Newsletter: December 2009 Vol 9, Issue 12

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The End of a Great Year - The Beginning of Another
Dear AEA Colleagues,

rogI cannot believe this is my last letter to you as President! It has been an exciting, productive year in the Association and I would like to take the opportunity in this final letter to review where we are and where we are headed in the coming year. 

First, for those of you who were are at the Annual Conference in Orlando, I hope you agree that the meeting was a huge success. We had over 2,400 people attend - the same as we had in recent years despite the economic downturns and H1N1 making it difficult for some to attend. The sessions were lively and well-attended, and many shed new light on the role of context in our work.

We also had a record turn-out at our Business Meeting held on Thursday of the conference and nearly 50 people attended a Webinar in which we reviewed the same material for those who could not attend onsite. We were especially encouraged by the response to the Webinar and hope to be conducting future virtual meetings on other topics. Stay tuned!

As we discussed at the Business Meeting and on the Webinar, this year has been an incredibly busy year for the Board. Having officially become a policy-based board on January 1, 2009, we spent most of the year developing a set of policies to guide the Associations' work, both at the Board and operational levels. I am thrilled to be able to tell you that, at the Board Meeting held in Orlando prior to the conference, the Board approved a foundational set of policies in all four policy areas. These policies are available for you to review at http://www.eval.org/policies.asp. I invite you to review them and, in particular, send us your comments on the goals policies. The policies are not just those of the Board, but of the members, and they will be enriched by the input AEA members provide. 

With the new policy-based orientation of the Board, we have found it necessary to revise the ByLaws to support these changes. The Board is currently revising the ByLaws and plans to send to members in early 2010. At that time, I hope you will review this important document, send us your feedback, and cast your vote.

Finally, I have had a chance to help kick off a new initiative this year - the AEA Thought Leaders Discussion Series through the Presidential Forum on the AEA website. This has been a great way to bring some of AEA's luminaries in touch with other members and foster an exchange on ideas about evaluation practice and theory. My heartfelt thanks to Michael Patton for being our inaugural thought leader in September and to Jody Fitzpatrick for continuing in fine style in October. If you missed these two great sessions, you can review the threads of the conversations on the President's Forum. And, I am happy to announce that we have three new Thought Leaders waiting in the wings for 2010 --  Jane Davidson in January, Ricardo Millett in February, and Rodney Hopson in March. Please sign up and join us for these sessions - they promise to be lively and thought-provoking. You won't be disappointed!

So, as I hang up my gavel, I send a final thanks to all those who have supported me this and year and helped to make it an experience I have thoroughly enjoyed and am proud to have had - my family and friends; my colleagues at Westat; an incredibly hard-working, dedicated, and thoughtful Board; Bill Trochim, our Past President who helped me get my sea-legs in this position, and Leslie Cooksy, our President-Elect, with whom I have enjoyed developing a partnership and am thrilled to see take the helm; an AEA staff that is always there to provide able support and assistance; and most of all, our Executive Director, Susan Kistler, who lightens the President's load and makes the job a delight.

Warm wishes for a Happy and peaceful Holiday Season,

Debra
 
Debra Rog
2009 AEA President
In This Issue
Auditing Advisory Council
Policy Watch with George Grob
AEA Honors Former President
Thought Leader E Jane Davidson
Meet Michael Bamberger
TechTalk with LaMarcus Bolton
Book: Case Study Research in Practice
Book: Research Integration Using Dialogue Methods
Book: Eva the Evaluator
New Local Affiliate
New Volunteer Opportunities
New Jobs Postings
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AEA Invited to Submit Three Nominations for U.S. Auditing Advisory Council
AEA has been asked to make up to three nominations for possible members of the United States Comptroller General's Advisory Council on Government Auditing Standards. Members of the Advisory Council provide continuing advice and guidance on issues related to the Government Auditing Standards (the 'yellow book').
 
Individuals need to have demonstrated knowledge about auditing standards and the government and not-for-profit environments. Appointments to the Council are for four years, beginning in Calendar year 2010. Please note that AEA only makes nominations, we do not actually select the members and those who are selected do not explicitly represent AEA.
 
The solicitation notes: "We also seek to have experts in financial audits, attestation engagements, and performance audits so to have an Advisory Council that is well-versed in all types of audit work performed for government and not-for-profit entities. For the evaluation community, we would appreciate you nominating individuals who have an interest in governmental or not-for-profit auditing."
 
The Advisory Council meets generally once or twice a year. Between meetings, Council members are asked to provide input or comments on initiatives in process. Travel and per diem expenses that members incur to attend meetings are reimbursed by GAO.
 
To learn more about this opportunity, please review the information provided by GAO regarding these appointments: http://www.eval.org/VRC/aea09.gao.council.info.pdf.
 
If you are interested in being considered as one of AEA's nominees, please submit the following to the AEA folks noted below by December 31, 2009:
  • A statement of interest (no more than one-page) telling us why you would like to serve
  • A short bio reflecting your background and capacity in the areas identified in the GAO solicitation
  • A current curriculum vita or resume
Please submit all materials electronically, to the current and incoming AEA Presidents and the AEA Executive Director, thus via a single correspondence copied to all three of the following emails: [email protected], [email protected], and [email protected].
 
If you should have questions, please do not hesitate to contact AEA President Debra Rog at [email protected].
Policy Watch - AEA Comments on the Paperwork Reduction Act
From George Grob, Consultant to the Evaluation Policy Task Force
 
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Last month, we informed you that the United States Federal Office of Management and Budget (OMB) published a request for comments on the requirements of the Federal Paperwork Reduction Act. This is the law that requires solicitation of public comments and prior approval by OMB of surveys and other data collection instruments for all research and evaluations sponsored by the Federal Government. Knowing how important surveys and this process are for the many AEA members that are involved in Federal projects, we invited input to comments that AEA would send to OMB. Thirty-three members responded. Based on that input, as well as discussions with other interested members and the Evaluation Policy Task Force, we sent formal comments to OMBsigned by the AEA Presidential Rotation - President Debra Rog, Immediate Past Present William Trochim, and President-elect Leslie Cooksy.

 

In summary, we told OMB that AEA recognizes the importance of minimizing paperwork burdens on the American public. However, we believe that the current paperwork review process has unintended negative impacts, particularly in denying Federal managers and policy makers timely access to information that is critically needed to address emerging problems and take advantage of promising approaches. We offered several options to speed up the reviews while promoting burden hour reductions, improving burden estimates, and enhancing the usefulness of the data collected. We also advised OMB on the interpretation of its own Standards for Statistical Surveys, which OMB analysts use in connection with their reviews of proposed surveys.

 

We are grateful to OMB for inviting public comments on the survey review process and hope our comments are useful to them. We recognize that most of the requirements that our members and others find so burdensome have not originated from OMB, but rather are required by the Paperwork Reduction Act itself. Therefore, we offered our comments to OMB for their consideration either in proposing changes to the law or in administratively adopting changes that are compatible with the current statute. We also offered assistance to OMB by perhaps sponsoring sessions at our national conferences to help promote an understanding of the Act, OMB's procedures, ways to minimize paperwork burdens on the public, estimate burdens accurately, and improve the quality and usefulness of the data that we collect.

 

I wish to thank all those who provided us with useful advice, either by responding to our online survey or providing comments in person or by phone.

 

Go to the EPTF webpage to view AEA's Comments on the Paperwork Reduction Act

AEA Honors Former President with Ingle Service Award 
engleThe American Evaluation Association last month honored a former therapist turned evaluator with its 2009 Robert Ingle Service Award. The award recognizes the contributions of members who have been particularly instrumental in promoting the interests and operations of the association. The award was presented at Evaluation 2009 in Orlando, Florida.
 
Molly Engle, now an associate professor at Oregon State University (OSU) and an evaluation specialist with its Extension Service, earned her doctorate in program evaluation from the University of Arizona and served as AEA president in 2002. She has more than 25 years of evaluation experience focusing on community-based evaluations and has long been the voice and advocate for those performing evaluations and, through her work, helped make evaluation training a higher priority with heightened importance.
 
"Being recognized by AEA for my work for and with the organization is so validating," says Engle. "I am humbled, grateful, and delighted to be receiving the Ingle Award."
 
A prolific writer, Engle spent much of her career in clinical and academic medicine and understands first-hand the need for rigorous research as well as monitoring and evaluation. She began her professional career as a therapist, instructor and research assistant at the University of Arizona before becoming an educational evaluator at the University of Alabama School of Medicine. She served as Director of Research and Evaluation at Bethesda Hospital in Minneapolis, MN, and as an adjunct assistant professor at the University of Minnesota School of Nursing. Engle also served as a scientist and professor at the University of Alabama before joining OSU. She and her two daughters have been in Corvallis since 1998.
  
"Working as a therapist helped me understand similarities in evaluation - the need for listening, reflection, puzzle solving, which are skills needed in both fields. I was probably an evaluator before I knew there was such a discipline," says Engle. "Nursing uses evaluation all the time and certainly being a nurse therapist is the best example."
 
"One of Molly's contributions as president was the organization of ad hoc committees to explore roles and responsibilities, strengths, limitations and needs of individuals who have been, with little preparation, charged to take on important evaluation endeavors," recalls Kathleen Bolland, assistant dean for educational programs and student services at the University of Alabama and one of several who nominated Engle for her award. "Molly's work in developing and supporting these committees was instrumental in illuminating issues and linking supports to people in need."

Engle is a charter member of AEA, has actively served on a number of its committees and was instrumental in the formation of its Health Evaluation Topical Interest Group. Her service to AEA also includes serving as a board member, as associate editor of Evaluation Practice and as president of the association during a period when the need for evaluators outweighed the availability of trained personnel.
 
Other recipients of AEA's 2009 awards will be profiled in future issues. 

Go to the AEA Awards Page
Thought Leader Discussion Series with E. Jane Davidson, January 17-23 

Jane DavidsonWe're resuming AEA's Thought Leader Discussion Series for 2010 with a trio of notable discussants. In January, connect with E. Jane Davidson. In February we'll host Ricardo Millett and in March, Rodney Hopson. Each month, we'll provide details of the next month's leader in the newsletter so that you have plenty of time to sign up.

 

First up, the week of January 17-23, E. Jane Davidson:

 

Want to chat with the presenter of the AEA eLibrary's most-viewed Evaluation 2009 presentation materials: "Improving evaluation questions and answers: Getting actionable answers for real-world decision makers"? Hailing from Aotearoa/New Zealand and with a doctorate from Claremont Graduate University, E. Jane Davidson runs her own evaluation consulting firm, serving central government and other clients across multiple sectors. Her work includes evaluation capacity building, training and development, strategic evaluation support, as well as independent evaluations. Jane is a winner of AEA's Marcia Guttentag Promising New Evaluator Award, and co-editor of the Journal of Multidisciplinary Evaluation. Jane is the author of Evaluation Methodology Basics: The Nuts and Bolts of Sound Evaluation (SAGE, 2004), which was recommended by AEA President Debra Rog in her presidential address and is widely used internationally by both practitioners and graduate students. Join Jane for a week of discussion that promises to be at once thought-provoking and practical.
 
The Thought Leader Discussion Series brings together members for an informal week-long asynchronous discussion around issues raised by a guest thought leader. The exchange takes place online via the President's forum and postings may be checked at your convenience each day throughout the week.
 
How does one sign up for the AEA Discussion Series? This is a members-only opportunity and it is free to all members who wish to participate. You should be available to check the discussion list postings daily during the week of January 17-23. The full exchange takes place electronically via the AEA Presidents Forum. To join the forum, sign on to the AEA website using your username and password, navigate over to the forums, and click on "Add/Change Subscriptions" near the top right of the forum page.
 
Login at: http://www.eval.org

Your username:
Your password:
 
If you have questions about the forums, or run into technical difficulties, please check the Thought Leaders Frequently Asked Questions and then do not hesitate to contact us here in the AEA office at [email protected].
Interview with Michael Bamberger, Independent Consultant & Author

Bamberger3Michael Bamberger has almost 40 years of experience in development evaluation, including a decade working with non-governmental organizations in Latin America and almost 25 years with the World Bank. Bamberger has published six books on development evaluation, with the most recent being (with Angeli Kirk)  "Making Smart Policy: Using Impact Evaluation for Policy Making" (2009) and (with Jim Rugh and Linda Mabry) "Realworld Evaluation: Working under Budget, Time, Data and Political Constraints" (2006). Now an independent consultant and author, he has an avid interest in gender issues as well as mixed methods evaluation. Bamberger has been active with AEA for 15 years, serving on the Board and as chair of the International Committee. He is on the Editorial Board of New Directions for Evaluation, the Journal of Development Effectiveness, and the Journal of Mixed Method Research and is a regular reviewer for several professional evaluation journals. Bamberger recently agreed to an interview as part of AEA's series of profiles of leaders in international evaluation, with excerpts below:

Bamberger shares that he had the opportunity to work on program evaluation in different social and economic sectors as well as to work on evaluation capacity development in Asia, Africa and Latin America. Each experience built a foundation that further influences his work and interest areas today.

"My interest in gender evaluation was stimulated by an invitation to prepare the Venezuela Country Gender Assessment for the First United Nations World Conference on Women in Mexico in 1974. I was then contracted as resident adviser in El Salvador for a five year IDRC-World Bank funded impact evaluation of one of the World Bank's first self-help housing programs targeted for the urban poor, with a strong focus on female-headed households...."

Bamberger is impressed with recent interest and growth in international evaluation within AEA - but notes there are still challenges.

"I was fortunate to have been involved in the rapid growth of AEA's International and Cross-Cultural (ICCE) TIG and its efforts to facilitate the participation of evaluators from around the world. While it is satisfying to see the growing interest in international evaluation, there is still a certain division within AEA between North American and European evaluators on the one hand, many of whom are primarily interested in their particular area of specialization in their own country or region; and people who work in international evaluation on the other."

Top priorities for Bamberger include strengthening evaluations overall and ensuring a more conscientious view of gender analysis/differential.

"I am working with a number of agencies in different parts of the world to help increase the rigor of their evaluations and to avoid exaggerated positive biases about claims that are often not fully justified."

Special thanks to members of AEA's International Committee for its help in producing this series of international profiles.

TechTalk - Online Resource Library's Top 10 from Evaluation 2009 
From LaMarcus Bolton, AEA Technology Director
 
BoltonLast month, I introduced many of you to AEA's online resource library and many of the wonderful benefits of its use. Our resource library is essentially a member-created knowledge management system for all evaluation-relevant information and holds all major file types - including Microsoft Office, PDF, audio, and document sets.
 
Because our library tracks usage statistics of all library postings, I thought it would be a great idea to honor some of our contributors and bring to light excellent content by posting the top 10 most popular library entries from Evaluation 2009. Shortened links have been provided for your convenience-so, please feel free to forward them to anyone who might be interested!
  • Improving Evaluation Questions and Answers: Getting Actionable Answers for Real-world Decision Makers - An annotated PDF slideset posted by E Jane Davidson. http://bit.ly/ejdavidson
  • A Conversation on the Sociology of Evaluation - Narrative presentation text in PDF posted by Thomas Schwandt. http://bit.ly/tschwandt
  • Developing and Using Evaluation Checklists to Improve Evaluation Practice - An annotated Microsoft PowerPoint slideset plus support materials posted by Wes Martz. http://bit.ly/wmartz
  • Sailing the Seven C's of Social Change - A Microsoft PowerPoint slideset and accompanying handout posted by Marah B Moore. http://bit.ly/mbmoore
  • Developing Effective Surveys: Stuck in the Middle: The Use and Interpretation of Mid-Points in Surveys - A Microsoft PowerPoint slideset posted by Joel Nadler. http://bit.ly/jonadler
  • An Empirical Review of Theory-Driven Evaluation Practice from 1990-2008 - A PDF slideset posted by Chris Coryn. http://bit.ly/ccoryn
  • Measuring the Effects of Collaboration and Professional Development on the Technology Integration and Student Achievement in K-12 Classrooms - A Microsoft PowerPoint slideset posted by Melinda Mollette. http://bit.ly/mmollette
  • Ethics Sessions at Evaluation 2009 - A Microsoft Word document posted by Susan Kistler. http://bit.ly/skistler
  • Spatial Regression Discontinuity: Estimating Effects of Geographically Implemented Programs and Policies - A PDF slideset posted by Christopher Moore. http://bit.ly/cmoore
  • Exploring Effective Strategies for Facilitating Evaluation Capacity Building - A Microsoft Word handout posted by Hallie Preskill. http://bit.ly/hpreskill

In case you're wondering--it is not too late to upload Evaluation 2009, or even general evaluation materials! To submit your materials to the resource library, click on the link "Add Document(s)." Subsequently, for step 1, you will be required to submit information into specific fields, including title, description, and library category (e.g., Evaluation 2009). It is important to click the save button after these fields have been filled. Afterwards, it's a matter of uploading your files, adding descriptive keywords, and selecting the appropriate TIGs.
 
I wanted to close this TechTalk by thanking everyone who has contributed to AEA's online  resource library and to encourage those who have not to consider doing so. The resource library is an excellent way of disseminating acquired knowledge to our very appreciative membership.
 
We have plans to continually improve the resource library throughout 2010. But, if you have any questions, concerns, or suggestions in the meantime, please do not hesitate to contact me at [email protected]. Happy holidays!

Case Study Research in Practice 
05BannerFAEA member Helen Simons is author of a new book on case study published by SAGE. Case Study Research in Practice examines the reality of case study evaluation and research from an interpersonal perspective.
 
From the Publisher's Site:
"Case Study Research in Practice explores the author's practical and uniquely personal approach to the theory and practice of case study research. Helen Simons draws on her extensive experience in conducting and teaching case study research to provide a comprehensive and insightful account of the process of conducting case study that tackles common misconceptions and addresses the questions often raised by students. In four sections, the book covers:
  • The rationale, concept and design of case study research
  • Methods, ethics and reflexivity in case study
  • Interpreting, analyzing and reporting the case
  • Generalizing and theorizing in case study research" 
From the Author:
"I wrote this book because generations of students kept asking the same questions: "What is a case? How do I make sense of the data? Will the findings be valid? What is the role of theory in the case? Can I generalize in case study?"I thoughtthe best way to help them engage with these questions was to indicate how I would answer them from experience of 'real life' cases. I wanted to convey the reality of doing case study evaluation and research, to demonstrate that it is not a 'method', as is sometimes assumed, but an approach to research that values multiple perspectives, subjective understandings, and complexity within the case and context. I write about the process directly, using many examples of how individuals interpret events and circumstances for their perceptions and judgments are so often key to understanding the case. I give a lot of attention to ethics and to how researchers can monitor the impact of their subjectivity on the case to enhance validity.
 
"What I enjoyed most in writing the book," says Simons, "was exploring new ways of 'making sense' and communicating findings beyond the classical tradition. I value artistic ways of knowing. Using art forms to generate and interpret data and tell the story of the case accesses a different kind of understanding and creates opportunities to engage a range of different audiences. In the final chapter I try to demystify the perennial concern about theory and generalization in case study by indicating the many ways both are possible without losing the particularity of the case that is its strength. Studying the singular in depth, I believe, can reveal universal understandings".
 
About the Author:
Helen Simons is Professor Emeritus of Evaluation and Education, University of Southampton, UK and an independent consultant in evaluation incorporating the creative arts.  
 
Go to the Publisher's Site
Research Integration Using Dialogue Methods
mcdonaldAEA member David McDonald is lead author of a new book published by the Australian National University E-Press. Research Integration Using Dialogue Methods takes a systems perspective and focuses on complex societal problems.
 
From the Publisher's Site:
"Research on real-world problems-like restoration of wetlands, the needs of the elderly, effective disaster response and the future of the airline industry-requires expert knowledge from a range of disciplines, as well as from stakeholders affected by the problem and those in a position to do something about it. This book charts new territory in taking a systematic approach to research integration using dialogue methods to bring together multiple perspectives. It links specific dialogue methods to particular research integration tasks.
 
The methods are illustrated by case studies from four research areas: the environment, public health, security and technological innovation."
 
From the Author:
"As an academic and consultant specializing in policy analysis and evaluation, I am passionate about the contributions of researchers, and research products, to policy activity. Our research team at The Australian National University, under the leadership of Professor Gabriele Bammer, is further developing the concepts of and practical tools for research integration which we see as the process of improving the understanding of real-world problems by synthesizing relevant knowledge from diverse disciplines and stakeholders. We have been struck by an apparent anomaly: while much has been written about the need for and usefulness of integrating knowledge from academic disciplines and stakeholders such as decision-makers and people affected by their decisions, there is a dearth of published information on how to do this. We see this book as a step towards filling that gap, a tool-kit for evaluators and other researchers engaging in research integration. We very much welcome readers' feedback on the book's contents."
 
About the Author:
David McDonald is an Australian social scientist who lives near Canberra, Australia. His research interests lie in domains where public health and criminal justice intersect, particularly alcohol, tobacco and other drugs policy, along with research integration and building evidence-based public policy. He is an active member of the Australasian Evaluation Society and a regular presenter at its annual conferences. David is the Director of the Canberra-based consultancy Social Research & Evaluation Pty Ltd, and is a Visiting Fellow at the Australian National University's National Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health. 
 
Go to the Publisher's Site
Eva the Evaluator
AEA member Roger Miranda is the author of a new book published by Learningham Press. Eva the Evaluator has been described as an introduction to evaluation suitable for "kids" aged 1 to 99. A picture book with illustrations from Austrian artist Birgit Stadler, Eva the Evaluator takes a look at the profession from a fresh, light-hearted perspective.
 
From the Publisher's Website:
"Eva the Evaluator is a story of a little girl trying to understand what her father, an evaluator, does for a living. The father answers Eva's questions as she imagines herself engaged in the scenarios being described. Some mischievous characters appear highlighting that evaluation is not without pitfalls. Although a children's picture book, Eva the Evaluator is an effective way of introducing non-evaluators of all ages to the profession."

From the Author:
"Having to explain to my four year old what my job is inspired me to find an alternative approach to introduce him to the world of evaluation. I confess that I had quite a few adults in mind as well- not only family and friends- but a number of former bosses, mostly auditors!

The drawings are full of little insider jokes and the story has plenty of puns for the experienced evaluators out there. Little did I realize when starting the book how much evaluation lends itself to fun visual representations. My clients really enjoy it and it has led to some very good conversations as to the various roles evaluators can play and how evaluation can be of use to them."
 
About the Author:
Roger Miranda is an independent evaluator from Nicaragua based in Paris, France. He has worked in monitoring and evaluation since the early 1990s both for the Nicaraguan government and as a consultant. He joined the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime as Evaluation Officer in 2004 and later moved to the United Nations Office of Internal Oversight Services in New York. Since becoming an independent consultant his clients have included the International Atomic Energy Agency and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization.
New Local Affiliate Serves Eight States in Missouri River Basin
A new local affiliate serves evaluation professionals in the eight states of Montana, Wyoming, South Dakota, North Dakota, Nebraska, Iowa, Kansas and Missouri. The Evaluation Network of the Missouri River Basin (ENMRB) held an initial meeting deciding to organize following a professional development workshop held in June 2009. ENMRB's First Annual Business Meeting is being planned for 2010 in association with a new educational opportunity. Invitations will be sent to AEA members in the targeted region and will also include details about membership as well as ENMRB's Spring 2010 conference. For those interested, additional information may be found on the ENMRB website or you may contact Bob Pawloski at [email protected].
The Evaluation Network of the Missouri River Basin aims to:
  • Increase the pool of well-trained and culturally responsive evaluators through dialogue, conferences, continuous training and education, and mentoring relationships to build professional capacity
  • Foster and promote high-quality program evaluation by providing opportunities for exchange of information, ideas and too
  • Promote accountability for evaluation methods and practices at all levels of policy and program
  • Encourage, stimulate, and provide training for evaluation personnel
  • Promote program evaluation as an integral component of human services, education, health, faith-based, criminal justice, and other fields
  • Engage the knowledge and experience of diverse groups in the Missouri River Basin region to uphold standards of ethical evaluation research and practice that is respectful of and responsive to different ways of knowing, values, beliefs and behavior.  
Go to the Evaluation Network of the Missouri River Basin Website
New Volunteer Opportunities with AEA - Seeking eLibrarians
Looking for ways to get involved in the life of the association? AEA's new Member Involvement Initiative (MII) has the following updates related to new volunteer opportunities within AEA:
 
AEA eLibrarians: Part communicator, part Librarian, part coach, part cheerleader, AEA's eLibrarians will help to expand the use and influence of AEA's online eLibrary of evaluation-related resources.The eLibrarians will learn the ins and outs of AEA's online eLibrary, develop and implement a plan for increasing use and sharing materials, and encourage and support users. You need no technical background (we'll kickoff with a 1-hour conference call and training in January), only comfort in online environments and an interest in helping to build this valuable archive. The estimated time investment averages approximately 1 hour per week, including occasional conference calls, participation in an online discussion list of AEA's eLibrarians, and regular interaction with the eLibrary and its users. You'll expand your professional network and knowledge of the materials and resources available to evaluators, as well as enhance your technical skills. Please contact Susan Kistler at [email protected] if you are interested in becoming an AEA eLibrarian. (Deadline: January 5, 2009)
 
New Jobs & RFPs from the AEA Career Center  
What's new this month in the AEA Online Career Center? The following positions and Requests for Proposals (RFPs) have been added recently:

  • Senior Health Specialist at The World Bank (Washington, DC)
  • Research Associate at EMT Associates Inc. (Folsom, CA) 
  • Senior Research Specialist at Edvantia Inc. (Charleston, WV)
  • Director of Program Evaluation at Phipps Community Development Corporation (New York, NY)
  • Research Associate at ATTC National Office (Kansas City, MO)
  • Program Evaluator at Professional Data Analysts Inc (Minneapolis, MN) 
  • Associate Director of Evaluations, HVTN at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center (Seattle, WA)
  • Senior Director, Program Management & Evaluation at Danya International (Silver Spring, MD)
  • Research Associate at Sun Research (Belmont, MA)
  • Impact Specialist at The Ford Foundation (New York, NY)
 
Descriptions for each of these positions, and many others, are available in the AEA Online Career Center. According to Google analytics, the Career Center received close to 4000 unique visitors in the past month. It is an outstanding resource for posting your resume or position, or for finding your next employer, contractor or employee.
 
Job hunting? You can also sign up to receive notifications of new position postings via email or RSS feed.
 
Go to the AEA Online Career Center
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