Origin of the Eleanor Chelimsky Forum
Through the support of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), EERS has launched the Eleanor Chelimsky Forum.
The genesis of the Forum derives from a plenary paper titled, Balancing Theory and Practice in the Real World, authored by Eleanor Chelimsky, for the 2012 EERS Annual Conference. Recognizing the interdependence of evaluation theory and practice for developing best practices, and the often divergent views of theorists and practitioners regarding what should be considered as important, Chelimsky recommended that a forum be established to mediate the divide between “principle and context.”Her vision was that theory and practice would inform each other and,
in that learning process, both would be inspired to stretch, to bend a little, to grow,” thereby adding “breadth, depth and realism to our work.”