SC-Research the EES Biennial Conference 2008
European Evaluation Society’s (EES) Biennial Conference 2008
took place on 1-3 October 2008 in Lisbon, Portugal. The conference
was entitled 'Building for the future: Evaluation in governance,
development and progress'. Over 600 delegates attended the conference
from all over the world and over 200 presentations were included
into the conference.
The keynote speakers of the conference included Niels Dabelstein
from Danish Institute for International Studies, who spoke about
development evaluation. Professor Nicoletta Stame from University
of Roma “La Sapienza”, for one, spoke about evaluation
and policy implementation in multi-level governance. Dra Maria Moreira
from European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction in
Portugal addressed the issue of evaluating drug policies in the
European Union; she described the current situation and future directions.
Dr Vinod Thomas from Director-General Independent Evaluation Group
at the World Bank Group in USA made a speech about making evaluation
more useful for determining development effectiveness.
The conference presentations were divided into seven different
strands: (1) Methodological choices and approaches, (2) Ethical
practice, evaluation standards and professional development, (3)
Evaluation and its role in policy implementation and programme intervention,
(4) Evaluation and building informal social capital, (5) International
evaluation and evaluation in developing countries, (6) Evaluation
and organisational development, and (7) Encouraging evaluation use.
The presentation of Soile Kotala from SC-Research with a title ‘Evaluating
the impacts of public R&D-project funding in Finland’
was assigned in the first strand.
The primary goal of the EES is to promote theory, practice and
utilization of high quality evaluation especially, but not exclusively,
within the European countries. This goal is obtained by bringing
together academics and practitioners from all over Europe and from
any professional sector, thus creating a forum where all participants
can benefit from the co-operation and bridge building.