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 competition is in English.

Teams whose working language is English will have a fixed number of hours to prepare a submission on the evaluation case. Teams working in a language other than English will be allowed additional hours.

The evaluation case

The case may require the development of a program evaluation plan, analysis of a completed study, or some other aspect of evaluation. It may be in any subject area.


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

They will rate each submission in the following areas:

   - Identification and articulation of key issues in the case (about 25% weight)

   - Logic, practicality and methodological strength of actions proposed (about 60%)

   -  Effectiveness of presentation (about 15%).

Teams will be provided with feedback from the judges.