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Jan 8-13: Advocacy & Policy Change Week on aea365
Jan 12: Coffee Break Webinar - Choosing Your Optimal Survey Mode
Jan 15-21: Len Bickman on Thought Leaders Forum
Jan 19: Coffee Break Webinar - Information Visualization
Jan 22-27: Bloggers Week 2 on aea365
Jan 23: Evaluation 2012 Call for Proposals Online
Jan 26: Coffee Break Webinar - Changing the Evaluation Plan
Feb 2: Coffee Break Webinar - So You Want to be a Consultant
Feb 5-10: LGBT Week on aea365
Feb 8,15,22,29: eStudy - Correlation and Regression
Feb 9: Coffee Break Webinar - University of North Carolina
Feb 12-17: Bloggers Week 3 on aea365
Feb 12-18: Fiona Cram on Thought Leaders Forum
Feb 14: Coffee Break Webinar - Submitting a Conference Proposal
Feb 16: Coffee Break Webinar - Theory of Change
Feb 19-24: Data Viz and Reporting TIG on aea365
Feb 21, 23: eStudy - Empowerment Evaluation
Feb 23: Coffee Break Webinar - Data Dashboard on a Budget
Training Registrations 

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Applications of Correlation and Regression
with Dale Berger
eStudy Feb 8, 15, 22 & 29

Last day to register: Feb. 1

Empowerment Evaluation
eStudy Feb. 21 & 23
with David Fetterman 

Last day to register: Feb. 14   

Go to the eStudy Site to learn more and register

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Week of January 8-13: Advocacy and Policy Change TIG Week on aea365
January 12: Choosing the Optimal Survey Mode: A Comparison of Web, Phone, Mail or In-Person Surveys - Michelle Kobayashi 

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

Free for all AEA members
This Coffee Break Demonstration will review the pros and cons of four major survey modes comparing response rates, inclusivity, cost, time frames and content. Data from recent studies on the use of Web surveys and cell phones will be presented to provide the listener with up-to-date information on the appropriate uses of these emerging and popular modes.
Register: Free to AEA members, preregister at
Week of January 15-21: Len Bickman as Thought Leader
Thought Leaders Series

2011 AEA Alva and Gunnar Myrdal Award winner, and 1996 AEA President Leonard Bickman has a distinguished 40-plus year career as a social psychologist and is recognized as a pioneer in applied research and evaluation. He spearheaded a comprehensive study of children's mental health services more than a decade ago that involved 1,000 children and their families over a five-year period - one of the largest mental health services demonstration projects ever conducted on children and adolescents. He and his colleagues have since developed the Contextualized Feedback Systems (CFS) model in an effort to improve mental health services and educational leadership. "Driven by the lack of positive findings for children's mental health services, Len has dedicated this stage of his career to trying to improve this area of intervention," notes Deb Rog, AEA's 2009 President who nominated Len for the Myrdal Award.

Go to to learn more and sign up for this free monthly series if not already subscribed.  

January 19: Information Visualization Throughout the Evaluation Lifecycle - Johanna Morariu & Veena Pankaj 

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

Free for all AEA members
Sponsored by Data Visualization and Reporting TIG
Are you tired of the same old text and bar charts that run rampant in the field of evaluation? Join us for a coffee break webinar that will explore the more visual side of evaluation. Presenters will share approaches and examples of how to incorporate data and information visualization throughout the four stages of the evaluation life cycle: planning, data collection, analysis and reporting, and action and improvement. Data and information visualization is a support to good evaluation practice, it can increase stakeholder participation in evaluation and build evaluation capacity. Join us to learn a few data/infoviz tips and tricks to enliven your practice.
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Week of January 22-27: Bloggers Week 2 on aea365
January 23: Evaluation 2012 Call for Proposals Goes Online
January 26: Changing the Evaluation Plan When Stuff Hits the Fan - Robin Kelley 

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

Free for all AEA members
This webinar, cobranded with the National Minority AIDS Council, will walk through how to smoothly change evaluation plans in the middle of a program year and while keeping track of your data. During this time of economic uncertainty, many programs may have to be phased out. While data is a tool to use to help make such decisions (sometimes heart wrenching ones) what about the plans and ways to track these changes in the middle of a change? By the end of this session, participants will receive a refresher in how to do an evaluation plan, how to keep some indicators while changing others, how to account for changes in the plan and how to use this plan to determine the need for programmatic changes or to discontinue a program.
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February 2: So You Want to Be a Consultant - Gail Barrington  

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

Free for all AEA members
Are you thinking about hanging out your shingle? Do you have what it takes to be an independent consultant? This practical webinar will pose some of the key questions you will need to address if you want to survive this in challenging but rewarding career. Topics will include: personal characteristics, core values, social needs, resiliency, financial sustainability, & survival skills.
Register: Free to AEA members, preregister at 
Week of February 5-10: LGBT TIG Week on aea365
February 8, 15, 22 & 29: Applications of Correlation and Regression: Mediation, Moderation, and More - Dale Berger       

eStudy webinars - Wednesdays, 1:00 - 2:30 PM ET

Multiple regression is a powerful and flexible tool that has wide applications in evaluation and applied research. Regression analyses are used to describe multivariate relationships, test theories, make predictions with data from experimental or observational studies, and model relationships, including interactions.Issues we'll explore in this eStudy course include assessing data issues that may impact correlations and regression, selecting models that are appropriate to your data and research questions, preparing data for analysis, running analyses with SPSS, interpreting results, and presenting findings to a nontechnical audience. The facilitator will demonstrate applications from start to finish with live SPSS and Excel. Attendees will be given readings and examples before each session. Detailed handouts include examples and explanations that can be used at home to guide similar applications.

This eStudy course is aimed evaluators with an intermediate level of expertise. Attendees should be comfortable with basic SPSS and basic inferential and descriptive statistics, including correlation and regression. 

This course is divided into four 90-minute sessions. Study materials will be provided before sessions.


Day 1 - This session will review basic correlation and regression, and explore factors that may affect the validity and interpretation of analyses with correlations and regression.

Day 2 - This session will focus on the logic of mediation analysis and procedures for conducting analysis with SPSS, interpreting output, and presenting findings.

Day 3 - This session will focus on interactions and moderation analyses with SPSS, interpreting output, and presenting findings.

Day 4 - This session will explore applications of multiple regression and how to present regression findings to a lay audience.


($150 full members, $80 student members, $200 nonmembers, $110 student nonmembers)
Last day to register Wednesday February 1, 2012
February 9: University Profile - University of North Carolina - Rita O'Sulliivan & Johnavae Campbell 

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

Free for all AEA members
The Graduate Student and New Evaluator TIG is sponsoring a webinar series. Approximately once 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.
Register: Free to AEA members, preregister at
Week of February 12-17: Bloggers Week 3 on aea365
Week of February 12-18: Fiona Cram as Thought Leader
Thought Leaders Series

Fiona Cram is from Aotearoa New Zealand and has Māori/Indigenous tribal connections with Ngāti Pahauwera.  Fiona has a PhD from the University of Otago (Social and Developmental Psychology), and over 20 years of research and evaluation experience. Currently, Fiona serves as the Director of Katoa Ltd, a research and evaluation company, where she is involved in a wide range of Kaupapa Māori (by Māori, for Māori) research and evaluation with Iwi (tribal) and Māori (Indigenous New Zealanders) groups, philanthropic organisations, District Health Boards, and government agencies. Current projects include working with a team of researchers at the University of Otago on a study of the health journeys of young pregnant Māori women, and the evaluation of the Kaitoko Whānau initiative, which is a social service navigator service for vulnerable Māori families. With Ricardo Millett, Fiona is serving as the 2012 conference Presidential Strand co-chair, focusing on the conference theme of Evaluation in Complex Ecologies: Relationships, Responsibilities, Relevance.  

Go to to learn more and sign up for this free monthly series if not already subscribed.  

February 14: Submitting an AEA Conference Proposal

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

Free for all AEA members
Want to share your knowledge, skills, or lessons learned via a presentation at the AEA Conference but not sure how to get started? AEA Executive Director Susan Kistler will walk you through how to prepare for and submit a proposal to present at Evaluation 2012 including choosing the best presentation format, preparing and focusing your proposal, identifying an appropriate reviewing group, and tips for success. We'll walk through an example proposal submission form online and have an opportunity for questions as well.
Register: Free to AEA members, preregister at
February 16: Theory of Change Online: Introduction to Features and Use - Helene Clark   

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

Free for all AEA members
Theory of Change Online is a free application for drawing, storing, sharing, and learning Theory of Change concepts. If you are interested in learning more about how to use TOCO for planning and evaluation practices, join HelÚne Clark, the Director of ActKnowledge. HelÚne will walk us through the basics of the application and provide useful tips for making the most of TOCO's many features. She will share practical insights for working with TOCO as part of a participatory practice throughout the life of an initiative, and provide an overview of how a TOC provides the foundation for theory-driven evaluation.
Register: Free to AEA members, preregister at
Week of February 19-24: Data Visualization and Reporting TIG Week on aea365
February 21 & 23: Empowerment Evaluation - David Fetterman        

eStudy webinar - Tuesday & Thursday, 3:00 - 4:30 PM ET

Empowerment evaluation builds program capacity, fosters program improvement, and produces outcomes. It is used throughout the world, ranging from Australia to Japan and Brazil to New Zealand. Empowerment evaluation teaches people how to help themselves by learning how to evaluate their own programs. The role of the evaluator is that of a coach or facilitator in an empowerment evaluation, since the group is in charge of the evaluation itself. In addition, empowerment evaluation produces both a learning organization and measurable outcomes. This eStudy will introduce you to the steps of empowerment evaluation and tools to facilitate the approach.

This eStudy will occur in two 90-minute sessions and will include preparation assignments and materials sent before, between, and after the sessions.


Day 1 - This session will cover principles guiding empowerment evaluation, such as improvement, capacity building, and accountability. The session will also briefly discuss theories, such as process use and theories of use and action. Concepts covered will include: critical friend, cycles of reflection and action, and a community of learners. This session will also present the steps to plan and conduct an empowerment evaluation, including: 1) establishing a mission or unifying purpose for a group or program; 2) taking stock - creating a baseline to measure future growth and improvement; and 3) planning for the future - establishing goals and strategies to achieve objectives, as well as credible evidence to monitor change. 

Day 2 - This session will highlight the use of basic self-monitoring tools such as establishing a baseline, creating goals, specifying benchmarks, and comparing goals and benchmarks with actual performance. In addition, this session will respond to critiques in the literature. The session will also cover how to select appropriate user-friendly technological tools to facilitate an empowerment evaluation, aligned with empowerment evaluation principles. Although questions will be entertained throughout the two sessions, this session will conclude with a formal question and answer period focusing on questions such as: when it is most appropriate to use an empowerment evaluation approach, common challenges, and effective techniques to implement high quality empowerment evaluations.


($75 full members, $40 students, $100 nonmembers, $55 student nonmembers)
Last day to register Tuesday February 14, 2012
February 23: Design & Build a Useful Data Dashboard on a Budget - Veronica Smith    

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

Free for all AEA members
Sponsored by Data Visualization and Reporting TIG
The data dashboard is rapidly gaining popularity in the social sectors for evaluation, performance measurement, and monitoring purposes. Evaluators are often asked to help their clients with a tight budget to create and use dashboards, and yet few evaluators are knowledgeable about what is necessary to facilitate a data dashboard design-build in a way that will add value. Our presenter will outline what is involved in designing and building a dashboard using Microsoft Excel or Tableau and how to integrate this tool into an organization's performance measurement and monitoring process. We will also discuss the bottom-line by answering this question: What are some effective approaches to designing and building a dashboard and how much do these approaches cost?
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