Connecting Minnesota's Evaluators

A Working Conference to Chart the Future of Evaluation Education and Training

18 Jan 2018 1:36 AM | Anonymous

A Working Conference to Chart the Future of Evaluation Education and Training
March 19-20, 2018

Sponsored by:
The Minnesota Evaluation Studies Institute (MESI), University of Minnesota
The University of Melbourne (Australia) Centre for Program Evaluation
Claremont Graduate University
The Teaching of Evaluation Topical Interest Group of the American
Evaluation Association

The purpose of this working conference is to engage evaluation trainers,
instructors, and faculty to begin a formal discussion of the current status
of the education and training of program evaluators. The conference will
address a range of essential questions, including:

   - What are foundational questions in the area of evaluation education,
   and how can researchers and practitioners collaborate to describe and
   explore them together?
   - What are the risks of not addressing evaluation education with
   data-driven questions and solutions?
   - What research exists on evaluator education/training, and what is
   - How can research on evaluation education be strengthened?

Anticipated benefits of this conference and the pre-work leading to it
include the following:

Benefits for participants

  • Establishing connections with others working in evaluation education
  • Participating in a conversation that will shape the research agenda and future of evaluator education

Potential benefits for participants over time
  • Collaborative research and eventual; publications on key topics identified
  • Participation in AEA conference panel presentations in coming years
  • Access to an ongoing community working on cutting edge research to improve teaching practice

The working conference will occur concurrently with the annual Spring
Training of the Minnesota Evaluation Studies Institute. It will begin at
5:00 PM on Monday, March 19, 2018 with an introductory working session and
dinner, then continue throughout the day on Tuesday, March 20, 2018, with
presentations in the morning and early afternoon and ending with agenda
setting and final debriefing. There will be no cost to attend the working
conference, although participants can attend the MESI conference for an
additional fee.  See for details and more

We look forward to launching what we believe is a discussion critically
important to the future of our field. We hope you can join us.


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