AEA March Member Monthly Calendar
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Daily: aea365 Tip-a-Day
Weekly: Headlines and Resources Compilation
Ongoing: Discussion on Evaltalk or LinkedIn
Mar 3, 10, 31: Coffee Break Webinars - CPE Evaluation Series
Apr 3-8: Independent Consultants TIG Week
Apr 7: Coffee Break Webinar - New Advocacy Progress Planner
Apr 14: Coffee Break Webinar - Nonparametric Statistics
Apr 17-22: Environmental Program Evaluation TIG Week
Apr 17-23 :Thought Leaders Discussion with Beverly Parsons
Apr 21: Coffee Break Webinar - Utilization-Focused Evaluation
Apr 28: Coffee Break Webinar - Involving Stakeholders
Evaluation 2011  

Proposals Received!   

AEA Received a record 1525 proposals to present at Evaluation 2011. Thank you to all who contributed!

Key dates:

July 8:
Proposal status notices sent

July 8:
Registration opens

October 31-November2:
Pre-Conference Workshops

November 2-5:
Annual Conference

November 6:
Post Conference Workshops 

Go the Evaluation 2011 Site  

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Daily: aea365 Tip-a-Day for Evaluators

Daily Emails 

aea365 Tip-a-Day provide a tip-a-day by and for evaluators. Featuring hot tips, cool tricks, rad resources and lessons learned. Get your daily dose of evaluation goodness
hot tips for a cool spring day! 

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Weekly: Headlines and Resources Compilation

Weekly Compilation  

Each week, we compile Headlines and Resources from across the field and send them out on Sunday to our H&R List subscribers and post them on AEA's listserv EVALTALK. 

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Ongoing: Dive Into the Discussion on EVALTALK or LinkedIn

Ongoing Discussion Forums 

AEA's legacy listserv is the most-used discussion forum focusing on Evaluation. This lively list is open to member and nonmember evaluators alike from around the world.

If you have a (free) profile on popular professional social networking site LinkedIn, join the AEA group for ongoing threaded discussion of questions raised by over 3000 subscribers.  

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March 3, 10, 31: Collaborative, Participatory, and Empowerment Series

Coffee Break Webinars  

The Collaborative, Participatory, and Empowerment TIG is sponsoring a three-webinar series. For three weeks in March, we'll offer one webinar each on Collaborative, Participatory, and Empowerment evaluation. Each webinar will define one of the three types of CPE evaluation, differentiate it from other types of evaluation, explain the underlying theory and how it translates into practice, include resources for learning more, and include time for questions at the end. The short series should be an excellent primer or refresher on CPE evaluation. 

Empowerment Evaluation with David Fetterman and Abraham Wandersman  - Past! 


Participatory Evaluation with Ann Zukoski and Mia Luluquisen - Past! 


Collaborative Evaluation with Rita O'Sullivan and Liliana Rodriguez-Campos

Register: Free for AEA members 

March 31, 2011, 2:00 - 2:20 PM EST

April 3 - April 8: Independent Consulting TIG Week

aea365, Headlines and Resources 

One of AEA's most active Topical Interest Groups, this will be the Independent Consultant's first week on aea365. The week of April 3-8, you can read contributions on aea365 from practicing consultants. We'll supplement their posts with items on this week's headlines and resources list.  

April 7: The New - and Improved - Advocacy Progress Planner

Coffee Break Webinar 

Evaluating policy change poses some particularly thorny challenges: attribution is very rarely clear and key contextual factors are usually beyond the advocates' control. The Advocacy Progress Planner (APP) is one of many tools emerging to help advocates - and evaluators - plan more systematically and identify objectives that will help assess progress, learn, and change strategy along the way. The Advocacy Planning and Evaluation Program at the Aspen Institute has now released version 2.0 of the APP, building on three years of user feedback. Aspen's David Devlin-Foltz will demonstrate the APP's features with help from Alexandra Toma, executive director of the Connect U.S. Fund and a longtime APP user. They'll show how the APP can help guide advocacy groups and their funders to clarify their theory of change - and prepare and track meaningful, measurable benchmarks for progress on a specific policy change objective.

Register: Free for AEA members  


Thursday, April 7, 2011, 2:00 - 2:20 PM EST

April 14: What are Nonparametric Stats and When Do You Use Them?

Coffee Break Webinar 

Sometimes you just don't have the robust, bell-shaped data that you thought you would have to analyze. In such cases, traditional statistical methods lose their power and are no longer appropriate. Nonparametric statistics to the rescue! Jennifer Catrambone of the Ruth M Rothstein CORE Center will clarify what nonparametrics are and when it is appropriate to use them. This short webinar won't go into detail of performing analyses, but will help you to understand what tools are available to you when your data just isn't ideal, as well as where you can go to learn more.

Register: Free for AEA members


Thursday, April 14, 2011, 2:00 - 2:20 PM EST

April 17 - April 22: Environmental Program Evaluation TIG EarthWeek!

aea365, Headlines and Resources 

We're celebrating EarthWeek with our colleagues in the Environmental Program Evaluation (EPE) TIG. They'll be returning to aea365 the week of April 17-22. Last year, the EPE TIG lead the way in providing a great range of resources for colleagues both in and out of the environmental field. They'll have posts each day on aea365 and we'll supplement with items on the Headlines and Resources list. 

April 17 - April 23: Thought Leaders Discussion with Beverly Parsons

Thought Leaders Series 

Earth Week Continues! The April Thought Leaders forum will focus on environmental sustainability, the topic of the AEA Board's Question of the Quarter (an initiative intended to engage members in discussions of issues of potential policy interest). Aided by other experts in the area of environmental sustainability, Beverly Parsons will lead the forum from April 17-23. Beverly is the Executive Director of InSites (a nonprofit organization engaged in evaluation, research and planning), a member of AEA's Board of Directors, and a Sustainable Business certification program student. Some of the specific questions that will be raised in the forum are: How can we incorporate environmental issues in our application of the AEA Guiding Principles? How do the links between the values of environmental sustainability, social responsibility, and economic well-being affect the work of evaluators? Should environmental sustainability be a core value for an evaluator?


AEA's Thought Leaders Discussion Series is conducted via an email based discussion list (like a listserv) during one week each month. Sign up for this free members-only list on the thought leaders webpage at  
April 21: Utilization-Focused Evaluation

Coffee Break Webinar 

The evaluation standards call for evaluations to be useful, practical, accurate and ethical. Utilization-Focused Evaluation is a process that meets these criteria by promoting use of evaluation from beginning to end with a focus on intended uses by intended users. By carefully implementing evaluations for increased utility, this approach encourages situational responsiveness and adaptability. In this Coffee Break Webinar, Patton will review briefly the basics, controversies, and cutting edge issues in conducting Utilization-Focused Evaluations.
Free for AEA members


Thursday, April 21, 2011, 2:00 - 2:20 PM EST

April 28: Involving Stakeholders in Data Analysis & Interpretation

Coffee Break Webinar 

Many evaluators agree that in a variety of contexts, involving evaluation participants and other key stakeholders (lay people, program leadership, frontline staff and other evaluation team members) in data analysis and interpretation can strengthen the process and lead to increased ownership and use of findings. In this webinar, we will take a practical look at key steps we use: providing targeted training and support to the stakeholder team, developing intermediate data reports, and using iterative processes of large and small group work including strategically constructing and staging small group analysis activities. If you are ready to get beyond the why and dig into the how of involving participants and other stakeholders in analysis and interpretation, grab your beverage of choice and join us.
Free for AEA members    


Thursday, April 28, 2011, 2:00 - 2:20 PM EST