EERS Annual Conference

The 43rd Annual EERS Annual Conference – April 26-28, 2020

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Join your colleagues at the 2020 EERS annual conference!

The Eastern Evaluation Research Society (EERS) has moved to a new home, at the Chauncey Hotel and Conference Center in Princeton, New Jersey. This change is in response to EERS conference participants asking for a venue that is closer to major population centers, easier to get to (including 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 and dessert reception on Sunday evening. Plan to stay up and take advantage of the almost-famous EERS after-hours hospitality networking room, Sunday and Monday nights! Hear from speakers including AEA President Elect Aimee White.

Your conference registration fee includes food – Sunday dessert reception; Monday continental breakfast, buffet lunch, and hors d’oeuvres at the Student Poster Symposium; Tuesday continental breakfast and buffet lunch; and snacks and beverages both days of concurrent sessions. Conference attendees staying at the Chauncey get a free upgrade to hot buffet breakfasts.


Conference Prices

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 is proud of our longstanding support for those training to enter the professional community of evaluators. Students selected to present at the poster symposium or breakout sessions also receive a scholarship check.


Stay at the Chauncey

For the first time, EERS participants can now register for rooms at the host hotel when they sign up for the conference, and take advantage of special guest rates.

Regular conference participants qualify for a special Chauncey room rate of $180/night (total including all fees and taxes), a savings of approximately $20 over the hotel’s “best rate” available.

Students purchasing their room through EERS enjoy an even better discount on rooms at the Chauncey, at $165/night.

The EERS rate is available only by ordering hotel accommodations through the EERS online registration system, and only until March 25th or the point at which they sell out. If any rooms are available at the Chauncey after the EERS rate cutoff date, they will be priced at their regular nightly rate (approximate $200/night).

More information about the new home of EERS is available here.


Online Registration is Open – Register Now

You may register for the conference and accommodations at the same time or in two separate transactions if you choose. Payment is due at the time of any registration transaction, either by check or by credit card through PayPal.


2020 EERS Conference Theme – Capacity, Complexity, Collaboration

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.


Equity as a Core Value

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.

Expand EERS Participation & Inclusion

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!

Conference Sponsorship

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.

Technology Support

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.