Conference Sessions

The following is a schedule of EERS conference presentations and activities, in its most current form. This page is designed to allow attendees to follow the program on a mobile device.

April 29, 2018

Using Rapid Cycle Learning to Infuse a Culture of Continuous Learning
300pm  -  600pm
Using Rapid Cycle Learning to Infuse a Culture of Continuous Learning

Using Rapid Cycle Learning to Infuse a Culture of Continuous Learning

How do we go about setting and answering key learning questions that will both build real-time evaluation capacity and feed into program implementation and outcomes achievement? Rapid cycle learning (RCL) has been used in places as varied as the military, the private sector, emergency response, and healthcare. As evaluators we can use RCL to institutionalize […]

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Doing the Right Thing: Community Engagement and Empowerment
300pm  -  600pm
Doing the Right Thing: Community Engagement and Empowerment

Doing the Right Thing: Community Engagement and Empowerment

Evaluators are motivated individually and professionally to do the right thing. We want to make sure every voice is heard and that we tell a story that is true and empowering. Our traditional tools such as focus groups and interviews have limitations and often require the evaluator to choose between breadth and depth. We believe […]

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Welcome Reception
730pm  -  900pm
Welcome Reception
Oval Room

Welcome Reception

Interactive networking and a dessert reception in a fun, semi-structured setting.

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Hospitality Suite Networking
900pm  -  1100pm
Hospitality Suite Networking
Hospitality Suite, Room 490

Hospitality Suite Networking

An opportunity to join EERS board members and conference attendees for an informal social and networking with snacks and refreshments.

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April 30, 2018

Continental Breakfast
800am  -  830am
Continental Breakfast
Presidential Hall

Continental Breakfast

Self-serve breakfast buffet for all participants.

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Opening Breakfast Plenary
900am  -  1015am
Opening Breakfast Plenary
Salon A&B

Opening Breakfast Plenary

Welcome and formal kick-off of the EERS annual conference.

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Lunch and Keynote Presentation
1215pm  -  145pm
Lunch and Keynote Presentation
Salon C

Lunch and Keynote Presentation

A presentation and discussion with AEA President Leslie Goodyear, with catered sit-down lunch.

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Issues of Equity, Ethics, and Evidence in a Big Messy Evaluation
200pm  -  330pm
Issues of Equity, Ethics, and Evidence in a Big Messy Evaluation
Harding Room

Issues of Equity, Ethics, and Evidence in a Big Messy Evaluation

This panel will discuss struggles to uphold equity and ethics, and provide evidence in a big messy evaluation of an education initiative. This large-scale evaluation targeted teacher and leader professional development with the ultimate goal of improving student achievement. This three-study evaluation aimed to study the initiative’s theory of action and examine the implementation and […]

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Is it Completely Dead, or Can We Save it? An Examination of a Real-world Evaluation Dilemma
200pm  -  330pm
Is it Completely Dead, or Can We Save it? An Examination of a Real-world Evaluation Dilemma
Cape May Room

Is it Completely Dead, or Can We Save it? An Examination of a Real-world Evaluation Dilemma

Cheryl M. Ackerman, Director of Evaluation, Delaware Environmental Institute, University of Delaware Jennifer Gallo-Fox, Assistant Professor, Human Development and Family Sciences, University of Delaware Danielle Ford, Associate Professor, School of Education, University of Delaware Susan McGeary, Associate Professor, Department of Geological Sciences, University of Delaware An opportunity to examine methodological issues associated with instrument development […]

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Common Methodological Issues Related to Faulty Evidence
200pm  -  330pm
Common Methodological Issues Related to Faulty Evidence
Cape May Room

Common Methodological Issues Related to Faulty Evidence

Stacey S. Merola, President and Principal Scientist, Merola Research LLC In this presentation I will engage the audience in a discussion of common methodological problems that have led to the generation, and possible subsequent widespread dissemination of faulty evidence.  

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Working with Assumptions to Enhance Program Effectiveness
200pm  -  330pm
Working with Assumptions to Enhance Program Effectiveness
Cape May Room

Working with Assumptions to Enhance Program Effectiveness

Apollo M Nkwake, Associate Research Professor of International Affairs, The George Washington University’s Institute for Disaster and Fragility Resilience, Elliott School of International Affairs Working smartly and systematically with assumptions.

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Student Award Presentation: Dalit and Janjati Women Breaking the Cycle of Poverty: Remote Design M&E for ETC
200pm  -  330pm
Student Award Presentation: Dalit and Janjati Women Breaking the Cycle of Poverty: Remote Design M&E for ETC
Eisenhower Room

Student Award Presentation: Dalit and Janjati Women Breaking the Cycle of Poverty: Remote Design M&E for ETC

Jacqueline Toppin, M.S. in International Affairs, The New School In this presentation, we will explore how a remotely designed Monitoring and Evaluation toolkit could augment Educate the Children’s ability to provide innovative services to alleviate the impact of poverty on Dalit and Janjati women’s lives and improve their health and well-being to the benefit of […]

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Women Leadership and Empowerment: Understanding Context and Culture for Ethical Data Collection
200pm  -  330pm
Women Leadership and Empowerment: Understanding Context and Culture for Ethical Data Collection
Eisenhower Room

Women Leadership and Empowerment: Understanding Context and Culture for Ethical Data Collection

Alejandra Garcia-Diaz Villamil This presentation offers valuable lessons in understanding context and inequities of women leaders in Kenya, India and Argentina while creating an ethical and safe space to gather evidence.

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Is feminist international development policy effective?
200pm  -  330pm
Is feminist international development policy effective?
Eisenhower Room

Is feminist international development policy effective?

Marje Aksli Equity, Ethics, and Evidence in assessing Canada’s feminist international development policy.  

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Hospitality Suite Networking
900pm  -  1100pm
Hospitality Suite Networking
Hospitality Suite, Room 490

Hospitality Suite Networking

An opportunity to join EERS board members and conference attendees for an informal social and networking setting with snacks and refreshments.

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May 1, 2018

Featured Speaker Breakfast
730am  -  845am
Featured Speaker Breakfast
Salon C
Buffet Lunch and Presentation
1230pm  -  200pm
Buffet Lunch and Presentation
EERS Board Meeting
215pm  -  300pm
EERS Board Meeting