Call for Papers for the Conference of the DFG Centre for Advanced Studies “Futures of Sustainability”, University of Hamburg
Deadline: 30. April 2021
“Organizations, institutions as well as everyday life are permeated and characterized by a variety of interests and objectives regarding sustainability. They all relate to sustainability as a strong normative point of reference. However, this complexity of interests and goals associated with the concept of sustainability inevitably gives rise to conflicts, incompatibilities as well ascontradictory and paradoxical effects. This is also reflected in the notion of contested “futures of sustainability,” whose multiple, sometimes conflicting tendencies describe different potential trajectories of social change (Adloff/Neckel 2019).”
This conference at the University of Hamburg (DFG Research Group on Futures of Sustainability) will discuss the context of ruptures, transformations and continuities infrastructures of the ecological crisis in their meaning and their implications for different “futures of sustainability”. The conference will be held as a digital event on November 25-26, 2021. Abstracts (max. 500 words) can be submitted until April 30, 2021. For more information, please see the full call:
In this course participants will deal more intensively with evaluation of higher education and research projects. The course covers theoretical foundations of evaluation, practical applications of selected instruments and an in-depth reflection on the opportunities and challenges of assessment systems in this specific context.
Zierke, Niklas (September, 2020): Digitaler Methodenwandel? – Zu den methodologischen Chancen und Risiken digitaler Daten in der Evaluation, auf der 23. Jahrestagung der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Evaluation (DeGEval).
„Evaluation kann nicht nicht kommunizieren“ könnte man in Abwandlung eines bekannten Axioms der Kommunikationstheorie feststellen. Schließlich ist gelingende Kommunikation eine unverzichtbare Voraussetzung in allen Phasen von Evaluationen. Sei es bei der Zweck- und Auftragsklärung, der Einbeziehung von Beteiligten und Betroffen, der Datenerhebung im Feld oder der Ergebnisvermittlung und Nutzbarmachung – bei all diesen und vielen weiteren Evaluationsaktivitäten ist das wechselseitige Verstehen ein elementarer Erfolgsfaktor. Da Kommunikation aber nicht immer gelingen muss, kommt es im Kontext von Evaluationen auch zu unterschiedlichen Deutungen oder zu Missverständnissen, z. B. von Ergebnissen. Auch damit muss umgegangen werden.
Einen hohen Stellenwert hat dabei die Sprache, mittels der in und über Evaluationen kommuniziert wird. Angesprochen sind damit einerseits Aspekte der sprachlichen Variabilität wie die Angemessenheit für unterschiedliche Adressatinnen und Adressaten oder nichttextuelle Mittel wie Visualisierungen. Anderseits wird hiermit die professionstheoretisch hoch relevante Frage der Fachsprache der Evaluation aufgeworfen.
Kommunikation ist vor diesem Hintergrund das zentrale Thema der 23. Jahrestagung der Gesellschaft für Evaluation.
Region: Europe and Central Asia Date: June 3 Track: Evaluation Capacity Development Target Audience: Academics, Government Officials, Non-Profit Organizers, Private Sector, Policymakers/Parliamentarians, Evaluation Practitioners, Students
The Center for Evaluation CEval at Saarland University in Germany is working for more than 15 years for improving the quality of evaluations and for empowering evaluators worldwide through Evaluation capacity development (ECD) initiatives. Prof. Dr. Reinhard Stockmann, chair of Sociology, is leading the Institute since its foundation. Nowadays about 15 persons are working at CEval as scientific and non-scientific staff. CEval is a unique research and training institution for evaluation in Germany, providing contributions to all four tracks of gLOCAL. CEval-Evaluation day is planned for June 3rd and will offer a broad overview on these activities. CEval is involved in several activities on Evaluation Capacity Development and this will be the main focus at CEval-Evaluation Day. Three activities will be presented: firstly, the blended learning study program on Evaluation MABLE, hosted by Saarland University in cooperation with the Distance Learning Center of the Technical University Kaiserslautern, offers a worldwide option for attaining an University Degree by adding e-learning to face-to-face trainings. Secondly, CEval is involved in the International Program for Development Evaluation Training IPDET, hosted at the University Bern and managed jointly by the Center for Continous Learning ZUW at University Bern, the Independent Evaluation Group IEG of World Bank and CEval. Due to the shut down caused by the Corona-crisis, IPDET 2020 has to be delivered in a different way and this will be announced here. Finally, CEval is involved into University cooperations with two Universities in Latin America, the University Costa Rica UCR in San Jose, Costa Rica, and the Catholic University PUCE in Quito, Ecuador. There will be some activities organized by both Partner Universities and some will be included into the CEval-Evaluation Day in Spanish language. CEval is also very active in Evaluation Methods, three research projects will be presented: the Evaluation GLOBE, global stocktacking of the institutionalization of Evaluation, and methodologies for ex-ante evaluation. CEval is also working on sustainable development and sustainability for many years and therefore is doing research, evaluations and trainings on the Evaluation of SDGs. While one of CEval’s staff is speaker of the European Evaluation Society Thematic Working Group Evaluating Sustainable Development, CEval provides a round table talk of experts on the Evaluation of SDGs for Evaluation 2030. CEval shows how global evaluation capacity development and research can be organized at local level – and invites interested people from all over the world to join these initiatives.
“We live in an era of growing wealth of information and of improved means to collect, analyse and share it—yet, counter-intuitively, we live in post-truth times, where applying evidence is not always easy, straightforward or even valued. Against this backdrop we ask: what are the key issues concerning complexity, legitimacy and ethics that we as evaluators need to address in order to become channels for positive improvements in society? What can evaluation contribute to resolve the major issues of our times? Under what conditions can evaluators contribute to the debate? What are the implications for evaluation of the Anthropocene, this epoch in which we as humans so heavily impact on the world? Join us in answering these questions during the 14th European Evaluation Society Biennial Conference «Evaluation in an Uncertain World – Complexity, Legitimacy and Ethics». Objective: The EES 2020 Conference aims to serve as a catalyst for innovative thinking on the role of evaluation and of evaluators; on the tools and approaches which we currently have and those we can create and adapt in the future; on how we can capitalise on the information we generate; and on the impact we can make. Anchoring our thinking on the dichotomy between the wealth of information we have access to and the place our society gives to it, we have organised the Conference along four strands:
Theme 1: The Anthropocene and its complex problems: The role of evaluation
Theme 2: Adapting the toolbox: Methodological challenges
Theme 3: Propelling and provoking the agenda: The role and responsibility of evaluators
Theme 4: Greasing the wheels of evaluation: the role of evaluators, evaluation commissioners/ evaluator funders (donors) in ensuring that knowledge changes practice
These topics allow for (and require) more than the traditional paper, posters or round table sessions: we invite you to consider proposing innovate formats, including fishbowl sessions, thank tank sessions, as well as sessions on tools and birds of a feather sessions. We wish to facilitate the most interesting, forward looking and engaging discussions we can and therefore encourage you to think innovatively about how to best approach the topic you wish to engage on. We are planning other opportunities for engagement among participants, including speed networking, pop up sessions and evaluation games. The EES2020 Conference keynote presentations will involve a variety of formats with the intent of animating discussion further. Thus far we have confirmed a number of keynote speakers who will be part of keynote discussions, lightening talks and invitations to engage in critical and forward-looking thinking. Thus far the following scholars have confirmed their participation, but we are currently engaging in securing even more eminent personalities who we hope will join us in our exploration of the challenges and discovery of innovative solutions. Professor Peter Dahler Larsen, Department for Political Science at University of Copenhagen Professor Zenda Ofir, a South Africa scientist and independent international evaluation specialist Sebastian Lemire, PhD, is a specialist in evaluation and applied studies in the education, market development, and social welfare fields Estelle Raimondo, PhD, is an evaluation expert at the IEG’s Human Development Unit Professor Frans Leeuw, Department of at Law, Public Policy and Social Science Research, University of Maastricht Dr. Barbara Befani, Research Fellow, University of Surrey, Evaluation Researcher / Consultant Astrid Brouselle, Director School of Public Administration University of Victoria BC Canada Vesna Bajšanski-Agić, European Foundation Centre and Executive Director of Mozaik
We hope to welcome you in Copenhagen in September 2020 and to engage with you in inspired and inspiring discussions on what is yet to come in the evaluation world.”