Susan Kistler on Submitting a Conference Proposal for Evaluation 2012

I am Susan Kistler, the American Evaluation Association’s Executive Director and regularly aea365 Saturday contributor.

AEA has a few major milestones each year and one is coming up this Friday, March 16 – the deadline for proposal submissions for Evaluation 2012, our annual conference. Evaluation 2012 will be held in Minneapolis, Minnesota, from October 24-27. Between now and Friday, over 1000 people likely will send in submissions to be prepared for peer-review this spring.

If you are an AEA member, you likely may stop reading now – you have or will receive this info via a member email. This post is aimed at our nonmember colleagues who may be considering sharing their knowledge and skills via a presentation at Evaluation 2012.

Lessons Learned Regarding Proposal Submission:

  1. You do not need to be an AEA member to submit a conference proposal.
  2. You may submit a conference proposal on any aspect of the breadth and depth of the field – it does not need to focus on the conference theme.
  3. The acceptance rate for conference proposals in the format in which they were proposed is usually approximately 80%.
  4. You should share your best work, that which is rich in opportunities for learning.

There are over ten different formats for sessions offered at Evaluation 2012, from Roundtables to Panels, Ignite Sessions to Demonstrations. You can learn about each type here. One way to get a feel for the topics usually found on the program is to peruse the searchable Evaluation 2011 Conference Program.

Rad Resource: We’ve made public the recording from a recent Coffee Break Webinar on proposal submission. Via that link, you can also download the webinar handout that includes a tip sheet and submission checklist.

Hot Tip: Learn more about the AEA Annual Conference and review the proposal submission forms and Frequently Asked Questions on the Evaluation 2012 website.

Do you have questions, concerns, kudos, or content to extend this aea365 contribution? Please add them in the comments section for this post on the aea365 webpage so that we may enrich our community of practice. Would you like to submit an aea365 Tip? Please send a note of interest to aea365 is sponsored by the American Evaluation Association and provides a Tip-a-Day by and for evaluators.


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