26 - 27 May 2021

Grand Connaught Rooms, London, UK

UK Evaluation Society Annual Conference 2021

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


We will be taking forwards the theme and abstracts submitted for the postponed 2020 conference to 2021 but giving people the opportunity to update or change their abstracts nearer the time. We will also encourage new abstracts to be submitted as there has been a wealth of initiatives and innovation related to COVID-19 and we will be keen to showcase evaluative approaches used during this time. There will therefore be an additional call for abstracts in the autumn/winter of 2020.

We are contacting everyone who submitted abstracts for the 2020 conference and will post updates on the UK Evaluation Society website and Twitter (#UKevaluation and @UKevaluation).

We hope that you are coping well and thank you for your patience in these unprecedented circumstances.

About the conference theme

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

We will be announcing submission dates for formal presentations and poster presentations in due course.

How to register for the annual conference

We will be opening for registrations later in 2020.