2020 CESBC Evaluation Conference #EvalBC2020

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Information for Presenters

Presenters are encouraged to lead dynamic and interactive sessions that give attendees specific and practical ideas which they can apply to their own work and a sense of ‘know-how’ to implement what they’ve learned. Submissions which primarily share the results of an evaluation project and do not focus on what attendees can learn and apply are discouraged.

For tips on effective conference presentations please consult the following resources:

Conference Steams

There are three conference streams, each with a distinct focus relating back to our main conference theme of “What’s in your evaluation toolbox?”. These streams are intended to guide you in thinking about the different ways to approach our conference theme.

Stream 1: Sharing Our Tools

As evaluators, we are fortunate to have a variety of tools from many fields to choose from. This stream focuses on sharing the tools we use and how we have used them. “Tools” includes data collection instruments and methods, engagement activities and facilitation techniques, software and technology, reporting supports, and processes, frameworks and approaches, and more—anything we use to plan, do and share our evaluations. These can be new additions to our toolboxes or familiar standbys. Presenters are encouraged to focus on the practical application of the tool.

Stream 2: Adapting To Context

Sometimes we can’t use a tool right out of our toolbox; we have to adapt it to fit the specific context we work in. The focus of this stream is on how presenters have either adapted tools or developed new ways to meet situational needs (as defined by location, culture, history, characteristics of participants or evaluands, or any other nuance of the work). Presenters should explain the circumstances that required the adaptation, how you went about developing or finding tools that fit these needs, and what other evaluators can take from this to inform their own practice.

Stream 3: Reflecting On Experience

Our work is shaped by our tools and our experiences. John Dewey said, “We do not learn from experience, we learn from reflecting on experience,” so the focus of this stream is reflecting on our practices and sharing what we’ve learned for the benefit of our peers. Consider mistakes you’ve made, lessons you’ve learned, what you’ve done or might do differently next time, and other experiences that have made you the evaluator you are. Presentations on reflective tools are also welcome.

Presentation Types

We strongly encourage presenters to be thoughtful and creative in presentation delivery and quality. A conference is an excellent platform to experiment and practice inventive ways to engage audiences and share your message!

Three presentation types are available: short presentation, long presentation, and poster. Within these types, presenters are free to be creative with how they structure their presentation. Options include (but are not limited to) traditional presentations, panels, Ignite rapid presentations, debates, workshops, forum theatre, and storytelling. If there is an innovative session format you would like to propose for your presentation, include a description and explanation in your proposal (along with any special logistical and technical requirements and expected duration).

Short Presentation

Duration: 12 minutes per presentation

A presentation made by one or more speakers on a specific tool, idea, experience, etc. Presentations should be 12 minutes (with an additional 5 minutes for questions and audience interaction). Short presentations will be grouped together and will take place during one-hour concurrent sessions.

Long Presentation

Duration: 60 minutes

A presentation made by one or more speakers on a specific tool, idea, experience, etc.that requires a longer format than the short presentation (e.g., a workshop or demonstration presentation).

Poster Presentation

Duration: 60 minutes

A large printed poster sharing insights and information about a topic in an engaging graphic format using clear visuals and concise supporting text. Posters will be displayed in a common, central area throughout the conference. Presenters must be present to discuss and answer questions about their poster during the poster viewing time, which will be held during the reception.

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