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For the 12th EES Biennial Conference (EES 2016) with the overarching theme “Evaluation Futures in Europe and beyond: Connectivity, Innovation and Use” we welcome contributions in the form of papers, posters, panels and round-tables on all topics of relevance listed below:

1.    Evaluation Ethics, Governance, and Professionalism
Ethical and Professional standards
Evaluation-specific capacity, skills and training
Evaluation Associations, policies and Politics

2.    Evaluation Systems, Organisations and Partnerships
Evaluation Systems in organisations and administrations
The organisational architecture of evaluations: networks and partnerships
Information Technology for Evaluation Teamwork

3.    Evaluation Methods and Research
New evaluation methods and criteria to mix / combine methods in evaluations
The role of academic disciplines in evaluation
Information Technology for data collection and analysis

4.    Evaluation Use, Communication and Outreach
Evaluation audiences and uses
Evaluations that make a difference
Information Technology for Evaluation Communication

Please note that “Europe” and “Gender Equality” are cross-cutting themes pertaining to all four strands.

Detailed description of the individual strands.
Find out more about the session types.

All abstracts must be submitted via the online submission system only and by the specified deadline of 31 March 2016.
The Abstract submission guidelines must be consulted prior to the submission itself.

The EES strongly encourages the preparation of full papers, though such initiative is optional only.
The full papers submitted are considered for publication in either Evaluation, the International Journal of Research, Theory and Practice, published by SAGE; or Connections, the newsletter of the EES.

We are looking forward to your contributions!
If you have any questions, please contact the Conference Secretariat.


Strands description

Strand One: “Evaluation Ethics, Governance, and Professionalism“ addresses “the rules of the game”: high-level standards and normative frameworks for evaluators as well as commissioners and policy makers: themes such as ethics, training, skills, professionalism, capacity, voluntary associations and evaluation policies as well as “politics” are included here.

Strand Two: “Evaluation Systems, Organisations and Partnerships“ relates to the institutional architecture of evaluations, for example the development of evaluation systems; the evolution of institutional or organisational frameworks that create opportunities and challenges for evaluators; innovative or particularly successful (or unsuccessful) partnerships; improbable or complex / complicated network configurations; and the use of information technology in realising the potential of evaluation networks and partnerships. This strand connects primarily to the main themes of the conference “futures” and “connectivity”, as evaluations increasingly take place in multi-partner and complex network configurations.

Strand Three: “Evaluation Methods and Research” reflects on innovative ways to design evaluations, using new methods, approaches, or data collection techniques; and on how to select and combine sets of methods. Under this strand, particular evaluation theories or evaluation methods, as well as approaches based on academic, discipline-based traditions (like specific branches of economics, sociology or organisational theory) are discussed; together with the relation between evaluation knowledge and more traditional academic knowledge, and innovations in information technology that enhance the opportunities offered by methods and techniques. This strand relates to the conference themes “connectivity” (for example between evaluation and disciplines) and “innovation” (methodological, technological).

Strand Four: “Evaluation Use, Communication, and Outreach” addresses experiences showing that evaluations can have an impact, not just on policy making but also on community empowerment or other desirable (or undesirable) outcomes; unexpected / unusual ways that evaluations been used, or unexpected / unusual categories of users; and innovative ways to communicate and disseminate the findings, including challenges and opportunities offered by information technologies.


Session types

Below you can find the main characteristics, philosophy and principles of the different types of sessions on offer during the Conference.

Paper sessions
This is the most popular vehicle for participation in EES Conferences. Abstracts are submitted individually, leaving EES Conference organizers with the task of clustering abstracts appropriately and selecting chairpersons.
All paper presentations are grouped in clusters (of three to four each) under a common theme; for a total session time not exceeding 90 minutes, including discussion. Use of PowerPoint, visual aids and/or handouts is customary and encouraged.
Paper authors are encouraged to submit full papers based on the originally submitted abstracts.

Panel sessions
Panels are designed to present contrasting or complementary perspectives from participants having specific types of knowledge or experience, while involving the audience into the debate, for a total session duration of 90 minutes. Abstracts for panels identify a topic, a chair, 3-4 panel members and a case for why that topic is relevant and the panel members an appropriate choice for that kind of discussion
The abstract is normally prepared by the chair since he/she is responsible for the overall quality of the presentations as well as the debate. The abstract describes the selected topic, demonstrating its relevance, how each individual panel member will contribute, and for how long. Mentioning any special participatory elements is encouraged and welcomed.
Panel sessions are opportunities to draft full papers, for example summarising the main messages / findings of the panel discussion; or drafting different papers for different perspectives emerged during the panel. In some cases, panels can become an opportunity to create a special issue of Evaluation or of Connections.

Round-table sessions
Round-table sessions are characterized by one introductory presentation of 15-20 minutes, followed by 5-10 minutes rejoinders by 2 discussants and around an hour of debate and participation from the audience. The chairperson proactively ensures that issues raised are subjected to critical examination through cogent questions that are put forward for discussion and feedback. The chairperson is also expected to provide a cogent wrap up at the end of the session.
The abstract is normally prepared by the chair since she/he is responsible for the overall quality of the session. The abstract describes the selected topic, demonstrating its relevance, how each individual participant will contribute, and for how long. Mentioning any special participatory elements is encouraged and welcomed.
Round-tables provide opportunities to draft full papers.

Poster sessions
In this type of session, participants have the opportunity to communicate significant concepts, issues, findings or evaluation-related lessons learned by displaying graphics, figures, tables, text and/or charts on a poster board. This format ensures immediate feedback and allows authors to engage in personalised discussions with Conference delegates.
Posters are prominently displayed on Conference premises and are considered by the EES a quality medium for conveying the richness and depth of evaluation work. Only high quality posters that do not advertise services or products and contribute valuable knowledge and experience are considered for display. EES provides space, boards and suitable fixing materials while presenters provide the items to be displayed and undertake to be available to discuss their work one-on-one or in small groups during scheduled exhibition times.
Authors are encouraged to submit full papers based on the submitted abstracts.

Unstructured elements within traditional sessions
The 12th EES Biennial Conference will explore for the first time the potential of open space technologies, the so called un-conference sessions. For this year’s Conference, proposing fully unstructured sessions is not an option, yet (partly for logistical reasons); however, speakers can propose the inclusion of unstructured or participatory elements within traditional sessions (panels and round-tables).
These sessions are proposed by one chair who selects the topic and illustrates the added value of the unstructured elements for the discussion of that topic, including her/his qualifications, experience and facilitation skills. In their proposal, the chair includes the space requirements for the session: as some unstructured sessions might require more space than traditional ones, and the available space is limited, the space needed by the session will be an important criterion for determining acceptance/rejection. In some cases if space requirements cannot be met, the reviewers might suggest converting the session to a more traditional type.