The AES Awards for Excellence in Evaluation are designed to encourage and recognise outstanding contributions to the theory, practice and use of evaluation. Awards recipients are announced and celebrated at the annual Gala Awards Dinner during the AES International Evaluation Conference usually held in September.
The AES encourages all Award recipients to play an active role in promoting excellence in evaluation. Recipients will be asked to consider ways in which their knowledge and experience may be shared with others, and they may be asked to contribute to articles and other promotional activities.
The awards are the specific responsibility of the Awards and Recognition Working Group.
To nominate you must have been an AES member for a minimum of 12 months prior to the nomination closing date. For the Emerging New Talent Award a nominee must have been a member at the time of nomination but is exempt from the 12-month minimum membership requirement. In the case of a group nomination, at least one nominee must meet the 12-month minimum membership requirement.
We consider evaluations as a partnership between the commissioner, the evaluator and the participants of the project. As such, the awards recognise the role of all partners to an evaluation project, not just the evaluators.
Nominations usually open in March/ April of each year and close in early July. Award winners are notified mid-August. Awards are presented at a Gala Awards Dinner during the AES annual conference usually held in September.
There are eight categories of awards. Detailed information is available in the 'Awards categories' section.
The awards are judged using three criteria: 1. Professionalism ; 2. Ethical conduct ; and 3. Excellence of the evaluation work. The first two criteria mainly apply to the role of the evaluator and/or the evaluation team and must be clearly demonstrated. The principle of excellence is mainly concerned with evaluation practice, theory and products. Excellence is assessed on a scale against the attributes relevant to the category of award. Detailed information is available in the 'Assessment criteria' section.
Note: In the event that no nominations in an award category meet the required standard, no award will be given in that category.
Judges are members of the AES Awards and Recognition Working Group. They reflect the diversity of AES members’ backgrounds and include, to the extent possible, an appropriate gender balance of representatives from Australia and New Zealand, as well as at least one First Nations member.
Each nomination is reviewed by at least two judges, based on their experience/ skills. In the event that the selected judges are unable to agree on the relative merit of a nomination, an additional judge reviews the nomination before a final decision is made. Recommendations are submitted to the AES Board for approval.
Detailed information on the assessment process are contained with the Nomination Information Pack available March 2021.
All nominations and supporting documentation are treated as commercial-in-confidence and are confidentially handled and stored, and all copies appropriately destroyed at the conclusion of the awards process by the AES and the Awards Panel judges.