AEA Newsletter: July 2020

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The Future of AEA: A Collective Vision

From Aimee White, AEA President 

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Hello, AEA Members! I hope this finds you well and you’ve been enjoying the summer (for those in the Northern Hemisphere). I also wish to express my concern for anyone who may have experienced a loss during the COVID-19 pandemic. It is affecting us all in varying degrees, and I wish to acknowledge any loss, fear, or anxiety that pervades us all right now. As I like to assert in my messages here, please look for the love around you. Find joy in being in the sun, or a walk in nature. These are so healing for us in these times. In my continued support of the annual theme (“How will you shine your light?”), I urge you all to check out the HeartMath Institute’s Global Coherence network, events, and app (HeartMath Global Coherence Initiative). See how the light from your own heart contributes to the world.

The past few months have been a whirlwind of activities, including nearly 15 hours of board meetings across the month of June. A great deal of decisions have been made with the sincere desire to improve AEA for all members. These decisions have been researched, investigated, and deeply deliberated among the AEA Board; and while we understand frustration in a seemingly lack of communication from us, we made these decisions with the very best of vision and intention in mind for AEA’s future. We are actively working on improving transparency in our processes and increased communication. We hear you all who have reached out to us, and we care.

We are excited, as an organization, to be pivoting our focus to our newly imagined virtual experience for the annual AEA gathering. We are all working to create a virtual experience that can spotlight our brightest lights during our conference week, and hope you will plan to engage. We hope that the shift to virtual also allows for many others around the world to consider joining, as the limitations of space will not apply. We feel it is important that a collective gathering of evaluation voices is critical during these times of global transitions.

Be on the lookout for the annual AEA elections announcements, read up on your candidates, and be sure to vote! Please make sure to urge your friends and colleagues to do the same. Active participation in the AEA elections process across a wide number of members is how we ensure more diverse voices are placed in AEA positions of leadership. Serving in AEA has been one of the most rewarding, professional experiences of my career. I urge you all to consider entering leadership through TIGs, Affiliates, or simply getting your name out there with an AEA365 post. It takes all of our voices to collectively create the AEA of the future!

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What do People Want from Online Presentations? 

From Sheila B. Robinson, Potent Presentations Initiative Coordinator 

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I’ve just finished up an evaluation report for a statewide organization that offered numerous online courses of varying lengths over a period of several months. Having been steeped in the data for weeks now, I have a good handle on what people want in their online courses; these can translate to online presentations and meetings as well.

 

  • The technology HAS TO WORK! This came through loud and clear. When there were technology glitches  especially the kind that people felt could have been avoided with practice runs prior to the course — the experience was very negatively impacted.
    • Have a “Plan B” for when some aspect of the technology doesn’t work. If you’re planning to show a video clip and it isn’t working, be ready with other content to fill the time and distribute a link to participants so that they may view the video later. If you don’t do this, participants will feel as if they’ve missed something important.
  • Transitions must go smoothly without wasting time. Participants were not happy when time was lost in switching presenters, sharing online platform controls, switching screenshares, etc. Find a way to practice transitions so that each presenter is ready when the time comes.
  • Distribute materials prior to the event. Participants wanted something — slides, handouts, graphic organizers, etc. — in-hand at the time of the event. They wanted to follow along, take notes, or have the key points available right there. They didn’t like it when presenters told them they would get the material later, especially from a conference situation when there were many presenters. They wanted all of their conference materials at one time so that they could organize and review them before returning to work.
  • Build-in time for interaction. People enjoy video lectures about as much as they enjoy in- person lectures. Participants want to interact with the presenter and with each other in meaningful ways. They want opportunities to hear what others are doing with regard to the topic at hand, and opportunitUntitled design - 2020-07-27T163435.012.pngies to learn from each other. This was one of the most common requests.Related to this was the request to build-in time for participants to process the content they’re learning. Ideally in some interactive way, and especially when the information was new.
  • Offer feedback to participants. Participants wanted feedback from the instructor, especially if they are expected to create something (e.g., a course project) or answer specific questions that demonstrate their learning.
  • Include concrete action steps or strategies. Participants often appreciated what they learned, but some walked away not quite knowing what to do or how to apply the content to their work. Make sure they have “tools for the toolbox.”
  • Offer a “deeper dive.” Many participants appreciated what they learned, but also wanted more. They wanted additional courses on “the next level” or “advanced” versions of the content.
    • If it’s impossible to offer next level courses, at the very least, offer resources —articles, books, websites — you have vetted that would provide participants the level of content they want beyond what your initial course offered.

 

We need your help!

  • Have you successfully used p2i tools or p2i principles in your presentations?
  • Do you have “before” and “after” slide examples you would be willing to share?
  • Do you have ideas for, or are you interested in writing a blog article on Potent Presentations?
  • Do you have an interest in sharing your tips for Potent Presentations through a brief video or webinar?

Please contact me at p2i@eval.org and let’s talk! I’m happy to help, offer guidance, or collaborate on any of these.

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The Importance of Changing Values in Today's Culture

From Dana Wanzer, PhD, Assistant Professor of Psychology in Evaluation

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This summer has been a time of reflection due to physical distancing, transitioning to remote teaching, and the growth in the national visibility of and support for the movement for Black lives. This time of reflection was a pause on “walking the talk,” because I first had to grapple with what walking and talking meant to me personally. I had to sit down and think through what my personal values were and how I would embody them in my everyday life.

I have never explicitly stated or evaluated my personal values because I merely adopted the ones our white dominant society presented to me: civility, perfectionism, a sense of urgency, defensiveness, dichotomous thinking, paternalism, etc. As a white, heterosexual, cis-gendered woman with a privileged academic background and job, it was easy to accept these as-is, without reflection. It was comfortable. It was white supremacy.

The first challenge to my personal values occurred during my job talk for my now position at UW-Stout. A graduate student asked me, “How does social justice affect your evaluation practice?” My initial gut reaction was: it doesn’t. And sadly, that was true. I never thought explicitly about social justice beyond the idea that there was a fourth branch on Mertens and Wilson’s (2019) adaptation of the evaluation theory tree. That began a quest to bolster — and in some ways challenge — my formal education. I began reading, discussing these topics with friends and colleagues, and slowly adding what I learned to what and how I taught evaluation to students.

A year-and-a-half later, George Floyd was murdered by police, and I left the comfort of my home to go protest in the little rural town I live in. I had always supported the Black Lives Matter movement, but never had I truly walked the talk until I stood at the corner of our biggest intersection with my sign. I began to realize how much easier it was to read books on anti-racism than to practice anti-racism.

After attending a couple demonstrations, I wanted to continue “walking the talk.” I wanted to help change the world and make a difference! I dove head-first into new projects and ideas, wrote and disseminated things, and realized quickly that I had re-submerged into the pool of the white dominant society’s values, not my own. I felt the urgency to get things done, to do things big, perfectly, and mostly by myself. I quickly became defensive when people who cared pointed out that my actions were the characteristics of white supremacy in action.

This was the juncture at which I realized I needed to pause, slow down, and reflect. So instead of walking the talk lately, I’ve been figuring out and explicitly determining my set of personal values, seeking inspiration alignment with scholars, friends, and colleagues, primarily those who are Black, indigenous, or people of color.

Some values were easy to determine, like valuing openness and transparency, which I embody through open science practices, sharing resources and research through my blog, and being honest with my students about what I am teaching and why. Other values have been far more difficult, presumably because they more directly challenge the white supremacist culture ideology I had internalized for so long. For example, the work of the Equitable Evaluation Initiative has emphasized to me that it is not enough to have diversity and inclusion if equity is not front and center.

As I continue to reflect on my values, I look in-part to AEA’s values. There are some values that resonate deeply with me, such as having evaluations that are “high quality, ethically defensible, and culturally responsible.” There are others that I would modify, such as valuing equity in addition to diversity and inclusion. And there are yet others that I would add, such as valuing advocacy efforts on behalf of the evaluation field (AEA Professional Practice Competency 1.9).

More than anything, I am realizing that “walking the talk” and truly living out AEA’s values is an enduring process that is constantly evolving as I pause, slow down, reflect, and challenge my role in white supremacist culture.

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Actions to Undo Racism and White Supremacy in Our Field

Advocacy and Policy Change TIG Statement 

From Sarah Stachowiak, Kat Athanasiades (co-chairs), Rhonda Schlangen, and Zsuzsanna Lippai (program co-chairs)

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Who We Are

The Advocacy and Policy Change (APC) TIG provides a forum for communication, learning, mutual support, and professional development for those interested in evaluating broadly defined advocacy and policy activities. As described on our TIG’s website, the APC TIG includes members who work to develop and practice evaluation of both discrete advocacy activities — like community organizing, coalition building, or lobbying — as well as broader methodologies for evaluating within the complexities of different policy environments.

Actions to Undo Racism and White Supremacy in Our Field

As APC TIG leadership, we feel a responsibility to try and impact our part of the field to do less harm and promote equity. We want to unequivocally state that we support our Black colleagues. We support our Indigenous colleagues and our People of Color colleagues. We believe that Black lives matter, and we support dismantling white supremacy in all its forms. But words and statements are not enough. Racism and white supremacy are baked into our culture and field in ways we must actively work against if we want to be anti-racist in our work and see equity as a result.

Building on a previous statement from the 2019 APC TIG leadership, the four of us offer a proposed set of actions with humility and a desire to spark a broader conversation and collaborative effort among our part of the field regarding what the APC TIG can do to dismantle white supremacy and support our BIPOC colleagues. We are a leadership team composed of four white cis women, and we recognize that we have developed and promoted evaluation practice in the past that is exploitative and inequitable. We have our own un-learning and work to do for our actions to meet our intent. While we each are doing our own personal and professional work to be anti-racist, as a group, we must act to question evaluation’s and evaluators’ position and role to dismantle and address privilege, structural inequity, unconscious bias, and the intersections of marginalizations.

APC TIG Commitments to Action, 2020-2021

Below is a selection of our commitments to action during 2020-2021. For the full list of commitments, and to offer suggestions, please go to our Google doc with our full statement.

  • Our next AEA365 week (February 2021) will feature advocacy and policy change blog posts that centers advocacy work to dismantle structural inequity, white supremacy, and the colonial legacy; plus, highlight work from and by a variety of voices, especially BIPOC colleagues who would like to be highlighted in this forum.
  • In our newsletters, business meetings, and other communications, we will keep an explicit conversation going around power, equity, and justice, and what it means for us as advocacy and policy change evaluators.
  • We seek to diversify our TIG membership so that a longer-term goal can be more diverse leadership. We will reach out to other TIGs where there could/should be more affinity, seek to create a more inclusive group, and try to build opportunities for more leadership within our TIG via writing, planning, mentoring, etc.
  • We will engage the TIG in conversation about the definition and boundaries of advocacy and policy change work, and recruit and engage more diverse membership.

Our Ask

While we realize that many of our fellow APC evaluators, especially those from BIPOC communities, are presently burdened with care and professional responsibilities. If you have the time and the energy, we would appreciate your feedback on our proposed commitments. You are welcome to offer suggestions in this Google doc, or by emailing APC TIG leadership. We hope that together we can identify meaningful actions that will help advocacy and policy change evaluation do its part to undo white supremacy. We do not want this to be a broadcast only, rather an invitation to engage with us. Thank you to those of you who have already contributed meaningful and thoughtful ideas to these commitments.

Read the full statement here.

If you are a member and/or leadership for another TIG that is aligned with the APC TIG commitments, we would love to collaborate with you. Please reach out to Kat (kat@evaluationinnovation.org) and Sarah (sstachowiak@orsimpact.com) to start a conversation. We are excited to explore what is possible.

 

Do you lead or participate in one of AEA's Topical Interest Groups (TIGs)? We want to hear from you and spotlight your work and actions you're taking amidst the COVID-19 crisis. Send an email to the AEA editor, Cady Stokes (cstokes@eval.org) to share news, updates and articles for consideration in an upcoming AEA newsletter.

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July Ask AEA: Career Opportunities and Leveraging AEA Resources

Are you new to evaluation? Do you have questions, curiosities, or concerns about the industry? Are you debating career opportunities, upcoming goals, solutions to current issues, or are just seeking some friendly advice? The only way to grow in your profession is by asking questions. In our new series, Ask AEA, we want to provide our members with that opportunity by providing as many resources and guidance as possible. Answers come from our member community. Submit your questions here

Read below for advice on leveraging AEA resources to build your skill set and where to start when seeking new career opportunities.

 

Name: Kate Satterfield

Title: Manager, Strategic Learning

Company: New Morning Foundation

Years in the Field: 4

I've worked in what one might call "internal evaluation" for several years, now, but I am brand new to AEA. I'm struggling to find how I, as a newcomer, might better leverage AEA as a resource for building my skill set. I just don't know where to start. I had hoped the TIGs might be a good resource, but they also seem more set-up for people who are established and involved in that niche. Any pointers?

Welcome to AEA! My name is Zachary Grays and I’m the Senior Membership and Operations Coordinator here at AEA. You are right on in looking into TIG membership as a great first step in dipping your toes in the cool waters of AEA, specifically for networking. In terms of expanding your skill set, you will benefit greatly from our educational offerings. Here is what AEA membership gets you:

  1. As a member you get exclusive free access to AEA’s Coffee Break Demonstrations. Coffee Breaks are 20 minute presentations that provide insights into niche topics impacting evaluation practice and introduce new tools to evaluators. They are designed to offer as a great bit of educational value in short ‘coffee break’ formats. These modules are presented live and are all archived here for viewing at your leisure.
  2. For something similar but longer and more robust, I recommend browsing AEA’s new Digital Knowledge Hub. Through the Digital Knowledge Hub, AEA brings the evaluation community streamlined access to AEA’s valuable and trusted professional development content. This is where you will find access to AEA estudy content, past conference session recordings, and one of our newest popular offerings, Evaluation 101. All items are available for purchase for members at a reduced rate. Like the coffee breaks these are frequently live but are also made available via recordings for self-paced learning (some exclusions apply).
  3. Lastly, I encourage you to take advantage of your American Journal of Evaluation (AJE) and New Directions of Evaluation (NDE) journal access. All AEA members (regardless of type) have access to the online archives for both sponsored journals.

These are a few first steps into leveraging your AEA membership to build your skill set and there are certainly others (annual conference, Summer Institute, etc). These are just a few starters. If none of these are of interest to you, though, we’re more than happy to provide more options via email at info@eval.org. I hope this was helpful!


 

Name: Bahareh

Title: Online Program Evaluator

Company: Self-employed

Years in the Field: 2

I'm new in this filed. I have two master's degrees in adult education and health professions education from a Canadian University. Unfortunately, I'm not really sure where I can find the career opportunities or related job. I'm member of a few associations, however, I'm completely confused about seeking opportunities in the wide-world. Please give me advice.

Hi There! Zachary Grays from AEA Staff here! While I can’t recommend specific titles to search (there are so many!), I can point you in the right starting positions to help refine your search. A great place to uncover job titles that align with your skillset is to use the AEA Career Center. Our newly enhanced career center is a treasure trove of career and RFP opportunities and is historically one of the most trafficked areas of the AEA website (by both employers and job seekers). As a member, you can post your resume’ to be searched or you can search the posted positions to get a good sense of what the market is demanding in terms of available jobs. You can also setup email alerts to be notified when your ‘dream job’ is posted J.

Networking is a critical skill to keep in your toolkit when job hunting. Consider plugging into local affiliate networks in your region, as they frequently host events that might help connect you with a future opportunity. Based on your degree background, I also recommend reaching out to the TIG leadership of the Health Professions Education, Evaluation & Research TIG to further connect. I hope all of this is helpful! I’m sure with all three of those resources you’ll find what you’re looking for in no time!

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AEA July Board Update: Who We Are and Who We Want to Be

From Tessie Tzavaras Catsambas, AEA Board Secretary and Immediate Past President

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Dear AEA Members,

When we started the new year in January, we sure did not expect to be dealing with so many game-changing crises’, alongside the menu of issues that regularly come to the AEA Board.

The new AEA issue under the COVID-19 crisis is having to cancel our beloved annual conference. Luckily, AEA Executive Director Anisha Lewis and staff are exploring virtual event possibilities, even as we manage an unprecedented budget challenge with an unpredictable revenue flow. While other organizations that typically have large conferences are cancelling, AEA is working above and beyond to make a smaller, online virtual event still take place. It will feel very small compared to what we are used to having, but it will be a great opportunity to pilot a virtual event and learn how to host larger online events for AEA in the future, as needed. Thank you, AEA staff!

This month, we met with members of the Retired Task Force on member engagement, leadership and diversity to hear from them on the issues shared in the report; the recommendations of that task force have been influential in how the board sees its role and conducts its work, and also in how the board monitors AEA operations. Some of you are urging us to be bolder in our vision for AEA, and we agree. As we approach AEA’s 35th anniversary, we are organizing a process for a deep-dive of who we are at AEA, and who we want to become. This is precisely the role of a board under policy-based governance: to invite the association to look ahead, and position it to thrive in the future.

Meanwhile, we have continued to hear from you on our decision to close down the EvalTalk listserv, after exchanges on the listserv became disturbing and unprofessional (not for the first time, unfortunately). Some of you expressed concerns about not having a venue to connect with AEA colleagues, while some of you want the new AEA listerv (that will re-open) to be open to non-AEA members as well. Our staff is moving rapidly to assess what is possible, prudent, and affordable, and we share your urgency to have a new listserv up soon. Please know that if there was another way to resolve this issue, we were unable to find it. We acted for the best of the association and our members. In fact, these crises are connected to our ability to get a clear grasp of who we are, what behaviors we want to uphold, how we treat each other, and what we stand for in the world. This is the work we need to do together with all of you.

We appreciate all of the feedback, and we hear the feeling and conviction in your messages. You make us aware of issues, and you offer good advice and ideas. Your feedback is part of the debates and discussions we have inside the board. As board members, we frequently disagree, but we always respect each other, and we are always eager to see issues from others’ different perspectives. We take the responsibility you entrusted in us with your vote very seriously, and strive to be worthy stewards of your trust.

Respectfully,

Tessie Catsambas
Past President and Board Secretary

Super Wicked Problems and the SDGs

From Scott Chaplowe, AEA International Working Group representative in EvalSDGs

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The COVID-19 crisis is a compelling lesson on the interdependency between human and natural systems, and the formidable challenges ahead for both. The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that underpin the United Nation’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development offer an integrated framework to respond to the complexities of such crisis.

Coronavirus is much more than a health crisis; it is a human and environmental crisis. COVID-19 is zoonotic (from animals), and results from increasing human encroachment on and interactions with nature. “The root causes are the same that drive climate change, species loss, and all environmental degradation: economic growth, quest for more resources, and space for humanity,” explains Juha Uitto, director of the Independent Evaluation Office of the Global Environment Facility.

Increasing pressure on the ecosystem strains social systems, begets social unrest, and complicates our ability to govern ourselves. The convergence of pandemic, racial upheaval, and global warming attest systemic coupling of ecological and social systems, and the multiplier effect when one component in the system reaches a threshold and tips into the other system components. In short, COVID-19 and the interrelated challenges qualifies as what evaluators such as Donna Mertens refer to as a “super wicked problem,” meaning hyper-complex, big-ticket problems characterized by multiple interacting systems, non-linearity and uncertainty that defy traditional analysis and solutions.

The SDGs offer a system-sensible framework for the COVID-19 crisis and the interrelated complex challenges we confront today (and tomorrow). The 17 Goals, 169 targets, and 232 indicators are not perfect, but then, any conceptual model is only an approximation of reality. What the SDGs have going is their international recognition and credibility: adopted by all UN Member States in 2015, they are the most large-scale legitimation attempts made by an international organization in recent times.

The very thing for which the SDGs are often criticized – being too broad and complex – are their very attributes for responding to the wide-ranging impacts of super wicked problems like COVID-19. For instance, check out the conceptual map of how COVID-19 affects each of the SDGs from the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA, p. 12). While simple, (and remember that conceptual diagrams should clarify rather than confuse), it illustrates how the virus affects each of the SDGs, from devastating effects on health outcomes (SDG 3), to unemployment and lower income (SDG 8), and increased inequality (SDG 10). For a more nuanced presentation and discussion, see the Guide to SDG Interactions: from Science to Implementation from the International Science Council.

As evaluation thought-leader Thomas Schwandt points out, evaluation has tumbled along with the rest of the world into “post-normal” times, characterized by complexity, chaos, and contradictions. Along the way, many evaluators are becoming “hip” to this unpredictable and urgent reality, giving increasing attention to systems and complexity thinking, e.g. see the Systems in Evaluation TIG’s Principles for Systems Thinking. The SDGs offer a valuable tool to add to our systems toolbox to measure and assess the interconnected global problems we confront and solutions we pursue.

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Don't forget — this is of course something you should feel free to promote with your members — all AEA members can receive a 20% discount when they order through the website www.oup.com/academic using the discount code AEA20.

    If you are a publisher and would like to participate as an AEA publishing partner, or if you are an author of an evaluation-related text from an alternate publisher that you would like to see participate, please contact the AEA office at info@eval.org.

    AEA Offers COVID-19 Support and Resources

    AEA's top priority at this time is the health and well-being of its members and the evaluation community as a whole. We understand this is a strenuous and difficult time, and are dedicated to providing you with support and resources to help you navigate the evolving effects of the COVID-19 outbreak.

    We want to remind you of a few of our resources to help you through this time.

    • AEA's daily blog, AEA365, is rolling out a series of Saturday posts offering reflection and information for evaluation practice during this global pandemic.

    Topics covered include Reflecting on the Role of Evaluator During this Global PandemicTips + Resources for Virtual Gatherings, and Self-Care in the Age of Coronavirus.

    Click here to subscribe to AEA365. We will continue to share resources and experiences of our community. 

    • AEA encourages you to turn to your community of peer evaluators through EvalTalk. This discussion forum provides a safe space to trade insights and concerns, talk through specific challenges that are arising, and overall, to lean on each other for support. Now is the time to maintain strong connections with colleagues worldwide as we navigate today's climate together.
    • You can also stay connected to your community through TIGs. Topical Interest Groups are defined around a certain topic or interest and create a forum enabling its members to become a resource that the entire community can leverage. This organized community and combined experience is needed now more than ever. As an AEA member, you are allowed to join up to five of the 60 Topical Interest Groups.
    • AEA continually monitors its social media channels, looking to bring forward engaging and relevant content to our community. We continue to share resources circulated by the broad evaluation community. Follow us on Twitter @aeaweb or "like" our Facebook page for timely updates and content relating to the pandemic and beyond.
    • While you are looking to stay connected to your teams, we recommend browsing the AEA Coffee Break library on the Digital Knowledge Hub. These 20 minute webinars are free to all members.

    If you have resources you think would be valuable to the evaluation community, share them with us by contacting AEA at info@eval.org.

    Member Suggested Events 

    In this section, we spotlight events of interest to the AEA community, suggested by fellow members. Please note these events are not sponsored by AEA. If you would like to suggest an upcoming event, email Cady Stokes, AEA newsletter editor, at cstokes@eval.org.

     

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    AEA Professional Development Corner 

    From the AEA Education Team 

    The Digital Knowledge Hub is an online platform featuring professional development opportunities for evaluators, by evaluators. See eStudies available for purchase like the ones below. 

    Advance Your Evaluation Learning with AEA 

    While many of us are working from home the next few weeks, we wanted to remind you that AEA membership provides several exclusive resources to expand your knowledge in the comfort of your own home. Discover the online resources that are available and learn more about upcoming events.

     

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    Digital Workshops Tailor-made for Your Summer Schedule 

    AEA staff worked with accepted Summer Evaluation Institute presenters to identify workshops that can conform to a digital learning experience. These digital workshops provide opportunities to have meaningful discussions with your peers, ask presenters questions to work through challenges, and learn first-hand from experts in the field. 

    Digital Workshops:

    Repeat - Mixed Methods Design in Evaluation

    When: Tuesday, August 11, 12:00 p.m. EDT

    Presenter: Donna Mertens

    Price: Members: $150; Nonmembers: $200

    Including costs of programs can help your evaluation get funded, read, and used.

    Developments in the use of mixed methods have extended beyond the practice of combining surveys and focus groups. This workshop combines theory and practice, based on the evaluation branches identified by Alkin (2013) and Mertens and Wilson (2019). The sophistication of mixed methods designs in evaluation based on different theoretical frameworks will be explained and demonstrated through illustrative examples taken from diverse sectors and geographical regions. Examples of mixed methods designs will illustrate application of different theoretical frameworks for projects that focus on determining the effectiveness of interventions. Participants will have the opportunity to create mixed methods designs using evaluation vignettes for each approach to evaluation.

    Learn more.

    Visual Note-Taking 101: Encouraging Dynamic Participation through Visual Storytelling

    When: Wednesday, August 12, 12:00 p.m. EDT

    Contributors: Katherine Haugh

    Price: Members: $150; Nonmembers: $200

    Including costs of programs can help your evaluation get funded, read, and used.

    Research shows that visual note-taking is not only an effective learning tool, but also that visuals increase levels of employee engagement in the workplace. In this session, participants will learn about the basics of visual thinking and how to apply visual note-taking techniques to strengthen the use and application of their evaluation work. The session will teach participants how to use visual note-taking as a reflection, communication, and facilitation tool. In the session, participants will learn how to draw out basic concepts and ideas and how to tell a visual story with simple shapes, symbols, and visual cues. Participants will walk away from the session with the ability to use visual note-taking to boost retention of evaluation concepts, develop creative ideas by drawing connections, and share knowledge quickly and effectively.

    This session has been designed using principles of adult learning in order to optimize the learning experience for session attendees and will be led by a facilitator with over a decade of professional experience in visual-note-taking and facilitating.

    Learn more.

    View the full Summer Series schedule

    AEA eStudies

    The Digital Knowledge Hub contains live and recorded eStudies. eStudies offer in-depth lessons on trending evaluation topics, skills, and tools. Expert speakers share their experiences and offer time to answer your individual questions.

    Upcoming Live Courses:

    Student eStudies:

    Take a Coffee Break with AEA:

    As an AEA member, you have free access to our library of Coffee Breaks. These short, 20 minute webinars are great for sharing lessons with your students or other colleagues, while you are apart.
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    AEA Events of Interest

    In this section, we spotlight events that may be of interest to the AEA community, as suggested by fellow members. Please note these events are not sponsored by AEA. If you would like to suggest an upcoming event, email Cady Stokes, AEA newsletter editor, at cstokes@eval.org.

    Member Suggested Events 

    In this section, we spotlight events of interest to the AEA community, suggested by fellow members. Please note these events are not sponsored by AEA. If you would like to suggest an upcoming event or highlight actions members are taking during the COVID-19 crisis, email Cady Stokes, AEA newsletter editor, at cstokes@eval.org.

    Thank You to Our Longstanding Members

    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!

    Welcome to Our New Members

    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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