Thursday, September 29, 2022
The American Evaluation Association’s strategic ends goals are aimed at contributing to the Common Good of the evaluation community. One of the principles of common good is reached when we work together to improve the wellbeing of people in our society, by balancing needs, wants, and resources with the needs of the disadvantaged.
It is in this spirit that I remind those planning to attend Evaluation 2022 in New Orleans, to please wear a mask during our sessions, for the common good of all attendees. Although the City of New Orleans does not have a mask mandate, we ask all attendees to consider those who have compromised immune systems or care for loved ones who do.
We ask that you bring your own masks, but we will also have masks available at our on-site registration desk. Please see our COVID Policy for more information and recommendations.
The American Evaluation Association strives to be inclusive, equitable and accessible to all. We want to remind attendees who are in need of an ADA (American Disability Act) accommodation to make the request via their online registration form so that we can plan accordingly. If you have already registered, please send your request to firstname.lastname@example.org. In full transparency, we consider these accommodations as requested, so that we can responsibly manage our fiscal resources. Meanwhile, as we re-shape the structure of future AEA conferences, we are continually learning of new innovations that can be integrated into our events that will increase accessibility and the experience for all.
Finally, don’t forget to make alternate voting arrangements (early voting, absentee ballot or vote by mail) if you are traveling to the conference. We carefully consider holidays and other important dates when booking our annual conference. However, at times we have to make difficult decisions due to limited options based on availability of a venue that can hold a conference program of our large size.
If you are not planning to attend Eval22, please consider registering for the live streamed Digital Experience, which allows you to view the Plenaries and Presidential Strand sessions.
Meet AEA’s Topical Interest Group (TIG) members during the Topical Interest Group Fair and Reception at Evaluation 2022! Each of our 60 TIGs will be participating in the TIG Receptions, giving you an opportunity to learn more about their year-long initiatives and how to get involved. Learn more about AEA TIGs.
All TIG Business Meetings will take place virtually before and after Evalaution 2022. More details will be shared on these meetings in the coming weeks.
AEA will be not be hosting the in-person Summer Evaluation Institute in 2023. Instead, we are bringing back the Summer Series. The Summer Series consists of in-depth virtual workshops that will be held between June and August of 2023. This virtual format allows more of our community to participate in important workshops.
The Summer Series will feature interactive, training workshops with a focus on the diverse issues and trends unique to evaluation professionals. These workshops have a limited capacity, allowing for an intimate classroom learning experience.
More information about the Summer Series will be shared in 2023.
The American Evaluation Association (AEA) is seeking members to join the Publications Task Force. The task force works to maintain the association’s journals’ longstanding excellence and to increase visibility, readership, impact, and relevance to evaluation professionals and scholars.
The role of the task force includes evaluating the performance of AEA’s flagship journals, The American Journal of Evaluation (AJE) and New Directions for Evaluation (NDE), coordinating the search for publication editors, and making recommendations to the Board of Directors for innovations with the publications.
The members of this task force are appointed by and report to the Board of Directors, and their work will reflect AEA’s values and ends goals.
Term: 3 years, beginning November 1, 2022
Application materials must be submitted by September 30, 2022 to AEA’s Executive Director, Anisha Lewis (email@example.com). Packets must include a cover letter that addresses the applicant’s qualifications.
EvalPartners, formed by the International Organization for Cooperation in Evaluation (IOCE) and the United Nations, is an innovative partnership whose members are Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) and Voluntary Organizations for Professional Evaluation (VOPEs). Together, these partners strive to influence policymakers, public opinion, and other key stakeholders into recognizing the need for effective evaluation as necessary to any important decision.
EvalPartners has credibly demonstrated its capacity to bring together organizations from across the globe in order to enhance evaluation capabilities of VOPEs and individual members. To learn more about EvalPartners visit www.evalpartners.org.
Term: 3 years, based on anniversary of start date in January 2023
Interested individuals must apply by submitting a cover sheet and an application that addresses their qualifications for this position. All submissions must be written in English, and must be received by October 30, 2022. Please submit your application via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The American Journal of Evaluation is a leading resource for scholarship on evaluation theory, methods, and practice. The Editor-in-Chief is responsible for the journal’s direction and mission, including soliciting articles, overseeing the peer-review process, making editorial decisions, and editing submissions in a timely manner. The Editor-in-Chief leads and manages a diverse editorial board, team of associate editors and interacts with the SAGE Publications production editorial team. She or he will collaborate with the American Evaluation Association (AEA) and the journal’s publisher to maintain the journal’s longstanding excellence and increase its visibility, readership, impact, and relevance to evaluation professionals and scholars.
Term: Three (3) years, beginning January 1, 2023
Application materials must be submitted by December 15, 2022 to AEA’s Executive Director, Anisha Lewis (email@example.com).
New Directions for Evaluation (NDE), one the American Evaluation Association’s flagship journals, is soliciting proposals for upcoming issues (Summer 2023 and beyond). We welcome issues that highlight and strive to find creative solutions to the challenges we experience as evaluation practitioners; connect research, theory, and practice; explicate how evaluation can meaningfully contribute to the advancement of society, social betterment, and address the issues of our time; and connect the practice and scholarship within evaluation to other substantive disciplines. Over the past six years, the current Co Editors-in-Chief have worked with a wide array of guest editors to publish on a variety of topics. The most recent issues include:
Should you have an idea that you feel is a good fit for an NDE issue, please feel free to reach out to the current Co Editors-in-Chief (Leslie Fierro and Todd Franke) at NDE@eval.org to discuss your idea. Additional information about the journal, including what to include in a proposal submission can be found on the AEA website here. We look forward to hearing your ideas and continuing to share the great work of our community through NDE.
We are excited to welcome Bianca Montrose-Moorehead and Sarah Mason as Co-Editors of New Directions in Evaluation. Collectively, Dr. Montrose-Moorhead and Dr. Mason bring different lenses to the Co-Editors-in-Chief role. Individually, they are well-positioned to be Co-Editors-in-Chief.
We also would like to thank Todd Franke and Leslie Fierro for their years of service as Co-Editors.
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The Evaluation Policy Task Force (EPTF), the driving force behind AEA’s influence on evaluation-related policy on the federal level, has selected two new members: Leslie Fierro and Gregory Phillips II. Fierro and Phillips bring their extensive experience in federal evaluation practice and policies, unique perspectives, and diverse backgrounds to the group. As well-respected members and leaders in the evaluation community, Fierro and Phillips will be welcome additions to the task force.
While AEA is thrilled to return in-person for at Evaluation 2022: (re) shaping evaluation together, we know it is not feasible for everyone to travel at this time. Now, you can still participate in the conference with our digital experience option.
With this registration, you can watch live-streamed Plenary and Presidential Strand sessions, so you can continue learning from your home or office. Learn more on the conference website.
Digital Registration In-Person Registration
Register by Friday, October 7, at 11:59 ET to access the early bird rate!
November 3, 2022 at 2:00 PM ET
Join AEA President Veronica Olazabal and members of the Board of Directors to hear first-hand about AEA’s 2022 accomplishments and projects for 2023. During this meeting, we will also review the financial health of the organization and our strategic direction for future years. The Annual Business Meeting is open to all members and is your opportunity to ask questions, understand initiatives for the upcoming year, and learn how to become more involved with AEA.
The Virtual Annual Business Meeting will take place prior to Evaluation 2022, on November 3, 2022 at 2:00 PM ET. Registration is required and attendance is free.
Thursday, October 27, 2022, 2:00 p.m. EST
A growing number of researchers, evaluators, nonprofits, and funders are recognizing that feedback that centers the opinions and perspectives of people who are most impacted but often least consulted by philanthropy and nonprofits is a powerful tool for reshaping evaluation. Feedback provides immediate, actionable data that can help evaluators design better evaluations and draw more meaning from their results. In this town hall, you’ll hear from evaluators about why listening and feedback are essential to creating more equitable evaluation and, ultimately, more equitable outcomes. Join us to learn how feedback from the people who participate in nonprofit programs leads to stronger, more equitable evaluation.
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AEA Focus Group eLearning Course
Course Facilitator: Rhonda Williams, PhD
Have you ever been tasked with obtaining feedback from a group of stakeholders? Do you have an interest in improving your strategies for focus groups? Have you thought about improving the coordination and planning for others to share their thoughts?
The Focus Group eLearning Course is the course for you! It will help you to prepare and conduct focus groups. It will also help you analyze your data, summarize your findings and create your final report. Purchase now to learn from real-world experiences and scenarios as you progress through the course to make your next focus group session a great one. Plus, you can access this on-demand course at your own convenience.
What's new this month in the AEA Online Career Center? The following positions have been added recently:
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AEA would like to recognize and thank some of its most longstanding members. Click here to view individuals who are celebrating 5+, 10+, 20+, and 30+ years with the association this month!
AEA would like to welcome those who have recently joined the association. Click here to view a list of AEA's newest members.
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