The “Global Center of Spatial Methods for Urban Sustainability” (GCSMUS) together with the Research Committee on “Logic and Methodology in Sociology” (RC33) of the “International Sociology Association” (ISA) and the Research Network “Quantitative Methods” (RN21) of the European Sociology Association” (ESA) will organize a “1st International and Interdisciplinary Conference on Spatial Methods” (“SMUS Conference”) which will at the same time be the “1st RC33 Regional Conference – Africa: Botswana” from Thursday 23.09 – Sunday 26.09.2021, hosted by the University of Botswana in Gaborone, Botswana.
Given the current challenge of the COVID-19 pandemic, the conference will convene entirely online. The conference aims at promoting a global dialogue on methods and should attract methodologists from all over the world and all social and spatial sciences (e.g. area studies, architecture, communication studies, educational sciences, geography, historical sciences, humanities, landscape planning, philosophy, psychology, sociology, urban design, urban planning, traffic planning and environmental planning). Thus, the conference will enable scholars to get in contact with methodologists from various disciplines all over the world and to deepen discussions with researchers from various methodological angles.
Scholars of all social and spatial sciences and other scholars who are interested in methodological discussions are invited to submit a paper to any sessions of the conference. All papers have to address a methodological problem.
Source: Quote from the call. https://gcsmus.org/conferences/botswana/call-for-papers/
More information about the mentioned organisations:
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.