CES 2020 Conference


You will leave CES 2020 with new ideas and practices. The 2020 CES Conference will explore the world of evaluation utilization through three strands by first positioning it (what is it? is it a priority?), then by achieving it (how is it achieved? how do we know it has been achieved?), and by questioning it (whose utilization?).

Over the past 40 years, our notions of evaluation use – what it is, who is it for, and what constitutes success – have evolved, but critically important questions remain; just how comprehensive is evaluation use and what more can and should we be doing to enhance use? To explore this further with evaluation colleagues from the North, Central, and South Americas, join us at the CES 2020 Conference in Ottawa!

In addition to attending the conference, you will want to take the time to explore Ottawa before or after CES 2020. The land on which we will be meeting is the traditional, unceded territory of the Algonquin Anishinabeg Nation and filled with much beauty and history.

Visit the Rideau Canal, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, steps away from the conference site and hotel. Spend time at Parliament Hill, the Supreme Court, the National Art Gallery and other national museums. Browse the nearby historic Byward Market or take in a world class concert at the National Arts Centre. Head out to explore Ottawa-Gatineau’s many bike paths along the canal and Ottawa River or flee to the nearby Gatineau Park for a hike in the hills. The nation’s capital and surrounding area will be abuzz with activity in the early days of Summer.

You will leave CES 2020 with new ideas and practices to share with your colleagues and apply in your work, an expanded evaluation network to support and sustain you, and a wider appreciation of all that is great to do and see in the Ottawa-Gatineau region.


The C2020 organizing team is pleased to advise all interested in the conference of the following milestones. It is our intention to follow closely these milestone dates to help both delegates and our organizational committee to plan and prepare accordingly.

Website launch: May 28, 2019

Sponsorship and exhibition prospectus: October 15, 2019

Publication of proposal guidelines: October 15, 2019

Proposal period launch: November 1, 2019

Proposal period close: December 8, 2019

Firm Yeses decision issued: January 17, 2020

Waiting list invitations issued: February 5, 2020

All program confirmed: March 1, 2020

Early-bird registration opened: March 1, 2020

Regular registration opened: April 21, 2020

App available: May 16, 2020

Program brochure finalized (pdf): June 1, 2020


For more information, please go to http://c2020.evaluationcanada.ca/