Call for Abstracts – Annual Conference 2021

How to submit abstracts

If you submitted an abstract for last year’s postponed annual conference and would like us to reconsider it, the Society is now inviting you to resubmit either with or without changes. We are also inviting new abstracts to showcase evaluative approaches used during COVID-19.

Abstracts can be (re)submitted by Tuesday 23 February – please email them to

We are seeking abstracts that demonstrate the value of evaluation and evaluative thinking and will develop thinking by pushing the boundaries. We are keen to receive abstracts that relate to the sub-themes of adaptive people, methods, capabilities and culture.

More information about the 2021 annual conference is available on the event webpage – link here

Criteria for reviewing submissions:

  • Clarity and scientific rigour
  • Relevance to evaluative thinking
  • Audience engagement
  • Impact and benefit to participants

We will consider how abstracts create a balance for the conference to reflect a wide variety of policy sectors, a diversity of professional backgrounds and disciplines, and an inclusive spectrum of career experience. We will welcome and seek to reflect a wide range of presenters from civil society, government and wider public sector, academia, students, and business, both in the UK and overseas.

Contributions from a wide range of fields and sectors are invited on areas including: new evaluation methods or the novel application of an emerging and promising method, case studies, lessons, experiences, theoretical and practical developments in evaluation, innovative evaluation models, critiques of evaluation and evaluation approaches, new evaluation concepts, and use of digital technology in evaluation.

Structured abstracts should not exceed 300 words and must include information under the following headings:

  • Context
  • Objectives of the session
  • Lay lessons / messages
  • How the session would be delivered

Outside the word count, authors may include up to three references including relevant evaluation theories and methods used, policy documents and other relevant studies so that readers can refer to them.

We normally receive many more abstracts than we are able to include in the programme.

Authors are asked to name and provide an email address for the corresponding author