REMEMBER THAT THE DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION OF PROPOSALS IS DECEMBER 8. THERE WILL BE NO EXTENSION.
Over the past 40 years, our notions of evaluation use – what it is, who is it for, and what constitutes success – have evolved, but critically important questions remain; just how comprehensive is evaluation use and what more can and should we be doing to enhance use?
C2020 will explore the world of evaluation utilization through three strands or sub-themes:
“Positioning utilization” investigates the nature of evaluation and evaluation utilization, its various forms and intensities, as well as its measurement. Among others, this strand will address the questions: What is evaluation utilization? Is it a priority? How do we measure use? Is utilization a necessary condition of evaluation quality?
“Achieving utilization” examines the mechanisms at play in achieving evaluation utilization and addresses questions such as: How is utilization achieved? How do we know it has been achieved? Which combinations of factors are more likely to maximize use and in which context? What is the role of evaluation capacity in evaluation use?
“Questioning utilization” addresses the subversive aspects of evaluation utilization by exploring who defines what gets evaluated, how, and for what purposes. Whose perspective defines what legitimate use and questionable misuse are? What is the responsibility of evaluators themselves in promoting use, if any?
As you draft your proposal, make sure to clearly describe how your topic addresses one these sub-themes.