National evaluation association expands to include Hawaii-Pacific region with new chapter and upcoming conference

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
Anna Ah Sam, (808) 956-9217
Hawaii-Pacific Evaluation Association
Courtney Baum, (808) 956-9083
External Affairs & University Relations
Posted: Aug 8, 2006

HONOLULU- The Hawaiʻi chapter of the American Evaluation Association (AEA) will hold a First Annual Evaluator‘s Exchange on Friday, Sept. 8, 2006, from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Radisson Prince Kuhio Hotel in Waikiki. The event is an initiative aimed at bringing together professional evaluators from across the Hawaiʻi-Pacific region.

The Exchange will feature a keynote address by Dr. Lois-ellin Datta, a leading evaluation researcher and international consultant. Her address is entitled "Fusion Cuisine: Lunchtime Reflections on the Future of Evaluation in the Hawaiʻi-Pacific Area." Datta is the author of numerous books and articles about evaluation and is a past-president of the AEA. Her local research includes evaluations of the Waikoloa 21st Century School and the Five Mountains Health Outcome Project.

The event will also showcase a panel presentation entitled "What‘s Happening in Hawaiʻi-Pacific Evaluation," the election of chapter officers, networking opportunities, and presentations of local evaluation work. Attendees are encouraged to submit poster presentations highlighting their ongoing evaluation projects and activities for review no later than August 15, 2006.

The cost for the conference is $50 for H-PEA members and $80 for non-members. Students may attend the conference at a reduced rate of $30 for members and $45 for non-members. Registration fees include hotel parking, lunch and snacks in addition to scheduled activities. Pre-conference registration materials are available online at or by calling (808) 956-2898.

The Hawaiʻi-Pacific Evaluation Association, or H-PEA, was organized in 2005 by a group of faculty members from the University of Hawaiʻi and evaluators in educational, for-profit and non-profit organizations. It is an official local affiliate of the American Evaluation Association with a mission to foster a culture of excellence and ethics in evaluation in the Pacific region by improving evaluation practices and methods, increasing evaluation use, promoting evaluation as a profession, and supporting the contribution of evaluation to the generation of theory and knowledge about effective human action.

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