2019 EERS Annual Conference
Adapt! Evaluators in a Changing World

The 42nd Annual EERS Annual Conference – May 5-7, 2019

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The Eastern Evaluation Research Society (EERS) will return to its historical home at the Seaview Hotel & Golf Club in Galloway, New Jersey, May 5-7, 2019 (Sunday evening through midday Tuesday). The theme of this year’s gathering is Adapt! Evaluators in a Changing World.

As the world changes, the practice of program evaluation becomes increasingly complex. The interdisciplinary nature of the evaluation field is continually challenged by the need to develop new methods for studying complex adaptive systems, to identify new strategies for bridging different perspectives about truth and the use of information, and in ultimately translating the knowledge gained from evaluation into meaningful action. While our field has grown in recent decades, so too have related disciplines that build evidence and produce knowledge for society. Within this context, evaluators maintain a clear purpose and process to remain relevant and credible in an ever-changing and evolving world. Join EERS in 2019 as we discuss how the evaluation profession continues to adapt.

As you reflect on content to present, consider the following topics:

  • Challenges and solutions for adapting, translating, or sharing useful knowledge and actionable evaluations
  • Evaluation of complex systems, including cross-sector initiatives, networks, collaborations, and collective impact
  • Examples linking evaluation research and practice through partnerships
  • Novel applications of theory on various phenomena of interest
  • Successful examples of mitigating and overcoming barriers to evaluation capacity
  • Emerging data analysis methods and types of evidence to meet or adapt to changing needs of stakeholders, policymakers, and evaluation commissioners
  • Role of evaluation within the larger evidence-building community
Registration Rates
Online Registration is Closed – You may still register onsite
  • Early Bird Conference Registration (through April 4th) – No longer available
  • Regular Registration (including onsite) – $350
  • Student Registration – $85
  • Pre-conference Workshops – $80
  • Registration does not include hotel accommodations. Rates and registration information for the Seaview are available here.
  • Single-day or partial-conference registration fees are not available.
  • Pre-conference workshops are available only for attendees who register for the conference.
  • All participants and speakers must register for the conference.
  • Refunds once onsite conference activities begin will be at the discretion of the EERS Board.
  • Credit cards may be used for payment by selecting the “Pay with Debit or Credit Card” option when directed to PayPal. Checks are also accepted.
Registration Includes
  • Conference participation fee
  • Sunday evening dessert reception
  • Monday continental breakfast
  • Monday keynote luncheon
  • Monday evening reception
  • Tuesday featured speaker full breakfast buffet
  • Tuesday buffet luncheon
  • All conference breaks

Pre-conference Workshops

EERS has a long history of providing popular evaluation practitioner workshops immediately prior to the formal opening of the annual conference. Links to descriptions of pre-conference workshops will be provided here as the program is finalized.


Conference materials will be uploaded and linked-to here as they become available.

Support Student Participation

EERS takes pride in encouraging the next generation of evaluators by supporting students whose presentation proposals are accepted, with stipends and free or subsidized meal and conference registration fees that total more than $4000 annually. You can make tax-deductible donations securely through PayPal or with a credit card, with proceeds going to support costs for student participants. Click the button below to make a one-time $10 donation and thank you for supporting our students!


Conference Sponsorship

The EERS annual conference has in past years 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.

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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.