Evaluation 2003: Annual Conference of the American Evaluation Association (AEA 2003)

Venue: JA Nugget

Location: Reno, Nevada, United States

Event Date/Time: Nov 06, 2003 End Date/Time: Nov 09, 2003
Registration Date: Nov 09, 2003
Early Registration Date: Oct 01, 2003
Abstract Submission Date: Mar 14, 2003
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The Annual Conference of the American Evaluation Association (AEA) is held each year in November. AEA welcomes evaluation practitioners, academics, and students from across the US and around the world to learn from each other in a supportive atmosphere.

The Conference will be held from November 5-8, 2003 at John Ascuaga's Nugget in Reno/Sparks, Nevada. Half- one- and two-day professional development workshops will precede and follow the conference itself on November 3-5, and November 9. Scroll to the bottom of the page for a draft schedule.

Drawing on a very large local attendee basis in the capital region, in 2003 over 1800 people attended the annual conference held in Washington, DC. This year, we expect a slightly smaller attendance, in the 1400-1600 range. We welcome attendees who are just beginning their careers as well as seasoned experts. Each year, you will find the leading authors in the field presenting their work at the conference including Yvonna Lincoln, Donna Mertens, Michael Patton, Hallie Preskill, James Sanders, and Michael Scriven. Approximately 10% of those attending come from outside the United States.

There are over 350 separate sessions at the conference showcasing the knowledge and skills of more than 800 presenters. We welcome you to submit your best work for presentation wherever you are in your career progression. Those new to presenting often prefer the roundtable and poster formats as they allow for more one-to-one interaction and discussion. Click here to learn more about the types of presentations offered. Almost all proposals are submitted online (in 2002, 811 out of 812), click here to go to the 2003 online proposal submission forms.

Key dates for the conference include:

January 7: Conference website goes online include online proposal submission forms
March 14: All proposals due to the AEA office
July 1: All accept/reject notices sent to presenters via email
July 1: Professional development workshop descriptions go online
July 1: Online conference registration begins
August 15: First draft of full program goes online
October 1: Full program with abstracts goes online
October 1: Cutoff date for early registration (registration fees increase)
November 3-5, 9: Professional development workshops offered in Reno/Sparks, NV
November 5-8: Annual Conference, Evaluation 2003, offered in Reno/Sparks, NV

You may also wish to click here to visit our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page to learn more about registration, the conference, or the American Evaluation Association.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the AEA office at any time. Susan, Michelle, and Nita are there to help! They may be reached via email at aea@eval.org, or via phone at 888-232-2275 or 508-748-3326.


Additional Information

Frequently Asked Questions: Registration and Conference Background When may I register for Evaluation 2003? Registration begins on or about July 1, 2003. The forms for online registration are posted at that time and hardcopy materials are sent via landmail to AEA members. How much does it cost to attend Evaluation 2003? Final registration fees have not yet been set, but the expected fees are: early conference registrations, completed with full payment received before October 1 - $135 for members, $215 for non-members, and $50 for full-time students. After October 1, the fees rise to $175 for members, $255 for non-members, and $60 for full-time students. Please note that annual membership in AEA is $80 and thus we recommend that non-members consider joining and take advantage of the discounted member rates while receiving member benefits, including AEA's two professional journals, throughout the coming year. Please note that there are separate fees for the Friday and Saturday luncheons, Saturday night's social event, and the professional development workshops that precede and follow the conference. What is included in my registration fee? Standard conference registration includes admission to all of the sessions held after 3:30 pm on Wednesday through 5:00 pm on Saturday with the exception of Friday’s and Saturday's luncheons which require separate tickets. This includes over 350 conference sessions consisting of plenaries with nationally and internationally known speakers, panels, demonstrations, poster sessions, paper sessions, and roundtables. Registration also includes receptions Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday evenings, although drinks at the reception are through a cash bar. Meals are not included, but beverages are available in the foyers each morning before and after the plenary and each afternoon before the penultimate session. Your conference registration fee also does NOT include registration for the professional development workshops that precede and follow the conference. How are professional development sessions different from conference sessions? Professional development workshops precede and follow the conference. They are scheduled on Monday, November 3 and Tuesday, November 4, 2003 from 9:00 to 4:00 pm (full day sessions only), on Wednesday, November 5, between 8:00 am and 11:00 am and noon and 3:00 pm, as well as on Sunday, November 9, between 9:00 am and 12:00 noon (half day sessions only). These workshops differ from the ones offered during the conference itself in at least three ways: 1) each is longer (either 3, 6, or 12 hours in length) and thus provides a more in-depth exploration of a skill or area of knowledge, 2) presenters are paid for their time and are expected to have significant experience both presenting and in the subject area, and 3) attendees pay separately for these workshops and are given the opportunity to evaluate the experience. How much does it cost to enroll in a professional development session for 2003? Half-day professional development workshop registration for members is $75, for non-members is $100 and for students is $40. The fee for full-day sessions is double that for half-day sessions. Please register as early as possible as spaces in professional development sessions are limited and are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. Many sessions will fill during the summer or early autumn. Do I need to sign up for sessions in advance? The professional development workshops that precede and follow the conference require a separate registration and are filled on a first-come, first-served basis. All other sessions held during the conference are open to all registered attendees. You may attend any session by arriving at the appropriate room before the session begins. We make every effort to ensure that the room size is adequate for the attendance; however, occasionally, a session’s seating will fill. If there is a session that is of the highest priority for you, it is a good idea to arrive at the beginning of the break rather than at the end. What is the Presidential Strand? The Presidential Strand is a set of sessions highlighting the year’s conference theme: Methodology. There is one Strand session during each timeslot, plus plenary, or general sessions, that open the conference as well as first thing on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday mornings. The plenaries showcase the very best national and international speakers selected especially for their insight into the Strand theme. What is the Conference Committee Strand? The Conference Committee Strand is a set of sessions, one per timeslot whenever there are concurrent sessions, that highlight cross-cutting issues or issues of professional practice. What is a TIG and what do they do? AEA has 32 Topical Interest Groups, or TIGs. One of the major activities of each TIG is to review conference proposals and sponsor conference sessions. Under each session in the program you will see the sponsoring group. Checking the TIG sponsor will give you an idea as to the topical bent of the overall session. Each TIG also holds a business meeting during the conference, and attending one is a great way to connect with others who share your interests and to learn of the TIG’s plans for the coming year. Many TIG members can be identified by ribbons attached to their nametags stating TIG affiliations. Pick up ribbons showing your topical interests when you check in at the registration desk and look for others throughout the conference who share your interests.