The Evaluation 2016 conference will take place October 24-29, 2016 in Atlanta, GA with the theme of “Evaluation + Design.”

 “Everything we evaluate is designed. Every evaluation we conduct is designed. Every report, graph, or figure we present is designed. In our profession, design and evaluation are woven together to support the same purpose—making the world a better place. This is the inspiration for the 2016 theme: Evaluation + Design. In 2016, we will be diving into this concept looking specifically at three areas—program design, evaluation design, and information design” - AEA President, John Gargani.

 More information about the theme can be found here.

 Do you have a great idea for a session topic?

 We encourage you to submit your session abstracts on the AEA Proposal Submission Portal   We will consider abstracts that span a broad range of topics, but here are some ideas to get you started:

 •         Examine evaluation models that were effective in specific nonprofit program settings

 •         Describe successful strategies that captured and/or set the course for your nonprofit or foundation’s impact on a particularly challenging/entrenched issue within a community or within society more broadly

 •         Illustrate exceptional experiences in evaluation from your foundation’s strategies and impact

 •         Provide concrete evaluation strategies, tips and tricks for practitioners working in nonprofits

 •         Present and/or collaboratively refine an evaluation tool that has been developed or used by your nonprofit organization or foundation

 •         Share a skill and develop the evaluation capacity of nonprofit and foundation professionals

 •         Analyze lessons learned and best practices from diverse evaluation initiatives

 •         Generate new ideas related to emerging themes in evaluation practice for nonprofits and foundations

 Please note that while proposals do not have to address the theme,  AEA review criteria assesses relevance to the conference theme, so making that connection will reflect positively in scores by reviewers.

 In advance of submitting, please be sure to carefully review the descriptions of each presentation type and choose the appropriate one for each of your sessions. Whenever possible, please also identify specific individuals who are willing to serve as chairs / discussants for your session(s) and include their names as part of your submission. 

 Please note that this year, all people on a submission are required to have an account with AEA, even if just a guest account. Be sure all collaborators on your submission have an account before beginning the submission process. 

 The proposal submission deadline is 11:59 PM ET March 15, 2016.


 We need your help with the proposal review process!

 Would you like to contribute to the conference?  We are seeking SNA TIG members and others interested in SNA to review abstracts to ensure that our sessions are valuable, relevant, and compelling for our members.  Abstract review by volunteers is expected to take place in April. Depending on the number of reviewers, each will review from 3-6 abstracts. We are particularly interested in reviewers with some knowledge of SNA, but that is not a required criteria. 

 We will reconfirm your interest in serving as a reviewer a week or two before proposal reviews begin to ensure you are still available. If you are submitting a proposal yourself, you can indicate on your submission form that you would like to be a reviewer (of other proposals!). If you are not submitting a proposal, you can still review--we’d love to hear from you (our contact information is below).

 Each TIG has the opportunity to structure their review process in the way they see fit. Last year, the SNA TIG sought volunteer reviewers from our membership through this same newsletter solicitation. From the list, we randomly assigned volunteers so that each proposal was reviewed three time. Scores from the volunteer reviewers were then averaged to get the final score, which determined whether or not the proposal was accepted. As always, we are open to suggestions from our membership on ways to improve the review process, and look forward to receiving any comments you have.

Please feel free to contact John Burrett or Simon Geletta if you have questions, suggestions, or need further information. 

 If you’d like to volunteer as a reviewer, please send us a message by March 25 indicating your interest clearly in the subject line .

 Contact information for the 2016 Program Chair, Social Network Analysis TIG:

 John Burrett

2030 Gatineau View Crescent

Ottawa, Ontario


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