Susan Kistler on Using Photos to Illustrate Evaluation in Complex Ecologies

My name is Susan Kistler, I am the Executive Director of the American Evaluation Association, and aea365’s Saturday contributor.

What does the Evaluation 2012 conference theme “Evaluation in Complex Ecologies: Relationships, Responsibilities, Relevance” mean to you? How do you see it displayed around you? A team of volunteers is collecting photos to use as part of the culminating plenary in Minneapolis.

Get Involved: You are invited to share a photo that reflects this year’s conference theme. Each photo submitted should be classified under one of the conference sub-themes of “relationships,” “responsibilities,” or “relevance” and include a brief explanation (25 words or fewer) of what the photo represents and why it was chosen. Up to 100 photos will be selected and displayed as part of a slide show video at Saturday’s closing townhall session.

Hot Tips: Photos submitted may be provocative,funny, unique or thoughtful, but should be in appropriate taste for showing to a mixed gender and multicultural audience. The photo can be taken before or during the conference, as part of an evaluation activity, or simply reflect the complex ecologies in which evaluations take place. The photo may be taken by the individual submitting it or by someone else. If using someone else’s photo, the individual submitting the photo is responsible for ensuring that it has met proper copyright and use permission.

Submission Guidelines and Details:

  • Photos should use a standard electronic format (.jpg preferred) and ideally be high resolution
  • Explanations should not exceed 25 words
  • Submit your photo as an attachment and your explanation in the email body to:
  • Send in your photos between today and Thursday, October 25th at 12 pm (Central Time)
  • Only one photo submission per person please!

A Task Force will review the submitted photos and make selections for the closing session. Early submission is appreciated and prizes will be given to the first five individuals that submit their photos. Remaining prizes for photos will be distributed randomly to those attending the closing session on Saturday.

Questions or inquiries about this process can be sent to Brandi Gilbert and Jenica Huddleston  at

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