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InstituteLast Days for Registration for AEA/CDC Summer Evaluation Institute
The AEA/CDC Summer Evaluation Institute - June 13-16 in Atlanta, Georgia
The Institute offers over 50 training sessions from which to choose, as well as three keynotes from nationally-known speakers and networking opportunities throughout.
Register: Registration is open all this month, but workshops fill on a first-come, first-served basis. Learn more and register online at

dailyDaily: Tip-a-Day Email Updates
AEA365 Blog Offers Tip-a-Day From and For Evaluators
We've got a great lineup planned from a week devoted to contributions from our Extension Evaluation colleagues to a series on approaching IRB for those working outside of academica. Read it online on the blog website at or
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weeklyWeekly: Headlines and Resources
Stay up to date regarding current events, tools, and resources
Each week, we compile Headlines and Resources from across the field and post them each Sunday to AEA's listserv EVALTALK
Subscribe: Not on EVALTALK? Use the following link to subscribe for weekly headlines updates via email -

FettermanNew Addition! Week of May 23-29 Thought Leaders Discussion
David Fetterman Serves as Thought Leader for the Week on the Discussion Forum
Description: David Fetterman is President of Fetterman and Associates, an international evaluation consulting firm, Professor of Education, University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (HBCU), and Director of the Arkansas Evaluation Center. He is a past-president of the American Evaluation Association and is one of two evaluators to have received both the Myrdal Evaluation Practice and Lazersfeld Evaluation Theory Awards. His most recent books are: Empowerment Evaluation Principles in Practice with Abraham Wandersman and Ethnography: Step by Step (3rd edition). David also has a recent article that has just been published in Academic Medicine (last week) titled Empowerment Evaluation: A Collaborative Approach to Evaluating and Transforming a Medical School Curriculum. The article highlights the useof empowerment evaluation in Stanford University's School of Medicine. Learn more online at

May25Tuesday, May 25, Rescheduled for 2:00-2:20 PM EST Coffee Break Webinar
What Works in Education: The Research Design Standards of the What Works Clearinghouse - Neil Seftor
Sponsor: PreK-12 Educational Evaluation TIG
Description: The core of the What Works Clearinghouse (WWC) is the research design standards, which identify those studies with the strongest causal validity. Neil Seftor, Deputy Director of the WWC, will provide an overview of the WWC's standards for randomized controlled trials and quasi-experimental designs. The session will cover the design and reporting requirements researchers must demonstrate to meet WWC standards. It will also describe statistical adjustments made by the WWC to ensure findings can be compared across studies.
Register: Free for AEA members - but you must pre-register at

May27Thursday, May 27, 2:00-2:20 PM EST Coffee Break Webinar
Using Wordle for Qualitative Data Exploration, Idea Generation, and Reporting - SaraJoy Pond and Susan Kistler
Audience: Those working with qualitative data
Description: You've probably seen word clouds all over the place (here's a great example looking at Presidential speeches). SaraJoy Pond of TippingBucket and AEA's own Susan Kistler will walk you through making word clouds with Wordle and demonstrate its use for evaluation. Wordle can help you to explore qualitative data, reflect on your own writing, and create great graphics for reports and presentations. And, Wordle is free and so easy to use that you will leave this demonstration completely ready to make your own clouds.
Register: Free for AEA members - but you must pre-register at

June3Thursday, June 3, 2:00-2:20 PM EST Coffee Break Webinar
Introduction to Using Geographic Information Systems for Evaluation - Duncan Meyers
Audience: General Audience
Description: Geographic Information Systems (GIS) software is a tool that allows users to analyze and display spatially based data. GIS software offers a mechanism through which evaluators can visualize data to reveal relationships, patterns, or trends. It can help evaluators answer research questions, solve problems, and create dialogue as it allows data to be presented in a manner that is quickly understood and easily shared. In this presentation Duncan Meyers of the University of South Carolina will a) demonstrate basic features of GIS software, b) show examples of its uses, and c) provide resources for further learning.
Register: Free for AEA members - but you must pre-register at

June4Friday, June 4, 2010 Deadline
Deadline for Submission of AEA Awards Nominations
Nominations are now being accepted for the seven American Evaluation Association Awards. Please take this opportunity to acknowledge outstanding colleagues and outstanding work. Through identifying those who exemplify the very best in the field, we honor the practitioner and advance the discipline.
Details: Learn more online at

June10Thursday, June 10, 2:00-2:20 PM EST Coffee Break Webinar
Survey Monkey and Zoomerang: How Do You Choose Which One To Use? - Lois Ritter and Tessa Robinette
Sponsor: Integrating Technology Into Evaluation TIG
Audience: General Audience
Description: Surveymonkey and Zoomerang are two commonly used web-base4d online survey development tools, but few people know the attributes and differences between these two tools. In this webinar, Lois Ritter and Tessa Robinette of Walter R McDonald & Associates, Inc will demonstrate the key features, similarities, and differences between these programs.
Register: Free for AEA members - but you must pre-register at

MelWeek of June 20-26 Thought Leaders Discussion
Melvin Mark Serves as Thought Leader for the Week on the Discussion Forum
June's thought leader, Melvin Mark - Mel to his friends and colleagues - has served as AEA's President, edited the American Journal of Evaluation, completed two terms on the AEA Board of Directors, and currently is an active contributor to AEA's Evaluation Policy Task Force. Mel's interests range widely to embrace the theory, methodology, practice and profession of program and policy evaluation. The books on which Mel has served as co-author or co-editor attest to the breadth and depth of his knowledge and expertise, including, most recently: Evaluation: An Integrated Framework for Understanding, Guiding, and Improving Policies and Programs (with Gary Henry and George Julnes),  The SAGE Handbook of Evaluation (with Ian Shaw and Jennifer Greene), Evaluation in Action: Interviews with Expert Evaluators  (with Jody Fitzpatrick and Tina Christie), and What Counts as Credible Evidence in Applied Research and Evaluation Practice?  (with Stewart Donaldson and Tina Christie). Mel is Professor and Head of Psychology at Penn State University. Among other things, Mel reports thinking these days about pathways to evaluation influence, research on evaluation, and getting more effective programs to evaluate. Learn more online at

June24Week of June 20-26 TIG Focus Week
Extension Education Evaluation (EEE) TIG
This week we'll highlight headlines and resources from Extension Education Evaluation on the headlines and resources list, the aea365 blog contributions are from colleagues working in extension, and the week's webinar comes from a leader in extension education.

Thursday, June 24, 2:00-2:20 PM EST Coffee Break Webinar

Tools and Tips for Teaching Evaluation Concepts to Non-evaluators - Ellen Taylor-Powell
Sponsor: Extension Education Evaluation TIG
Audience: General Audience
Description: For those who teach and train in the area of evaluation, helping non-evaluators - from youth to project staff and administrators to community stakeholders - can be a challenge. Drawing on a range of resources used by Extension trainers, Ellen Taylor-Powell from University of Wisconsin-Extension will share tips and tricks for building capacity and understanding among non-evaluators working in community-based programs and organizations. You'll leave with ideas to implement in your own work as well as resources from facilitation techniques to audience handouts to example slide decks.
Register: Free for AEA members - but you must pre-register at

July1Thursday, July 1, 2:00-2:20 PM EST Coffee Break Webinar
New Member Orientation - Susan Kistler
Audience: General Audience
Description: Join AEA Executive Director Susan Kistler for a short orientation to help you to make the most of your membership. We'll explore the programs and services available only to members, from accessing the journal archives and the ever-growing webinar repository, to participating in the Thought Leaders Series, promoting your business with a Find an Evaluator listing, and building your professional network through engaging with TIGs and volunteering. You'll leave prepared to dive into our community of practice! (Been a member for a while, but want to re-engage? Please feel free to join in.)
Register: Free for AEA members - but you must pre-register at

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