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Key things to know before registering:

  • eStudy courses are recorded and made available for 14 days to all paid registrants
  • 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
  • Registration will close five business days in advance of the first session meeting
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eStudy 084- Intermediate Consulting Skills
eStudy 084- Intermediate Consulting Skills

eStudy 084- Intermediate Consulting Skills

Presenter: Dr. Gail Vallance Barrington, President of Barrington Research Group, Inc.

Description: Are you already managing a consulting practice? Do you find that you look forward to the field work but avoid dealing with the small business demands? Join Gail Barrington in this 3-hour webinar series as she explores some of these challenging consulting management issues.

Evaluators and applied researchers may be well versed in academic research processes, but uncertain about how to handle the entrepreneurial and small business management skills needed to be successful independent consultants. For those aspiring to have a thriving practice, this workshop addresses common problems encountered in the day-to-day running of a small consulting business and identifies some of the key issues faced by consultants.

This workshop will help participants problem solve around the ongoing challenges of a consulting practice. For those looking to fine-tune their current professional practice, a seasoned practitioner/award winner/author will share from her more than two decades of experience. This eStudy will occur in two 90-minute sessions. Each session will cover three inter-related topics.

This eStudy will occur in two 1.5-hour sessions and will include preparation materials sent before, between, and after the sessions.

Learning Outcomes:

  1. Rethinking their competitive edge
  2. Pricing strategies
  3. Contracting for success
  4. Communicating with clients
  5. Managing work processes
  6. Fostering innovation and sustainability

Dates and Sessions:

January 23rd 12:00-1:30(EST)-Day 1: Fresh approaches to marketing, Pricing strategies, Contracting for success

January 25th 12:00-1:30(EST)-Day 2: Communicating with clients, Managing work processes, Fostering innovation

BIO:

Dr. Gail Vallance Barrington is a senior evaluation advisor and well-known Canadian program evaluator, educator, and writer. She has more than 30 years of experience running her own consulting practice, Barrington Research Group, Inc., and has conducted over 130 program evaluation and applied research studies. Her recent book, Consulting Start up & Management: A Guide for Evaluators & Applied Researchers, (SAGE, 2012) is based on her consulting experience. In 2008, she won the Canadian Evaluation Society award for her Contribution to Evaluation in Canada. In 2016, she received the AEA’s Alva and Gunnar Myrdal Award for Evaluation Practice. She is a Credentialed Evaluator, a certified teacher, and in 2014 was designated a Fellow of the Certified Management Consultants of Canada. As she recently said, “It has been a pleasure throughout my career to be a member of AEA, undoubtedly the most abiding resource in the development of my practice. As a result, I look forward to this opportunity to share my experience with those interested in exploring consulting as a career option.”

Facilitation Experience:

Since the 1990’s, I have presented workshops on consulting topics at professional development events hosted by the American Evaluation Association (AEA), the Canadian Evaluation Society (CES) and the European Evaluation Society. I have also presented at professional development events at the Summer Institute sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control and AEA, and the Claremont Graduate University Summer Professional Development series. This classic webinar series is constantly updated based on participant feedback. I have taught an online Master’s course on Program Evaluation for Athabasca University for many years. I also teach an on-line course in Qualitative Research and Mixed Methods in Program Evaluation for the Master’s program in Program Evaluation at Michigan State University. In addition, I teach a blended course (in-person and on-line) on Program Evaluation for the Master’s in Medical Science Education at the University of Alberta.

Logistics:

This real-time webinar-based eStudy workshop is broken into two 1.5-hour sessions. Each 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.

Pricing:

Student Member Price- $40
Member Price- $75
Student Non-Member Price- $55
Non-Member Price- $100

 

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eStudy 085- Using Correlation and Regression: Mediation, Moderation, and More
eStudy 085- Using Correlation and Regression: Mediation, Moderation, and More

eStudy 085: Using Correlation and Regression: Mediation, Moderation, and More

Presenter: Dale E. Berger, Ph.D.

Description:

Multiple regression is a powerful and flexible tool that has wide applications in evaluation and applied research. Regression analyses are used to describe relationships, test theories, make predictions with data from experimental or observational studies, and model complex relationships.

In this series of workshops we’ll explore preparing data for analysis, selecting models that are appropriate to your data and research questions, running analyses including mediation and moderation, interpreting results, and presenting findings to a nontechnical audience. The facilitator will demonstrate applications from start to finish with SPSS and Excel. In recognition of the fact that it is difficult to remember everything in a presentation, participants will be given detailed handouts with explanations and examples that can be used at home to guide similar applications

Learning Outcomes:

Be able to assess and deal with issues that may affect the validity of correlation and regression analyses
Be able to recognize appropriate applications of regression, including mediation and moderation analyses
Be able to use SPSS to conduct appropriate regression analyses
Be able to interpret output from SPSS regression analyses and similar programs
Be able to present regression findings effectively

Dates and Sessions:

February 6th, 12:00-1:30(EST)-Day 1- Introduction to Correlation and Regression
February 8th, 12:00-1:30(EST)-Day 2- Mediation Analysis with Regression
February 13th, 12:00-1:30(EST)-Day 3- Moderation Analysis with Regression
February 15th, 12:00-1:30(EST)-Day 4- Applications, Special Issues, and Final Advice 

 

Pre-reading and Homework:

For each of four 90-minute sessions participants will be given a detailed handout with material that follows the presentation and provides supplementary examples, explanations, and resources.  The presentations will use PowerPoint, SPSS, and Excel along with the handouts. Participants will be encouraged to replicate examples in the handouts and conduct comparable analyses on their own between sessions.

BIO:

Dale Berger recently retired after 45 years as Professor and administrator in an applied graduate psychology and evaluation program at Claremont Graduate University. He taught many intermediate and advanced statistical methods courses along with applied cognition. He has presented multiple workshops at AEA, the Western Psychological Association, and the Claremont Professional Development Workshops, and was recipient of the Outstanding Teaching Award from WPA. He has a website http://wise.cgu.edu in support of teaching and learning statistics

Facilitation Experience:

I have taught similar workshops and eStudy courses for AEA several times in addition to statistical workshops for the Western Psychological Association and the Claremont Professional Development Workshops. Throughout my career as a professor, I taught statistical methods for graduate students in applied psychology and evaluation. My teaching ratings from students and workshop participants have been consistently high. I received the outstanding teaching award from the Western Psychological Association

Logistics:

This six-hour real-­time webinar-­based eStudy workshop will be presented in four, 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

Pricing:

Student Member Price- $80
Member Price- $150
Student Non-Member Price- $110
Non-Member Price- $200

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eStudy 086- Developing Quality Survey Questions
eStudy 086- Developing Quality Survey Questions

Presenters:

Sheila B Robinson- Ed. D, Greece Central School District
Kimberly F Leonard- Senior Research Officer, Oregon Community Foundation

Description:

Surveys are a popular data collection tool for their ease of use and the promise of reaching large populations with a potentially small investment of time and technical resources. However, as survey fatigue grows, evaluators must be even more judicious in using surveys and craft richer, more concise, and more targeted questions to yield meaningful data. Successful survey research also requires an understanding of the cognitive processes that respondents employ in answering questions with accuracy and candor. Using rich examples and an interactive approach, facilitators will demonstrate why survey researchers must engage in a purposeful, respondent-centered survey design process in order to craft high quality questions -- arguably the most critical element of any survey.

Participants in this session will work through the survey design process through a series of activities, developing an understanding of the cognitive aspects of survey response and question design. Participants will increase their ability to craft high quality survey questions, and leave with resources to further develop their skills, including a copy of the facilitators’ updated draft checklist for crafting quality questions, soon to be published in a textbook.

Learning Outcomes:

Why a purposeful, respondent-centered survey design process is so important.
Cognitive processes involved in answering survey questions and their implications for question design.
How to identify common problems with survey questions and ways to address them.
How to craft high quality open and closed-ended survey questions with appropriate response categories.
How to employ the facilitators’ checklist to ensure the development of high quality questions

Dates and Sessions:

March 20 3:00-4:30pm (EST)

March 22 3:00-4:30pm (EST)

BIO:

Sheila is a career educator and professional development workshop facilitator whose survey design experience began with assessment design in K12 education and continued as she transitioned to becoming a program evaluator more than a decade ago. Much of her survey design work is in education, but she has also worked with corporate clients including a major publishing house. She has been an invited keynote speaker at regional and statewide conferences and teaches graduate courses in both program evaluation and professional development design and evaluation.

Kim has built, administered, and taught others about surveys for more than a decade. She is currently the Senior Research Officer at the Oregon Community Foundation where she manages evaluations of several large grantmaking initiatives, each of which includes at least one survey-based data collection component. Kim has led formal and informal workshops with large groups of nonprofit organizations as well as groups of evaluators, students, AmeriCorp Volunteers, and academic professionals. Kim has also presented and participated in panel sessions through Oregon Program Evaluators Network (OPEN), the Oregon affiliate of the American Evaluation Association (AEA) and was the 2013 President.

Sheila and Kim have been coauthoring blog articles on survey design for several years, and have recently written a text for SAGE Publications on survey design due to be published this year. The pair led two successful skill building sessions to packed rooms at Evaluation 2014 and 2015, and a sold-out pre-conference workshop at Evaluation 2017

Facilitation Experience:

Sheila is a veteran professional development provider with 20+ years’ experience designing and facilitating courses for educators, evaluators and other groups on topics including instructional strategies, survey design, data visualization, presentation design, and evaluation theory and practice.  She has been an invited keynote speaker at regional and statewide conferences (e.g., New York State Teacher Centers, Western NY Assessment Consortium). In addition, she has 10 years’ experience teaching graduate courses on both program evaluation and professional development design and evaluation (University of Rochester).

Sheila has conducted AEA Coffee Break Webinars, eStudy courses, AEA Summer Institute courses, as well as a pre-conference workshop on audience engagement strategies. Evaluation data from each is available.

Kim has led formal and informal workshops in a number of settings, most recently with large groups of nonprofit organizations who are part of multi-year, cross-site evaluations, but also with groups of evaluators, students, AmeriCorp Volunteers, and academic professionals. Kim has also presented and participated in panel sessions through Oregon Program Evaluators Network (OPEN), the Oregon affiliate of the American Evaluation Association (AEA); she was 2012 President-Elect and the 2013 President of OPEN.

Kim and Sheila facilitated very well attended (well over 100 participants) skill-building sessions on survey design during Evaluation 2014 and 2015, and a sold-out Pre-conference workshop on survey design at Evaluation 2017. Participant feedback from these sessions indicates that the topic remains of great interest, and that attendees appreciate Kim and Sheila’s facilitation style. The facilitators made significant changes to their survey design checklist (now part of a book in press), the key resource shared during the sessions, after each conference in response to participant feedback

Pricing:

Student Member Price- $40
Member Price- $75
Student Non-Member Price- $55
Non-Member Price- $100 

 

Click here for additional information about the eStudy program.