Call for Proposals: A Working Conference to Chart the Future of Evaluation Education and Training

CALL FOR PROPOSALS

A Working Conference to Chart the Future of Evaluation Education and Training

March 19-20, 2018

Sponsored by

The Minnesota Evaluation Studies Institute (MESI), University of Minnesota

The University of Melbourne (Australia) Centre for Program Evaluation

Claremont Graduate University

The Teaching of Evaluation Topical Interest Group of the American Evaluation Association

The purpose of this working conference is to engage evaluation trainers, instructors, and faculty to begin a formal discussion of the current status of the education and training of program evaluators. The conference will address a range of essential questions, including:

– What are foundational questions in the area of evaluation education, and how can researchers and practitioners collaborate to describe and
explore them together?
– What are the risks of not addressing evaluation education with data-driven questions and solutions?
– What research exists on evaluator education/training, and what is needed?
– How can research on evaluation education be strengthened?

We seek proposals from people who are actively engaged in evaluation education practice so we can establish a collaborative, professional community of individuals charged with teaching the current and future generations of evaluators.

A number of presentation opportunities are available for participants to share their theoretical and empirical work on evaluation education. We are requesting proposals for presentations of 3-5 minutes on a variety of topics related to the education and training of evaluators, including, but not limited to, the following:

– Conceptual framings of evaluator and evaluation education/training
– Research on evaluator and evaluation education/training
– The status and future of evaluation educators in different settings (e.g., university, paid professional development, conferences, in-house
trainings, on-line)
– The role of competencies in curriculum development
– Pedagogy for the practice of evaluation
– Assessing learning and impact from evaluator education/training programs
– The appropriateness and potential of program accreditation and/or evaluator credentialing
– Good questions to shape our vision and future work

All proposals will undergo peer-review for content and fit with conference goals.  For your work to be considered, please complete the application at https://goo.gl/forms/DjzyHmozZtj9lITQ2 and submit your form by January 15, 2018.

Anticipated benefits of this conference and the pre-work leading to it include the following:

Benefits for participants

·         Adding a conference presentation to your resume or CV
·         Establishing connections with others working in evaluation education
·         Participating in a conversation that will shape the research agenda and future of evaluator education

Potential benefits for participants over time

·         Collaborative research and eventual; publications on key topics identified
·         Participation in AEA conference panel presentations in coming years
·         Access to an ongoing community working on cutting edge research to improve teaching practice

The working conference will occur concurrently with the annual Spring Training of the Minnesota Evaluation Studies Institute. It will begin at
5:00 PM on Monday, March 19, 2018 with an introductory working session and dinner, then continue throughout the day on Tuesday, March 20, 2018, with presentations in the morning and early afternoon and ending with agenda setting and final debriefing. There will be no cost to attend the working conference, although participants can attend the MESI conference for an additional fee.  See www.evaluation.umn.edu for details and more information.

MAE’s 23rd Annual Conference: RFP!

Rita S. Fierro, PhD from Fierro Consulting has agreed to give the Keynote Address at the MAE’s 23rd Annual Conference on May 10, 2018. The conference theme is Enhancing Evaluation Through Effective Communication and Interaction. The conference is accepting proposals for presentations and posters at this time. Go to maeeval.org for more information about Dr. Fierro’s keynote and links to the application forms.

*The deadline for proposals is Monday, January 22, 2018.

Dr. Bowman’s AEA Presentation Available Online Now!

Dr. Nicole Bowman presented, “Looking Backward but Moving Forward: Honoring the Sacred and Asserting the Sovereign in Indigenous Evaluation. at American Evaluation Associations, Evaluation 2017 conference.

*View Dr. Bowman’s slides online.

Presentation Abstract:

Culturally responsive evaluation (CRE) and culturally responsive Indigenous evaluation (CRIE) within the broader field of evaluation specialized designs is not often included in western literature nor known or used by the majority of mainstream evaluators.  In order to address this literature and practice gap, this article offers an origin story of CRIE prior to Colonial or European contact in the United States and gives a historical, theoretical, and practical foundation for conducting CRIE in a contemporary context.  Examples of evidence-based models and resources connect CRIE to western designs and provide concrete strategies for the field of evaluation going forward.  The article provides a new evaluation research, policy and practice for the field of evaluation to consider so that when working with Indigenous populations and Tribal governments a more culturally and contextually responsive, scientifically rigorous, and ethical evaluation can be conducted.

About AEA

The American Evaluation Association is a professional association of evaluators devoted to the application and exploration of program evaluation, personnel evaluation, technology, and many other forms of evaluation. Evaluation involves assessing the strengths and weaknesses of programs, policies, personnel, products, and organizations to improve their effectiveness. AEA has approximately 7300 members representing all 50 states in the United States as well as over 80 foreign countries.

The American Evaluation Association seeks to act in ways that embody our mission, vision, and values in pursuit of our defined policies and goals.

MISSION: The American Evaluation Association’s mission is to improve evaluation practices and methods, increase evaluation use, promote evaluation as a profession, and support the contribution of evaluation to the generation of theory and knowledge about effective human action.

VISION: The American Evaluation Association’s vision is to foster an inclusive, diverse, and international community of practice positioned as a respected source of information for and about the field of evaluation.

VALUES: The American Evaluation Association values excellence in evaluation practice, utilization of evaluation findings, and inclusion and diversity in the evaluation community.

i. We value high quality, ethically defensible, culturally responsive evaluation practices that lead to effective and humane organizations and ultimately to the enhancement of the public good.

ii. We value high quality, ethically defensible, culturally responsive evaluation practices that contribute to decision-making processes, program improvement, and policy formulation.

iii. We value a global and international evaluation community and understanding of evaluation practices.

iv. We value the continual development of evaluation professionals and the development of evaluators from under-represented groups.

v. We value inclusiveness and diversity, welcoming members at any point in their career, from any context, and representing a range of thought and approaches.

vi. We value efficient, effective, responsive, transparent, and socially responsible association operations.

Organization: AEA is led by a Board, advised by Task Forces and Working Groups, structured around Topical Interest Groups (TIGs), and aligned with recognized regional affiliate associations.  Learn more

Bylaws: The Bylaws of the American Evaluation Association serve as the legal foundation for Association operations.  Learn more

Awards: AEA’s awards program acknowledges outstanding contributions and service to the field of evaluation.  Learn more

Contacts: We welcome your inquiries about the association, membership, our annual conference, programs, or services. Please do not hesitate to contact the AEA office at any time.  Learn more

Position Announcement: Coordinator for Assessment and Evaluation University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Coordinator for Assessment and Evaluation

Office of the Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

The Office of the Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs is seeking to hire a Coordinator for Assessment and Evaluation to join our team. The Coordinator will assist with managing evaluation projects, institutional and program-level learning outcomes assessment, as well as other related duties that emerge in the Provost’s office. Further details can be found at https://jobs.illinois.edu/academic-job-board/job-details?jobID=86570&job=coordinator-for-assessment-and-evaluation-office-of-the-provost-and-vice-chancellor-for-academic-affairs-a1700645

 

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

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.

 

Eastern Evaluation Research Society (EERS) 2017 Forum Now Available!

2017 EERS Chelimsky Forum

The Eastern Evaluation Research Society (EERS) announced videos from the 2017 Eleanor Chelimsky Forum on Evaluation Theory and Practice have been posted. https://www.youtube.com/user/EERSorg/

Main Presentor

At this year’s Forum, Dr. George Grob presented on “Evaluation Theory and Practice: Stepping Back and Looking Forward.” Dr. Mel Mark served as discussant. The presentation stepped back from evaluation theories to discuss daily issues in the evaluator’s world, such as:
  • Interacting with clients and understanding their point of view
  • Getting evaluation results through policy making
  • Protecting evaluator independence and understanding its value
  • Disseminating evaluation results

History

The EERS Eleanor Chelimsky Forum was established in 2013 through generous support of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and originated from Eleanor’s plenary paper, “Balancing Theory and Practice in the Real World.” The goal of the forums is for important issues raised by evaluation theorists and practitioners to be brought to the surface for examination and discussion. The forums have been taking place for several years.  Prior year presentations are also available under videos in the EERS home Youtube channel.

New Teacher Recruitment Resource Now Live!

NIEA Announces Launch of Teacher Recruitment Website
The National Indian Education Association (NIEA) is excited to announce the launch of a new resource to support Native serving schools recruit great teachers. In partnership with The New Teacher Project (TNTP), a national education non-profit organization, we have launched teach.niea.org– a teacher recruitment website specifically designed to support Native schools recruit and hire great teachers.
Education connects our past and our future-protecting the uniqueness of our cultural identity. Numerous states across the country are experiencing shortages- Native serving schools in rural areas are often the most negatively impacted. Native teachers only make up only 0.5%of teachers nationwide and our students suffer as a result. This new resource will help Native schools equip students with the knowledge and skills they need to thrive in the classroom and beyond.
Native schools are looking for Native teachers with:
  • Commitment: Culturally-responsive teachers who embed culture into curriculum and instruction–preparing students to graduate ready for college, career, and community success.
  • Adaptability: Teachers with a nuanced understanding of the challenges Native students face, sensitive to the unique cultures of individual tribes and students, comfortable with productive struggle, and responsive to cultural differences while upholding the belief that all children can learn.
  • Instructional Expertise: Teachers who know their subjects inside and out; who understand the importance of instructional planning, using a challenging curriculum to empower students to learn; and who never stop learning and improving themselves.
  • Respect for Sovereignty, Identity, and Self-Determination: Teachers focused on shaping future leaders, honoring tribal languages and traditions, and protecting cultural identity.
  • Qualifications in High-Demand Areas: Teachers with middle and high school, SPED, STEM, and language and culture certification.
Please take a few minutes today and share this opportunity with educators you know. Thank you for helping us protect our most precious resource-our youth, those who will carry on our culture, language, and traditions.
About The National Indian Education Association (NIEA)
NIEA is the Nation’s most inclusive advocacy organization advancing comprehensive culture-based educational opportunities for American Indians, Alaska Natives, and Native Hawaiians. Formed by Native educators in 1969 to encourage a national discourse on education, NIEA adheres to the organization’s founding principles- to convene educators to explore ways to improve schools and the educational systems serving Native children; to promote the maintenance and continued development of language and cultural programs; and to develop and implement strategies for influencing local, state, and federal policy and decision makers. For more information visit www.niea.org.
Donate to NIEA

Whether you’re an educator, a student, or invested in increasing educational opportunities for Native students, NIEA members help advocate for better policies. Your  contribution will help us continue to be effective advocates, train educators that work with Native students, and close the achievement gap.  To donate, please click HERE.