Newsletter: October 2014 

Vol 14, Issue 10


Message from the President - 

Evaluation 2014: One Step Closer to Visionary Evaluation for a Sustainable, Equitable Future 


Dear AEA Colleagues, 


I'd like to start by extending a big thank you to all of the presenters and attendees of Evaluation 2014! I received many positive and enthusiastic comments from attendees.


Keep an eye on the e-library to download select materials from the conference. Be sure to log in to the library, so you have access to the members-only content. Click on the "Most Recent" tab to see a list of presenters' materials. A big thank you to everyone who presented in the over 700 concurrent sessions and for taking time to post your materials in the e-library.


There were so many special moments and so many people I need to thank for putting together this exceptional conference. 


Continue Reading

In This Issue
Face of AEA
Meet Aimee White
2014 Award Winners
Meet This Year's GEDI Scholars
Keep Your Profile Up-to-Date
Refer a Friend to AEA
Get Involved
About Us
Quick Links
Face of AEA - Meet Kwabena Ansong Denkyi 

Name: Kwabena Ansong Denkyi
Degree: B.A., Economics
Years in Evaluation Field: 2
Joined AEA: 2014
Affiliation: American Evaluation Association 


Why do you belong to AEA? I belong to the AEA because it will give me a platform to share ideas with my fellow evaluators and will also provide me with up-to-date information in the field. It will also assist me with my career development through the educational programs that the association provides, e.g., the coffee break, e-learning, and workshop trainings.


Continue Reading 


AEA's more than 7,800 members worldwide represent a range of backgrounds, specialties, and interest areas. Each month, we profile a different member via a short question-and-answer exchange. If you would like to be featured in a future Face of AEA profile, send an email to
Diversity - Postcards from Evaluation 2014: The AEA Cultural Competence Working Group Asks: What is a Culturally Competent Evaluator? 

From Zachary Grays, AEA Headquarters


Tucked away in a corner at Evaluation 2014 in Denver, Colorado, AEA's very own Cultural Competence Working Group set up the sequel to their storied photo booth media project. In a project aimed at addressing how evaluators increase their capacity to conduct culturally responsive evaluation, the group set out to ask the over 3,000 evaluation professionals in attendance: What is a culturally competent evaluator? and What is culturally competent evaluation?


Continue Reading

Potent Presentations Initiative - Announcing the Poster Contest Winners!
From Stephanie Evergreen, Potent Presentations Initiative Coordinator 

This year our panel of judges circulated the poster session and chose two winners. Read on to see the winning posters and hear from the poster team members. 


Winner #1: Kristina Lara, Diana Harbison, Kendra Kintzi, Wendy Smith, and Charlie Cummings


Meet Aimee White: Incoming Board Member-at-Large
Aimee White is the owner and principal evaluator of Custom Evaluation Services (CES), a private independent community-based evaluation consulting firm specializing in collaborative, participatory, and empowerment evaluation practices. Aimee has been an evaluator for more than 10 years, and the CES staff spans the nation geographically as well as in content focus.
AEA Announces 2014 Award Winners 
The American Evaluation Association honored four individuals at its 2014 Awards Luncheon in Denver, Colorado. Honored this year were recipients in four categories involved with cutting-edge evaluation/research initiatives that have impacted citizens around the world. We'll spotlight each award in upcoming issues. Today, we extend our congratulations to Bianca Montrosse-Moorhead!

Meet This Year's GEDI Scholars

The Graduate Education Diversity Internship (GEDI) recently commenced its 11th cohort with new scholars Natalia Woolley, Iliana Perez, Kevin Lee, Kristin Mendoza, Erica Roberts, Kisha Woods, Danielle Cummings, and Amber Williams joining the program under the direction of program directors Dr. Ashaki Jackson, Dr. John LaVelle, and Dr. Stewart Donaldson. Meet this year's GEDI scholars!

Keep Your Profile Up-to-Date

It's important that your AEA profile is always up-to-date so that you receive the latest in professional development opportunities, AEA sponsored journals, and events. Click here to log in and update your AEA profile!

Refer a Friend to AEA

Is the American Evaluation Association your home evaluation association? Tell a friend! Refer a friend or colleague to the American Evaluation Association. For more information about joining AEA, contact the AEA office via email at or by phone at 202-367-1166.  

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: 
  • Senior Research Associate, Child and Family Development at James Bell Associates (Arlington, Virginia)
  • Sr. Data Analyst/Statistician at Social Impact (Arlington, Virginia)
  • Research Specialist at The Ohio State University (Columbus, Ohio)
  • Senior Manager, Youth Program Evaluation Strategies at YMCA of the USA (Chicago)
  • Senior Manager, Research and Evaluation at ICF International (Rockville, Maryland)
  • Assistant Director of Research at Youth Villages (Memphis, Tennessee)
  • Senior Project Evaluator at University of North Dakota Center for Rural Health (Grand Forks, North Dakota)
  • Director of Research at The Center for Victims of Torture (St. Paul, Minnesota)
  • Pool of Statisticians, Health at UNICEF (New York City)
Get Involved
About Us
AEA is an international professional association of evaluators devoted to the application and exploration of evaluation in all its forms.


The association's mission is to:
  • Improve evaluation practices and methods.
  • Increase evaluation use.
  • Promote evaluation as a profession.
  • Support the contribution of evaluation to the generation of theory and knowledge about effective human action.
phone: 1-202-367-1166 or 1-888-232-2275 (U.S. and Canada only) 
AEA Welcomes Its New Members
Click here to view a list of the new AEA members!
Important Note
To ensure this newsletter reaches you every month, add to your email contacts!