During the more than twenty-five years of its existence, the Australian Evaluation Society has had a number of very distinguished members who have made significant contributions over a period of years both to evaluation and to the AES. Many have won AES awards, 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’. This is a positive step towards enhancing the professionalism of the Society. It is also in the Society’s interests to maintain an ongoing and mutually beneficial relationship with these individuals who are recognised leaders in the field of evaluation.
This policy creating ‘Fellow’ as a category of membership has been developed in the light of these considerations and with reference to the policies and practices of other relevant organisations including the Canadian Evaluation Society.