Keynote Speakers

We are very excited to announce our three keynote speakers for the conference:

Dr. Patricia Rogers is a professor of Public Sector Evaluation at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology University, Australia, with more than 25 years of experience in public sector evaluation and research. Dr. Rogers has been recognized for her contributions to the field of evaluation through a number of prestigious awards from the Australasian Evaluation Society and the American Evaluation Association and co-authored the book Purposeful Program Theory: Effective Use of Theories of Change and Logic Models with Sue Funnell.

She will be presenting on Monday, June 16, 2014. Steve Montague will offer a response to the keynote address as discussant.

Dan Gardner is an award winning opinion columnist with the Ottawa Citizen and a Panelist on CTV’s Question Period. He is the author of the book Risk: The Science and Politics of Fear, an international bestseller. His most recent book, Future Babble, explores the psychology behind people’s tendency to place a great deal of importance in expert predictions despite the repeated – and sometimes catastrophic – failure of efforts to forecast the future.

He will be presenting on Tuesday, June 17, 2014. Shelley Borys will offer a response to the keynote address as discussant.

Dr. Melvin M. Mark is the Head of the Department of Psychology at the Pennsylvania State University and has served as President of the American Evaluation Association and Editor of the American Journal of Evaluation. He is a prolific contributor to the field of evaluation, with more than 125 articles and book chapters, and is particularly interested in the application of social psychology to evaluation and applied social research.

He will be presenting on Wednesday, June 18, 2014. François Dumaine will offer a response to the keynote address as discussant.

Plenary Panel

A plenary panel presentation will follow the Awards Lunch on Tuesday, June 17. The presentation, facilitated by Simon Roy, will feature J. Bradley Cousins, Sanjeev Sridharan, Sally Thornton, and Jean Serge Quesnel. These experts, who represent various areas within the field of evaluation, will pursue the conversation undertaken at last year’s CES conference by reflecting on the future of evaluation.