3rd International Evaluation Congress
“Evaluation as crossing boundaries”
October 22, 2021 ON-LINE
Time: 9.00 AM – 4.00 PM (CEST) UTC +2

Evaluation as crossing boundaries

The status quo and – rooted in it − our experiences, knowledge and habits are insufficient to meet demands of the dynamic changes that occur in the societies, in politics, in economic and environmental affairs, and are insufficient to reduce the growing levels of uncertainty. The question about the role of evaluation in these processes will be a central point of discussions to be held at the Third International Evaluation Congress under the key theme “Evaluation as crossing boundaries”. Are evaluators ready to face ever changing demands of the modern times? How can crossing borders in evaluation affect the perception of different systems, institutions or research results? The topics of this year’s Congress include sustainable development goals, smart cities’ solutions, evaluation activities in local self-government units, levels of trust in the society, citizen science, as well as support for young evaluators.

“Every institution or programme has a story to tell about its origin, its development, its achievements at a particular time”[1] − wrote a renowned scholar from the United Kingdom who provided important contributions to the establishment of the Polish Evaluation Society and the promotion of participatory evaluation. Professor Helen Simons will be our guest of honour at the Congress this year.

We invite guests from Poland and abroad, including from the United Kingdom, Germany, Ukraine, Czech Republic, as well as from Jordan, South Africa and Sri Lanka and we want to look through local, regional and global lenses and point to their common denominator – which is the need for cooperation and reflection on the boundaries of evaluation  The process of crossing these boundaries in evaluation requires us to change our current thinking  and shift the focus from  acquiring and possessing resources  to collaborating in creating those and sharing  them.

We cordially invite you to take part in the Third International Evaluation Congress organized by the Polish Evaluation Society in collaboration with the Jerzy Regulski Foundation in Support of Local Democracy. The Congress will be held under the patronage of the International Organization for Cooperation in Evaluation (IOCE), which brings together evaluation societies from around the world, as well as the EvalPartners and Eval4Action, which are the evaluation initiatives undertaken by the United Nations (UN) and IOCE. His Magnificence Rector of the Jagiellonian University and the Centre for Evaluation and Analysis of Public Policies are the Honorary Patrons of the Congress.

[1] In: Helen Simons (2009). Case Study Research in Practice (Prologue). Sage Publications Ltd.

Congress Recipients

The Evaluation Congress is aimed at:

  • Evaluator and researcher communities;
  • Managers responsible for managing research teams;
  • Representatives of the scientific community, including experts dealing with the analysis and evaluation of public policies based on the results of evaluation research;
  • People involved in the management of organizations and projects co-financed, among others, from public funds;
  • Public administration representatives responsible for defining and shaping public policies;
  • Students interested in evaluation;
  • Representatives of non-governmental organizations, including evaluation societies (Voluntary Organizations for Professional Evaluation (VOPEs)

Inaugural lecture

“Evaluation as crossing borders – transgressions in future-oriented evaluation” is the title of the lecture inaugurating the 3rd International Evaluation Congress, which will be conducted by Prof. Leszek Korporowicz.

Leszek Korporowicz, professor at the Faculty of International and Political Studies, Jagiellonian University in Krakow (Poland). The research scope of his numerous publications encompasses sociology of culture, intercultural communication and education, dynamics of personal growth and cultural identity, cultural competence, evaluation. He was a first chairman of the Polish Evaluation Society, representative of Poland in the OECD Education Commission, former rector of the Bogdan Jański College in Warsaw, and an animator of Jagiellonian Cultural Studies, presently realized at the Jagiellonian University.

Within this range of themes, he conducted several series of university lectures abroad, including Denmark, Germany, Australia, Taiwan, Byelorussia and Ukraine.

Main publications include: Creating of Meaning, Language – Culture – Communication (1996), Personality and Communication in Transformative Society (1997), Intercultural Communication, co-editor (1997), Evaluation and Society (2001), Types of reductionism in cultural studies (2002),Cultural Sociology (2011), Bridges of  Hope (2016 ed.), Jagiellonian ideas (2018 ed.)

Keynote speaker

Professor Helen Simons, PhD, FAcSS, FRSA

Helen Simons is Professor of Education and Evaluation at the University of Southampton, U.K, a past-president of the United Kingdom Evaluation Society (UKES), a Fellow of the Academy of Learned Societies in the Social Sciences, UK  and of the Royal Society of Arts.

For over thirty years she has specialised in programme, policy and institutional evaluation for government and non-government agencies. She has conducted numerous external evaluations of education and health programmes and directed training programmes in case study research, policy and democratic evaluation in over 25 countries as well as facilitating institutional self-evaluations. She has also written widely about the theory and practice of case study research, qualitative methodology, and the ethics of research and evaluation.  Her 2019 book, Case Study Research in Practice, details how to justify and conduct case study research. Recent papers explore how to generalize from the single case and the role of care ethics in democratic research and evaluation.

Currently researching the role of the creative arts in evaluation/research methodology, she also finds time to explore her own creativity through music, poetry and dance, as well as yoga and meditation.

Plenary session

“Evaluation as crossing boundaries

The plenary session of 3rd Evaluation Congress organized by the Polish Evaluation Society gathers evaluation experts from across Europe who never stayed in their ivory towers of academia, but worked for decades on the margins of many different communities as evidence advocates. Being practitioners, academics, leaders of VOPEs they crossed geographic, sector, stakeholder, disciplinary, demographic  and most importantly as it seems nowadays – ideological boundaries.
These mentality travels has brought them on the watershed of evaluation where now we can learn from their experience and exchanges in this panel.

As Chris Ernst, Donna Chrobot-Mason writes in the book called Boundary Spanning Leadership: “Borders, barriers, limits, obstacles, and constraints—there is no shortage of boundaries in today’s challenging business and political environment. When times are tough, our natural tendency is to hunker down. Battle lines are drawn. Organizational silos get taller. Worldviews shrink, attitudes narrow, and positions tighten. All too often, boundaries create borders that divide groups into Us and Them. The result can be fractured relationships, diminished resources, suboptimal results, and divisive conflict. Yet, boundaries are also frontiers. Wherever group boundaries collide and intersect, there is potential for different ways of working and new forms of collaboration. Boundaries can reveal new frontiers for solving pressing problems, driving innovation, and leading breakthrough change.”

We now turn to them to find that fragile balance between building resilience in turbulent times and staying on the fertile intersections of the discussions about the future of evaluation. Have we managed to increase the level of evaluation use in the institutions and countries we serve? Can we move on from this classical theme in our conference with a feeling of a well done job in serving evidence based decision making in pandemic times?

Invited guests:

Prof. Volodymyr Yewtukh – Dragomanov University (Kyiv, Ukraine)

Prof. Wolfgang Meyer – Saarland University Evaluation Center (Germany), German Evaluation Society (DeGEval)

Dr Zenda Ofir – a South African evaluator and scientist with a PhD in Chemistry. She has worked in more than 40 countries, has conducted assignments from local to global level, and has advised many international organisations. She focuses on development, with a special interest in Africa and Asia and on the Global South in general; on the quality and impact of science; on the imprint of humanity on nature; and on how to accelerate progress towards urgent large-scale transformations. A former President of the African Evaluation Association (AfrEA), former Vice-President of the International Organisations for Cooperation in Evaluation (IOCE) and the International Development Evaluation Association (IDEAS), as well as former Board member of the American Evaluation Association (AEA), Zenda is at present Interim Chair of the Council of the emerging International Evaluation Academy (IEAc). She has been an Honorary Professor at Stellenbosch University and a Fellow of the Robert Bosch Academy in Berlin, and has served on the editorial boards of three evaluation journals. She is also a widely read blogger on evaluation, development and transformation. In her early career she was a senior programme manager at a South African science council and later the Director or Research of the University of Pretoria.

Dr Oto Potluka – senior researcher at the Center for Philanthropy Studies, University of Basel (Switzerland). He has studied at the University of Economics Prague, Faculty of Economics and Public Administration. Then, he obtained Ph.D. at the Charles University Prague, Faculty of Social Sciences in 2009. Since 2001, his evaluation work relates to the field of regional and economic development, and civil society. He has participated in dozens of Czech and international evaluation, research, and training projects in the field of economic development and the impact of public regulation and public expenditure programs. He has experience with evaluations of public expenditure programs in regional development, especially those co-financed by EU cohesion policy. He has experience from several professional associations. He had been actively working in the board of directors of the Czech Evaluation Society for two terms between the years 2012-2015. Among the other associations belong European Evaluation Society, American Evaluation Association, Czech Economic Association, and Regional Studies Association. As a member of these organizations, he has always actively participated in the building evaluation culture and evaluation capacities.

Panels description


Evaluation of the Sustainable Development Goals


MODERATOR: Weronika Felcis – member of the Board of the European Evaluation Society (EES), secretary of the International Organization for Cooperation for Evaluation (IOCE), University of Latvia

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Evaluation of Smart City

MODERATOR: Magdalena Urbańska – PTE, TEMBOLab, Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan

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Evaluation – Beyond the limits of parametrization


MODERATOR: prof. Leszek Korporowicz – Hononrary President of PTE, Jagiellonian University

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Trust and its lack in assessment and evaluation of systems

MODERATORKA: Anna Kierzkowska-Tokarska – expert and evaluator in educational and social programs; cooperates with the National Agency for Academic Exchange, the National Institute of Freedom in the Program for the Development of Civic Organizations and with the Foundation for the Development of the Education System in the Erasmus + Program for the VET vocational education sector, member of PTE

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Evaluation in local governments

MODERATOR: Mirosław Warowicki, Ph.D. – PTE, Ursa Consulting

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Emerging Evaluators of Youth Employment

MODERATOR: Sławomir Nałęcz, Ph.D – Foundation for the Development of Local Democracy (FRDL)

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Inauguration of the PTE Mentor Program “Mentor4EVAL”

MODERATOR: Alicja Zajączkowska – member of the board of PTE, author and coordinator of the PTE Mentor4EVAL Mentoring Program, President of the Board of PrePost Consulting Sp. z o.o., evaluator at the Social Innovation Laboratory

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The Program Council of the 3rd International Evaluation Congress

  • prof. dr hab. Grzegorz Gorzelak, Uniwersytet Warszawski, EUROREG
  • prof. dr hab. Jarosław Górniak, Uniwersytet Jagielloński
  • prof. dr hab. Henryk Mizerek, Uniwersytet Warmińsko-Mazurski
  • prof. dr hab. Włodzimierz Okrasa, Uniwersytet Kardynała Stefana Wyszyńskiego
  • dr hab. Leszek Korporowicz prof. UJ, Uniwersytet Jagielloński
  • dr hab. Jolanta Perek-Białas prof. UJ, Uniwersytet Jagielloński, kierownik CEAPP
  • dr hab. Barbara Worek prof. UJ, Uniwersytet Jagielloński
  • dr hab. Małgorzata Latoch-Zielińska prof. UMCS, Uniwersytet Marii Curie-Skłodowskiej
  • dr hab. Sylwia Jaskuła-Korporowicz prof. PWSIiP, Państwowa Wyższa Szkoła Informatyki i Przedsiębiorczości



The event is held under the patronage of the International Organization for Cooperation in Evaluation (IOCE), as well as EvalPartners and Eval4Action – evaluation initiatives undertaken by IOCE and the United Nations (UN). Honorary Patronage and Congress is held by His Magnificence Rector of the Jagiellonian University, prof. Jacek Popiel, as well as the Center for Evaluation and Analysis of Public Policies at the Jagiellonian University and Association of Polish Cities.

Event partner

Foundation in Support of Local Democracy

The conference is co-organized by The Jerzy Regulski Foundation in Support of Local Democracy as part of the Youth Impact project funded by Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway through the EEA Grants and Norway Grants.

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