3 - 4 June 2020

Grand Connaught Rooms, London, UK

UK Evaluation Society Annual Conference 2020

Evaluation and Evaluative Thinking: Insights for methods, capabilities, culture and implementation


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Evaluation has increasingly become a specialist field, with notable methodological developments in both quantitative and qualitative approaches. However, the area of evaluative thinking has also emerged as important. Definitions vary but include that it is critical thinking applied to both formal evaluations and informal evaluative efforts, that it is an ongoing process of critical reflection and that it blends monitoring and evaluation. It is also seen as a core element in evaluation capacity building.

By including evaluative thinking in the conference theme, we wish to signal that the conference encourages a broad scope of contributions, including from those working in a range of fields where systematic inquiry and evaluative judgement inform learning and decisions, even if these are not typically seen as evaluations. Learning cultures, capabilities for evaluative thinking and embedding evaluation and evaluative thinking in implementation processes are all suitable areas to explore in the conference.

Whether you are new to evaluation or very experienced, from academia, government, consultancy or civil society, you will have a lot to share, learn and debate at this conference of the leading professional organisation for evaluation in the UK.

How to submit abstracts

Abstracts can be submitted here. The closing date for receipt of abstracts for formal presentations is 17 February 2020 and for poster presentations is 1 May 2020.