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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@eval.org. aea365 is sponsored by the American Evaluation Association and provides a Tip-a-Day by and for evaluators.

 

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Susan Kistler here, AEA’s Executive Director. It’s Saturday, March 12, 2010 and I have a question. How is your conference proposal coming for Evaluation 2011? I can’t wait to see everyone in November in Anaheim!

Hot Tip: Go ahead, submit a proposal. It is a great way to share what you have learned about evaluation planning, data collection methods, reporting, evaluation use, working with stakeholders, values and valuing, the theoretical underpinnings of the field, and tools and techniques. The key is to focus on evaluation, evaluation methodologies, evaluation theories, or running your evaluation business, not on evaluation findings. If you are reporting on findings, use them as context, as evidence of success (or failure) of the evaluation itself, as the basis of an exploration of evaluation use – but not as the primary focus of your proposed presentation.

Hot Tip: You do not need to be an AEA member to submit a conference proposal.

Hot Tip: Having a proposal on the Evaluation 2011 program can help you to build your professional network. You’ll meet attendees at your session with an interest in your area and you’ll find that even non-attendees use the searchable conference program as a type of directory to identify colleagues working on shared issues.

Hot Tip: Friday, March 18, 2011 – this coming Friday – is the proposal submission deadline. While we have been accepting proposals since mid-January, we’ll likely receive over 900 proposals, out of the roughly 1200 total, on Friday. A staff person scans each proposal individually for completeness and sends a confirmation of receipt. Given the calls and emails for assistance on Friday, it is a very busy day. If you submit your proposal even one day early, you’re much more likely to get a rapid confirmation, immediate assistance, and our eternal thanks!

Hot Tip: There is competitively awarded travel assistance available for full-time students http://www.eval.org/eval2011/11students.htm and colleagues working in developing countries or countries in transition http://www.eval.org/eval2011/11international.htm.

Hot Tip: Go to http://www.eval.org/eval2011/default.asp to learn more about the conference and submit a proposal before the Friday, March 18, deadline.

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@eval.org. aea365 is sponsored by the American Evaluation Association and provides a Tip-a-Day by and for evaluators.

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