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Theme: Evaluation Quality
The Evaluation 2010 Conference is to be held November 10-13 in San Antonio, TX with Professional Development Workshops preceding the event on November 8-10 and following on November 14. There are 54 Workshops to build your knowledge and skills and over 600 conference sessions available from which to choose.
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PosterWeek of September 5-10: Poster Highlights Week on aea365
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Sept9-10Friday, September 9-10: Hawai'i ~ Pacific Evaluation Association 2010 Conference
Making Evaluation Work: Participatory Evaluation & Capacity Building
Join H-PEA at their upcoming conference located at the Hilton Waikiki Prince Kuhio Hotel in Honolulu, HI. You may find more information and register at

Sept16Thursday, September 16, 2:00-2:20 PM EST: Coffee Break Webinar
Evaluation Surveys Using SurveyGizmo - Mario Lurig
Description: Want to deploy great online surveys that are simple to set up and cost effective to deploy? More importantly, do you want to customize your survey and reporting to get the information that is most valuable to you and your stakeholders? SurveyGizmo includes over 20 kinds of question types, survey logic including branching and piping, and extensive reporting customization. Need to do more advanced analysis? No problem, your data is readily exportable to SAS, SPSS or another analysis package. Our colleagues at SurveyGizmo have exhibited with AEA at recent conferences and they'll be joining us again at Evaluation 2010. This webinar is a product demonstration from the company itself. We'll include pricing information, but promise that this is not a sales call - no hard sell, just the information that you need to make a decision as to whether SurveyGizmo is right for your evaluation work.
Register: Free for AEA members - but you must pre-register
Sept19NPFTIGWeek of September 19-24: TIG Focus Week
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This week we'll highlight headlines and resources aimed at those working in nonprofit and foundations contexts on the headlines and resources list and via the aea365 Tip-a-Day contributions.

Sept22Wednesday, September 22: Oregon Program Evaluators Network Fall Conference
Advances in Evaluation Theory and Practice with Michael Quinn Patton
Join OPEN at their upcoming 2010 Fall Conference located at the World Trade Center in Portland, OR. You may find more information and register at

Sept23Thursday, September 23, 2:00-2:20 PM EST: Coffee Break Webinar

Community-Centered Intervention Planning and Evaluation: Who Plans, Who Evaluates? - Mary Kane
Description: The road from evidence-based health intervention to improved health and wellness for individuals and communities needs clear guideposts, lights at strategic points and critical "You Are Here" signs - not only at the end, but along the way. This coffee break session will talk about community readiness assessment and the development of evaluation approaches that are co-authored by community members as well as researchers and practitioners. Taking a life cycle view of intervention, we'll look at an action readiness model, a program logic model and a tool for community-designed expectations development as the foundation for evaluation.
Register: Free for AEA members - but you must pre-register

Sept26Week of September 26-October 2: Thought Leaders Discussion

Laura Leviton Serves as Thought Leader for the Week on the Discussion Forum
Description: Laura Leviton is a noted author, Special Advisor for Evaluation at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), and past AEA President. Laura co-authored the classic text Foundations of Program Evaluation: Theories of Practice (SAGE, 1990), co-edited The Handbook of Leadership Development (Jossey Bass, 2006), and most recently contributed to and co-edited the June 2010 issue of New Directions for Evaluation on The Systematic Screening and Assessment Method. Laura has overseen evaluations in most of RWJF's focus areas and currently focuses primarily on the Foundation's initiatives in preventing childhood obesity. This week, Laura will raise and discuss issues such as : (a) What foundations do and what they could do, not being the government (e.g. learning vs accountability); (b) Uncharted territory for which foundations are uniquely suited including fostering communities of practice, working on generalization, and sharpening the operationalization of programs, practices, and policies, for better outcome evaluation; and (c) implications for evaluation theory. Learn more online

Sept30Thursday, September 30, 2:00-2:20PM EST: Coffee Break Webinar

Using PhotoVoice to Engage Stakeholders in Empowerment Evaluations - Kimberly Kay Lopez
Description: PhotoVoice is a process that uses photography to help stakeholders collect data using photography. Want to learn more about PhotoVoice and how to use it for evaluation practice? Join Kimberly Kay Lopez as she provides an overview of PhotoVoice, gives examples from her work with youth empowerment evaluation, provides tips and resources for making the most of this methodology, and answers your questions.
Register: Free for AEA members - but you must pre-register

Oct5Tuesday, October 5, 12:00-1:30PM & Tuesday, October 12, 12:00-1:30PM EST: NEW FORMAT - DISTANCE-BASED Professional Development Workshop
An Introduction to Concept Mapping for Evaluation: A Mixed-Methods Participatory Approach - Mary Kane and Team
Concept mapping, as a mixed method approach, is a well-known and widely-used tool to enhance evaluation design, implementation, and measurement. It integrates familiar qualitative group processes with multivariate statistical analyses to help a group describe and organize its thinking on a topic. Ideas are represented visually in a series of easy-to-read graphics that capture specific ideas generated by a group; relationships between ideas; how ideas cluster together; and how those ideas are valued. This multi-session webinar will provide you with an educated professional's overview of the concept mapping methodology and potential uses. You will be able to take part in discussions about the methodology, application, and techniques. Through hands-on work with the Concept System CoreŠ software in between sessions, you will gain experience in structuring a concept mapping project.
You will learn:
  • The steps in the concept mapping methodology and how those can be adapted to various situations;
  • Key principles, decisions and steps in the engagement of stakeholders in systems-based evaluation;
  • How to describe a structured group concept mapping methodology as one of a variety of tools for engaging communities of interest, noting similarities and differences to related methodologies.
Facilitator: Mary Kane will lead a team of facilitators from Concept Systems, Inc, a consulting company that uses the concept mapping methodology as a primary tool in its planning and evaluation consulting projects. The presenters have extensive experience with concept mapping and are among the world's leading experts on this approach.
An internet connection and a computer with Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows Vista, or Windows 7 operating system (to install and use the CS CoreŠ software)
$25* for AEA Members (space is limited to 15 registrants) -
*Note: This is a discounted registration fee, 2/3 off of our usual $75 member registration for a 3-hour workshop during out beta testing phase. Those who register at this deeply discounted rate must agree to provide ongoing evaluative feedback during the webinar via two brief online surveys and potentially a short follow-up phone interview in order to help us establish best practices and improve our webinar content.

Oct7Thursday, October 7, 2:00-2:20PM EST: Coffee Break Webinar
Tips for Having Your Evaluation Influence Government Policy - George Grob

Sponsor: Government Evaluation TIG
Description: Do you want policy makers to pay attention to your evaluations and recommendations? Would you like to see a law passed, a budget changed, a regulation issued, or an administrative process modified to reflect ideas that you came up with and published in one of your studies? It turns out that legislators and executives of Federal, state, and local governments and Boards of Directors and chief executives of foundations and advocacy organizations really do want to hear from evaluators. The trick is to learn what kind of information they want, when they need it, and how they want to get it. George F. Grob has spent most of his career producing studies for policy makers. He will take you inside the world of policy making and explain the practical aspects of engaging policy makers on your evaluations. This webinar is for evaluators with any level of evaluation proficiency, but with little knowledge or experience with how policy processes work or how to connect with the people that run our governments and influential organizations.
Register: Free for AEA members - but you must pre-register


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