2013 Conference

Many thanks to the presenters, volunteers, and panelists who made the 2013 Conference so great. Presenter materials are now posted below…

We’re excited to host a rich and engaging set of sessions for this year’s conference, covering a range of topics. Our keynote, Dr. Stewart Donaldson, will speak on “10 Interrelated Trends and Innovations likely to Influence your Evaluation Practice.”  Breakout sessions will include interactive workshop sessions, panels, and presentations on topics including survey design, building a culture of evaluation, higher education assessment, and more. Read on for additional details….

Date: March 15, 2013

LocationUniversity Place Hotel and Conference Center, Portland Oregon


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The Oregon Program Evaluators Network’s 2013 Conference will begin with a keynote by Dr. Stewart Donaldson of Claremont Graduate University entitled “10 Interrelated Trends and Innovations likely to Influence your Evaluation Practice.”

The growth of evaluation practice has been staggering during the past couple of decades. Evaluators today enjoy many more opportunities, and at the same time, struggle with the challenges of providing high quality evaluation in diverse, dynamic, and complex settings. What is now emerging on the evaluation practice horizon? Dr. Stewart Donaldson will explore 10 interrelated trends and promising evaluation innovations that are likely to influence evaluation practice in the years ahead.

1.       Globalization of Evaluation
2.       The Demand for Culturally Competent Evaluation
3.       Advances in Understanding the Theory-Practice Relationship
4.       Increasing Use of Program Theory in Evaluation Practice
5.       More Sophisticated Evidence Debates
6.       An Increasing Role for Evaluators in Program Design
7.       The Demand for Evaluation Capacity Building
8.       Innovative Approaches for Tackling Complexity
9.       Technological Innovations
10.   New Approaches for Addressing the Human Factor in Evaluation Practice

He will discuss the nature of each trend or innovation and its implications for evaluation practice.  Participants will be given the opportunity to ask questions and to discuss how they are dealing with these and other opportunities and challenges emerging in their evaluation work.

Donaldson Keynote OPEN Conference 3-15-13

Full Agenda including Breakout Sessions

8:30 am: Doors open, coffee and pastries available

9:00 am – 10:30 am: Keynote by Dr. Stewart Donaldson

Coffee Break

11:00 am – 12:30 pm: Morning Breakout Sessions

  • Building a Culture of Evaluation in the Nonprofit Sector, an interactive panel session facilitated by Chari Smith, CRSmith Consulting — Panelists: Agnes Zach Executive Director, Willamette Valley Development Officers, Zeke Smith Chief Impact Officer, United Way of Columbia-Willamette, Jeanne Kojis Executive Director, Nonprofit Network of SW Washington, Lauren Johnson Investee & Community Impact Management, Social Venture Partners, Guadalupe Guajardo Senior Consultant, Nonprofit Association of Oregon, & Julie Petrobuki Director of Evaluation, Camp Fire Columbia — Building a Culture of Evaluation in the Nonprofit Sector handout

  • Higher Education Assessment Roundup; Pardner Up. Panelists: Melanie Booth Dean of Learning and Assessment, Marylhurst University, Rowanna Carpenter Assessment Coordinator, University Studies – Academic Affairs, Portland State University, Tanya Ostrogorsky Assistant Vice Provost for Assessment and Evaluation, Oregon Health & Sciences University, Linda Reisser Dean of Student Development, Portland Community College, & Vicki Wise Coordinator of Student Affairs Assessment & Research, Portland State University — no presentation materials, though panelists suggest the following resources: NILOA, Prattlenog, ACPA

Lunch (included!)

1:45 pm – 3:15 pm: Afternoon Breakout Sessions

  • Synching up with Culture: Improving Evaluation Work through Better Understanding by OMSI’s Evaluation & Visitor Studies Team — Presenters: Nelda Reyes Evaluation and Visitor Studies Supervisor, Hever Velazquez Research and Evaluation Associate, & Melissa Laurie Research and Evaluation Associate –OMSI Synching up with Culture OPEN Conference Workshop

Coffee Break with Student Presentations by Colleen Kidney Student, Portland State University & NPC Research and Casadi Marino Student, Portland State University

3:45 pm – 4:45 pm: Moderated Q&A with Dr. Donaldson

A post-conference no-host happy hour will be nearby for those interested, details to be announced at conference.

Cost Info:

Early Bird Rates apply until March 1, 2013:

  • Members: $115
  • Students: $65
  • Friends: $145

Late Registration begins March 2, 2013

  • Members: $145
  • Students: $90
  • Friends: $185