Nov. 2015
Vol 18, Issue 11
Message from the President 
Click on the video below to watch a message from 2015 AEA President Stewart Donaldson: 

AEA November 2015 President's Message
AEA November 2015 President's Message

In This Issue
International Policy Update
Request for Letters of Interest
Meet Kathryn Newcomer: Incoming President-Elect
Announcing the 2015 AEA Robert Ingle Service Award Winner
New Job Postings
Get Involved
About Us
Quick Links
Potent Presentations Initiative - Looking Forward to 2016 and a p2i Renewal
From Sheila B. Robinson, Potent Presentations Initiative Coordinator 

With the close of Evaluation 2015 on November 14 and the mass exodus of evaluators from Chicagoland, many conference-goers began to reflect on sessions they attended. On planes, trains, and automobiles, we reviewed notes and handouts and began to consider what we learned and what we hope to soon implement in our own evaluation practice.
And so I begin to wonder: What resonated most with session attendees? 

International Policy Update - Eyewitness Reports from Important Meetings in Bangkok 
From Mike Hendricks, AEA Representative to the International Organization for Cooperation in Evaluation (IOCE), with contributions from Jim Rugh, EvalPartners Co-Coordinator

During the last week of October, Bangkok was the site of three important evaluation meetings. Fortunately for us, we have an eyewitness report from each meeting. Thank you to these three experts for generously sharing what they saw and heard.

Request for Letters of Interest: AEA Graduate Education Diversity Internship Program 
Key Deadlines
Program Chair and Host Institution: 2016-2018
Deadline: January 15, 2016

Are you committed to fostering the growth of the next generation of evaluators? Are you a faculty member or practitioner committed to the involvement of members of traditionally underrepresented groups in the field of evaluation? Are you looking for an opportunity to take an important volunteer position within AEA?

The American Evaluation Association is seeking a program chair, or program co-chairs, to serve for two years (academic years 2016-17 and 2017-18) as the program chair for the AEA Graduate Education Diversity Internship (GEDI) program. This program brings together a cohort of 10-12 outstanding graduate students from around the country for a 10-month internship consisting of workshops, training, networking, and mentoring opportunities.

Meet Kathryn Newcomer: Incoming President-Elect 
Kathryn Newcomer is the director of the Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration at The George Washington University, where she teaches graduate-level courses on public and nonprofit program evaluation and research design. She is a fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration and serves on the comptroller general's Educators' Advisory Panel. She served as an elected member of the AEA Board of Directors from 2012 to 2015 and will begin service as AEA president on January 1, 2017. She routinely conducts research and training for federal and local government agencies and nonprofit organizations on performance measurement and program evaluation, and has designed and conducted evaluations for many U.S. federal agencies and dozens of nonprofit organizations.

Dr. Newcomer has published five books, including "Handbook of Practical Program Evaluation" (fourth edition, 2015) and "Transformational Leadership: Leading Change in Public and Nonprofit Agencies" (June 2008), a volume of New Directions for Public Program Evaluation, and more than 60 articles in journals including the Public Administration Review and the American Journal of Evaluation. She served as president of the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration (NASPAA) from 2006 to 2007. She has received two Fulbright awards, one for Taiwan (1993) and one for Egypt (2001-04). Dr. Newcomer also received the Elmer Staats Award for Achievements in Government Accountability, awarded by the National Capital Area Chapter of the American Society for Public Administration (2008). She has lectured on performance measurement and public program evaluation in Ukraine, Brazil, Italy, Israel, the United Arab Emirates, Poland, Costa Rica, Egypt, Taiwan, Colombia, Nicaragua, and the United Kingdom.

Dr. Newcomer earned a Bachelor of Science in secondary education and a Master of Arts in political science from The University of Kansas, and a Ph.D. in political science from The University of Iowa.

In her ballot statement, Dr. Newcomer stated:

"It would be a privilege to lead our membership in strengthening AEA and the evaluation practice globally. My vision is for AEA to achieve our end goal of creating 'broad growth in the visibility and perceived value of evaluation.' By drawing upon my skills and connections within the United States federal government and the nonprofit sector, and my international experience, I am confident that I could provide leadership to promote the use of evaluation to inform learning and improvement of public programs and policies."

We welcome Kathryn Newcomer and thank all who participated in this year's election process.
Announcing the 2015 AEA Robert Ingle Service Award Winner
The American Evaluation Association honored seven individuals at its 2015 Awards Luncheon in Chicago, Illinois. Honored this year were recipients in six categories who are involved with cutting-edge evaluation/research initiatives that have impacted citizens around the world. We will spotlight each award winner in upcoming issues. In this issue, we extend our congratulations to Kathleen Bolland.

Kathleen Bolland, Assistant Dean, School of Social Work, The University of Alabama
2015 AEA Robert Ingle Service Award (awarded posthumously)

Kathleen Bolland's contributions to AEA over the past 20 years epitomize the concept of service. Bob Ingle himself would have written a letter of support for her to receive the award created in his honor. Dr. Bolland held visible positions of service to AEA, including board treasurer and moderator of the AEA listserv, EVALTALK, and served in countless quiet ways on advisory boards and in TIGs. She was a person whom AEA leadership could call on to help out whenever a task needed to be done thoroughly and on time, and she contributed to the smoothness of more than one transition time for the organization. A team player, Dr. Bolland offered reasoned and actionable ideas that have shaped AEA. She began and served as "owner" of the association's listserv, EVALTALK, and shepherded the list until her death on February 23, 2015. Dr. Bolland helped create an environment that was civil and welcoming for AEA members and nonmembers alike and oversaw its success. As she herself put it in an AEA365 blog, "In 1995, during the first week of operation, 25 people subscribed; now there are over 3,000 subscribers." Dr. Bolland had a long career as a researcher and faculty member at The University of Alabama, where she taught in the School of Social Work.

"Kathy was the face of AEA for many years before we had professional staff. It's likely that more people had interactions with Kathy through EVALTALK, especially in the early years of AEA, than with anyone else," said Sharon Rallis. "That she was always welcoming, engaging, supportive, ethical, and responsive contributed to both AEA's growth in membership and the quality of discourse that has become the hallmark of AEA. Kathy pioneered and nurtured AEA's organizational culture of responsiveness and quality."
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: 
  • Gerontology Research Fellow at UMass Amherst (Amherst, Massachusetts)
  • Research Associate at Office of Program Evaluation, University of South Carolina (Columbia, South Carolina)
  • Senior Quantitative Research Associate at Social Policy Research Associates (Oakland, California)
  • Public Financial Management Expert at Social Impact (Various locations)
  • Monitoring and Evaluation Officer at IREX (Washington, D.C.)
  • Visiting Research Specialist at University of Illinois-Springfield (Springfield, Illinois)
  • Director of Evaluation at Mount Sinai Adolescent Health Center (New York, NY)
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