EnCompass Evaluators Head to AEA’s Evaluation 2018 Conference

Official Evaluation 2018 Logo naming theme of "Speaking Truth to Power"
October 23, 2018

Every October, the EnCompass evaluation team prepares for the annual American Evaluation Association conference. This year, at Evaluation 2018 in Cleveland (October 29–November 3), evaluators with wide-ranging backgrounds will come together to reflect on the role of evaluation in “speaking truth to power,” asking what constitutes power and truth and what responsibilities evaluators have in these conversations. As we look forward to what is sure to be a lively debate, the EnCompass team is excited to be presenting our thoughts and experiences in a variety of ways—workshops, panel discussions, poster presentations, and more. 

EnCompass Director of Strategic Initiatives, Beeta Tahmassebi, who will co-facilitate multiple sessions, appreciates everything the conference has to offer. “The AEA conference is a wonderful opportunity to come together and share ideas, grapple with challenging questions, and have fun together. We always walk away inspired by new ideas and energized about the role evaluations play in serving our clients and their beneficiaries around the world.”

Many EnCompass team members will join Tessie Catsambas, our CEO/CFO and AEA President-elect, at this year’s conference, including Amy Bhopal, Beeta Tahmassebi, Crystal Cason, Eleanor Vorys, Indu Chelliah, Kelsey Simmons, and Lynne Franco.

Finding EnCompass at Evaluation 2018

At the end of this post, you’ll find an at-a-glance overview of the sessions featuring EnCompass team members. There’s also a printable version with links to session details. 

Whether you attend the conference or not, we invite you to follow EnCompass and the conference hashtag, #Eval18, on Twitter. Tessie Catsambas, Beeta Tahmassebi, and other staff will be tweeting conference highlights and sharing their experiences.

AEA is offering virtual access to select sessions, including our Presidential Strand on November 1. If you will be on-site for the conference, please stop by one of the many sessions where EnCompass team members are participating. Also, don’t forget to visit The Evaluators' Institute table in the Exhibitor’s Hall and join the TEI/CGU reception on the evening of November 1.


EnCompass thanks the many clients, partners, colleagues, and friends who are collaborating with us on this year’s sessions, including Alan Inouye, Christie Ann Getman, David Fetterman, Elizabeth Ruedy, Giovanni Dazzo, John LaVelle, Kate Krueger, Lara Vaz, Michael Quinn Patton, Mônica Rodrigues Dias Pinto, Natalie Jones, Rita O’Sullivan, Scott Donaldson, Stewart Donaldson, Tanya Guenther, and Thomaz Kauark Chianca.

The EnCompass team is proud to contribute to this event and looks forward to connecting with and learning from our evaluation colleagues. 

Click the image below for a fullscreen version of the EnCompass at Evaluation 2018 schedule, including links to session descriptions. 

Click here for a PDF, searchable version of the EnCompass schedule

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