Newsletter: August 2013

Vol 13, Issue 8

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Developing the Future of AEA Leaders

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Dear colleagues,

 

It's August and the heat is upon us! I spent a few days last week in Washington, D.C., my first trip to AEA's new offices strategically located on 20th and M Street. Having the luxury of living in relatively cool Colorado, I was depleted by the heat and humidity in Washington, but I do love that city. More importantly, I was there for the annual August meeting of AEA's three-member presidential rotation group: the past president, current president, and president elect. The meeting is intended to orient the president-elect to the tasks and responsibilities for the coming year, to combine our collective expertise to consider the future, and to preserve our traditions and learning. This year, the participants included Past President Rodney Hopson, President-Elect Beverly Parsons, our new Executive Director Denise Roosendaal, and me. 

 

One of the issues we discussed was the development of future AEA leaders. We now have close to 8,000 members. A recent survey showed that members are, by and large, very satisfied with their level of involvement in AEA. However, some younger members are interested in increased involvement, and we need to develop our future leaders. We have a responsibility to the future of the association and to evaluation to develop leaders, but doing so is more complicated than it was when we were smaller. 

 

One of the liveliest, most exciting ways to get involved in AEA is through our Topical Interest Groups (TIGs) and our local affiliates, and I encourage you to attend TIG meetings at the annual conference, get to know others, and volunteer. If you are lucky enough to live in a city or region with a local affiliate, reach out to participate in it. I started my participation in AEA by volunteering to be the TIG program chair for the Teaching in Evaluation TIG. 

  

But, we need more. One of the strategies we talked about exploring was a leadership academy. The idea would be to have a small number (15? 20?) of members who are interested in leadership development participate in an academy in which they would come together to develop their knowledge of leadership theory and its practical applications, learn more about AEA, and form a strong networking group of future leaders. We agreed that I would seek your input on this idea through my monthly column. Have you been involved in other leadership academies? What are your thoughts on their strengths? Problems? Are you interested in gaining leadership skills through AEA and/or in becoming a future leader of AEA? What do you need to help you achieve your goals? What other strategies might work for you? 

 

I received responses to last month's column asking for your thoughts on AEA's goals for the future. Very helpful! I responded to many of you and passed along each of your thoughts and ideas to board members and our executive director. Thank you! Member engagement is a strong value in AEA. Our President-Elect Beverly Parsons and Denise Roosendaal, our new executive director, are eager to support the development of AEA leaders. The board will be using its January 2014 meeting for strategic planning. So, let us know your thoughts. We welcome your input!

 

Sincerely,

Jody

Jody Fitzpatrick

AEA 2013 President  

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AEA's Values - Walking the Talk with Melvin Hall

Are you familiar with AEA's values statement? What do these values mean to you in your service to AEA and in your own professional work? Each month, we'll be asking a member of the AEA community to contribute her or his own reflections on the association's values.  

 

AEA's Values Statement

The American Evaluation Association values excellence in evaluation practice, utilization of evaluation findings, and inclusion and diversity in the evaluation community.

 

             i.  We value high quality, ethically defensible, culturally responsive evaluation practices that lead to effective and humane organizations and ultimately to the enhancement of the public good.

             ii. We value high quality, ethically defensible, culturally responsive evaluation practices that contribute to decision-making processes, program improvement, and policy formulation.

            iii. We value a global and international evaluation community and understanding of evaluation practices.

            iv. We value the continual development of evaluation professionals and the development of evaluators from under-represented groups.

             v. We value inclusiveness and diversity, welcoming members at any point in their career, from any context, and representing a range of thought and approaches.

            vi. We value efficient, effective, responsive, transparent, and socially responsible association operations.

 

 


 

Greetings to all,

 

I am Melvin Hall, a new board member of AEA and, in my day job, a professor of educational psychology at Northern Arizona University. The artistic photo presentation to the left was done many years ago to represent how the pieces of my being come together to create the "me" others see. My reflection on the values and vision of AEA can be likened to the way these separate Polaroid images come to reflect how others might view me ... or my work. 

 

Values and vision guide the stance taken toward professional practice and, in their absence, the pieces of our work can add up to anything convenient at the time. Like piles of disparate components, the work of an evaluator on any single project or across their entire career could be just another pile of reports with no discernible connection or sustained contribution to human kind. With the guidance of professional values and an aspirational vision, this pile of stuff will begin to take shape and form a coherent image, consistent with our intent. When the current calls for proposals and desires of sponsors control our professional practice, over time, the body of work produced will equal no more than a pile of fragments. 

 

I want to be able to use the AEA Values and Vision Statement as a way to reflect upon the stance I have taken toward my work and hence the image I can see developing as I reflect upon my work in the field. When the statement does not adequately inform or shape the expectations to which I want to aspire, I feel a responsibility to work toward its reform. In recent years, the vision and values statement of AEA has benefited greatly from the advocacy and engagement of many whose stance toward program evaluation engages issues of diversity, high ethical standards, and responsiveness to cultural context. I have been pleased to be a small part of this effort. For me, then, the AEA Values Statement has to be a point of reference for my statement of aspirations and your statement of aspirations; it has to prompt us to work in a way that will result in a body of work and influence that serves society well. In the early 1980s, Lee Cronbach and Associates noted "Program evaluation is a process by which society learns about itself." I assert that it is important to guide our practice by values and a vision that can lead to an integrated picture of what is, if we are to encourage pursuit of what could be. 

Policy Watch - Hot Events at Annual Conference

From Cheryl Oros, Consultant to the Evaluation Policy Task Force

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The 2013 AEA Annual Conference is just around the corner, and I am extending a broad invitation to join us at several special exciting events planned to help you learn more about evaluation policy and to meet people influential in the policy arena.

 

Evaluators Visit Capitol Hill: The local AEA affiliate, Washington Evaluators, has been working with AEA's Evaluation Policy Task Force to arrange for AEA members to meet congressional staff to explain and promote effective evaluation policies. Click here to learn more and join up. We strongly encourage you to participate in this effort. You will enjoy touring the Capitol and meeting with congressional staff. The network you help build for AEA will be invaluable in facilitating evaluation advocacy.

 

Elevating Evaluation in the United States Federal Government, Session 610, Friday, Oct. 18, 2:40-4:10 p.m., International Ballroom East Section. At this reception for U.S. federal evaluation staff, come meet OMB policy makers, other federal evaluation leaders, AEA President Jody Fitzpatrick, and incoming President Beverly Parsons. This will be a great opportunity to hear directly from government evaluation leaders and to mingle with them and evaluation colleagues.  

 

Evaluation Policy Task Force Update, Session 192, Thursday, Oct. 17, 11-11:45 a.m., International Ballroom West Section. George Grob, EPTF chair, incoming AEA President Beverly Parsons, and I will provide an overview of the EPTF and an update on its activities and invite AEA member input on future plans. This will be an opportunity (especially for new AEA members) to meet fellow AEA members interested in evaluation policy, offer suggestions, and volunteer to help out.    

 

Introduction to Evaluation and Policy, Session 513, Friday, Oct. 18, 11-11:45 a.m., Monroe Room. George Grob, EPTF chair, will provide a tutorial on how evaluators can get policy makers to pay attention to their evaluation reports.

 

Evaluation Practice in Different National Contexts, Session 923, Saturday, Oct. 19, 1-2:30 p.m., International Ballroom East Section. EPTF is working with EvalPartners and the international network of professional evaluation societies in planning the International Year of Evaluation in 2015 to enhance evaluation practice and use. Panelists will discuss the differing histories of evaluation in their countries, the nature of their evaluation practice, and how political context and views affect evaluation.  

 

I am interested in meeting with evaluators during the conference who would like to learn more about and help out with EPTF evaluation policy efforts. Just send me a note at [email protected] and we can arrange an opportunity to chat. I'm looking forward to seeing you at the conference. Add us to your calendar now! 

Face of AEA - Meet Mariana Enriquez

AEA's more than 7,800 members worldwide represent a range of backgrounds, specialties, and interest areas. Join us as we profile a different member each month via a short question-and-answer exchange. This month's profile spotlights Mariana Enriquez.

 

Name: Mariana Enriquez

Affiliation: Program Evaluation Consultant

Degrees: B.S., Cognitive Developmental Psychology (National Autonomous University of Mexico, Mexico City, Mexico), M.A., and Ph.D., Curriculum Leadership (University of Denver, Denver, Colorado)

Years in the Evaluation Field: Approximately 17

Joined AEA: 2001

  

Why do you belong to AEA?

As a practicing evaluator, AEA is a professional organization where I feel at home, where people speak my professional language, and where I always learn a great deal about the discipline. AEA's excellent publications and professional development offerings help me keep up with my profession. The great majority of "gurus" in the field are very approachable, and I know that at every AEA conference I attend I will learn much more than I can imagine. Throughout the years, I have developed great friendships with amazing colleagues. Some years ago I even had the great fortune of co-presenting a paper with Sharon Rallis, a former AEA president! AEA is a diverse and very welcoming organization that really cares about improving the profession by supporting its members.

 

Why do you choose to work in the field of evaluation?

Back in the mid-'90s I was the director of a statewide program that offered parenting trainings to Latino parents. The program was offered through a training of trainers' model, and I used to hear all types of good feedback from family trainers and parents, but we really wanted to know if the program was having an impact on the families of those who participated in the trainings, so I started to collect data to answer the impact question. That was one of my first encounters with evaluation.  

 

After that experience, while looking for a dissertation topic, I found that the local school district had an initiative, Family Resource Schools, and no one really knew what kind of impact it was having on its participants, primarily Latino and African American families. Once more, there were participants' anecdotes of how wonderful the initiative was; however, the school district was not happy with the way things were going in the initiative, so I decided to tackle that as my dissertation topic. After those two important experiences, I got hooked. I wanted to work on evaluation and help programs figure out if they were working as expected, how to improve them, and what their impact was. The rest, as it goes, is history. 

 

What's the most memorable or meaningful evaluation that you have been a part of?

The most memorable and meaningful was definitely the evaluation of the soap opera "Encrucijada, Sin Salud No Hay Nada," First Series ("Crossroads, There Is Nothing Without Health") in 2009. I was the lead evaluator of this program, which was designed to increase the enrollment of Spanish-speaking Latinos in the public health care insurance program (Medicaid and CHP+), as well as to increase healthy living behaviors and improve chronic disease management. The soap opera was a brilliant idea, but it presented a multitude of evaluation challenges. Some of the challenges included not knowing who would actually receive "the intervention," adapting to continuous changes in programming and broadcast, and dealing with a phone-survey company that was clueless about how to access, in a culturally competent way, the Spanish-speaking Latino community. The evaluation results showed a tremendous, positive impact on the community and served to secure additional funding for a second series of "Encrucijada." This evaluation was, for me, a great learning experience that showed me, once more, how important is not only to have the technical skills to conduct the evaluation, but also how critical is to be culturally competent in order to understand the intervention, involve the stakeholders, and to access the target community.  

 

What advice would you give to those new to the field?

Become a member of AEA, attend the conference, network with colleagues, don't be shy, and get close to those who are advancing the field. Read AJE, NDE, JMDE, and other publications as much as possible, take advantage of the professional development opportunities offered by AEA and others (i.e., Claremont and TEI), become involved, and, overall, read, understand, and practice the AEA Guiding Principles for Evaluators.

eLearning Update - Discover Upcoming Coffee Break Demonstrations

From Alexa Schlosser, AEA Headquarters 

 

Our Coffee Break Webinars are short, 20-minute presentations of tools or tips we think evaluators will find helpful in their work lives. As August's webinars come to a close, let's take a look at what's in the pipeline for September:

 

CBD157: Lean Thinking for Program Evaluation - Joyce Miller & Tania Bogatova

Thursday, Sept. 12, 2013

2-2:20 p.m. ET 

 

Lean Thinking is an approach for assessing organizational behavior and problem solving that complements and supports the focus on organizational learning and continuous quality improvement. Quality improvement is at the heart of program evaluation, yet this approach, tools, and techniques are not known or widely used in the field of evaluation. This webinar will introduce some fundamental lean concepts and highlight a systematic and visual way to identify and implement process improvement initiatives.

 

CBD158: How to Combine Participatory Video and Most Significant Change - InsightShare - Soledad Muniz

Thursday, Sept. 19, 2013

2-2:20 p.m. ET 

 

InsightShare pioneered the use of Participatory Video for Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E). Participatory Video encourages iterative learning and explores qualitative data often missed through traditional M&E methods. In this webinar, Soledad will share the details of how InsightShare combines Participatory Video with the Most Significant Change Technique.

 

CBD159: Building Predictive Models in R - Ray DiGiacomo, Jr.

Thursday, Sept. 26, 2013

2-2:20 p.m. ET 

 

This webinar will demonstrate methods to build predictive models inside the open-source R statistical software environment such as data import, sub-setting, cleansing, modeling, and plotting.

 

You can pre-register for any of these webinars by clicking the links above! 

Diversity - Creating the Grand Tradition of Diversity at AEA: AEA's Statement on Cultural Competence

From Zachary Grays, AEA Headquarters

 

Beyond all the credentials and accomplishments, AEA represents a membership base of professionals who are truly passionate about their work in the evaluation field. Undoubtedly, one of the recurring themes among these extraordinary individuals is creating and fostering diversity in the field of evaluation. With nearly 8,000 members from a variety of disciplines, it has become quite clear that fostering an environment of cultural inclusiveness is one of the many cornerstones of the AEA community. 

 

In my short time with AEA, I have had the pleasure of working in one way or another on many of our diversity initiatives. (Our newest GEDI participants are off to their first cohort in Claremont this month). At the very core of each and every one of those programs is the importance of cultural competency and inclusiveness in the vast field of evaluation. AEA's statement on Cultural Competence in Evaluation has been a labor of love and is the pride and joy of a group of dedicated AEA members and advisers who have worked diligently to move forward the understanding of cultural competency in evaluation. 

 

With no shortage of "who's who" in evaluation, the task force behind the cultural competence statement created the statement throughout a six-year period from 2005 to 2011 to address the complexity of needs and expectations concerning evaluators working across cultures and diverse communities. At its core, the statement on Cultural Competence in Evaluation addresses the significance of cultural competency in evaluation, the challenges and benefits that it creates for evaluators, and the fostering of inclusiveness and fairness in evaluation study and work. 

 

AEA's initial engagement with the proposal to create a cultural competence statement reflected little more than an openness to consider its role in quality evaluation practice. By the final ratification of the membership, the statement moved from the periphery to the natural center of association discussions. As the 2013 annual meeting approaches, the very countenance of the profession and association has moved toward embracing the value of cultural competence in all facets of the evaluation enterprise. This confirms the statement as an organic expression of the aspirations AEA holds for the field; more than a negotiated position, the statement has become a marker of what the association expects from the communities of professional practice it represents. It is this movement and the attention and engagement of the field that marks the true impact of the ideas expressed, and it is this momentum that will be felt whenever and where ever the membership gathers.    

 

"Over the past two years, the AEA statement on Cultural Competence in Evaluation has furthered the important work of the original task force that crafted the statement by helping to translate the concepts and essential practices in the statement into practice," said Cindy Crusto, current Task Force chair. "The group's goals are to increase awareness about the statement and the resources associated with it, and to increase use and application of the concepts in the statement, regardless of the type of evaluation, setting in which the evaluation is engaged, or form of evaluation conducted."  

 

As we draw closer to AEA's annual conference, Evaluation 2013: Evaluation Practice in the 21st Century, many of you will get to experience first-hand the role of cultural competency in evaluation from more than 500 presentations, sessions, and roundtables. More than 1,000 people are expected to attend and present from institutions domestically and internationally. With such a massive conference, the expanse of perspectives and research presented will undoubtedly embody AEA's commitment and active participation in creating a grand tradition of diversity in evaluation. 

 

As the cultural competence statement reads: "Evaluators have an ethical obligation to ensure stakeholders in all aspects of the evaluation process fully understand their rights and inherent risks ...Vigilance to securing the well-being of individuals and their communities is essential." It is that responsibility to ethical reporting and inclusiveness that AEA hopes will continue to inspire cultural inclusiveness among professionals, both aspiring and experienced, and research initiatives for years to come.

Potent Presentations - So, How's That Presentation Going?
From Stephanie Evergreen, Potent Presentations Initiative Coordinator  
Potent Presentations

 

Uh, you guys? The conference is right around the corner. Don't sweat, though. Keep on track by downloading the Presentation Preparation Checklist. Here are the checkpoints to accomplish in September:

 

1. Practice! At least once per week, in varied locations, and at least twice in front of other people. Good presenters spend about four times the length of their talk just rehearsing that talk. 

  • Ensure that your presentation highlights key points, your delivery is clear, and you can finish within the time allocated.
  • Do not read from a paper or even from your notes. Practice until you can give the presentation with only a glance or two at notecards to ensure you are on track.
  • Ask your practice audience to give you feedback using the Presentation Assessment Rubric.
  • Meet with co-presenters in person or online to practice together.  
2. Tweak content.
 
3. Develop a one-page handout that includes key material used during your talk (e.g., interactive rating sheets or a complex diagram). Include your name and contact inform
ation. Limit handouts to about obe page and upload extended or related materials to AEA's eLibrary.
  
4. Proofread and spell check. Then do it again. Please. 
 
5. Gather feedback. Send the final presentation and other materials (e.g., notes, slides, resources, papers) to the session chair and all co-presenters to encourage exchange and discussion.
 
Later this month, we will work on honing your delivery. Check out the advice from our Dynamic Dozen top presenters and the one-page handout on delivery glue
 
And, whew! We just finished a three-part webinar series on Message, Design, and Delivery. Did you miss it? View the recording from each session.
Actionable Evaluation Basics: Getting Succinct Answers to the Most Important Questions

  

AEA member Jane Davidson is author of Actionable Evaluation Basics: Getting succinct answers to the most important questions, a new minibook published by Real Evaluation.

 

From the Publisher's Site:

Looking for the antidote to evaluations that get lost in indicators, metrics, observations, and stories? If evaluation feels more like a measurement or opinion-gathering exercise, if you need something clearer and more valuable, use this succinct guide to get clear, well-reasoned, insightful answers to the most important big-picture questions. Stuff clients can really use. 

 

This easy-to-read, informative minibook provides an overview of the six elements essential for actionable evaluation, as covered in Dr. Jane Davidson's popular workshops on Actionable Evaluation:

 

  • a clear purpose for the evaluation
  • the right stakeholder engagement strategy;
  • important, big-picture evaluation questions to guide the whole evaluation;
  • well-reasoned, effective answers to the big-picture questions;
  • succinct, straight-to-the-point reporting that doesn't get lost in the details; and
  • answers and insights that are actionable (even without recommendations).

You'll also find great tips for reporting that is succinct and straight-to-the-point without falling into the trap of oversimplification. 
Also available in Spanish (gracias, Pablo Rodriguez-Bilella!); a French translation is underway (merci, Ghislain Arbour), and the English version will be coming out this year in a print version too. 
 

From the Author:

I've run popular workshops on Actionable Evaluation at AEA and other conferences around the world, and people often ask me for a written reference for the material, but until now I didn't have anything really accessible in print. I also know from my own and others' experiences that we all have many wonderful but long evaluation books on our shelves that never get read. Then I discovered the self-publishing space and realized I could write something short and sweet, get it out there quickly and cheaply, and tap into the new demand for e-books that can be read on Kindles, iPads, PCs, and other devices. I do most of my reading on my Kindle during downtime in airports and on planes, and I suspect others are doing this more and more too. I'm working on another two minibooks in 2013, one on Causal Inference for Qualitative & Mixed Methods and another on Evaluation Rubrics. It's a great way to get some useful stuff out there cheaply, but only if you have the patience for formatting, a good copy editor, and a way to get the word out without a big publisher's distribution channels!

 

About the Editor:

Jane Davidson is known for applying critical thinking and evaluative reasoning to evaluation, policy, strategy, and program design. She is director of Real Evaluation Ltd., which offers e-learning and coaching, as well as evaluation services and support. Jane is author of Evaluation Methodology Basics: The nuts and bolts of sound evaluation (Sage, 2005) and co-blogger with Patricia Rogers at http://GenuineEvaluation.com. She was 2005 recipient of AEA's Marcia Guttentag Award. 

 

Visit the publisher's site.

Registration for Evaluation 2013: Early-Bird Deadline Approaching

Evaluation 2013

Conference: Oct. 16-19, 2013

Professional Development Workshops: Oct. 14-16 & 20, 2013

 

Early Registration Discounts Available Through Sept. 12

 

Registration is now open for Evaluation 2013, to be held at the Washington Hilton in Washington, D.C. At Evaluation 2013, connect with thousands of industry professionals from across the United States and around the world. Join your colleagues for 650 sessions spanning the breadth of the industry. 
 
Program Content

 

The conference program is available to view online. You can search the program and start to build your agenda before you arrive in Washington, D.C., this October. Search by keyword, session type, TIG or sponsoring group, or presenter. Conference sessions take place Oct. 16-19.

 

In addition to educational sessions, more than 55 professional development workshops are offered with in-depth content presented by experts. Workshops take place Oct. 14-16 and 20.

 

Hotel Accommodations

 

All Evaluation 2013 conference activities will take place at the Washington Hilton. Discounted hotel rates are available at the Washington Hilton and other properties based upon availability through Sept. 18, 2013. Please be sure to book your room early!

 

Don't wait! Register and book your hotel today to access the greatest savings. To learn more and register for Evaluation 2013, visit the AEA website

AEA 2013 Board of Directors Election Announcement

The results of the AEA 2013 Board of Directors election are in!

 

AEA President-Elect: 

Stewart Donaldson, Claremont Graduate University  

 

AEA Treasurer:

Susan Tucker, Consultant, Evaluation and Development Associates LLC

 

AEA Board Members-at-Large 2014-2016:  

Melvin Hall, Northern Arizona University 

Robin Miller, Michigan State University

Donna Podems, Stellenbosch University, South Africa  

 

Congratulations to our newest AEA Board of Directors and thank you to those who took the time to vote.

Did You Know? AEA is a Member of COSSA 

The American Evaluation Association is a member of the Consortium of Social Science Associations (COSSA), an advocacy organization that promotes attention to and federal funding for the social and behavioral sciences. It serves as a bridge between the academic research community and the Washington policy-making community. Its members consist of more than 100 professional associations, scientific societies, universities, and research centers and institutes. 

 

In its many activities, COSSA:

  • Represents the needs and interests of social and behavioral scientists;
  • Educates federal officials about social and behavioral science;
  • Informs the science community about relevant federal policies; and
  • Cooperates with other science and education groups in pursuit of common goals.

COSSA works with federal agencies and with the relevant congressional committees and offices to explain the importance of social and behavioral sciences to America's economic and national security.

 

"COSSA has long done important advocacy work in support of federal funding for research, for the appropriate use of evidence in decision making, and for increased diversity in research fields. COSSA also helps inform federal officials about the value of research and evaluation, and it shares valuable information, such as about appropriations, with its member organizations. Membership in COSSA is a way for AEA to join with many other professional and scientific organizations in advocating for evaluation and more broadly for the social and behavioral sciences," said Melvin Mark, co-chair of AEA's Evaluation Policy Task Force. 

 

"AEA's making common cause with COSSA makes us both stronger. The joining of our voices will enhance public support for what we do and increase the odds that policy makers will heed the advice of scientists like us," said George Grob, co-chair of AEA's Evaluation Policy Task Force. "At the same time, we stand to learn a lot from our comrades in related professional disciplines."

AEA Member John Hitchcock Selected to Lead the Center for Evaluation & Education Policy

From a nationwide search, AEA member John Hitchcock — who has been an active member of the AEA, including service as a reviewer for AEA conference proposals — was selected to lead the Center for Evaluation & Education Policy (CEEP). As CEEP's director, he supervises an annual array of 60-80 evaluation projects, representing more than $12 million in external contracts at Indiana University, as well as the center's education policy research activities. The center has a staff of more than 50 researchers, student assistants, and support personnel. He has also been appointed as an associate professor of Instructional Systems Technology within IU's School of Education.

 

CEEP, one of the country's leading nonpartisan program evaluation and education policy centers, promotes and supports rigorous program evaluation and education policy research primarily, but not exclusively, for educational, human services, and nonprofit organizations. Center projects address state, national, and international education questions. CEEP is part of the Indiana University School of Education.  

 

Because of his experience and outstanding credentials, the Regional Education Laboratory Appalachia has also selected Hitchcock to serve as the lab's research director. One of a network of 10 federally sponsored education research labs, REL Appalachia serves the states of Kentucky, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia. The mission of the RELs is to provide support for a more evidence-reliant education system. As the REL's director of research, Hitchcock will help provide direction for the research agenda of the lab and ensure the rigor and quality of studies and final reports. He will also communicate with the Institute of Education Sciences, the research arm of the U.S. Department of Education, to ensure the lab's portfolio of studies is in line with expectations. 

New Member Referrals & Kudos

Last January, AEA began asking as a part of the AEA new member application how each person heard about the association. It's no surprise that the most frequently offered response is from friends or colleagues. You, our wonderful members, are the heart and soul of AEA, and we can't thank you enough for spreading the word.

 

Thank you to those whose actions encouraged others to join AEA in August. The following people were listed explicitly on new member application forms:

 

William Ellery Samuels * Michelle Bryan * Starr Silver

New Jobs & RFPs from AEA's Career Center  
What's new this month in the AEA Online Career Center? The following positions have been added recently: 

Descriptions for each of these positions, and many others, are available in AEA's Online Career Center. Job hunting? The Career Center is an outstanding resource for posting your resume or position, or for finding your next employer, contractor, or employee. You can also sign up to receive notifications of new position postings via email or RSS feed.

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