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Weekly: Headlines and Resources Compilation
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December 2-7: Cultural Competence Statement Working Group Week on aea365
December 6: Coffee Break Webinar: Meaningful & Accessible Results
December 9-14: Community Psychology TIG Week on aea365
December 13: Outstanding Evaluation Award Winner 2011
January 9, 16, 23 & 30: eStudy - Applications of Correlation & Regression
January 6-11: 2013 Bloggers Series on aea365
January 13-18: Extension Education Week on aea365
January 15 & 22: eStudy - Creating Dashboards Using MS Word & Excel
January 16-23: Thought Leader - Leslie Cooksy
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Applications of Correlation and Regresstion

eStudy January 9, 16, 23 & 30

with Dale Berger

Registration closes 1/3


Creating Dashboards Using MS Word and Excel

eStudy January 15 & 22

with Agata Jose-Ivanina & Ann Emery

Registration closes 1/8


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Daily: aea365 Tip-a-Day for Evaluators

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aea365 provides 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 right in your in-box! 

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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 longest running public 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 7000 subscribers.  

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December 2-7: Cultural Competence Statement Working Group II Week on aea365
Join our colleagues to find out the latest on AEA's Cultural Competence Statement and how it's being put to practice in the field. Six days of hot tips, rad resources and lessons learned.

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December 6: Meaningful & Accessible: Presenting Results in Ways that are Useful to Clients - Laura Bloomberg     

Coffee Break Webinar - Thursday, December 6, 2:00-2:20 PM Eastern

They make tedious and tiresome reading." In this Coffee Break, join Laura Bloomberg as she explores a few key guidelines and strategies to ensure that your evaluation reporting medium fits the message and the message draws the attention of the intended audiences.


December 9-14: Community Psychology Week on aea365
Join our colleagues in the Community Psychology TIG to find out the latest in the field. Made up of evaluators, practitioners, academics, applied researchers, social scientists, community and political activists, and more. Six days of hot tips, rad resources and lessons learned.

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December 13: Outstanding Evaluation Award Winner (2011) - Coplen, Zuschtag, Ranney & Harnar     

Coffee Break Webinar - Thursday, December 13, 2:00-2:20 PM Eastern

This Coffee Break will feature the 2011 Outstanding Evaluation, Promising Evidence of Impact on Road Safety by Changing At-risk Behavior Process at Union Pacific. The webinar will consist of the winning team giving a brief overview of the evaluation, its broad scale impacts, and the role of evaluation in driving those impacts. Find out what made this evaluation so successful and what pieces of it might be applicable to your own evaluation projects. Attendees are encouraged to review the evaluation report beforehand and come with questions.


January 9, 16, 23 & 30: Applications of Correlation and Regression: Mediation, Moderation, and More - Dale Berger            

eStudy webinar - Wednesdays 1:30 PM - 3:00 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.

Dale Berger of Claremont Graduate University is a lauded teacher of workshops and classes in statistical methods. Recipient of the outstanding teaching award from the Western Psychological Association, he is also the author of "Using Regression Analysis" in The Handbook of Practical Program Evaluation. His statistics website is available at 
Last day to register is Thursday January 3
January 6-11: 2013 Bloggers Series on aea365
During the winter of 2012, we highlighted over 20 evaluation blogs and bloggers from around the world. Each post gave an overview of the blog's content, examples to help you decide if it was a good match for your reading needs, and tips on blogging from the contributors. Since then, a number of new evaluation blogs have come to the fore, some of them inspired by their colleague's stories. We'll be highlighting new voices and visions for 2013.

Do you have an evaluation-focused blog that has not yet been featured on aea365? Would you like to be featured during a week later this winter? Send an email to noting your interest and the name of your blog.

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January 13-18: Extension Education Week on aea365
All this week we'll be learning from members in the Extension Education TIG. They have hot tips, cool tricks, rad resources, and lessons learned not only for their extension colleagues, but also applicable more broadly to evaluators working in any context.

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January 15 & 22: Creating and Automating Dashboards Using MS Word and Excel - Agata Jose-Ivanina & Ann Emery             

eStudy webinar - Tuesdays 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM ET

Data dashboards put stakeholders in the driver's seat by providing instant, understandable evaluation results. In this demonstration, we will present a process that allows us to create automated dashboards that are valuable for programs and save time for evaluators. We will focus our demonstration on considerations that go into designing a dashboard and on using MS Word and Excel -- tools that most users already have to create and automate their visual displays. This eStudy will occur in two 90-minute sessions and will include preparation materials sent before, between, and after the sessions. The presentation, geared at those with an intermediate Excel skill level, will cover the following steps in the process of creating dashboards:

In Session 1, we will focus on designing an easy-to-read template to display findings that program staff need. We will then create a template in Word. We will also talk about the basics of organizing the data to facilitate the creation of multiple dashboards efficiently.

In Session 2, we will spend more time on organizing the data and present the attendees with some Excel tricks that will help them speed the process of putting together data and charts for the dashboards. Most of the session will be devoted to running the code that we will provide. We will also show attendees how to use the building blocks to build their own code.


After attending the session, participants will know the principles of creating effective dashboards and automating the dashboard process with tools (MS Word and Excel) that are readily available to them.

Agata Jose-Ivanina, with her background in Computer Science, and Ann Emery, coming from internal evaluation, are a dynamic team. Together, they implemented and refined the automated report process taught here with the Maryland State Department of Education. Agata extended the same processes with further state Departments of Education, including Texas and Rhode Island. 
Last day to register is Tuesday January 8

January 16-23: AEA Thought Leaders Forum with Leslie Cooksy

Thought Leaders Forum - Weeklong asynchronous online discussion

Free for all AEA members
The Thought Leaders 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 Leslie Cooksy in January.

Dr. Leslie Cooksy has been a professional evaluator for more than 25 years, and is an established leader in the evaluation field, having served as 2010 President of AEA, as Associate Editor of the American Journal of Evaluation and as editor of AJE's Ethical Challenges section. She has been a member of advisory boards and panels for numerous organizations - including the National Science Foundation, the World Bank, and the United Way of Delaware - and her publications on such topics as evaluation quality, logic models, performance measurement and evaluation policy have appeared in Evaluation and Program Planning, New Directions for Evaluation, Public Administration Review. She earned a doctoral degree in program evaluation and public policy from Cornell University, then worked at and was awarded the U.S. Government Accountability Office's Meritorious Service Award for supporting the use of high quality evaluation methods and facilitating the use of evaluation results. She directed the Center for Community Research and Service at the University of Delaware and, in July 2012, joined the Sierra Health Foundation as its Evaluation Director.  


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