Call for Presentations

Innovation and Failure Showcase at the 2023 CES-NCC Annual Learning Event

FAILURE is a scary word! Many people fear failure and the majority of us would certainly not want to get up in front of a bunch of people and talk about it!

But in the words of researcher, Brené Brown, “There is no innovation and creativity without failure. Period.”

So in this spirit, the CES National Capital Chapter wants to enable a culture of learning and innovation and ultimately, this will include failure! As such, the 2023 Annual Learning Event will hold an Innovation and Failure Showcase!

But we need you!

We are seeking your 5-minute presentation in an Ignite format** about failure or innovation. Some considerations to spark your thinking:

  • Are you piloting a new methodology?
  • Did you overcome many hurdles in a recent project?
  • What did you try recently that didn’t work?
  • Thinking of a recent project, what would you do differently if you had to redo it?
  • Are you finding innovative ways to disseminate evaluation results?
  • What is failing us in our field?
  • Where do we need to innovate more in our field?
  • What’s your big idea to move the needle in the evaluation field?
  • If you had a magic wand, what would you change with the field of evaluation?

The audience will vote on the best presentation and the winner will receive a prize!

Your Submission

  • What: 300-word outline of your presentation.
    • Ensure the link to innovation/failure is clear
    • Indicate what sub-theme(s) (Who we are / What we do/ Why it matters) your presentation falls under (your presentation may fall under multiple sub-themes)
  • Language: Submissions are encouraged in either official language.
  • Deadline: January 13, 2023
  • Email to:
    • Be sure to download the PDF before filling it in (it may open in preview in your browser).
    • Email the completed PDF to
    • A confirmation email will be sent to confirm receipt.
Download the Presentation Proposal Submission Package

**What is Ignite? “Enlighten Us, but make it quick!”

  • Ignite is a fast-paced style of presentation meant to deliver innovative and thought-provoking ideas in a short, concise presentation. Think of it as a 5-minute Ted Talk.
  • During an Ignite Talk, presenters discuss their idea using 20 image-centric slides that auto-advance every 15 seconds. The result is a fun and engaging 5-minute presentation.