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Indigenous People's Conference on Evaluation, 7-9 February 2019

Location: Te Papaiouru Marae, Ohinemutu, Rotorua, Aotearoa New Zealand

We acknowledge the footsteps of those we are walking in, those who have gone before and paved the way, established relationships and opened doors within the many realms that evaluation exists. In recent years Māori evaluators have come together and mobilised to support Iwi/Māori evaluators and Iwi/Māori evaluation to progress the development of our people.

Underpinning our Association and reflected in our name, is our whakatauki (proverb) – Mā te rae ka rangatira ai, which guides us to:

  • Look deep, far and wide
  • With clarity and a critical consciousness
  • Grounded in our Māori world
  • Seeing with our eyes, our mind, body and spirit

And it is this traditional wisdom that provides the overarching kaupapa (platform) for our conference. Through the conference it is our vision to connect, share and move forward together, affirming and celebrating our indigenous ways of knowing and being, to self-determine and lead our futures.

Registrations for Mā te Rae ka rangatira ai Indigenous People’s Conference on Evaluation are now open. Please click here to register and to find out more about the conference.

2nd Asia Pacific Evaluation Association Conference: 25 February - 1 March 2019

Location: Manila, Philippines
Theme: Reducing Poverty-Enabling Peace: Evaluation for Accountability, Transparency and Sustainable Development

Canadian Evaluation Society’s 40th National Conference: 27 – 29 May 2019

Location: Halifax, Nova Scotia
Theme: Bridges

2nd Energy Evaluation Conference in Asia Pacific: 30 - 31 October 2019

The 2nd Energy Evaluation Asia Pacific conference, to be held in Bangkok in October 2019,  provides a forum for discussion of the latest ideas in evaluation of energy policies and programmes and will be attended by policy makers, evaluators, academics, utilities and development bodies. The conference is the only forum for Energy Evaluation in the Asia Pacific region and presenters both enhance their reputation and help to build an authoritative body of knowledge about evaluating energy policies and programmes.


American Evaluation Society Annual Conference (Evaluation 2019): 11 - 16 November 2019

Proposal submissions are now open. Submit your proposal on a topic following one of these presentation types: panel discussions, expert lectures, roundtables, skill-building workshops, ignite sessions, or birds of a feather gatherings. We are looking for both creative thinking and variety in your submissions. Don’t miss this opportunity to present in front of a global audience of more than 3,000 colleagues! All submissions are due March 18, 2019.

Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota
Theme: Paths to the Future of Evaluation: Contribution, Leadership, and Renewal

Past conferences

American Evaluation Society Annual Conference (Evaluation 2018): 31 October - 3 November 2018

Location: Cleveland, Ohio USA
Theme: Speaking Truth to Power

13th European Evaluation Society Biennal Conference: 1-5 October 2018

Location: Thessaloniki, Greece
Theme: Evaluation for More Resilient Societies

Aotearoa New Zealand Evaluation Association Conference 2018: 16-19 July 2018

Venue: Waipuna Hotel & Conference Centre, 58 Waipuna Rd, Mount Wellington, Auckland NZ
Theme: "Evaluation for change: Change for evaluation – He arotake rereketanga: Kia rereke te arotaketanga"

Canadian Evaluation Society 2018 Conference: 27-29 May 2018

Location: Calgary Alberta
Theme: "Co-Creation in Evaluation"

United Kingdom Evaluation Society Annual Evaluation Conference: 2-5 May 2018

Theme: The Quality of Evidence from Evaluation - demand, supply, and use
For more information click here

Workshops and training courses

Developmental Evaluation workshop, 13-15 February 2019, Raglan NZ

This two day workshop takes a deep dive into the practice of developmental evaluation.

Internationally leading Developmental Evaluators Kate McKegg, Nan Wehipeihana and Nora Murphy Johnson will be joined by Kataraina Pipi and Andy Johnson to deliver this workshop. Michael Quinn Patton will contribute to the workshop virtually. Kick 2019 off to a great start and take the opportunity to learn from and engage with this highly experienced developmental evaluators and recognised for creative facilitation practice - including the use of art, music and drama. 

Click here to find out more.

Realist Research and Evaluation Intensive Workshop, 4-8 March 2019, Sydney

Prof. Gill Westhorp (CDU), Dr Gary Groot (University of Saskatchewan) and Rebecca Hardwick (CDU) are co-delivering a workshop that will introduce the philosophical assumptions of a realist philosophy of science and their implications for understanding how policies and programs work. Participants will develop skills in designing and implementing realist research and evaluation, from developing initial questions through to final reporting. The workshop also covers realist review, the realist approach to systematic literature reviews and rapid realist review.

AES members receive a special 20% discount. Costs are (GST inclusive) including morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea: AES Members: $1250, Non-Members: $1500, HDR Students: $600

For further details and to register click here.

Clear Horizon - training courses

(15% off for AES members)

Clear Horizon is widely known for conducting evaluation research and being at the cutting edge of contemporary theory and practice with regard to monitoring and evaluation. Clear Horizon prides itself in using innovative solutions and best practice approaches. Their skilled facilitators offer training that leads to real application and their courses include design, program logic, monitoring and evaluation as well as mentoring services.

To view Clear Horizon's latest training calendar, click here. Please note that discounts apply for AES members.

TRAASS International online courses

TRAASS International provide a range of Monitoring and Evaluation services to humanitarian and international development organisations seeking to assess the relevance, effectiveness and efficiency of their activities to improve both accountability and learning.

Click here for full TRAAS International cCourse brochure

Past events

Collaboration for Impact’s Complexity and Evaluation Conference 2018: 3-4 May 2018

View the conference program here

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Evaluations that Make a Difference: Stories from around the world

This project is supported by EvalPartners, the African Development Bank and the Inter-American Development Bank 

eval cover 200Evaluations that Make a Difference: Stories from around the world is one of the first pieces of systematic research looking at factors that contribute to high quality evaluations that are used by stakeholders to improve programs and improve people's lives. This initiative collected stories about evaluations that made a difference, not only from the perspective of the evaluators but also from the commissioners and users. The stories in this collection tell powerful stories about the findings in the evaluations and the ways the evaluations contributed to the impact of the programs.

The report can be accessed at:


Some outstanding news is that this research supports what many of the wiser evaluators already knew. Evaluations can make a difference if evaluations:

  • Focus on making an impact
  • Give voice to the voiceless
  • Provide credible evidence
  • Use a positive approach
  • Ensure users and intended beneficiaries are actively engaged
  • Embed evaluation within the programme
  • Are recognized as important
  • Have a champion within program

This is just the beginning. Evaluators need to take a systematic approach to collecting, analyzing and using information to learn more about whether evaluations are making a difference and what factors are the most important. Yes, we need to evaluate our own work more often. Hopefully, this will inspire others to think more critically about evaluation design and implementation and to do more research into what works.

International Organization for Collaborative Outcome Management (IOCOM)

IOCOM facilitates collaboration between professionals in outcome management and development, monitoring and evaluation associations, societies and networks to strengthen the discipline in the world.

Please visit our website.