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Key things to know before registering:

  • 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
  • Registration will close five business days in advance of the first session meeting
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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. 

Lunch Hour 01
Lunch Hour 01

Lunch Hour 01: Introduction to Academic Journal Writing

Session Times: 

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
eStudy 80: Evaluation Science: What it Means to be an Evaluation Scientist

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
eStudy 81

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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