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UCEC Student Paper Competition on ROE

Announcing this year's student winners!

The UCEC ROE Student Paper Competition is now closed.

The information provided below is for reference.

Please check back for information about next year's competition.

1st Annual Student Paper Competition | March 15, 2014 | UCEC @ UCLA

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Call for Student Paper Submissions

The UC Educational Evaluation Center (UCEC) is holding its first UC student paper competition for four awards of $2,500 each. We invite research proposal submissions for studies in the field of educational evaluation. Any UC graduate student is eligible to participate in this competition. The award amount can support a new study, a sub-study of an existing study, or an existing study that has already begun. Students can submit proposals individually or in collaboration with other graduate students from any UC campus. The paper submission deadline is March 15, 2014 and the study should be completed by December 31, 2014. 

What is Research on Evaluation?

Research on evaluation (ROE) is a sub-field within the evaluation discipline that takes the systematic examination of the field’s theories, methods, and practices as its focus. The American Evaluation Association’s Research on Evaluation Topical Interest Group (AEA ROE TIG) and the American Educational Research Association’s Research on Evaluation Special Interest Group (AERA ROE SIG) define “ROE” as the empirical examination of evaluation itself. Purposes that ROE studies seek to fulfill include, for example, describing the state of evaluation; studying how evaluation can be practiced better; developing and testing new research methods, and understanding the contribution and utility of underlying social science theories to the art and science of evaluation. See the UCEC website for selected references of published ROE studies as examples (


Proposal Requirements:

  • An abstract of 150 words or less that describes the study purpose, research questions, methods, and relevance.
  • A 500 word or less statement addressing the study's relevance and importance, its implications for theory or practice, how it contributes to ROE. State how the study adds to knowledge in the field and reflects relevant standards of quality in theory, methods, or practice. Citations do not count against the word limit.
  • References to published ROE studies.


Submission Information and Important Dates:

  • Proposal applications can be accessed here
  • Completed proposals should be emailed to
  • Incomplete proposals will not be considered.
  • Deadline to submit: March 15, 2014 at 5pm
  • Award announcement will be made by May 1, 2014
  • Your study should be completed by December 31, 2014


For more information about the UCEC or this competition, please see our website (

Examples of published ROE studies:

Fleischer, D., Christie, C. A., & LaVelle, K. B. (2011). Perceptions of evaluation capacity building in the U.S.: A descriptive study of American Evaluation Association membersCanadian Journal of Program Evaluation, 23(3), 37–60. 

Shadish, W.R., Clark, M.H., Steiner, P.M. (2008). Can nonrandomized experiments yield accurate answers? A randomized experiment comparing random to nonrandom assignment. Journal of American Statistical Association, 103, 1334-1343. 

Shager, H.M., Schindler, H.S., Magnuson, K.A., Duncan, G., Yoshikawa, H., & Hart, C. (2013). Can Research Design Explain Variation in Head Start Research Results? A Meta-analysis of Cognitive and Achievement Outcomes. Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis, 35(1), 76-95. 

Vo, A. T. (2012). Visualizing context through theory deconstruction: A content analysis of three bodies of evaluation theory literature. Evaluation and Program Planning, 38, 44-52.