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March 1: Coffee Break Webinar: Community Feedback & Storytelling
March 7, 14, & 21 : eStudy - Introduction to Evaluation
March 8: Coffee Break Webinar: Dedoose: Online Tools
March 13: Coffee Break Webinar: Evaluation Theory Tree
March 13 & 15: eStudy: Creating Surveys
March 15: Coffee Break Webinar: MS Excel for GANTT Charts
March 16: Deadline: Evaluation 2012 Proposals Due
March 22: Coffee Break Webinar: Intro to Website Evaluation
March 25-31: Gail Barrington on Thought Leaders Forum
March 30: Deadline: AEA Board Nominations Due
April 5: Coffee Break Webinar: Mexican Culture for Interviewing
April 12: Coffee Break Webinar: Exploring with Tableau
Evaluation 2012  
Call for Proposals
2012 Conference Site

Deadline Friday, March 16
Training Registrations 

Upcoming online eStudy registration open for: 


Introduction to Evaluation

eStudy March 7, 14, 21
with Tom Chapel

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Registration Closes Tomorrow! 2/29   


Creating Surveys to Measure Performance & Assess Needs
eStudy March 13 & 15
with Michelle Kobayashi

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Registration Closes 2/6 

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March 1: Community Feedback Through Storytelling -  Britt Lake     

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

Free for all AEA members
Sponsored by Community Psychology TIG
Britt Lake from GlobalGiving will discuss how the organization is using storytelling as a key part of its monitoring and evaluation strategy. In 2011, GlobalGiving collected about 30,000 stories about development efforts from community members in Kenya and Uganda. These stories are self-tagged by beneficiaries to reveal key patterns in development needs, successes, and failures in different communities. This short talk will focus on the collection methods that have allowed this project to efficiently scale.
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March 7, 14 & 21: Introduction to Evaluation - Tom Chapel        

eStudy webinar - Wednesdays, 11:30 AM- 1:30 PM ET

This eStudy course will provide an overview of program evaluation for participants with some, but not extensive, prior background in program evaluation. The session will be organized around the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) six-step Framework for Program Evaluation in Public Health as well as the four sets of evaluation standards from the Joint Commission on Evaluation Standards. The six steps constitute a comprehensive approach to evaluation. While its origins are in the public health sector, the Framework approach can guide any evaluation. The course will touch on all six steps, but particular emphasis will be put on the early steps, including identification and engagement of stakeholders, creation of logic models, and selecting/focusing evaluation questions. Several case studies will be used both as illustrations and as an opportunity for participants to apply the content of the course and work through some of the trade-offs and challenges inherent in program evaluation in public health and human services.

This eStudy will occur in three 2-hour sessions and will include materials sent before, between, and after the sessions.


Day 1 - This session will provide an overview of the evaluation framework steps and standards and zoom in on the importance of program description and stakeholders. Participants will work thru a few exercises on building simple but effective logic models and using those for stakeholder engagement.


Day 2 - This session will discuss the different types and phases of evaluation, show how to best set your evaluation focus, and then show how to convert that focus into specific evaluation questions and indicators. Participants will set an evaluation focus and define questions for some of the same cases used in Session 1.


Day 3 - This session will be an overview of how to make effective choices of data collection sources and methods, including mixed methods.  Some general issues in analysis and reporting will also be addressed. Participants will work thru several cases and illustrations to show how data collections sources and methods fit each situation.


Presenter: Thomas Chapel is the Chief Evaluation Officer at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, GA. He serves as a central resource on strategic planning and program evaluation for CDC programs and their partners. Before joining CDC, Tom was Vice-President of the Atlanta office of Macro International where he directed and managed projects in program evaluation, strategic planning, and evaluation design for public and nonprofit organizations. He is a frequent presenter at national meetings, a frequent contributor to edited volumes and monographs on evaluation, and has facilitated or served on numerous expert panels on public health and evaluation topics. 


($150 full members, $80 students, $200 nonmembers, $55 student nonmembers)
Last day to register Wednesday, February 29, 2012
March 8: Dedoose: Online Tools for Managing & Analyzing Qualitative & Mixed Method Data - Eli Lieber      

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

Free for all AEA members
Managing, analyzing, and presenting results from data collected in evaluation research can be a daunting challenge. Further, modern research is increasingly carried out in collaborative ways-with other researchers or with clients-and involves the blending of different methodological approaches. Dedoose is an online tool designed to facilitate this work and support systematic, scientifically rigorous, and both basic and high-level approaches to qualitative and mixed method research data. Dedoose's Co-Founder,   Eli Lieber will provide an introduction to the major features of Dedoose with particular attention to the collaborative, intuitive, visual, interactive, and powerful capabilities.
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March 13: Evaluation Theory Tree - Christina Christie      

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

Free for all AEA members
Looking for an introduction or a refresher on the foundation and evolution of our field? In this short webinar, Tina Christie will provide an overview of the Evaluation Theory Tree and briefly compare and contrast theories from different branches to identify their application at various steps in designing and conducting an evaluation. 
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March 13 & 15: Creating Surveys to Measure Performance and Assess Needs - Michelle Kobayashi       

Coffee Break Webinar - Tuesday & Thursday, 3:00 - 4:30 PM ET

Surveys for program evaluation, performance measurement, or needs assessment can provide excellent information for evaluators. However, developing effective surveys requires an eye both to unbiased question design as well as to how the results of the survey will be used. Neglecting these two aspects impacts the success of the survey. This eStudy course will use lecture and homework assignments to review guidelines for survey development. We will use two national surveys, one used for measuring the performance of local governments and the other to assess the needs of older adults, to inform the creation of our own survey instruments.

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


Day 1: How to create effective surveys for tracking outcomes and assessing needs, including:

  • Choosing the optimal study design and survey mode
  • Maximizing response and representation
  • Developing accurate and reliable instruments
  • Pilot-testing your tool

Day 2: How to report useful results to a wide variety of stakeholders, including:

  • Understanding your audiences for survey results
  • Developing an analysis and reporting plan
  • Using descriptive and inferential statistics
  • Incorporating analysis and reporting to facilitate data use  (e.g. the use of benchmarks, factor analysis, performance-importance matrices, key driver analysis)
  • Sharing survey results (e.g. reports, slideshows, press releases, use of social media)
Presenter: Michelle Kobayashi is co-author of Citizen Surveys: a comprehensive guide to making them matter (International City/County Management Association, 2009). She has over 25 years of experience in performance measurement and needs assessment, and has conducted scores of workshops on research and evaluation methods for community based organizations, local government employees, elected officials and students.

($75 full members, $40 student members, $100 nonmembers, $55 student nonmembers
Last day to register Tuesday, March 6 
March 15: Using MS Excel to Develop Easy-to-Use GANTT Charts and Implementation Tracking Tools - Henry Anaya       

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

Free for all AEA members
Co-sponsored by National Minority AIDS Council
This webinar, cobranded with the National Minority AIDS Council, will guide users through the development of both GANTT charts and a simple implementation tracking guide using Microsoft Excel software. GANTT charts are used as a visual illustration of the work/task breakdowns pertaining to a given project. An implementation tracker is used to monitor what is intending to be developed (or implemented) such that it actually occurs at the level of rigor expected by the developer. At the conclusion of the webinar, users will be able to create simple GANTT charts and implementation tracking tools for use with their individual projects.
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March 16: Evaluation 2012 Call for Proposals Deadline
March 22: Intro to Website Evaluation: First Steps - Andrew Hawkins       

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

Free for all AEA members
Building a successful online presence is like anything else, you have to get the basics right first. This webinar provides a starting point for those familiar with evaluating policies and programs, but unfamiliar with how to approach an evaluation of a program delivered wholly or partially over the internet. This webinar will focus on two fundamental questions. Can people find the website? Can all people, including those with disabilities, access the website? Answering the first question requires search engine optimisation (SEO) testing and the second, testing against website accessibility standards. The webinar will present basic ideas, showcase some tools and checklists, and provide links to resources.
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March 25-31: AEA Thought Leaders Forum Hosts Gail Barrington       

Thought Leaders Forum - Weeklong asynchronous online discussion 

Free for all AEA members
The  Thought Leader Discussion Series connects thought leaders in our field with AEA members, new and old alike. Most months, we host an asynchronous (not in real time) online exchange over the course of a week using AEA's discussion forums. We are pleased to welcome Gail Barrington in March.

Gail Barrington is a well-known Canadian program evaluator who has made significant contributions to the profession through her evaluation practice, writing, teaching, training, mentoring and service. She brings a passion for social justice, wealth of practical experience, and commitment to quality research to all her work. Gail has conducted more than 125 program evaluation and applied research studies in areas ranging from health promotion and health services to education and training, research, and knowledge exchange. Her recent work on evidence-based evaluation has led to the development of more rigorous evaluation designs and she is currently advising a number of organizations about the adoption of this approach. In 2008 she received the Canadian Evaluation Society award for her Contribution to Evaluation in Canada. Her new book, Consulting Start-up and Management: A Guide for Evaluators and Applied Researchers, was released by Sage Publications in 2012.

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March 30: Deadline for AEA Board Nominations       


Show your commitment to the value of the American Evaluation Association and help to shape its future! This year we will elect three Board members-at-large and a President-elect. You may nominate yourself or someone else. Nominating candidates for office is a valuable service to the Association and your thoughtful participation in this process will be greatly appreciated.  
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April 5: Understanding Mexican Culture to Improve the Interview Experience with Mexicans - Efrain Gutierrez       

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

Free for all AEA members
In this Coffee Break webinar, Efrain Gutierrez will explain several critical differences between American and Mexican culture and how these differences may affect communication between individuals from different cultures during the interview process. The webinar will also offer specific recommendations for evaluators that will improve the quality of interviews with Mexicans and will provide time for audience questions.
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April 12: Stop Wrestling, Start Exploring with Tableau - Daniel Hom 

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

Free for all AEA members
Tableau is based on breakthrough technology from Stanford University that lets you drag and drop to analyze data. You can connect to data in a few clicks, then visualize and create interactive and collaborative on-line or off-line dashboards with a few more. You can shift fluidly between views, following your natural train of thought. You just create beautiful, rich data visualizations, which can be easily shared. In this product demonstration, Daniel Hom, Tableau Data Analyst, will provide an introduction to the major features of Tableau, including ease-of-use and sharing.
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