Spencer Foundation Conference Grant Program call for proposals

The Spencer Foundation has released its Conference Grant Program application for proposals to support small research conferences and focused symposia. The deadline to apply is December 1, 2017. Click hereto view more program details.

 

The foundation is specifically interested in funding conferences that focus on the topic of creating and sustaining equitable educational spaces specifically addressing how to support the advancement of learners who face structural and systemic barriers in their pursuit of educational opportunities.

Please contact Research and Sponsored Programs if you have any questions or are considering submitting a proposal to the Spencer Foundation.

 

2018 Youth Champion for Change Applications Available Now

 

The Champions for Change (CFC) program recognizes Native youth leaders, between the ages of 14 and 23 years old, who demonstrate leadership and service within their communities. Each year five Native youth are selected to join the CFC leadership network.  Chosen youth are provided a cost-free leadership and advocacy training in Washington, DC.

To Apply:
All of the following materials must be submitted online by November 10, 2017:

Register today for Diversity Forum 2017

Please register today to join us at the 2017 UW-Madison Diversity Forum, Together: Building Cultural Capacity at Union South. (See schedule at Diversity Forum 2017)

This year we will have a two-day forum. Tuesday, November 7, will be our traditional forum format of an engaging and instructional keynote speaker, Native American Civil Rights Attorney Walter Echo-Hawk. We’ll also have informative diversity updates, insightful breakout sessions and our Campus/Community Town Hall, where we will discuss DACA (Deferred Action for Child Arrivals).

Wednesday, November 8, will be Cultural Competency Workshop Training for Mental Health Specialists, Student Service Professionals and Advisors, and will include an opening keynote by Dr. Sarah Van Orman and a student panel moderated by Simone Collins of University Health Services. This forum will set the stage for six repeated training workshops offered by experienced campus professionals.

Register today for both days:

2017 Diversity Forum Day 1, Together: Building Cultural Capacity: http://go.wisc.edu/i2w2pd

2017 Diversity Forum Day 2, Cultural Competency Workshop Training for Mental Health Specialists, Student Service Professionals and Advisors: http://go.wisc.edu/a9van3

 

See more and download the brochure on our 2017 Diversity Forum Day 2 Cultural Competency Workshop Training for Mental Health Specialists, Student Service Professionals and Advisors.

Girls Who Code Clubs – National Eval Director Position

The national Girls Who Code organization does have a director of Research and Evaluation manager, Ryan Clarke. See
https://girlswhocode.com/our-team/ .

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Bowman Performance Consulting (BPC) is a professional consulting and scientific research and evaluation company. Located in Shawano, WI BPC (www.bpcwi.com) provides services to a national clientele from the public, private, non-profit and tribal sectors. BPC gathers measurable and meaningful data from clients and their stakeholders/customers so that individuals, programs, and organizations can use the data, improve performance, and build capacity from our value-added services in order to function more efficiently and effectively for the short and long-term.

See you at Evaluation 2017!

About Evaluation 2017

2017 marks the American Evaluation Association’s (AEA) 31st Annual Conference. Taking place on November 6-11 in Washington, D.C., Evaluation 2017 brings together evaluators, evaluation scholars, students, and evaluation users from around the world are invited to assemble, share, and learn from the successes of the international discipline and practice of evaluation.

No matter your skill level, Evaluation 2017 will provide the opportunity to be involved in the shared experience through a variety of presentations and learning formats. Click here for a more detailed description of our session formats.

From Learning to Action

During Evaluation 2017, we will explore four ways that our community can learn from evaluation to create better practices and outcomes. Evaluation is dependent on learning from each other and putting theory into action. Each learning opportunity presents unique challenges and together, as a community, I would like to answer the questions that will allow us to move beyond these challenges to find solutions to improve our programs and create greater good for society as a whole.

Learn more: http://www.evaluationconference.org/

Register here: http://www.evaluationconference.org/p/cm/ld/fid=503

October 2017 IPE TIG Newsletter

 

Indigenous Peoples in Evaluation
Topical Interest Group (IPE TIG) Newsletter
October 2017

October’s newsletter includes information on:

  • American Evaluation Association 2017
  • Relevant sessions and workshops
  • Places to visit in D.C
  • IPE TIG 2017 member involvement in exciting projects and endeavors

Please see the following link to view the full newsletter: IPE TIG Newsletter_October 2017

NIH STEP-UP 11th & 12th Grade High School Portal Open

 

National Institutes of Health/National Institute of Diabetes, Digestive, and Kidney Diseases (NIH/NIDDK)

Short-Term Research Experience for Underrepresented Persons (STEP-UP)

2017 American Indian/Alaska Native High School
NIH/NIDDK STEP-UP Cohort
The STEP-UP Program provides hands-on summer research experience for high school and undergraduate students interested in exploring research careers.

Program Highlights

  • 8 to 10 weeks of full-time research experience
  • Students receive a summer research stipend
  • Students are assigned to a STEP-UP Coordinating Center to help coordinate and monitor their summer research experience
  • Students are paired with experienced research mentors
  • Students are encouraged to choose a research institution and/or mentor near their hometown or within commuting distance of their residence. Students are not required to relocate in order to conduct their summer research.
  • Students receive training in the responsible conduct of research
  • All-paid travel expenses to the Annual STEP-UP Research Symposium held in Washington, D.C.
  • Students are given the opportunity to conduct a formal oral and poster presentation

The STEP-UP Program is a federally funded program managed and supported by the Office of Minority Health Research Coordination (OMHRC) in the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney (NIDDK) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The overall goal of STEP-UP is to build and sustain a biomedical, behavioral, clinical and social science research pipeline focused on NIDDK’s core mission areas of diabetes, endocrinology and metabolic diseases; digestive diseases and nutrition; kidney, urologic and hematologic diseases.

Eligibility Requirements

  • U.S. Citizen, non-citizen national, or permanent legal resident of U.S.- affiliated territory
  • High school junior or senior (at the time of application)
  • Must meet one or more of the following criteria:
    • Part of an underrepresented racial or ethnic group (American Indian/Alaska Native).
    • Disadvantage as defined by annual family income
    • First generation in family to attend college
    • Diagnosed with a disability limiting one or more major life activities

Principal Investigator: Dr. Carolee Dodge-Francis
Emailcarolee.dodge-francis@unlv.edu
American Indian Research & Education Center (AIREC)

Apply at: http://stepup.niddk.nih.gov/Register.aspx
(If you are a new participant register as a new user and don’t forget to store your email/username and passcode, you will need later if you are a returning, second year use last years’ information)
Apply October 15, 2017 through February 15, 2018
Apply Now

 

Graphic Facilitation Training for Evaluators!

 

A one-day, hands-on introduction to visual thinking
and graphic facilitation.

The power to clarify thinking, create shared understanding and to make positive change is at your fingertips. All you need is paper and pen.

In this interactive and engaging full-day workshop, Brandy Agerbeck shares her solid gold lessons from over 20 years’ experience as a graphic facilitator creating live, large-scale drawings for her clients. She’ll give you concrete, accessible tips on HOW to reclaim drawing as your best thinking tool and important reasons WHY visuals are vital to helping groups understanding and improve their work.

Learning Objectives:
  • Learn the basic principles of graphic facilitation, practice it, and understand some of the business basics (e.g., hiring a graphic facilitator, consulting as a graphic facilitator)
  • Bring together a diverse group of evaluators, artists, and communication design students for peer mentorship
Why Graphic Facilitation?

In 2016, ¡Milwaukee Evaluation! Inc. identified one of the leaders in graphic facilitation, Brandy Agerbeck, was right next door in Chicago! We’ve been working ever since to bring her to Wisconsin. In partnership with the Milwaukee Art Institute and Design (MIAD), we are excited to bring you this training. 3 out of 4 learners are visual thinkers. Millennials are taking the reigns – leading in all sectors from government to nonprofit. They use visual tools and social media more than their predecessors. To facilitate evaluation use, we need to do things differently – like getting data out there that speaks to visual decision-makers. We also see the void of this skill in the Milwaukee area (and likely the state). This event is the first step in getting more graphic facilitators working in our community providing this service – and it’s starting with the ¡Milwaukee Evaluation! Inc. community.

We also want to make connections to the graphic illustrators and artists so we invited MIAD to join us. At the training there will be lots of opportunity to work with artists, artist communities of practice from around the state, and artists of color. Thank you Dale Schilder, Chair of Graphic Illustration for joining us on this journey!

You can Draw
Can evaluators draw a square box? YES!!!! We asked Brandy if evaluators could really do her training. She said yes, we know the content which makes us the best type of training participant. The drawing part is easy, distilling the content to obtain an accurate record of the meeting is A LOT harder!
Don’t live in Milwaukee? Come anyway!
We are sharing the dates early so that we can have as many non-Milwaukee evaluators and artists participate as possible. Space is limited and we are inviting artists from many communities to join us so book today!
Get Your Name Out There
This training is worth hundreds of dollars. Brandy usually charges over $1K for a single participant. To cover the cost of our training ($60 for members), we would like to offer $25 advertisements (logos only) to be included in the training manual insert. The advertisement guidelines can be found here.

 

¡Milwaukee Evaluation! Members: $60
Non-members: $60 until Dec. 15th, then $100 (hurry and register soon!)

MIAD Students: To register, contact Dale Schilder

Light refreshments, lunch and art supplies included

Friday, January 26, 2018
9:00 am to 4:00 pmMilwaukee Institute for Art and Design
273 E. Erie St., Milwaukee, WI 53202

Parking
Italian Community Center – $5

Pre-Order Books – special discounts for our training participants! Pre-order Brandy’s books by December 31st at a 20% discount at: www.loosetooth.com/events/mke

 

EERS 2018 Call for Proposals for 41st Annual Conference

Proposals Due Friday, December 8, 2017

The Eastern Evaluation Research Society (EERS) is pleased to invite your proposals for individual presentations and skill-building, ignite and panel sessions at the 41st Annual Conference. The conference will held at the Seaview Resort and Spa in Absecon, New Jersey on April 29 – May 1, 2018.

Suggested Topics

As you consider what to present, peruse the following topics to get your ideas flowing:

  • Role of race, culture, and class in evaluation practice
  • Application of ethical guidelines as guideposts for the conduct of evaluation
  • How technological advances influence societal expectations for evaluation
  • Influence of multiple forms of evidence in policy, including descriptive statistics,
    performance measures, policy research, and evaluation
  • Successful examples of using evidence to inform policymaking
  • Strategies for protecting privacy of individuals participating in an evaluation
  • Areas to improve capacity for generating and using evidence

Where to Submit

Submit your proposal at http://eers.org

Submission Procedures

Please refer to the Procedures for Submitting a Proposal link for detailed instructions on the proposal submission process. http://See the full call for proposals at: http://cts.vresp.com/c/?EasternEvaluationRes/1e03416c00/536747a440/7e0a6607c8

 

Key Points for Proposal Preparation

  1. Submit your proposal early! The proposal deadline is Friday, December 8. You will have until April to pull it all together for your presentation, and we expect to send out acceptances in late January.
  2. Consider the best format for your work: Individual, Skill Building, Ignite or Panel.
  3. Be selective. To increase program participation, we typically include the best presentation submitted by an author.
  4. Know your co-authors. Have information about your co-authors on hand when submitting your proposal. (You’ll need their city, state and email address.)
  5. Keep Informed. Follow us @EasternEval and #EERS18 on Twitter for the latest on the 2018 conference.