■ Child and social welfare

■ Education

■ Humanitarian aid

■ Crime and justice

■ International development

■ Environment and climate change

■ Health and human services

■ Mental health services

■ Big data and data science

■ The use of artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning in evaluation and evidence synthesis


WWGS 2019 will bring together world leaders in evidence-based decisionmaking in Mexico City from 16 to 18 October 2019, with pre-conference workshops on 14-15 October.
The largest event of its kind globally, WWGS 2019 will explore the evidence for designing, implementing and reviewing effective programmes and policies. Projected to reach over 500 participants from 30 countries, WWGS 2019 will share the latest evidence synthesis research, research methods and practice strategies for improving the lives of individuals, families and communities worldwide.


Abstract submissions close
15 April 2019
Notification distribution
28 April 2019
Deadline for speaker acceptance and registration
26 May 2019


It is possible to submit an abstract for a presentation in Spanish. However, there is limited capacity for Spanish interpretation at WWGS. If you wish to present in Spanish, please indicate - in the submission form - if you would be willing to give your presentation in English.

  • Short oral presentation (with optional PowerPoint): an opportunity for you to deliver a 15-minute presentation to participants during a concurrent session.
  • Panel presentation: an opportunity for your group to deliver a 60-minute interactive concurrent session. Please note that a facilitator must be identified, and will be responsible for the coordination of the group. The number of panellists is limited to a maximum of five. We will not accept all-male panels.We encourage proposals for presentations that use non-traditional formats, such as chat shows (without PowerPoints), fishbowl conversations, and other formats allowing greater audience engagement. This is an opportunity for you to deliver a 10-minute presentation to participants during a concurrent session.
  • Poster: an opportunity for you to present your poster to participants during a hosted poster viewing session. Posters will be on display for one full day of the conference.
  • Workshop: On 14 and 15 October, you have the opportunity to deliver a two-hour, four-hour or full day pre-conference workshop. The workshops will be held in the same venue as the main conference in Mexico City.


By submitting your abstract of workshop proposal, you consent to:

  • Your abstract being made available on the website during and after the event
  • Your session being recorded and made available on the website after the event
  • A copy of your presentation being made available on the website after the event
  • Photographs being taken of you, your poster/presentation materials, and these photos being made available on the website during and after the event.


All abstracts will be peer-reviewed by specialists in the fields of evidence synthesis. Although authors must indicate their preferred format (oral/panel/informal presentation/poster), the type of presentation offered is at the discretion of the abstract review committee. The committee may schedule your presentation in a session with other presentations by topic or theme.
The decision of the committee is final, and no correspondence will be entered into regarding this final decision.
Selection criteria will include:

  • Is the abstract relevant to the summit theme/s?
  • How novel or original is the work presented in the abstract?
  • Do you judge the abstract to be of high quality?
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