Keynote speakers


H.E Brendan Howlin
Ireland's Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform

Welcome and opening remarks


Marco Segone

Looking to the future. Partnership for Equity-focused and Gender-responsive Evaluation

Marco Segone
,  Director of Evaluation at UN Women, is vice chair of the United Nations Evaluation Group (UNEG) and co-chair of EvalPartners. Marco, a former Vice President of IOCE, was previously responsible for the decentralized evaluation function and the national evaluation capacity development portfolios at the UNICEF Evaluation Office. For over 21 years he has contributed to international development. In recognition of his distinctive contributions to the evaluation community he was awarded the 2012 Alva and Gunnar Myrdal Practice Award by the American Evaluation Association. He has authored and edited several books and articles about evaluation and development. 

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Michael Scriven

The Last Frontier: Ethics as a Branch of Evaluation

Michael Scriven
is professor of psychology at Claremont Graduate University and co-director of the Claremont Evaluation Center. Over fifty years of teaching he has taught and held chairs in mathematics, philosophy, psychology, the history and philosophy of science, law, evaluation and education. His 450+ publications have covered a wide range of disciplines including computer science, informal logic, cosmology, international philanthropy  and technology. He has served on editorial or advisory boards for  more than 40 scholarly journals and was president of the American Educational Research Association and the American Evaluation Association. He has been a Whitehead Fellow at Harvard as well as a Fellow of the Centre for Advanced Study in the Behavioural Sciences at Stanford and of the Australian Academy of the Social Sciences.

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Helen Simons and Jennifer Greene

Against the Odds but Worth It: The Value of Democratic Evaluation
in Contemporary Society 

Helen Simons
is Professor of Evaluation and Education, University of Southampton, UK, a past president of the United Kingdom Evaluation society (UKES), an Academician of the Academy of Social Sciences (UK) and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. She specialises in programme and policy evaluation of education, health and social initiatives, taking a democratic perspective that is both educative and independent to ensure evaluations contribute to public dialogue and inform policy debate. Her research and publications centre on democratic evaluation, case study evaluation, institutional self-evaluation, qualitative methodology (including the arts) and the ethics of evaluation.

Jennifer Greene, a past President of the American Evaluation Association and a Fellow of the American Educational Research Association, is a professor in the Department of Educational Psychology in the College of Education at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her research focuses on the intersections of social science and social policy. Throughout her career she has advanced the theory and practice of qualitative, democratic, and mixed methods approaches to evaluation. Her recent published work features the critical role of values in evaluation.


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