2010 Conference on Program Evaluation - Conference Agenda

              New Paradigms for Evaluating Diplomacy in the 21st Century

DAY 1:  JUNE 8, 2010                                                                                              

GEORGE C. MARSHALL CENTER                                                                                                          



8:00 – 4:00


8:30 – 9:30

Keynote: Senator Chuck Hagel
Welcome and Speaker Introduction: Sid Kaplan, Deputy Assistant Secretary

9:30  – 10:00

Coffee and Networking Break


Democracy & Governance


Evaluating Partnerships




10:00 – 10:45

Mega-Communities:  Exploring a New Paradigm for Diplomacy & Development Evaluation   (Booz/Allen/Hamilton)

A Social Science Approach to Strategic Influence Evaluation:  Good Evaluation Starts at the Beginning    (JMISC)

Implementation of Paris Declaration by USG Foreign Assistance Organizations   (F)

Case Study:  Trade Capacity Building Since the Launch of Doha Negotiations: A Systematic Model for Monitoring & Evaluation   (USAID)


11:00 – 11:45


Evaluating Good Governance and Rule of Law Programs   (MCC)


Evaluation's Role in Informing the Design of Anti-Terrorism Assistance Programs   (DS)


Strategies to Improve the Effectiveness of Evaluation  of Nonprofit Social Service Providers   (GWU)


Addressing Public Diplomacy Through International Scientific Collaboration Efforts   (CRDF)

11:45 – 1:00

Lunch and Networking Break


1:15 – 2:00

Foreign Media Panel: BBC, O Estado de Sao Paulo, Kyodo News, Al Jazeera


2:00 – 2:45

Improving Democracy and Governance Programs Through Better Evaluation:  The Impact evaluation of USAID’s Mérida Initiative in Central America (USAID)

Analysis  of Efforts to Combat International Crime  and Terrorism Links Since September 11, 2001   (CRS)

Smart Power - Integrating & Evaluating the Instruments of National Power   (Booz/Allen/Hamilton)

Value of Program Evaluation: Case Studies  

2:45 – 3:15

Coffee and Networking

Gender and Evaluation



3:15 – 4:00

Best Practices for Evaluating State Department Assistance Programs Overseas   (PRM)

Evaluating Gender in U.S. Foreign Policy

Measuring by Learning in Peacebuilding   (Catholic Relief Services)

Evaluation Processes That Facilitate Knowledge Transfer and Aid Transparency: Case Studies of DOL-Funded Projects in Sub-Saharan Africa   (DOL-ILAB)

4:00 – 4:45

Plenary: Dr. Shelley Metzenbaum, Associate Director for Performance and Personnel Management
Office of Management and Budget

4:45 – 6:00

Reception and Poster Session

DAY 2:  JUNE 9, 2010                                                                                   

8:30 – 9:30

Video Remarks: Secretary Clinton
Remarks: Dr. Ruth Levine, USAID Senior Advisor for Evaluation and the Director of Evaluation, Policy Analysis, and Learning



Cultural Diplomacy




9:45 – 10:30

Validation of a Measure of Household Hunger for Cross-Cultural Use   (AED)

"What They Said About Us When We Asked": Opinions of Americans After Working with Peace Corps Volunteers   (Peace Corps)

A Retrospective on Evaluation in the US Federal Public Sector   (Grant Thornton)

US Speaker & Specialists Program Evaluation   (R/PPR)

10:30 – 11:00

Coffee and Networking  Break


11:00 – 11:45

The President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR): Implementation Science Program   (OGAC)

Electronic Media Engagement   (R/PPR)

The "Gold Standard" Debate  (ECA)

Experience Conducting Evaluation Assessments of Anti-Trafficking Programs   (G/TIP)

12:00 – 1:00

Foreign Ministries Panel: UK, Belgium, Japan, Denmark

1:00 – 1:10

Closing Remarks: Sid Kaplan, Deputy Assistant Secretary