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October 4: Coffee Break Webinar: Image Grouping Tool
October 7-12: Independent Consulting Week on aea365
October 9, 11, 16 & 18: eStudy - Introduction to Evaluation
October 11: Coffee Break Webinar: Data Visualization in Excel
October 14-19: Minnesota Evaluation Association Week on aea365
October 18: Coffee Break Webinar: Qualitative Data Analysis Using R
October 21-26: Conference Bloggers Week on aea365
October 22-24: Pre-Conference Professional Workshops
October 24-27: Evaluation 2012
November 13 & 15: eStudy - M&E Planning for Programs/Projects
December 4 & 6: eStudy - Creating Surveys to Measure Performance
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Evaluation 2012

Registration Now Open


PreConference Professional Development Opportunities

45 Workshops Total

Registration Now Open 


Introduction to Evaluation

eStudy October 9, 11,
16 & 18

with Tom Chapel

Registration Closes 10/2


M&E Planning for Programs/Projects

eStudy November 13 & 15

with Scott Chaplowe

Registration Closes 11/7


Creating Surveys to Measure Performance and Assess Needs

eStudy December 4 & 6

with Michelle Kobayashi

Registration closes 11/27


More info and registration online here for eStudy Workshops 

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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

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

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October 4: Image Grouping Tool - Rebecca Stewart    

Coffee Break Webinar - Thursday, October 4, 2:00-2:20 PM Eastern

An interest in participatory processes seems to go hand in hand with an interest in new and creative ways to help program participants engage in an evaluation. In this Coffee Break webinar, the presenter will demonstrate a new tool, Image Grouping, which the Improve Group developed in recent years, initially to overcome literacy barriers. With Image Grouping, program participants use pictures to create a collage that depicts program impact.


October 7-12: Independent Consulting TIG Week on aea365
Join the Independent Consulting (IC) TIG for a week of contributions on our aea365 Tip-a-Day Alerts. Whether working solo or within a larger group, this TIG provides a collegial and friendly support network, ready resources and opportunities for partnerships.

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October 9, 11, 16 & 18: Introduction to Evaluation - Tom Chapel         

eStudy webinar - Tuesdays & Thursdays, 11:30 AM- 1:30 PM ET

This workshop will provide an overview of program evaluation for Institute 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 four 2-hour sessions and will include materials sent before, between, and after the sessions.


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.
Last day to register is Tuesday October 2

October 11: Data Visualization in Microsoft Excel - David Shellard    

Coffee Break Webinar - Thursday, October 11, 2:00-2:20 PM Eastern

This Coffee Break Demonstration will explore how you can use Microsoft Excel for basic data visualizations that will showcase your data. For simple data visualizations evaluators do not necessarily need the newest tools that are discussed on blogs and articles. Excel is a tool most people will have access to but many will not know how to tap into its enormous potential. Using an example data set we will walk through a sampling of Excel's data visualization tools including chart selection and formatting to reduce the data-ink ratio.


October 14-19: Minnesota Evaluation Association Week on aea365
Join our colleagues in the Minnesota Evaluation Association (MN EA) for a week of contributions on our aea365 Tip-a-Day Alerts. Just days away from our annual Evaluation 2012 conference, this local affiliate community will share more about what's happening in our host locale. Six days of hot tips, rad resources and lessons learned.

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October 18: Qualitative Data Analysis Using R - Lindsey Varner    

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

This Coffee Break Demonstration will explore a freely available software environment for statistical computing and graphics. Though it is normally associated with quantitative analysis, this Coffee Break webinar will address R's qualitative capabilities. The presenters will highlight features of the program, including the ability to memo, both manually and automatically code interview data, enumerate the coded data, and determine the interrelations between the codes. 


October 21-26: Conference Bloggers Week on aea365
Join our Evaluation 2012 conference bloggers for a week of contributions on our aea365 Tip-a-Day Alerts. Whether you were on site or couldn't attend this year, our guests can fill you in on some of the happenings as well as some of the thought-provoking discussions, the latest tools or the time-tested tricks of the trade. Six days of hot tips, rad resources and lessons learned from five different bloggers.

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October 22-24: Pre-Conference Professional Development Opportunities

Professional Development Workshops are hands-on, interactive sessions that provide an opportunity to learn new skills or hone existing ones at Evaluation 2012.


Professional development workshops precede the conference and differ from sessions offered during the conference itself in at least three ways:


1. Each is longer (either 3, 6, or 12 hours in length) and thus provides a more in-depth exploration of a skill or area of knowledge,

2. presenters are paid for their time and are expected to have significant experience both presenting and in the subject area, and

3. attendees pay separately for these workshops and are given the opportunity to evaluate the experience. Sessions are filled on a first-come, first-served basis and many usually fill before the conference begins.

AEA this year is offering 45 professional development workshops from which to choose. If interested, don't delay. Visit the page below to see a listing of all, to learn more the individual classes and the instructors, and to register online.

October 24-27: Evaluation 2012 

26th Annual Conference of the American Evaluation Association in Minneapolis, Minnesota


MinneapolisYou are invited to join over 2000 delegates in the midst of a city known for its commitment to progress, world-class cultural attractions, and a vibrant community of evaluators waiting to welcome you. The professional development workshops, as well as Wednesday sessions, will be held at the Minneapolis Hilton. On Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, we will move to the nearby Minneapolis Convention Center.


Sessions at the conference explore the conference theme, Evaluation in Complex Ecologies: Relationships, Responsibilities, Relevance, as well as the full spectrum of topics representing the breadth and depth of the field of evaluation.


We welcome attendees from around the world, at any point in their career, and working in any context.

November 13 & 15: Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) Planning for Programs/Projects - Scott Chaplowe          

eStudy webinar - Tuesdays & Thursdays, 12 PM - 1:30 PM ET

This workshop will introduce six key planning steps for a successful monitoring and evaluation (M&E) system: 1) Identify the purpose and scope of the M&E system; 2) Plan for data collection and management; 3) Plan for data analysis; 4) Plan for information reporting and utilization; 5) Plan for M&E human resources and capacity building; 6) Prepare the M&E budget. The 6-step approach has been designed to guide international programming at both the community and national levels, and is also appropriate for domestic (US) programs and projects.

The eStudy will address the different stages of the project/program cycle and planning for the corresponding M&E activities (events). Particular emphasis will be given to planning for data collection and management using an example M&E planning table for indicators and assumptions. The eStudy will walk through how to develop an M&E planning table that builds upon a project/program's logframe to detail key M&E requirements for each indicator and assumption. Like the logframe, M&E planning tables are becoming common practice in both international and domestic programming - and with good reason. They not only make data collection and reporting more efficient and reliable, but they also help better plan and manage projects/program through careful consideration of what is being implemented and measured.


This eStudy will occur in two 90-minute sessions and will include preparation materials sent before, between, and after the sessions. It is appropriate for both the new and more experienced M&E practitioners, as well as program/project managers.


Presenter:Scott Chaplowe is currently a Senior M&E Officer at the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), based in Geneva. In addition to M&E, his work includes strategic planning, organizational development, and capacity building for international organizations, with an emphasis on participatory methodologies. He regularly gives trainings in M&E, including professional development workshops with the AEA, the European Evaluation Society, the South African Monitoring and Evaluation Association, and the Malaysian Evaluation Society.
Last day to register is Wednesday November 7
December 4 & 6: Creating Surveys to Measure Performance and Assess Needs - Michelle Kobayashi           

eStudy webinar - Tuesdays & Thursdays, 3 PM - 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 preparation materials sent before, between, and after the sessions.


Day 1 - How to create effective surveys for tracking outcomes and needs

Day 2 - How to report useful results to a wide variety of stakeholders; Barriers, and ways to surmount those barriers, to using survey results


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.
Last day to register is Tuesday November 27