13th European Evaluation Society Biennial Conference

For Authors

The Abstract Submission for EES 2018 has been closed as of 2nd April. Currently, all abstracts are subject to review, results will be communicated to all authors by 15 June 2018.
Abstract authors may review their submissions at the conference portal.
Should you have any doubts or questions, please feel free to contact us at abstracts@ees2018.eu.


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:

Strand 1: Evaluation systems and approaches in turbulent times

  • How do evaluations help people to improve their lives and make our societies more resilient?
  • What are the most useful roles for evaluation in conditions of unpredictability and complexity?
  • Design and management of evaluations – current challenges and opportunities
  • Evaluation Systems in organisations affected by turbulent times

Strand 2: Rethinking Evaluation methods and methodologies

  • Rethinking evaluation methods, design and criteria
  • Combining methods in evaluation
  • Approaches to risk and uncertain futures
  • Data collection, analysis and reporting issues particularly in challenging contexts
  • IRole of ICT and emerging technologies including social media, big data, location systems, cyber ethnography etc
  • Links between evaluation and foresight
  • Dealing with flexibility and complexity

Strand 3: Developing the field of Evaluation to promote resilience and action in critical times

  • Challenges and opportunities for the evaluation field
  • Dilemmas and trends in professionalism, standards and ethical norms
  • Values in evaluation: philosophical, ethical and theoretical considerations
  • The role of Evaluation Associations
  • Maintaining independence, relevance and responsiveness
  • The role of partnerships and stakeholders
  • Communicating, using and embedding evaluation

Find out more about the session types

All abstracts must be submitted via the online submission system only and by the specified deadline of 2 April 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.

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.