About Our Conferences

OPEG is dedicated to providing educational experiences for our members and Evaluators throughout the region.  We hold three scheduled conferences each year.  

  • The Summer Stats Series provides training in specific statistical methods in an intense, limited capacity setting.The Summer Stats program provides free advanced statistics training opportunities and is open for members only. 
  • The Spring Exchange highlights a keynote speaker on a current topic of interest in evaluation, opportunities for OPEG members to share their evaluation work, the election of new Board members, and presentation of awards for contribution to both the field of evaluation and for service to OPEG. Check the event calendar to find out the year's theme and any particular year's criteria. Members are encouraged to submit abstracts for review.
  • The Fall Workshop features invited presenters to provide methodology, techniques, and technology to help evaluators improve skills and keep up with changes in evaluation practice.
See our Upcoming events listing below.  We are happy to share events from all over the region that may be of interest to our members.  Please let OPEG Board of Directors know know about any upcoming events you would like to list.

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    Upcoming events

      • 01 Apr 2020
      • 31 Mar 2021
      Registration is closed

      The OPEG Board of Directors has recognized a need to engage with an individual or entity to complete identified administrative tasks in support of the organization.

      Key RFP Dates:

      •         Publish RFP: January 24, 2020
      •         Proposal Due: February 24, 2020
      •         Review of Proposals Completed: March 6, 2020
      •         Telephone Interviews (optional): March 16-20, 2020
      •         Decision Made: March 27, 2020
      •         Start Date: April 1, 2020

      Term of Service:

      April 1, 2020 to March 31, 2021 (with the option to extend for up to two additional 12-month terms.

      Please click here for scope of work and how to apply. 

      The Ohio Program Evaluators’ Group (OPEG) is a nonprofit 501(c)(6) professional organization that serves as a network for program evaluators in Ohio and neighboring states. As a regional affiliate of the American Evaluation Association (AEA), OPEG is made up of about 100 active members and a network of more than 500 evaluators, and is led by a volunteer Board of Directors made up of 4 officers and 7 at-large members. The OPEG board meets via conference call every other month, one up to two times annually in person, and as needed to make organizational decisions. Four OPEG committees handle OPEG activities and functions and often meet regularly as well. OPEG Code of Regulations can be found here.

      • 07 Apr 2020

      Data Days CLE 2020, happening April 7th, is the region’s only conference focused on accessible data and civic technology for community impact. Data Days CLE gathers civic and industry leaders for a day of learning and action around innovative, local uses of data across a variety of sectors, all with a focus on how data is used for action in social justice, research, and policy. Led by Case Western Reserve University’s Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development, we’re seeking mission driven partners who want to raise awareness of their own brands, data use, and services, and in doing so, help build a data-driven culture in Northeast Ohio. 

      Data Days CLE 2020

      • 15 May 2020

      We are asking all who work or study in the field of evaluation to consider submitting a proposal sharing your work in evaluation practice or theory at the annual Spring Exchange of the Ohio Program Evaluators’ Group (OPEG)  on May 15, 2019 at Otterbein College in Columbus. The submission deadline is 5:00p Friday, January 10, 2020.

      The OPEG Spring Exchange provides professional development and networking opportunities for evaluators and those interested in evaluation in a number of ways:

                1) Presentation(s) by state/national experts that are tied to the conference theme;
                2) Breakfast and lunch on the premises providing you with time to catch up with colleagues and make new connections; and
                3) Annual business meeting to update you on OPEG activities past, current, and future.

      This year’s theme is Evaluative Thinking. The focus is on providing attendees with methodologies, strategies, and other resources that will aid in the evaluative process. We encourage you to submit a proposal to share your best practice.


      Submissions should include the following:

      o   the session title (25 words maximum);
      o   the name, organizational affiliation, and role of each person involved;
      o   biography of each presenter;
      o   an abstract explaining the overall topical focus and its relevance to this year’s theme or to evaluation in general (250 word maximum); and
      o   the experience level of the intended audience.

      When submitting your proposal, please choose from one of the following options:

      Full session presentation: This is a longer session of approximately 45-60 minutes that is focused on a single topic. Examples of such sessions include: symposium, panel discussion, skill-building session or workshop, or demonstration. Submissions should include a brief outline of the session and how it will be structured. Sessions are required to allow 10-15 minutes for questions at the end. The OPEG program committee will determine the actual length of each session during the review process and will provide that information to accepted presenters.

      Brief presentation: Presentation of 10-15 minutes that is focused on a single topic. Related presentations will be grouped into 45-60 minute thematic sessions.

      Poster presentation: A visual presentation that will be on display during the Exchange. You will have a chance to stand by your poster during a scheduled poster session to answer questions.

      Notification of review results will be sent out by email to the individual submitting the proposal by February 7, 2020. It is the responsibility of each submitter to inform any additional participants listed in the proposal.

      The primary presenter must be a paid member of OPEG by the time of the Spring Exchange (invited speakers may be exempted from this requirement). Copies of presented materials in Microsoft Office or Adobe PDF format must be submitted to the Program Committee by May 1, 2020 for posting on the OPEG web site.

      • 15 May 2020
      • 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
      • Otterbein University, Westerville, Ohio
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      This year’s theme is Evaluative Thinking. The focus is on providing attendees with methodologies, strategies, and other resources that will aid in the evaluative process.

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