Sept. 2015
Vol 18, Issue 9
Message from the President 
Click on the video below to hear from AEA President Stewart Donaldson: 

AEA September 2015 President's Message
AEA September 2015 President's Message

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Policy Watch
You're Invited
New Job Postings
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Diversity - Reflections from the Australasian International Evaluation Conference 
Sarah Mason, Ph.D. student in the Evaluation and Applied Research Methods program at Claremont Graduate University, describes her experience representing AEA on a panel of emerging evaluators at the Australasian International Evaluation Conference in Melbourne. 

Arriving at the Australasian International Evaluation Conference in Melbourne, I felt a bit like an imposter.

"Oh, you're from the American Evaluation Association!" one conference goer exclaimed on the first day, looking at the label on my badge.

"Yeah, um, sort of" I replied - less eloquently than I would have hoped - the sound of my slowly dwindling Australian accent echoing through.

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Potent Presentations Initiative - Putting It All Together 
From Sheila B. Robinson, Potent Presentations Initiative Coordinator 

Happy fall! Fall is a favorite time of year for many people. Perhaps it's the start of a new school year, the vibrant colors of changing foliage, the anticipation of a holiday season, or simply looking forward to the return of cooler temperatures. (Okay, maybe not so much that last one.) For many of us, fall brings a flurry of activity as we painstakingly prepare our presentations for Evaluation 2015. Excitement builds as we wonder who our audiences will be and how our work will be received. 

Policy Watch - AEA Encourages U.N. to Plan for Evaluation of New Sustainable Development Goals  
From Cheryl Oros, Consultant to the Evaluation Policy Task Force (EPTF)

Oros AEA recently sent a letter to the United States Ambassador to the United Nations (U.N.) with comments on the newly approved U.N. Agenda 2030: Transforming the World Follow Up and Review (that is, monitoring and evaluation) processes. We applauded the Agenda 2030 for its expressed principle that "follow up and review will be rigorous and based on evidence informed by country-led evaluations and data which is high quality, accessible, timely, and reliable." At the same time, we noted that more was needed to plan for useful evaluations. We proposed the following complementary steps.

You're Invited: Poster Exhibit & Meet the Authors Reception 
Join us for AEA's annual Poster Exhibition and Meet the Authors Event during the opening reception of Evaluation 2015 on Wednesday, November 11, 2015 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. in Grand Ballroom at the Hyatt Regency Chicago.

On display will be more than 300 posters for your viewing pleasure. The top picks will win free tickets to Friday's Awards Luncheon! You will also have an opportunity to meet and greet some of the top evaluation authors in the field. Authors will have copies of their publications and will offer an evening of discussion and enlightenment.  

Come and enjoy the posters, relax, and socialize. You never know who you might meet and what you might learn in an evening of low-key fun and camaraderie. 
You're Invited: Silent Auction Friday Night to Benefit International Presenters 
One of the highlights of every AEA conference is Friday night's silent auction, which is coordinated by AEA's International and Cross-Cultural Evaluation Topical Interest Group. The proceeds benefit AEA's International Travel Awards and are used to offset travel expenses for presenters who reside in developing countries or countries in transition and to encourage their participation internationally.
What are some of the highlights of the night? The evening is well-known for serving host to a vast array of handcrafted clothing, jewelry, and accessories from across the globe. In addition to the delectable regional delights, including coffees, chocolates, and other treats, the event offers an opportunity to bid and win one-on-one time with several well-known evaluators.
Fancy a good read? You can bid on a range of books signed by your favorite "evaluation gurus." Come prepared to either bid for yourself, or on behalf of the organization you work for, so that your colleagues may also benefit from the collection of books on showcase. All the goodies from around the world make unique and one-of-a-kind gifts for your friends and family! 
Feeling inspired? Drop by on Friday, November 13, 2015 from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. before you head out for the night. The silent auction is a great opportunity to socialize, network, and wind down from Evaluation 2015 with your colleagues while supporting a great cause.
If you would like to donate something, please feel free to bring it along and drop it at the AEA conference registration desk. If you have any queries, please email Hubert Paulmer, silent auction coordinator, at
You're Invited: AEA Awards Luncheon Honors Seven 
AEA offers awards in eight distinct areas. In any given year there may be no winner or multiple winners for a particular award. Each proposal is judged on its individual merit. 

Below are the winners of AEA's 2015 awards:  
Kathleen Bolland (posthumous)Assistant Dean, School of Social Work, University of Alabama
2015 AEA Robert Ingle Service Award

Stephanie Evergreen, Principal, Evergreen Data & Evergreen Evaluation
2015 AEA Marcia Guttentag Promising New Evaluator Award
Stafford Hood, Sheila M. Miller Professor of Education, Professor, Curriculum & Instruction and Educational Psychology, Founding Director, Center for Culturally Responsive Evaluation and Assessment, College of Education, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
2015 AEA Paul F. Lazarsfeld Evaluation Theory Award
George Julnes, Professor of Public and International Affairs, University of Baltimore
2015 AEA Paul F. Lazarsfeld Evaluation Theory Award
Nancy MacPherson, Managing Director, Evaluation, The Rockefeller Foundation
2015 AEA Enhancing the Public Good Award
Young Mi Kim, Senior Research and Evaluation Associate, Jhpiego
2015 AEA Alva and Gunnar Myrdal Evaluation Practice Award
William Shadish, Distinguished Professor, University of California, Merced
2015 AEA Research on Evaluation Award
Join us for the presentation of this year's AEA awards, scheduled for Friday, November 13, from 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. CT in Grand Ballroom of the Hyatt Regency Chicago. This forum provides a relaxing venue in which to socialize, network, and to hear from the best of the best in our field. This is a ticketed event. You can purchase tickets ($45) online or at registration. Click here to register and buy your ticket today. See you there.
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: 
  • Monitoring and Evaluation Consultant at World Pulse (Portland, Oregon)
  • Evaluation Director at School Readiness Consulting (Silver Spring, Maryland, or Washington, D.C.)
  • Internet Policy Expert at Internews Network (Washington, D.C.)
  • Senior Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Advisor at EnCompass LLC (Rockville, Maryland)
  • Research Associate, SOLES at University of San Diego (San Diego, California)
  • Program Evaluator at Harlem United (New York, NY)
  • Senior Research Associate at Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services (Inglewood, California)
  • Monitoring & Evaluation Director at Nuru International (Irvine, California)
  • Research & Evaluation Analyst at The Children's Trust (Miami, Florida)
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