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Jan6Thursday, January 6, 2011, 2:00 - 2:20 PM EST: Coffee Break Webinar
New Member Orientation - Susan Kistler
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.)

Jan10-17New Addition! Week of January 10-17: Thought Leaders Discussion
Michael Scriven Serves as Thought Leader for the Week on the Discussion Forum
Description: Michael Scriven has served as the President of the American Evaluation Association, received AEA's Paul F Lazarsfeld Evaluation Theory Award, and taught evaluation in schools of education, departments of philosophy and psychology, and to professional groups around the world. A senior statesman in the field, he founded and co-edits the online free Journal of MulitDisciplinary Evaluation, authored The Evaluation Thesaurus (Sage, 1991), and about 90 articles in evaluation, as well as over 300 publications in other fields, especially philosophy, education, and technology. Michael thinks that it may be time to rethink evaluation from the ground up-and some other things as well, including the philosophy of science and the methodology of the social sciences. He looks forward to your questions and comments. Join Michael and the Thought Leaders Forum folks for a week of discussion and debate on fundamental issues shaping the field today. Learn more online at

Jan16-21Week of January 16-21: Scribing Week with WMU's Interdisciplinary Ph.D. Students
aea365 Tip-a-Day Alerts this week focus on lessons learned at conference sessions
This week we'll feature lessons learned at Evaluation 2010 conference sessions from students in Western Michigan University's Interdisciplinary Ph.D. in Evaluation on aea365. Each student attended a specific session, took notes, and compiled them into a great take-away for those who could not attend. Subscribe at

Jan20Thursday, January 20, 2011, 2:00 - 2:20 PM EST: Coffee Break Webinar
Evaluating Data Visualizations - Steve Fleming
Thursday, January 20, 2011, 2:00 - 2:20 PM EST
Description: In search of increased use and clarity of information, the National Center for Educational Achievement systematically evaluates how its data visualizations communicate with educators. Building on the work of noted author Stephen Few (Show Me the Numbers and Now You See It), NCEA identified key components of data visualization best practice and then set about refining their products. Steve Fleming from NCEA will share the criteria they use to examine and improve their data visualizations. He'll show examples of previous data visualizations and identify what improvements were implemented as a result of their evaluation work. This is a must-attend webinar for those interested in improving their reporting!
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Jan27Thursday, January 27, 2011, 2:00 - 2:20 PM EST: Coffee Break Webinar
Photo Journaling for Evaluation - David Urias & Olga Pierrakos
Description: Have you heard about photo journaling but aren't quite sure what is and how to apply it to the evaluation context? David Urias of the Evaluation Research Network and Olga Pierrakos from James Madison University will explain the basics of photo journaling, including detailing the process and providing examples of the product. They'll show how to treat the photos as data, how to analyze their content, and how to use both the product and process to improve not only your evaluation but also stakeholder learning and investment.
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Feb6-12Week of February 6-12: Thought Leaders Discussion
Melvin Hall Serves as Thought Leader for the Week on the Discussion Forum
Description: Melvin Hall is Professor of Educational Psychology at Northern Arizona University. Initially trained in program evaluation at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (Center for Instructional Research and Curriculum Evaluation - CIRCE), he interrupted evaluation practice to serve as a dean at four public universities located across the United States. Returning to full-time faculty status in 2002, he began active engagement in AEA serving as the Chair of the Diversity Committee followed by two years as chair of the task force charged with drafting an AEA statement on the importance of cultural competence. He currently serves on the AJE Editorial Advisory Board, and with Gail Barrington is co-chairing the presidential strand for AEA's 2011 meeting. With Stafford Hood, Melvin has co-directed multiple NSF grants to support capacity building and culturally responsive evaluation, and in 2008 he was recognized by the Multiethnic Issues TIG with its professional achievement award. Join Melvin for a discussion which will continue exploration of "values and valuing in evaluation" with particular focus on the role of values in meaning-making throughout the program evaluation process. Learn more online at

Feb10Thursday, February 10, 2011, 2:00 - 2:20 PM EST: Coffee Break Webinar
Developing Evaluation Reports That Are Useful, User-friendly, and Used - Tamara Walser
Description: Need to develop evaluation reports that are useful, user-friendly and used? Join Tamara Walser as she outlines a process for developing evaluation reports that tell the story of your evaluation results in ways that are clear, concise, and compelling. Tamara will outline the process, include tips, and provide examples. Developed for use in the classroom, her process and examples are appropriate for any novice evaluator or for faculty who are teaching evaluation to use as a teaching tool.
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