Summer Evaluation Institute 2017


Summer Evaluation Institute Keynote Speakers  

Appreciative Evaluation Keynote

Offered: Monday, June 5, 4:15 p.m. 5:00 p.m. 

Speakers: Anastasia (Tessie) Tzavaras Catsambas

If you think that positive approaches are about being nice, think again. Appreciative Inquiry incorporates the systematic study of successful experiences in evaluation, and uses it as a lens to understand the broader system. Tessie Catsambas is the developer of a positive model for evaluating organizational and program performance, and co-author of the text Reframing Evaluation Through Appreciative Inquiry (Sage Publications, June 2006). In this presentation, Catsambas will demonstrate the scientific basis for using Appreciative Inquiry in evaluation, its contribution to getting better data by minimizing bias, and its role in increasing evaluation use. No evaluator should be without it.

Anastasia (Tessie) Tzavaras Catsambas is the founder and CEO/CFO of EnCompass LLC, a 17-year-old organization that provides services in evaluation, learning, leadership and organizational development. Ms. Catsambas brings 30 years’ experience in planning, evaluation and organizational development. She has managed large-scale, international evaluations, delivered training in different aspects of evaluation, and advocated for evaluation at global level. She has taught courses such using Appreciative Inquiry in evaluation, Outcome Mapping in logic models, participatory approaches for evaluation, developing dashboards for program monitoring, and evaluation use in advocacy and leading change. Catsambas is an innovator and practioner in appreciative evaluation, a methodology that incorporates the systematic study of successful experiences in evaluation, and has co-authored a book entitled, Reframing Evaluation Through Appreciative Inquiry (Sage Publications 2006). In addition to her work with EnCompass, Ms. Catsambas is a faculty member at The Evaluators’ Institute (TEI) where she teaches courses on Project Management and Oversight for Evaluators.

An Evaluator and a Librarian Walk into a Bar. . . How Library Services Can Enhance Evaluation Practice

Offered: Tuesday, June 6, 8:00 a.m. – 8:45 a.m.

Speakers: Rick Colbert; Onnalee Gomez; Martha Knuth; Mary Wimer

The work of program evaluation is complex and multifaceted. Importantly, those tasked with this work face increasing demands for high-quality, systematic inquiry that yields sound and usable information for both accountability and program improvement. How can practitioners immediately enhance the quality of evaluation design or planning without substantial investment of additional resources? Careful consideration and use of library services provide a starting point. Four librarians from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will demonstrate how practitioners can use library services to guide program evaluation efforts. The presentation includes important clarifications regarding relevant literature and a range of options to access this content even if you are not affiliated with an academic institution or government agency. The speakers will provide a series of recommendations relevant to library services and evaluation practice that yield succinct guidance that attendees can use immediately.