Presentations and Professional Development Workshops should address one of the following Conference themes.
Evaluation is a key function that allows the assessment of program performance and brings value to all levels of government. Our “Green” theme relates broadly to evaluation in the context of managing positive environmental change and more specifically, the BC Government's leadership role in greenhouse gas reduction, the US Government's recognition of climate change reality, and the growing global awareness of climate change.
Our “Gold” theme reflects BC's hosting of the 2010 Winter Games and the impacts and effects of the associated programs, actions, and changes necessary to support and manage this event. Due to the current nature of the 2010 Winter Games, the focus may include the challenges of measurement, social and economic impacts, and the complex nature of evaluating interdependent, overlapping programs involving multi-level governing bodies. The gold theme also represents our collective work toward a “gold standard” in evaluation. This would include best practices, the implementation of the Joint Standards for Program Evaluation, and credentialing or certification programs.
Our Global theme recognizes the importance of evaluation for all organizations involved in international development. Canada and BC play important roles internationally – BC is a key player in the Pacific Rim. Our "Global" theme examines evaluation (of programs and policies) in the context of Canadian and provincial international connections and more, generally, the value of evaluation in countries around the Pacific Basin.
New Horizons For Evaluation
Evaluation is a developing and evolving field. Our "New Horizons" theme offers opportunities to explore emerging issues, controversies, new approaches, practices, and exemplars in evaluation. Proposals that offer connections with one or more of our overall conference themes are encouraged.
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