The UK Evaluation Society exists for and through its members: working together
Members’ involvement in the Society’s activities helps us to build a more vibrant and effective professional community for evaluation. There are several ways that members can participate in and benefit from our activities.
UK Evaluation Society Annual Conference
Our annual conference is one of the easiest ways to get involved with the UK Evaluation Society. Each year, it brings together over 150 evaluation practitioners, academics and commissioners. It provides a great opportunity for evaluators to showcase their work, learn about current trends and innovation in evaluation, listen to inspirational talks from leading evaluators and discuss issues, ask questions and network.
The UK Evaluation Society has four active national and regional networks:
The networks regularly host evaluation seminars, workshops and network meetings on evaluation to share practice and new developments in evaluation. They are a great way to meet other evaluators and to share evaluation news and knowledge.
Communications and social media
All members are invited to contribute evaluation news and updates for sharing through our member eBulletins, social media and our website blog. There are also opportunities to publish articles through our Society magazine, The Evaluator.
We have an active Twitter account – @UKevaluation – and LinkedIn discussion forum for interacting with the Society and between members.
We also encourage the sharing of academic research findings and we are affiliated with the peer-reviewed journal, Evaluation: The International Journal of Theory, Research and Practice
Voluntary Evaluator Peer Review (VEPR)
You can participate in the Voluntary Evaluator Peer Review (VEPR) scheme by applying to become a reviewee or reviewer. The VEPR scheme helps evaluators to reflect on their capabilities as part of their continuing professional development.
Training and events
The UK Evaluation Society has a range of training events open to evaluators of all different levels. Our programme is currently focused on specific methods, but plans are underway to expand to include other aspects of evaluation. Experienced evaluators can support the Society by signing up to offer training or help deliver training.
By joining the UK Evaluation Society Council, members can influence the direction and scope of the Society. Elections are held each year with nominations opened at the annual conference and closed at the end of October. Successful candidates take up office the following January.
To find out more about the roles and responsibilities of Council membership see here.
Opportunities to join the Council working groups are open to all members of the Society and you can express an interest in volunteering all year round. Our working groups are:
- Annual conference – although our conference usually occurs across two days each May, the planning takes place all year round
- Membership – staying alert to our members’ needs and ensuring we are delivering the best possible offer for our members
- Communication & marketing – facilitating two-way communications with our members and selling the benefits of our Society
- Training & professionalisation – organising regular training activities, initiatives such as Voluntary Evaluator Peer Review (VEPR) and resources to support professionalisation
- Partnerships & collaborations – liaising with other societies and agencies to represent the UK evaluation community and to extend benefits for members
- National networks – a forum for our national and regional networks and UK Council representatives
- Young & emerging evaluators (YEE) – our newest working group, dedicated to improving accessibility and career prospects in the evaluation field