A category of membership known as ‘Fellow of the Society’ was adopted by the AES in 2003 in order to recognise outstanding contributions by members to the Society and to evaluation more generally in Australasia.
This policy envisioned a number of purposes and benefits in relation to achieving the aims of the Society as well as benefits for a Fellow. It was seen to be a distinct form of recognition, differing from the ET&S Award and other categories of award made by the Society, and one which implicitly brought with it a variety of roles and responsibilities.
We have had a number of very distinguished members who have made significant contributions both to evaluation and to the AES. Many have won AES Awards for Excellence, but this recognition is often limited in time and often relates to only a part of their contribution.
Those members who have made a long term and wide ranging contribution to the AES and the field of evaluation are recognised by the Society through a special category of membership called 'Fellow of the AES'. This is a positive step towards enhancing the professionalism of the Society. The special membership bestowed on Fellows of the AES recognises their outstanding contributions to the Society and to evaluation more generally in Australasia.
This year’s new Fellows will be announced during FestEVAL 2021 to be held 13 to 17 September.
Criteria and evidence
Names of proposed recipients are being sought from those eligible to submit names:
- Current Board Members, Committee Chairs and Regional Representatives
Regional representatives are encouraged to seek nominations from the wider membership
- Past office bearers
- four screening criteria specified to determine eligibility for nomination
- together with seven substantive criteria.
The latter focus on Contributions to Evaluation, essentially in evaluation teaching, research and practice, and on Contributions to the Society, primarily in relation to its aims and operations. A nomination should address each of the substantive criteria even if a particular criterion is not seen as a key basis for the nomination.
Details can be obtained from the 'Criteria and Evidence document'.