International Policy Update - AEA Sending Our Award-Winning New Evaluator to Global Forum in Nepal

From Mike Hendricks, AEA Representative to the International Organization for Cooperation in Evaluation (IOCE), with contributions from Jim Rugh, EvalPartners Co-Coordinator

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In a wonderful display of our support for the next generation of evaluators, AEA is funding last year’s winner of our Marcia Guttentag Promising New Evaluator Award to attend the EvalPartners Global Evaluation Week to be held in Nepal this November. Attending the week-long sessions in Kathmandu will be Dr. Bianca Montrosse-Moorhead from the University of Connecticut.

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Bianca will be very busy during this event, actively participating in at least three different ways. First, she has just been appointed to the steering committee of EvalYouth, a new EvalPartners global initiative to promote young and emerging evaluators to be leaders in the evaluation field, and she will help to formally launch this initiative. Second, she will help celebrate EvalYear 2015 and attend the global Parliamentarians Forum for Development Evaluation, both sessions to be held in the Parliament of Nepal. Finally, she will share her expertise on "Building Evaluation Skills in Government" during the Third Conclave of the Community of Evaluators-South Asia, which will be held in conjunction with the Global Forum.

In each of these roles, Bianca will represent AEA – especially our young and emerging evaluators. Given her track record, she will represent us extremely well. Even though she is relatively new to the field, having received her Ph.D. in evaluation and applied research methods from Claremont Graduate University only six years ago, she has already achieved more than many of us achieve over an entire career.

For example, Bianca has already:

  • Earned a tenure-track position at the University of Connecticut, where she is an assistant professor of measurement, evaluation, and assessment and also the coordinator of the Graduate Certificate in Program Evaluation
  • Published 11 peer-reviewed journal articles
  • Co-edited a recent issue of New Directions for Evaluation
  • Chaired AEA’s Topical Interest Group (TIG) for Graduate Students and New Evaluators
  • Co-chaired a recent AEA task force that reviewed AEA’s Guiding Principles for Evaluators
  • Been a primary investigator, contributing writer, or lead staff member on 13 evaluation grants totaling over $13 million

You can see why AEA is so proud to have Dr. Bianca Montrosse-Moorhead representing us at the EvalPartners Global Evaluation Week. If you see her at our annual conference in Chicago (which will occur immediately before the Nepal meetings), please congratulate and encourage Bianca in her efforts on our behalf.

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