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- eStudy courses will be recorded and made available for 14 days to all paid registrants, beginning in January 2014
- Your registration for an eStudy course covers all sessions for that course
- There will be a short homework assignment, requiring an hour or less of your time, between sessions
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Registration: Save time and money by learning through live eStudy courses with no travel needed to attend. Registration fees are based on the length of the full eStudy course and are parallel to the registration fees for the workshops when offered live at AEA's annual conference. Each registration is for a single person. We do not have group registration for eStudy offerings at this time. Once registration closes we can no longer accept anymore registrations. Some eStudy webinars may be repeated and you may view current offerings anytime on this page. Click here for additional information about the eStudy program.
Do you want to learn how to use infographics to communicate evaluation findings in an effective and engaging way? This eStudy introduces infographic basics, best practices, and practical tips for using low-‐cost tools to produce well-‐designed infographics for evaluation. No experience with graphic design or infographics required. Participants will learn about the purpose, features, and use of infographics in evaluation by examining a variety of different infographic styles and types. Sessions will be interactive and participants will have the opportunity to share ideas, ask questions, and view demonstrations of how to develop an infographic.
During the first session, participants will learn about why infographics are a valuable tool in promoting knowledge utilization for intended stakeholder audiences. Presenters will share their Checklist for Reviewing Infographics that focuses on infographic features including story, content, layout, and information visualizations. Participants will see examples of infographics that exemplify features from the checklist. Homework following this session will include applying the checklist to example infographics.
During the second session, presenters will provide a comprehensive list of available tools and resources for creating infographics and will discuss how they vary based on level of cost, sophistication, and necessary skill. Presenters will demonstrate commonly used tools for creating infographics including PowerPoint and online templates. Participants will learn about 10 Steps for Creating Infographics and will observe a demonstration using Word following the ten steps. Presenters will discuss time and cost considerations for including infographics in evaluation. An optional, external private discussion forum will give participants the option to share, review, and provide feedback using the Checklist for Reviewing Infographics on infographics they create.
Dates and Sessions: Wednesday, June 21, 2017 from 3:00-‐4:30 pm ET, Wednesday, June 28th from 3:00-‐4:30 pm ET,
Speaker Bios: Stephanie Wilkerson, President of Magnolia Consulting, and Billie-‐Jo Grant, Senior Evaluator at Magnolia Consulting, share over 35 years of experience in conducting rigorous and practical research and evaluation studies in preK-‐20 education settings. We specialize in quantitative and qualitative research design and analysis, program evaluation, implementation fidelity and assessment, and instrument construction, and offer technical assistance in evaluation capacity building, infographics, data use, logic model development, and innovation configuration mapping. Our studies respond to the information needs and priorities of a variety of evaluation stakeholders including policymakers, program funders and developers, school and district administrators, teachers, community members, and students. To promote evaluation use among stakeholder audiences we incorporate infographics as a communication and knowledge utilization tool for sample recruitment, study orientations, and evaluation reporting. In our experience, we have found that the use of infographics helps facilitate meaningful dialogue among evaluation stakeholders about the implications of evaluation findings in informing policy and practice.
Logistics: This three-‐hour real-‐time webinar-‐based eStudy workshop will be presented in two, 90-‐minute sessions. This session is webinar based and will include lecture, question and answer, and opportunities for audience participation. To prepare for each session, there will be a short homework assignment such as an article to read or resource to explore.
Lunch Hour 01: Introduction to Academic Journal Writing
Thu, Jun 22, 2017 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM EDT
Thu, Jun 29, 2017 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM EDT
Presented by the AEA Sponsored Journals’ editors: Rachael Lawrence, Managing Editor of AJE; Todd Franke and Leslie Fierro, Co Editors-In-Chief of NDE
Course Description and learning objectives:
Early career evaluators and academics are faced with the “publish or perish” reality. No longer limited to those with academic appointments, more evaluation shops expect a record of academic publishing than in the past. This daunting prospect may feel like a great risk - a great unknown. If you find yourself in this position, this e-study is for you! Communicating your ideas through scholarly writing is one of the key ways you can help the field of evaluation advance. This e-study series will provide you the tools you need to begin your journey as an author for academic evaluation journals.
In this course you will learn to:
- Identify a journal’s scope and purpose
- Identify appropriate journals for communicating your ideas
- Compare and contrast content across evaluation journals
- Develop realistic expectations about the writing and review process
eStudy 80: Evaluation Science: What it Means to be an Evaluation Scientist
Presenter: Michael Quinn Patton
Description: Evaluators have long debated whether we are a profession, discipline, or sub-discipline within social science. These distinctions matter within academia and contention about evaluation’s academic status will no doubt continue. But the stakes have changed. Science is under attack. On April 22, 2017, millions marched for science in cities worldwide. The American Evaluation Association was a partner in supporting the March. The New York Times headline on the day of the March read: Scientists, Feeling Under Siege, March. This new course will examine how the larger societal and political context regarding science affects evaluation and evaluators. The course will consider evaluation’s relationship to science generally, and the foundations of evaluation science specifically. It will also be an opportunity to consider what it means to identify oneself as an evaluation scientist: “I am an evaluation scientist. I do evaluation science.” What are the pros, cons, meanings, and implications of the designation evaluation science?
Dates and Sessions:
Day 1: Wednesday, June 14- 2:30-4:00 pm
Day 2: Thursday, June 15- 2:30-4:00 pm
Day 3: Tuesday, June 20- 2:30-4:00 pm
Day 4: Thursday, June 22- 2:30-4:00 pm
Bio: Michael Quinn Patton is an independent consultant and evaluation scientist with 45 years’ experience. He is a former president of the American Evaluation Association and recipient of both the Alva and Gunnar Myrdal Award for "outstanding contributions to evaluation use and practice" and the Paul F. Lazarsfeld Award for lifetime contributions to evaluation theory, both from the American Evaluation Association. He is author of seven major evaluation books including 4th editions of Utilization-Focused Evaluation (2008) and Qualitative Research and Evaluation Methods (2015). His other books include: Creative Evaluation; Practical Evaluation; Developmental Evaluation: Applying Complexity Concepts to Enhance Innovation and Use; Principles-Focused Evaluation: The Guide; and Facilitating Evaluation. He is a founding faculty member of The Evaluators’ Institute and has taught several AEA eStudy courses and preconference workshops
eStudy 81: Ann Emery- Dashboard Design
Dates: Tuesday August 1st and Thursday August 3rd, 2017 from 2-3:30 pm Eastern
Length: 3 total contact hours
Description: Why wait until the end of the year to write a lengthy report when you can share data early and often with dashboards? During this three-hour workshop, we’ll cover data visualization design principles (30-minute review); page layouts (15 minutes); dashboard design (15 minutes); and dashboard creation (two hours).
First, we’ll review the best-bang-for-your-buck data visualization design principles. This workshop is geared towards evaluators who have already been thinking about data visualization. You’ve probably heard of techniques like direct labeling so we won’t spend much time here.
Second, once you’ve designed one great graph, it’s time to combine multiple graphs together for your report, slideshow, or handout. The key page layout techniques include designing within a grid system; sketching layouts on paper; ensuring that there is adequate white space between chunks of content; and establishing a visual hierarchy within individual graphs and for the publication as a whole. You’ll view my real-life examples so that you can see how grids, white space, and visual hierarchies are applied in each setting.
Third, you’ll learn the major dashboard types: comparing categories; comparing categories over time; tracking progress towards goals; tracking progress towards goals over time; a series of matching dashboards; or a combination of any of these types. I’ll share my nine sample dashboards with you and you’ll vote on which two or three styles you’d like to create from scratch in Excel.
We’ll be designing static dashboards within Excel. These dashboards will live inside of Excel and get shared with stakeholders as PDFs through email or as printed handouts during meetings. I no longer teach anyone how to create interactive dashboards in Excel because they simply don’t get used as often as static dashboards. Life’s short and I’m only going to teach you about visualizations that make a difference.
View a sample dashboard at www.annkemery.com/revenue-and-expenses.
About Ann: Nothing bothers me more than information that sits in spreadsheets: unused, dusty, forgotten about. Early on, word spread that I could transform technical research findings into simple visuals. I was asked to share my skills. I led brown bags. I taught others over coffee (and beer). I blogged. I created video tutorials. Just for fun. In my spare time. I tried to quench the demand; the demand intensified. It was quickly apparent that people like me quit their salaried jobs and start their own company, so that’s what I did. Now I share my skills through dozens of speaking engagements for thousands of people each year. Your research deserves to be out in the world: utilized, actionable, talked about.
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