EES/UKES conference London 4-6 October

The European Evaluation Society and the UK Evaluation Society are collaborating for the first time on a major international conference to be held in London on 4-6 October 2006. The conference will be preceded by pre-conference Professional Development Workshops 2-4 October 2006. The conference will be held at the Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre, which is located in the centre of London, directly across the street from Westminster Abbey and Big Ben, steps from the Houses of Parliament, and close to the West End, museums and shopping, and other attractions.

To register, please visit http://www.profbriefings.co.uk/EISCC2006/eisccregistration.htm
where you can register directly online or print out the registration form and send it to the conference administrators by fax or mail. More detailed information regarding all aspects of the conference, including the programme, keynote speakers, social events, and the professional development workshops, can be obtained from the main conference web site at:
http://www.profbriefings.co.uk/EISCC2006/. Bursaries are available to for individuals who require assistance with meeting the registration fees in order to attend the conference. More information and an online application for bursary support can be found at the website.
This conference is expected to be the largest evaluation conference ever held in Europe and has already
attracted widespread interest from around the world. This is not an event to be missed by anyone who wishes to know about thinking and current developments in evaluation in Europe, and around the world. Over 350 abstracts have beensubmitted by participants from 43 countries worldwide. These will be presentedin themed parallel sessions of papers, symposia, roundtables, panel/debates,posters and other innovative formats.
The theme of the conference is:Evaluation in Society; Critical Connections. Conversely, earlier connectionsmay need revision. The conference programme is structured under the followingsix major streams which capture the wide range of relationships that will haveto be nurtured to fulfil the potential of evaluation in democracy anddevelopment.

1. The role of evaluation in public policy
2. Evaluation and its relationship with the professions, policy sectors and disciplines
3. Evaluation and the European project
4. International evaluation and evaluation in developing countries
5. Evaluating institutions, programmes and structures
6. Evaluation futures

The conference will be preceded by 16 half-day workshops let byinternational experts in the field of evaluation, grouped under the followingstrands:
· Foundation – For new entrants to the field of evaluation
· Institutional – For those who have institutional responsibilitiesto plan, manage, commission and deliver evaluations
· Approach andMethods – For those who wish to gain specialist access to particular methodsand techniques and new approaches to evaluation
· International
Development – For those working in, or interested in working in,evaluation ofinternational development activities
More details about these workshops and presenters can be found at the conference website.