2016: Improving Outcomes, Building Knowledge: Finding What Works

Sun, 05/01/2016 to Tue, 05/03/2016


Conference Program

The final EERS conference program is now avialable. Attendees will receive a program booklet at registration but the most current details of all presentations and other activities are available for download via the link in the Conference Materials menu at the bottom of this page.


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The 39th Annual Conference of the Eastern Evaluation Research Society will be returning to its longtime home at the Seaview Resort and Spa in Galloway, NJ. This year’s conference theme will be Improving Outcomes, Building Knowledge: Finding What Works. The conference will continue its tradition of providing professional evaluators, academics, students, and evaluation consumers an informal, collegial forum to discuss. An agenda is available in the announcement downloadable from the menu of resources at the bottom of this page.

Conference registration is open and available online. Cost for the EERS conference will be $275.00 for those who register by March 31 (the "early bird" rate) and $325.00 afterwards. As always, EERS offers students a discounted rate - $85.00 for the entire conference. Preconference workshops will cost an additionl $75.00. Watch the web site for additional conference news updates in the coming days.


EERS Conference Sponsors

Thank you to the following organizations for their support of the 2016 EERS conference!




Support EERS Conference Student Participation

EERS takes pride in encouraging the next generation of evaluators by supporting students whose presentation proposals are accepted with stipends, and free or subsidized meal and conference registration fees exceeding $4000 annually. You can now make tax-deductable donations securely through PayPal or with a credit card, with all proceeds going to support costs for student participants. Click the button below to make a one-time $10 donation and thank you for supporting our students!


The 2016 conference continues its long history of exceptional presenters, featuring a distinguished group of speakers, in addition to the EERS Invited Authors Program and pre-conference workshops for evaluation professionals. Guests for this conference include the following:

  • John Gargani (Keynote Speaker) - President, Gargani + Company; new AEA President
  • Katrina Bledsoe (Plenary Speaker) - Senior Research Director, DeBruce Foundation; Founding Director and Senior Research Director, ThinkShift
  • Tony Foleno (Plenary Speaker) - Senior Vice President Research, Planning and Evaluation, The Advertising Council


The Eleanor Chelimsky Forum

In its 4th year for the 2016 conference, the Chelimsky Forum on Evaluation Theory and Practice focuses on a conference theme through the eyes of selected luminaries from the evaluation field. Supported again by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, this spring's Forum Plenary Presentation will feature Stafford Hood, Director of the Center for Culturally Responsive Evaluation and Assessment. The role of Forum Discussant will be served by Nicole Bowman , President and founder of Bowman Performance Consulting.


Pre-Conference Workshops

EERS has a long history of providing popular evaluation practitioner workshops immediately prior to the formal opening of the annual conference. This year's pre-conference trainings are listed at the bottom of this page, with links to additional information about sessions and presenters.


Five Reasons to Attend an EERS Annual Conference

1. Networking: Share expertise, learn and network in an intimate and welcoming atmosphere.
2. Cross-Disciplinary Dialogue: Interact with evaluators and users of evaluation from a broad spectrum of disciplines and organizations.
3. Professional Development: Gain knowledge and learn new skills. Workshops and skill sessions, at various levels, are an integral part of our conference.
4. Inspiration: Feel nurtured and inspired, whether you’re just starting out or are a seasoned professional.
5. National Experts: Rub elbows with national evaluation experts.


Technology and Social Media for the EERS Conference

Get ready to Tweet the Conference! #EERS16

Technology hardware and support is provided for the EERS conference. Please review the specific information provided for conference presenters and conference attendees.


Conference Materials

Conference materials and presentations will be uploaded below as they become available.