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October 4 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Join us for the 2017 Oregon Program Evaluators Network conference! This year’s theme is Encouraging Excellence through Evaluation Capacity Building, and we are excited to announce our keynote speaker, Jean A. King, who will be presenting on Transformative Evaluation Capacity Building: Mission Possible?

The day will also include breakout sessions, poster presentations, an information exchange, and a post conference happy hour. This conference brings together evaluation users, practitioners, and funders to gain a better understanding of how to approach evaluation capacity building that will better inform our work. Jean King defines key terms as follows:

  • Evaluation Capacity: “The competencies and structures required to conduct high quality evaluation studies (capacity to do) as well as the organization’s ability to integrate evaluation findings into its decision-making process (capacity to use).” (Bourgeois, Whynot and Theriault, 2015, p. 47)
  • Evaluation Capacity Building: “Intentional work to increase the ability of an organization to conduct and use evaluation.” (Jean A. King)



Transformative Evaluation Capacity Building: Mission Possible?

Jean A. King, University of Minnesota

This keynote will seek to answer three questions:

  1. What- What exactly are evaluation capacity and evaluation capacity building (ECB)?
  2. So what- Why might evaluators want to lead ECB efforts?
  3. Now what- In what ways might ECB help to meaningfully transform social programs?

Recognizing the importance of grounding ECB practice in our field’s history, the presentation will review ECB research and, based on over 30 years of experience, provide practical ideas for bringing ECB to life in a variety of contexts.


Keynote Speaker

Jean King is a Distinguished Teaching Professor in the Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development at the University of Minnesota where she has served as Director of the Minnesota Evaluation Studies Institute (MESI) for over 20 years. A long-time writer on participatory evaluation, she is the author of several books and numerous articles and chapters. Her most recent book, Interactive Evaluation Practice (with Laurie Stevahn), was published in 2013, and, a former Board member, she currently chairs the Competencies Task Force for the American Evaluation Association. Professor King has received several awards for her work, including the Myrdal Award for Evaluation Practice and the Ingle Award for Extraordinary Service from the American Evaluation Association, three teaching awards, and three community service awards. Her proudest achievement is having supervised over 100 U of M doctoral students to completion.


Breakout sessions


Schedule coming soon


Information exchange

This interactive activity encourages participants to share with each other what they learned at their sessions. A great opportunity to learn, network, and share.


Post Conference Happy Hour 

Enjoy light appetizers and a no host bar. This is a great opportunity to socialize with colleagues, and unwind from the day. It will take place immediately following the conference in the Double Tree hotel lobby.



Early bird pricing (by 9/1/17)

  • Non-Member: $165
  • Student: $65
  • Member: $125

Regular pricing

  • Non-Member: $195
  • Student: $95
  • Member: $155



Gold sponsor: The Nonprofit Institute at Portland State University 


Sponsorship opportunities

Interested in sponsoring? Please contact OPEN Conference sponsorship coordinator Sandra Stalkis at sstaklis@hotmail.com.



Contact Conference chair, Chari Smith at chari@crsmithconsulting.com.


October 4
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
$65 - $165
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Double Tree Hotel, Lloyd Center
1000 NE Multnomah Street
Portland, OR 97232 United States
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239 available
2017 OPEN Conference Member Registration$155.00 $125.00Early bird pricing (by 9/1/17): $155
Regular pricing (after 9/1/17): $125

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239 available
2017 OPEN Conference Student Registration$95.00 $65.00Early bird pricing (by 9/1/17): $65
Regular pricing (after 9/1/17): $95

Please fill in all required fields

239 available
2017 OPEN Conference Non-Member Registration$195.00 $165.00Early bird pricing (by 9/1/17): $165
Regular pricing (after 9/1/17): $195

Please fill in all required fields