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First EvalYouth Virtual Conference
Building Bridges to Evaluation Practice
December 2nd, 2016 - 9:00 AM - 2:30PM EST

Building stronger bridges to evaluation practice is one of the key issues in Evaluation. A strategic investment in young and emerging evaluators ( YEEs) is important for economic, ethical, and professional reasons:

• Economic: evaluation is central to the development process in any country, yet these efforts are often challenged by a lack of evaluation capacity within the region.

• Ethical: more equitable and inclusive evaluation by including perspectives of YEEs.

• Professional: better trained YEEs can contribute to the advancement of the evaluation profession by bringing new ideas.

If these perspectives are to be realized, then professional supports (e.g., mentorship, educational opportunities) are also needed. This leading edge virtual conference will help build bridges to evaluation practice. Specifically, it will bring awareness to the EvalYouth Initiative and its’ associated activities, provide an opportunity for participants to hear from experts across the globe on how to build evaluator and evaluation capacity, and facilitate knowledge development of evaluation methods. Student, beginning evaluators, experienced evaluators, and individuals representing organizations interested in building evaluator and evaluation capacity will benefit from attending this conference.

The English registration form can be accessed here:

El formulario de registro en español puede accederse en:

Le formulaire d’inscription français peut être consulté ici:

EPMG and EvalYouth representatives Nepal, November 2015


Conference Program

The conference will be in English, but there will be translation services in Spanish and French.

The conference will be 5 hours and 40 minutes long and will be divided into 4 segments:

Opening Session -- Welcome and Opening Plenary Talks (9:00 - 10:00 AM EST)

Opening session speakers include:

Josette Arevalo

Josette Arevalo (Co-Chair of EvalYouth Conference Task Force) - Welcome to the 1st EvalYouth Virtual Conference

Ziad Moussa

Ziad Moussa (President of the International Organization for Cooperation in Evaluation - IOCE) - Opening Keynote Talk

Bianca Montrosse-Moorhead

Bianca Montrosse-Moorhead (EvalYouth Co-Chair) - EvalYouth


Session 1 -- Building your career: How to enter the evaluation profession (10:00 AM - 12:00 PM EST)

Session 1 speakers include:

Kathy Newcomer

Kathryn Newcomer (President Elect of the American Evaluation Association, Director of the Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration at the George Washington University)
- Professional evaluators’ path and competencies

Nick York

Nick York (Director of Human Development and Economic Management at the Independent Evaluation Group, World Bank)
- Becoming an Evaluator in an International Organization

Stewart Donaldson

Stewart I. Donaldson (Professor of Psychology and Community & Global Health, Dean of the School of Social Science, Policy & Evaluation (SSSPE) and the School of Community & Global Health (SCGH), & Director of the Claremont Evaluation Center)
- Pathways into and Careers in Evaluation


Session 2 -- Building skills and learning methods for conducting evaluations (12:00 - 2:00 PM EST)

Session 2 speakers include:

Anne Thibault

Anne Thibault (Deputy Director, J-PAL LAC) - Quantitative Methods and Evaluation Practice

Donna Mertens

Donna M. Mertens (Professor Emeritus, Gallaudet University) - Using Qualitative Methods in Evaluation

Kate McKegg

Kate McKegg (Director of the The Knowledge Institute) - Mixed Methods in Evaluation Practice


Closing Session -- Closing Plenary Talks (2:00 - 2:40 PM EST)

Closing session speakers include:

Dorothy Lucks

Dorothy Lucks (Executive Director, SDF Global) - EvalYouth and SDGs

Colin Kirk

Colin Kirk (Director, Office of Evaluation at UNICEF) - Closing Keynote Talk

Sofia Estevez

Sofia Estevez (Co-Chair of EvalYouth Conference Task Force) - Closing Remarks for the 1st EvalYouth Virtual Conference



This conference is free.

The English registration form can be accessed here:

El formulario de registro en español puede accederse en:

Le formulaire d’inscription français peut être consulté ici:

Registration opens on November 2nd, 2016 and closes on December 1st, 2016 at 11:59PM EST.

Participants will receive instructions by email with all necessary login information for the conference.

Technology Requirements

Because this is a virtual conference, technology requirements include:

• For the best experience, we suggest using a computer with Chrome, Firefox or Opera as browser.

• We also suggest using an ethernet rather than a wi-fi connection.

About Us

Want to know more about EvalYouth, including how you can get support it? Check out our website:

Virtual Conference’s Organizers include:

• C. Josette Arevalo - Co-chair of the EvalYouth Conference Task Force

• Sofia Estevez - Co-chair of the EvalYouth Conference Task Force

• Antonina Rishko-Porcescu - Secretariat of the EvalYouth Conference Task Force

• Bianca Montrosse-Moorhead - EvalYouth Co-Chair

• Marie Gervais - EvalYouth Co-Cchair

• Khalil Bitar - EvalYouth Vice Co-Chair

Task Force members: Sara Marshall, Pablo Benitez, Sana Ben Salem, Qudratullah Jahid, Rosetti Nabbumba

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