Registration is now open for the UK Evaluation Society Annual Conference 2021, online from 25 to 27 May. This year’s theme: Evaluation and Evaluative Thinking: Insights for methods, capabilities, culture, and implementation.

Evaluation has increasingly become a specialist field, with notable methodological developments in both quantitative and qualitative approaches. However, the area of evaluative thinking has also emerged as important.The keynote speakers will reflect on issues at the forefront of evaluative thinking:

  • Professor Thomas Schwandt will explore evaluative thinking as a collaborative or collective social practice as well as the way it is conventionally depicted as involving individual cognitive capacities for analytical and critical thinking
  • COVID-19 is the most significant global issue of our time, and evidence has never been more prominent and central to the debate – but has also been politicised. Professor Trish Greenhalgh’skeynote will share her experience of building consensus of evidence and its translation into policy and operations for the COVID-19 response.
  • Professor Alison Parkand Dr Rachel Iredale from the UKRI Economic and Social Research Council will explore evaluative thinking from a funder’s perspective and its role in research funding strategy.

More information and the link to register can be found here.