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AEA Calendar Through November 5, 2010


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RegistrationRegistration Open for Evaluation 2010
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.
Register and Learn More: Early registration and payment reserves your space in your first choice workshops and they are filled on a first-come first-served basis. Learn more and register online at http://www.eval.org/eval2010/default.asp.

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Sept30Photovoice3Thursday, 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
at https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/689278416


October3Week of October 3-8: TIG Focus Week
Government Evaluation TIG
This week we'll highlight headlines and resources aimed at those working in government evaluation contexts on the headlines and resources list and via the aea365 Tip-a-Day contributions. Also, join AEA and George Grob for this week's webinar on Tips for Having Your Evaluation Influence Government Policy. Learn more here.

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 *NOW FULL*
Description:  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.) For more information, please visit http://bit.ly/PDWKane.
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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
at
https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/150666713

VotingThursday, October 7: Deadline
Voting on Using the Roadmap as an AEA Public Statement
The AEA Board and Evaluation Policy Task Force invite you to cast your vote on whether AEA should use the EPTF-developed Evaluation Roadmap for a More Effective Government as a Public Statement on behalf of AEA. To cast your vote, login at:
http://www.eval.org/ballot/aea10.roadmap.vote.cast.asp


Oct8Friday, October 8, 2010: OPEG Fall Workshop
AEA AFFILIATE EVENT
The Evaluators' Toolkit
Join Ohio Program Evaluator's Group at their upcoming Fall Workshop. It will be located at Quest Business Center in Columbus, OH. You may find more information and register at http://www.opeg.org/index.php.

Oct10TIGWeek of October 10-15: TIG Focus Week
Systems in Evaluation TIG
This week we'll highlight headlines and resources aimed at those working in systems in evaluation contexts on the headlines and resources list and via the aea365 Tip-a-Day contributions.

October21Thursday, October 21, 2:00-2:20 PM EST: Coffee Break Webinar
Tracking Reader Clicks to Evaluate Communications - Susan Kistler
Description: In the Internet age, part of evaluating whether communications are effective can be knowing whether readers took the first step and clicked through on a link to learn more. This can apply to links in an individual email, mass email, newsletters, or across websites. Susan Kistler will demonstrate tools for counting clickthroughs that work across platforms (email, newsletters, etc.), and how to use these tools to compare different communications channels or alternative wordings of communications sent to a split sample. The free tools are great not only to help you to track your evaluand's communications, but also for using in your own client communications and for empowering your clients to set up a system to use in tracking their own outreach efforts. Susan also will share tips for effective link placement to encourage reading and clickthroughs.
Register: Free for AEA members - but you must pre-register
at https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/976924321.

October24VSAWeek of October 24-29: Visitor Studies Association Week
Visitor Studies Association
This week we'll highlight headlines and resources aimed at those working with the Visitor Studies Association on the headlines and resources list and via the aea365 Tip-a-Day contributions.

Oct25SEAOctober 25-27: SEA's Skills Workshop 2010
AEA AFFILIATE EVENT
Advanced Essential Skills Workshop
Join the Southeast Evaluation Association at their upcoming skills Workshop. It will be located at the Pepper Building in Tallahassee, FL. You may find more information and register at http://www.southeastevaluation.com/program.php.

October28Thursday, October 28, 2:00-2:20 PM EST: Coffee Break Webinar
Leveraging MAPAS to Examine Census Data for Evaluation - Jeremy Pyne

Description: MAPAS is a free, one-stop interactive mapping and data application tool developed by the Johnson Center's Community Research Institute (CRI) at Grand Valley State University. MAPAS takes national census data and allows you to build thematic (color coded) maps around topics of interest such as population, housing, births and family health, education, employment and income, voting, crime, and transportation. Using MAPAS you can visualize and identify spatial data patterns across multiple geographies and save and share your work with others. Evaluators can use MAPAS to explore data that can strengthen grant proposals, provide depth and comparisons for your own data sets, and identify regional and national trends to inform your findings. GIS Specialist Jeremy Pyne from CRI will lead us through using MAPAS and note other community mapping resources. (Bonus: If you work with programs in Michigan, MAPAS also includes a range of Michigan-specific data sets as well national census data.)
Register: Free for AEA members - but you must pre-register
at https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/385193129.

October30Week of October 30 - November 5: TIG Focus Week
Internal Evaluation TIG
This week we'll highlight headlines and resources aimed at those working in internal evaluation contexts on the headlines and resources list and via the aea365 Tip-a-Day contributions.

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