Newsletter: May 2015 

Vol 15, Issue 5

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Message from the President - Evaluation Shines Around the World 

 

Dear Colleagues,

 

I hope you will have the opportunity to experience at least a few of the many evaluation events taking place in 2015 -- the International Year of Evaluation. EvalPartners has compiled a list of evaluation events scheduled to take place in 2015. Approximately 24 of those events have already occurred, and many of the proceedings can be found on the specific event websites. AEA Local Affiliates and various other groups are also hosting evaluation events that will link to the International Year of Evaluation.

I have been busy attending evaluation events and forging partnerships as well. I'm writing this message from Montreal, Canada, this month, where I am participating in the 36th Canadian Evaluation Society (CES) Conference. The theme this year is
Evaluation for the World We Want. As AEA president, I have been invited to be on the panel "Challenges and Opportunities for Evaluation Around the World -- Views from Association Presidents" with seven other evaluation association presidents. I will also address the delegates at the CES Awards Luncheon and have invited them to Evaluation 2015 in Chicago.  

 

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Diversity - Notes on a GEDI Experience 
From Zachary Grays, AEA Headquarters 

 

Next week will be an exciting time for the Graduate Education Diversity Internship (GEDI) Program as we say goodbye to the graduating 12th cohort and receive applications for the 13th cohort of this distinguished program. The GEDI program has unleashed onto the world some of the most talented future evaluators. While their areas of evaluation interests vary, they share a common bond in the prestige of this rigorous program and their remarkable accomplishments. A. Michelle Corbett, MPH, (GEDI cohort 2012-2013 "Sankofa") recounts her GEDI experience in this month's diversity column.  


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Potent Presentations Initiative - Slide Design Guidelines: What Not to Present  
From Sheila B. Robinson, Potent Presentations Initiative Coordinator 


Happy spring, everyone! Hey, it's May, and time to do a little spring cleaning, so go through your closets and dump all those 1990s styles. They're not coming back anytime soon! The same goes for those outdated 1990s PowerPoint styles.

 

The other day, I attended an important presentation. The content of the presentation was relevant to me, but I found myself distracted by the unnecessary and irrelevant PowerPoint template filled with bullet after bullet of unnecessary text and a dizzying array of 3-D graphs. I walked away slightly disoriented, having not retained a good understanding of the material. This presentation broke all the rules! It was like watching the first segment of a "What Not to Wear" episode.


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International Policy Update - Want to Be Part of an International Evaluation Partnership? 
From Mike Hendricks, AEA Representative to the International Organization for Cooperation in Evaluation (IOCE), with contributions from Jim Rugh, EvalPartners Co-Coordinator
 

If you answered "Yes," or maybe even "Heck, yes!" then you need to know about AEA's International Partnership Program (IPP). This is a fairly new program for AEA, and the idea is to fund temporary, short-term projects between our Local Affiliates or Topical Interest Groups (TIGs) and groups of evaluators in other countries. It's an exciting option, and we hope you and your colleagues take advantage of it. But be aware -- the deadline for the next opportunity is July 31.

 

First, though, let's explain one piece of jargon: In the global arena, organized groups of evaluators are known as VOPEs (pronounced "VOE-peez"), which stands for Voluntary Organizations for Professional Evaluation. AEA is a VOPE, and so are the Canadian Evaluation Society, the Paraguayan Evaluation Network, the Vietnam Network for M&E, etc. Right now there are 124 national VOPEs, nine subnational VOPEs, and 18 regional VOPEs recognized by the International Organization for Cooperation in Evaluation (IOCE). That's 151 VOPEs -- amazing growth from only seven VOPEs just 20 years ago! 

 

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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: 
  • Food Bank Nutrition Education Program Evaluation at Second Harvest Food Bank, Santa Cruz County (Watsonville, California)
  • Full-Time Research Assistant at Center for Policy Research (Denver, Colorado)
  • Senior Research Associate at University of San Diego (La Jolla, California)
  • Research Coordinator at University of Nebraska at Omaha (Omaha, Nebraska)
  • Director of Global Health at International Business and Technical Consultants, Inc. (Vienna, Virginia)
  • Manager of Monitoring and Evaluation at The BOMA Project (Nanyuki, Kenya)
  • Statistician/Psychometrician at Qatar University (Doha, Qatar)
  • Program Evaluator at Duke University (Durham, North Carolina)
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