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American Evaluation Association Conference 2006
Posted by: Bob Williams (
Date: February 16, 2006 05:19AM

Kia ora everyone,

For the past two years, the American Evaluation Association (AEA) Conference has had a highly successful "systems" stream. Interest in the systems field is growing fast in the evaluation community - and a special edition of the AEA Monograph series will be exploring this in detail, It should be due out midyear.

Meanwhile here is a call for papers for the Annual Conference in Portland OR 1st to 4th November.


The Systems in Evaluation TIG encourages those interested in systems
approaches in evaluation to submit proposals to the AEA Conference
in Portland this year.

You can submit on-line via the folowing links


If you chose to do so, please remember two things.

Firstly you need to specify in the proposal that you want the Systems
and Evaluation TIG to consider this proposal. This is Section 5 Peer
Review Selection in the submission form.

Secondly the closing date is the 17th March.

Your papers will contribute to the ongoing conversation about systems
thinking and its use in evaluation. We are looking for proposals that
address systems thinking as a theory base for evaluation design,
implementation, and data analysis.

For example :

1. Methodologies for evaluation that utilize systems theory in the
design and execution of the actual evaluation itself - the "theory
base" of evaluation methodology, as it were. Submissions from those
who have attempted to use systems theory to inform their evaluation
methodologies are strongly encouraged.

2. Discussion about how evaluation methodology should be grounded in
systems thinking and systems theory. What are the design issues that
need to be addressed? We encourage submissions that pose questions
and push discussion around definitions, design issues, methodology
constraints and the possibilities for using systems thinking as a
basis for evaluation.

3. The conference theme is about the consequences of evaluation.
Systems or systemic perspectives of the consequences of evaluation
could bring refreshingly different insights into this issue.
Anything on this topic would be especially welcome.

4. Presentation of evaluation approaches that used systems theory to
interpret the findings, draw conclusions, and offer recommendations,
even though the evaluation design itself was not based in systems
approaches. What considerations led to a systems approach in analysis
of data? What does a systems approach to analysis contribute to
evaluation? Does a systems approach lead to a different understanding
of results than a non-systems approach? Is a systems approach best
used for certain types of evaluation?

5. Discussion around the intersection of program design, evaluation
methodology, and analysis of findings. At a time when change and
reform efforts are increasingly being implemented from a systems
perspective, how does systems thinking in change and program design
influence and inform systems approaches to the evaluation of such

Hope to see some of you there

Bob Williams
Systems in Evaluation TIG Program Co-Chair




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