Jan. 2016
Vol 19, Issue 1
Message from the President - Looking Ahead in 2016 
From John Gargani, 2016 AEA President

A designer, a banker, and an evaluator walk into a bar. The designer begins sketching ideas for an innovative cocktail. She shows them to other patrons, gathers feedback, and makes revisions. She repeats the process several times, then hands a sketch to the bartender. "I'll try this one," she says. "It holds the most promise."

The banker looks at the menu. He enters the price of each cocktail into a spreadsheet. Next to each price, he enters the value he places on drinking the cocktail. After a few calculations, he hails the bartender. "I'll take this one," he says. "It's the best value for my money."

The evaluator orders a beer. 

In This Issue
Meet Thomas Chapel
Award Winner
Call for Proposals
New Job Postings
Get Involved
About Us
Quick Links
Diversity - Meet the New MSI Fellows 
From Zachary Grays, AEA Headquarters

Among the many exciting highlights of Evaluation 2015 was the graduation of the 14th Minority Serving Institution (MSI) fellows. Congratulations to Tiffeny Jimenez, Julia Lechuga, Tamarah Moss, José A. Muñoz, and Elizabeth Williams! AEA commends your tremendous work and contributions to the legacy of the MSI program.

AEA is proud to announce and welcome the newly selected fellows for the 15th MSI fellowship. With an incredibly competitive pool of applicants, it goes without saying that narrowing down the impressive selected five fellows was difficult. 

Potent Presentations Initiative - p2i is Rockin' the Blogosphere!
From Sheila B. Robinson, Potent Presentations Initiative Coordinator 

Happy New Year! In recent newsletters, I've highlighted several of the p2i tools featured on the site. Today, I'd like to remind everyone that there is even more great advice, support, and resources available from AEA for polishing up your potent presentation. AEA365, our daily blog, has a long history of insightful articles on the Potent Presentations Initiative and p2i resources. With one click, you can find all of the posts tagged for Potent Presentations (p2i). Or, simply type "p2i" into the search box on AEA365 and they will appear.

Meet Thomas Chapel: Incoming Board Member-at-Large 
Thomas J. Chapel, M.A., M.B.A., was appointed CDC's first chief evaluation officer in 2011, but has been providing leadership and guidance in evaluation and planning in some capacity since joining CDC in 2001. Tom's job is to build the capacity of CDC programs and partners to do stronger, useful, and practical evaluation, performance measurement, and strategic planning. He and his staff in the Director's Program Performance and Evaluation Office set official guidelines and standards, provide training and customized hands-on technical assistance, recruit and assign fellows and subject matter experts to programs, and a host of other things. Tom is known nationally for his work and his trainings in evaluation and planning and for his leadership with the AEA. He was the 2013 winner of AEA's Myrdal Government Evaluation Award and was elected in 2015 to the AEA Board of Directors.

Before joining CDC, Tom was a vice president in the Atlanta office of Macro International (now ICF International), where he directed hundreds of projects and tasks in evaluation and planning for CDC; other federal agencies; and state, local, and community-based organizations. A New Jersey native, he received his B.A. from Johns Hopkins University and his MBA and Master of Public Policy degrees from the University of Minnesota. 

In his ballot statement, Tom stated: 

" ... I have spent my evaluation career working with public and nonprofit frontline organizations. As such I have a special regard for the challenges in applied evaluation and the need for evaluators and evaluations to be practical and yield feasible recommendations for improvement. Even before becoming chief evaluation officer at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, my personal philosophy was in accord with the CDC's framework, which emphasizes the importance of stakeholder engagement, clarity on the program, and choosing the most useful and feasible evaluation focus. These principles glide off the tongue, but I have seen and lived first-hand the challenges in turning them into reality."

We welcome Thomas Chapel and thank all who participated in the election process.
Announcing the 2015 AEA Marcia Guttentag Promising New Evaluator 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 Stephanie Evergreen.

Stephanie Evergreen, Principal, Evergreen Data & Evergreen Evaluation
2015 AEA Marcia Guttentag Promising New Evaluator Award
Dr. Stephanie Evergreen is a sought-after speaker, designer, and researcher. She is best known for bringing a research-based approach to helping evaluators better communicate their work through more effective graphs, slides, and reports. She holds a Ph.D. from Western Michigan University in interdisciplinary evaluation, which included a dissertation on the extent of graphic design use in written evaluation reporting. Dr. Evergreen has trained evaluators worldwide through keynote presentations and workshops for clients including Verizon, Head Start, American Institutes for Research, Brookings Institute, and the United Nations. Her work has led her to partner with evaluation luminaries like Michael Quinn Patton, Jane Davidson, Patricia Rogers, Michael Scriven, David Fetterman, Gail Barrington, and Rakesh Mohan. She is co-editor and co-author of two issues of "New Directions for Evaluation" on data visualization. She writes a popular blog on data presentation at Her book, "Presenting Data Effectively: Communicating Your Findings for Maximum Impact," was published by Sage in Fall 2013 and was no. 1 in social science research on Amazon in the U.S. and U.K. for several weeks. Her second book will be published in spring 2016.
Evergreen explains, "This award is really for all of us. It is a testament to our collective understanding that presenting data effectively is an integral part of evaluation use."
Call for Proposals: Be a Part of Evaluation 2016 
Call for proposals is now open for Evaluation 2016! Share your evaluation knowledge and expertise at Evaluation 2016 in Atlanta, Georgia, October 22-30. Submit one or two proposals for consideration. Don't miss this opportunity to present your research or best practices to a global audience of over 3,000 colleagues.

Click here to learn more about the proposal process and to submit your proposal. Proposal submissions must be received by March 8, 2016, 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time. 

Please note that all proposals will be reviewed by the committee and considered for Evaluation 2016, please keep in mind that proposals are peer reviewed by representatives in the Topical Interest Groups who select which proposals to be presented at the conference. 
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 Director of Evaluation at Bainum Family Foundation (Bethesda, Maryland)
  • Evaluation Consultant at John Rex Endowment (Raleigh, North Carolina)
  • Management Research Analyst at ASU University Office of Evaluation and Educational Effectiveness (Tempe, Arizona)
  • Evaluation Specialist at AAMC (Washington, D.C.)
  • Senior Research Associate at ASEE (Washington, D.C.)
  • Senior Researcher at OMNI Institute (Denver, Colorado)
  • Communications Officer at Health Poverty Action - Global Health Corps Fellowship (Kigaldi, Rwanda)
  • Health Program Associate at Nyaka AIDS Foundation (Kanungu, Uganda)
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