For the 13th European Evaluation Society Biennial Conference (EES 2018) with the overarching theme “Evaluation for more resilient societies” we welcome contributions in the form of papers, posters, panels and round-tables on all topics of relevance listed below:
All abstracts must be submitted via the online submission system only and by the specified deadline of 15 March 2018.
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. These are submitted no later than eight weeks before the conference is held, i.e. by 31 July 2018. This deadline is firm in order to allow adequate time for peer review, consideration for awards and potential publication.
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 EES Conference Secretariat.
Below you can find the main characteristics, philosophy and principles of the different types of sessions on offer during the conference.
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.
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 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.
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.