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Letter from the EES President

Dear colleague,

I am pleased to invite you to the EES 14th Biennial Conference in 2020, to be held in Copenhagen, Denmark, 21-25 September.

In a world of post-truth and conflicting visions about the challenges that societies have to face, where citizens feel distrust towards institutions and lose confidence in experts, Evaluation, more than ever, has to provide reliable assessments and find the right approaches and mechanisms to address these challenges and propose solutions for building the future. What makes evaluation valuable and how can it maintain its legitimacy when the very notion of evidence is under attack? What is the role of evaluators in addressing complex problems and the challenges of the Anthropocene? How can evaluation support positive and forward-looking change?

“Evaluation in an Uncertain World - Complexity, Legitimacy and Ethics” will be the leading theme of our #EES2020 biennial conference. The Conference will provide for a variety of classical and innovative formats to exchange ideas on this theme: keynotes, papers, panel and poster sessions will co-exist with fishbowls, speed networking, think tank sessions or games. The overall format of the Conference is similar to previous ones: two days of professional development workshops and three days of main conference. Simultaneously, the Conference will provide the traditional opportunities for exchanging on evaluation politics, capacity, systems, research, methods, communication, and use. The Danish Evaluation Society, EES’ local partner in this conference, will provide the opportunity to become acquainted with and contribute to the concept of New Nordic Evaluation, exploring how evaluation reflects the culture in which it is executed. A social programme will facilitate networking and encourage us all to enjoy Danish “hygge”.

Necessary space will be created for the EES Thematic Working Groups, for National Evaluation Societies, Emerging Evaluators and any other relevant groups or networks, to communicate and interact.

Following the initial announcement, the preparation of the EES 2020 Conference is now progressing speedily. A call for expression of interest has allowed us to establish a programme coordination team composed of Ananda Millard, lead, Olha Krasovska and Mads Teisen. The coordination of the professional development workshops is again in the hands of Albine Guitard and Ian Davies. Laura Tagle and May Pettigrew coordinate the event overall. Anyone who wants to provide a more active support in the preparation and implementation of the Conference is most welcome: contact the EES Secretariat for volunteering.

We are also looking for sponsors: in particular, to sponsor bursaries for evaluators from developing countries and to sponsor any type of Conference session.

Important upcoming dates are:

  • The Call for abstracts to be published next week
  • Conference registration opens in January 2020
  • Professional development workshops can be proposed before end of 2019

You will be regularly informed through newsletters posted on the EES website.

We look forward to welcoming you in Copenhagen!

Daniele Lamarque
EES President Elect, overall Conference coordination

Conference Secretariat: C-IN, 5. kvetna 65, 140 21 Prague 4, CZE
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