting evaluator diversity!
The EERS annual conference has enjoyed gracious financial support from sponsors related to the evaluation industry. Consider being involved in the conference as a supporter of EERS. Click here for more information.
Presentation hardware (computers and projectors) and technical support will be provided for the EERS conference. Please review the specific guidance for presenters and attendees provided here in advance of the conference.