Professional Development Workshops

The EES 2020 Biennial Conference Professional Development Workshops will take place in Copenhagen, Denmark, on September 21 & 22, 2020.
The professional development sessions constitute a unique opportunity for the community of professionals in evaluation to gain knowledge and experience from stimulating and knowledgeable presenters, and to exchange with colleagues. It also provides presenters with an opportunity to share and discuss their knowledge and experience with highly motivated participants from all over the world.

The professional development workshops are one day sessions.

Topics may include:

  • Evaluation approaches
    e.g. transformative evaluation, real time evaluation, gender responsive evaluation, rights-based evaluation, theory-based evaluation, realist evaluation, goal free evaluations, causal evaluation, democratic evaluations, empowerment evaluation, developmental evaluation, principles-based evaluation, systems focussed evaluation, Blue Marble evaluation, etc.
  • Evaluation designs
    e.g. case study, meta-evaluation, organizational assessment, social impact assessment, evaluating complex networks, experimental, quasi-experimental, contribution analysis, QCA, process tracing, evaluation synthesis, etc.
  • Specific methods related to various themes
    e.g. climate change, migration, development, conflict, human rights, agriculture and food security, education, humanitarian, infrastructure, labour market, employment, equity, etc.
  • Overarching topics
    e.g. evaluation for sustainability, evaluation and use of digital technologies, evaluation as social practice, choosing evaluation approaches for evaluation designs to address complex policies and situations, commissioning evaluations, managing evaluations, communication of evaluations, promoting use of evaluation results, etc.

The content of professional development workshops should be attentive to gender responsiveness, equity, social justice and sustainability.

Instructions for submitting a proposals

Please address the following in your submission:

  • Workshop title
  • Presenter information
    Your name, affiliation, and experience in conducting similar professional development activities (including references and evaluations of courses you have given), your credentials relative to the subject matter.
  • Targeted audience
    Level of experience and prior knowledge expected of the participants (beginner/intermediate/advanced; e.g. participants with good knowledge in empirical social research); type of participant (e.g. commissioners, evaluators, managers, clients, rights holders, etc.)
  • Learning objectives
    Expected knowledge gained by participants and how they may apply it to their work.
  • Workshop Outline
    Overall description of content, main components/activities, how these achieve the learning objectives.
  • Teaching methods
    How will you make the workshop interactive and dynamic?

* The number of words in the text boxes is not limited.

Deadline for submission of workshop proposals

Please submit your professional development workshop proposals no later than 15 March 2020.
You may submit for more than one workshop.

Benefits to the workshop presenter

EES will waive the conference fee for the main workshop presenter.
EES will provide the main workshop presenter with two nights hotel accommodation.
These benefits are not transferable to another person nor payable in another way.

Tentative timeline

Workshop proposals reception: 15 March 2020
Notification of acceptance status of workshop proposals: 1 May 2020
Publication of professional development workshops list: 29 May 2020


For queries about the content of the professional development workshop please contact Albine Guitard ( or Ian C. Davies, Credentialed Evaluator (CE) (
For logistical and organisational questions, including about your stay in Copenhagen, please contact the Conference Secretariat

Kind regards,
Albine Guitard
Ian C Davies, CE

Conference Secretariat: C-IN, 5. kvetna 65, 140 21 Prague 4, CZE | tel.: +420 261 174 301 | fax: +420 261 174 307
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