Dear Gender and Evaluation Colleagues,
Greetings. The TIG is planning our proposal strategy for the AEA conference which will be held in Washington D.C. from November 6-11, 2017. The submission deadline is March 16, 2017. We know that many of you are working on really exciting studies, training and other activities and we would like to invite all of you to consider submitting a proposal.
The AEA website lists the following kinds of sessions: panel discussions, expert lectures, roundtables, skill building workshops, ignite sessions, birds of a feather gatherings, and a new flexible session type that allows for experiential learning. You could consider any of these options. You can find details at the AEA website on submitting a proposal at https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0/#inbox/15a38eb7eec31cf0.
If you are interested in presenting a paper you could either submit individual proposals, which AEA would then assign to whichever session they felt was appropriate, or you could consider working with at least two other colleagues to put together a panel for a 45 or 90 minute session. While a panel session requires more organization, it has the advantage that you can ensure that the whole session will focus on the issues in which you are interested. The risk of submitting an individual paper is that it can sometimes get “lost” by being combined with other papers that are addressing different topics.
In addition to the above options please feel free to be creative and to consider all of the different options that AEA provides. The TIG is also strengthening its cooperation with other TIGs, so you are also encouraged to consider joint proposals with colleagues from other TIGs.
If you would like to consider a panel, but you have not identified other presenters, we can try to help you find other colleagues who might like to join with you. Please also let us know if you have ideas for a panel or other kind of session, but are not quite sure how to put this together, please send us your ideas and we can work with you on a plan. In any case, we would appreciate it if you could let us know if you are planning a submission, both so that we can provide any support you might need, but also so that we can ensure coordination among all of the different submissions from TIG members so that we can present a strong and well articulated package of proposal. The proposal submission is very competitive and there is no guarantee that your proposals will be accepted.
So please let us know if you are interested in considering a submission and also how we can help. Looking forward to hearing from you and to putting together a really strong TIG program for “Evaluation: From learning to action” Evaluation 2017.
For help with the preparation of your proposals, and to keep the TIG in the loop please contact email@example.com . We look forward to hearing from you, and possibly seeing you in Washington this fall.
Program Co-chairs, Michael Bamberger, Christine Fabian, and Jane Whynot