Team members must be college or university students, in an undergraduate or graduate program, on January 1st of the year in which the World Competition takes place.

A team must have at least three and no more than five members. They may be from different disciplines, different universities, or different countries.

After being accepted into the competition, a team may recruit substitute students to replace members who are unavailable on the day of the event. 

Each team must have a coach. This is usually someone who has deep experience with program evaluation through teaching, practice, or both, and is prepared to share knowledge and advice with the student team.


Only one team per country will be accepted into the competition.

For the countries that have a national evaluation case competition (Cameroon, Canada, the Czech Republic and India), the winning team will represent their country in the world competition.  Other teams from those countries are not eligible to register. 

For all other countries, if more than one team registers for the World Competition, the organizing committee will select the qualifying team using pre-established criteria.


The case for the competition is produced in English. Teams may use English, French, or Spanish for their submission.

Preparation Time

Teams working in English will have seven (7) hours to prepare their submission. Those preparing a case in French or Spanish will have eight (8) hours. All other teams will have nine (9) hours.

The Case

The case may be in any subject area. Teams may be required to develop a program evaluation plan, analyze a completed study, or work on some other aspect of evaluation.


Teams will be anonymous. Judges will not know the country that a team is representing.

The criteria they use will depend on the the case. Usually a situation analysis will account for about 20% of the score. The logic, technical strength and feasibility of the team’s proposal counts for about 70%. The clarity and  flow of the submission counts for about 10%.

Teams will be provided with feedback from the judges.