2016: Improving Outcomes, Building Knowledge: Finding What Works

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


Conference Program

The final 2016 EERS conference program is avialable. Attendees received a program booklet at registration but the  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 returned this year to its longtime home at the Seaview Resort and Spa in Galloway, NJ. The conference theme was Improving Outcomes, Building Knowledge: Finding What Works, as EERS continued its tradition of providing professional evaluators, academics, students, and evaluation consumers an informal, collegial forum to discuss issues and methods pertinent to their various fields. An agenda is available in the announcement downloadable from the menu of resources at the bottom of this page.

The 2016 conference cost $275.00 for those registered by March 31 (the "early bird" rate) and $325.00 afterwards. As always, EERS offered students a discounted rate - $85.00 for the entire conference. Preconference workshops  cost an additionl $75.00.


EERS Conference Sponsors

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




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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 continued 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 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.


Technology and Social Media for the EERS Conference

This year's EERS conference was tweeted at #EERS16

Technology hardware and support were provided for the EERS conference. We find it helpful if attendees review specific information established for conference presenters and conference attendees.


Conference Materials

Conference materials, including session presentations, will be uploaded below as they become available.