Getting it Done!
Evaluation Today, Better Programs Tomorrow.
Mark your calendars for the 2013 event in Chicago, Illinois!
August 13-15 – Pre-Conference workshops August 12
Renaissance Hotel – $189 includes in-room WiFi – Reserve your room now!
$635 – Early Bird through 6/3
$685 – Discounted Rate 6/4 through 7/29
$735 – Regular Rate after 7/29
For planning purposes, the conference will begin with registration on Tuesday, August 13 at 8:00 a.m. and end on Thursday, August 15 at 2:30 p.m.
The International Energy Program Evaluation Conference (IEPEC) is an annual professional conference for energy program implementers, evaluators of those programs, local, state, national and international representatives, and academic researchers actively working in the field of evaluation. The purpose of the conference is to provide a forum for the presentation, critique and discussion of objective evaluations of energy programs.
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Excerpts from the Boston Globe, March 4, 2013
President Obama on Monday turned to Massachusetts for his nominees to the nation’s top energy and environmental posts, tapping MIT physicist Ernest J. Moniz to lead the Energy Department and former state environmental official Gina McCarthy to run the Environmental Protection Agency.
“These two over here,” Obama said from the White House as Moniz and McCarthy stood nearby, “they’re going to be making sure that we’re investing in American energy, that we’re doing everything that we can to combat the threat of climate change, that we’re going to be creating jobs and economic opportunity.”
The president’s choices highlight the central role that Massachusetts has played in shaping the national outlook on the environment during a “burst of energy innovation” in the last several years, said Salo Zelermyer, an attorney at Bracewell & Giuliani LLP and former senior counsel for the Department of Energy.
“It makes sense,” Zelermyer said, “that highly placed officials or intellectuals from that area would be looked at because they tend to share the president’s policy goals.” If confirmed, Moniz and McCarthy would be charged with making good on Obama’s pledge in his inaugural address to “respond to the threat of climate change.” That would mean cutting carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gas emissions from existing power plants and continuing to tighten vehicle fuel efficiency standards.
It’s an absolutely inspired choice, [because Moniz is] a person who has deep experience in energy over a wide range of areas, all the way from solar and energy efficiency to nuclear power,” said John Deutch, an MIT colleague and a former director of the Central Intelligence Agency. “He has studied energy problems from an academic and a professional perspective and he is deeply committed to helping the world avoid climate change.”
McCarthy, the EPA’s assistant administrator for air and radiation, would succeed her boss, Lisa Jackson. She is perhaps best known in Massachusetts for her work in crafting tough air pollution rules that cleaned up the “Filthy Five”— the state’s dirtiest coal- and oil-fired power plants.
The IEPEC Lifetime Achievement Award is selected through a peer nominations process and the final decision is made by the IEPEC Planning Committee. This person is someone who has consistently made significant contributions to the field of energy program evaluation. Watch for the call for nominations in early 2013.
Past award winners include:
- 2011 – Marian Brown, Southern California Edison
- 2009 – Dr. Miriam Goldberg, KEMA, Inc.
- 2007 – Shel Feldman, Shel Feldman Management Consulting
- 2005 – Nick Hall, TecMarket Works
- 2003 – Ed Vine, LBNL and Roger Wright, RLW Analytics
- 1997 – Jeff Schlegel, Schlegel and Associates
- 1995 – Ken Train, University of California-Berkeley
- 1993 – Meg Fels, Princeton University
- 1991 – Ken Keating, Bonneville Power Administration
- 1989 – Eric Hirst, Oak Ridge National Laboratory
White Certificates Briefing
Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Croatia, Denmark, Deutschland, Finland, France, Hungary, Italy, Japan, Korea, Latvia, Norway, P.R. China, Portugal, South Africa, Sweden, The Netherlands, United Kingdom, United States
“This time, we were listening to each other”
In Paris there appeared to be some sense that the North American version of the conference was coming to Europe to teach about the approach that has been developed in and for North American markets. One of our goals was to erase that sense. And clearly a step forward in strenthing professional networks. The conference was declared an unqualified success. One of the key indicator of increased interest in non-North American markets was that of the 140 attendees, 33 were from the US. Without question a deeper understanding of the major differences, similiarities, challenges and opportunities was established.
“Ah–now I understand!”
We had 10 students provide meeting management services. They were all engineering students but with no previous exposure to the kinds of evaluation that IEPEC reports on. At the start of the program there was a sense of we know how to evaluate a process, we are engineers–but by the time the event was over, they had a completly expanded definition of what impact and process evaluation is and what it can do. These students were bright, enthusiastic and a credit to their Universities located in Germany, Italy, Croatia and Hungary.