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Sep 1 - Coffee Break Webinar: Prezi for Presentations
Sep 4-10 - aea365: Ohio Affiliate Week
Sep 6,8,13,15 - eStudy: Utilization Focused Evaluation
Sep 8 - Coffee Break Webinar: Data Screening
Sep 11-17 - aea365: Government Evaluation TIG Week
Sep 15 - Coffee Break Webinar: Measuring Capacity for Sustainability
Sep 22 - Coffee Break Webinar: Western Michigan U Profile
Sep 29 - Coffee Break Webinar: Fuzzy Logic Models
Oct 4,11 - eStudy: Effective Reporting
Oct 6 - Coffee Break Webinar: Program Design - for Evaluators?
Oct 11 - Coffee Break Webinar: Social Network Analysis
Oct 13 - Coffee Break Webinar: Cultural Competence Toolbox
Training Registrations 

Upcoming in-person and online training opportunities  


Utilization-Focused Eval
eStudy Sept 6,8,13, & 15 

Join Michael Quinn Patton for six hours of webinar-based training on UFE
Registration closes Thur 9/1! 

Evaluation Reporting
eStudy Oct 4 & 11 

Star facilitator Kylie Hutchinson gives concrete guidance on why an executive summary is not enough  

Go to eStudy Site to learn more and register 

Annual Conference
November 2-5

Evaluation 2011 AEA Annual Conference and pre- and post-conference workshops in Anaheim, California 

Go to Evaluation 2011 Site  

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Daily: aea365 Tip-a-Day for Evaluators

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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.

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September 1: Easy as Prezi: A Powerpoint Alternative - Lyn Paleo

Coffee Break Webinar - Thursday, 2:00 - 2:20 PM ET

Sponsored by the Data Visualization and Reporting TIG - free for all AEA members
Prezi presentations are a new alternative to Powerpoint or Keynote. Simple to use and engaging, Prezi is a free online tool that takes the work of data visualists like Tufte and Few and applies it to entire presentations. Using a large virtual whiteboard, users can literally map a presentation from big picture to details. Viewers never lose sight of the context. Lyn will present a piece of a Prezi presentation used in lectures about evaluation, and show how easy it is to add text, pdfs, jpgs, and even videos to a presentation.
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Week of September 4-10: OPEG Affiliate Week on aea365
Join our colleagues in the Ohio Program Evaluators' Group for a week of contributions. They'll be sharing great ideas and a number of suggestions for those leading other affiliates on how to strengthen, grow, manage, and support an affiliate network.

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Sept 6,8,13 & 15: Utilization Focused Evaluation - Michael Quinn Patton

eStudy Webinar - 3:00 - 4:30 PM ET each day 

The evaluation standards call for evaluations to be useful, practical, accurate, ethical, and accountable. Utilization-Focused Evaluation (UFE) is a process that meets these criteria by promoting evaluation use from beginning to end with a focus on intended uses by intended users, encouraging situational responsiveness and adaptability. In a series of four sessions, Michael Quinn Patton will present the basics, controversies, and cutting edge issues in conducting Utilization-Focused Evaluations. This eStudy workshop will be the first based on his new book, Essentials of Utilization-Focused Evaluation, to be published in August 2011.

Drawing on case examples, research, and Patton's extensive professional experience, the session will provide both an overall framework and a revised step-by-step checklist for designing and conducting evaluations that actually get used. You'll explore the UFE process as a complex adaptive system, incorporating cutting edge understandings about systems thinking and complexity concepts, with an ongoing focus on strategies usable in real-world evaluation practice.
  • Session I: Laying the foundation for use: Situation analysis and setting the stage 
  • Session II: Designing a practical and useful evaluation: Working with primary intended users 
  • Session III: It's not over till it's over:  Follow-up to support and facilitate use
  • Session IV: Special issues, advanced applications, and lingering questions

Michael Quinn Patton is the founder and director of Utilization-Focused Evaluation. His book, Utilization-Focused Evaluation, is now in its 4th edition and has produced a companion, Essentials of Utilization-Focused Evaluation, due out August 2011 and published by Sage.

Registration Fees: $150/members    $80/full-time students    $200/nonmembers
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Last Day to Register: Thursday, September 1 

Prefer in person? This training will also be offered as a professional development pre-conference workshop at Evaluation 2011 - see
Sept 8: Data Screening: Don't Leave Home Without It - Dale Berger

Coffee Break Webinar - Thursday, 2:00 - 2:20 PM ET

Sponsored by the Quantitative Methods: Theory and Design TIG - free for all AEA members
Although we know that statistical analyses and inferences can be quite inaccurate if there is a mismatch between data and statistical models, it is easy to rush into analyses before we have done a thorough job of data screening. To avoid costly errors and embarrassment, careful attention must be given to identify and deal with problematic data before we apply statistical tools for decision making. This webinar will address major issues in data screening using bivariate examples.
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Week of September 11-17: Government TIG Week on aea365
A whole week of posts from thought leaders in the AEA Government Evaluation TIG will leave you with tips and resources for strengthening your practice in the government sector - and help you to prepare for their 2011 conference program!

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Sept 15: Measuring Institutional Capacity for Sustainability: A Tool - M Bardini

Coffee Break Webinar - Thursday, 2:00 - 2:20 PM ET

Free for all AEA members  Measuring institutional capacity for sustainability in developing countries is a relevant challenge that many international M&E professionals face for their development projects. There is no one tool or approach that works best for measuring institutional capacity/strengthening, but a number of approaches work well if customized to the project's objectives. During this Webinar, the presenter will demonstrate one  tool that has worked effectively-PONAT (Participatory Organizational Needs Assessment Tool), which Chemonics International developed with USAID for a project in the West Bank/Gaza. The Webinar will focus on the main features of the PONAT and also discuss its strengths and weaknesses for measuring institutional capacity.
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September 22: Western Michigan University - Chris Coryn & Jason Burkhardt

Coffee Break Webinar - Thursday, 2:00 - 2:20 PM ET

Sponsored by the Graduate Student and New Evaluator TIG - free for all AEA members
The Graduate Student and New Evaluator TIG is sponsoring a webinar series. One per month, we'll offer a webinar reviewing graduate programs in evaluation from around the United States. Each webinar will feature a faculty member and a student who review strengths of the program's faculty, explain what the student experience is like, share examples of the type of projects in which students can expect to take part, and include time for questions from attendees. The series should be a good opportunity for prospective students and evaluators of all kinds to learn about evaluation training opportunities around the country.
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September 29: Fuzzy Logic Models - Matt Keene & Chris Metzner

Coffee Break Webinar - Thursday, 2:00 - 2:20 PM ET

Free for all AEA members
Logic models are useful in designing, describing and communicating about a program and its evaluation. Logic models are generally linear, bounded and static and their development and use is often limited to immediate stakeholders during the initial stages of the evaluation process. A fuzzy logic model embraces fluid and approximate reasoning, varied context and a program's evolution in order to better navigate non-linearity, feedback loops and other aspects of complexity common in the lives of some programs. Fuzzifying a traditional logic model with web 2.0, graphic design and data visualization creates new opportunities to account for complexity and expands access and use of the evaluation process to a greater diversity of stakeholders over a longer period of time. In this webinar, Chris and Matt will introduce the fuzzification process and an example of a fuzzy logic model.
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October 4 & 11: Effective Reporting Techniques for Evaluators - K Hutchinson

eStudy Webinar - 3:00 - 4:30 PM ET each day 

An executive summary is not enough. As an evaluator you are conscientious about conducting the best evaluation possible, but how much thought do you give to communicating your results effectively? Do you consider your job complete after submitting a lengthy final report? Reporting is an important skill for evaluators who care about seeing their results disseminated widely and recommendations actually implemented.

This webinar will present an overview of three key principles of effective reporting and its role in effective evaluation. Participants will finish the webinar with an expanded repertoire of innovative reporting techniques.


Kylie Hutchinson taught the Canadian Evaluation Society's Essential Skills Series (ESS) for seven years in British Columbia. Her interest in dissemination and communications stems from twenty years of experience in the field of evaluation.

Registration: $75/members    $40/full-time students    $100/nonmembers
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Prefer in person? This training will also be offered as a professional development pre-conference workshop at Evaluation 2011 - see
October 6: Program Design: The New Frontier for Evaluators? - John Gargani

Coffee Break Webinar - Thursday, 2:00 - 2:20 PM ET

Free for all AEA members
There is a growing belief that the success or failure of a program depends, in large part, on how well the program is designed. Perhaps the most controversial manifestation of this trend is the current push for programs with evidence-based designs. This webinar explores three questions related to program design and evaluation evidence-Should evaluators be involved in program design? What should the process of program design look like?  How should program designs be evaluated?
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October 11: Social Network Analysis: A Brief Introduction - Kim Fredericks

Coffee Break Webinar - TUESDAY, 2:00 - 2:20 PM ET

Free for all AEA members
What is this latest craze that seems to be popping up everywhere?  This session will give participants a brief overview of what Social Network Analysis is and how it has been used in evaluation and in the broader social science field.  Learn about the basic theory and the analytic tools that are behind this methodology.
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October 13: What's in the Cultural Competence Toolbox? - Griffith & Laorenza

Coffee Break Webinar - Thursday, 2:00 - 2:20 PM ET

Sponsored by the Multiethnic Issues in Evaluation TIG - free for all AEA members
This webinar is the third in a three-part series sponsored by the Multiethnic Issues in Evaluation TIG. (Note: it was originally scheduled to be second but had to be rescheduled and is now the third in the series.) Once per month, we'll offer a webinar reviewing the most current topics around evaluation and multiethnic issues. The first webinar will describe Culturally Responsive Evaluation and discuss its practical applications. The second webinar in the series will discuss how research has traditionally (and perhaps mistakenly) handled the topic of race. And the third webinar will cover research methods and procedures to determine whether culture has been given appropriate attention in an evaluation study. Each webinar will also include time for questions from attendees. The series should be a good opportunity for evaluators to reflect on their practice. Sign up for any one in the series or all three.
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