Connecting Minnesota's Evaluators

Upcoming MNEA-sponsored events

    • 21 Sep 2017
    • 4:30 PM - 7:30 PM
    • Open Book, 1011 Washington Avenue South, Minneapolis 55415

    Project management is one of the drafted competencies proposed by the AEA Task Force, though it is rarely a skill that has been formally taught to practicing evaluators. Please join the Minnesota Evaluation Association’s Board members (Melissa Chapman Haynes, President-Elect and Veronica Deenanath, Treasurer) for an event focused on exploring project management for evaluators. This will be a semi-structured event that will involve some formal sharing and some time to network and socialize. Attendees can expect to leave with some concrete tools, tips, and tricks for incorporating project management techniques to their practice.

    Location: Open Book, 1011 Washington Avenue South, Minneapolis 55415

    Parking: Free parking is first come, first served in the Open Book lot on the east side of the building. Other options include meters along 10th, 11th, and Washington Avenues and 3rd Street South; the Riverfront Municipal Ramp (212 9th Avenue South); and the Mill Quarter Ramp (711 2nd Street South).

    Accessibility: Open Book is fully accessible with handicap parking, handicap accessible bathrooms, elevators to all floors, and other services available as requested. Please contact Open Book if you have any questions regarding accessibility.

    Date: Thursday, September 21, 2017, 4:30 pm – 7:30 pm

    Format: This is a semi-structured event. Please feel free to arrive as you are available and stay for the entire event, or just stop in briefly to say hello. We will start with informal socializing and networking from 4:30 – 5:30, with a more formal skill building session beginning at 5:30 pm. Participants will leave with concrete tools to implement in their own evaluation practice.

    • 28 Sep 2017
    • 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
    • 56 East River Road, Minneapolis, MN 55455

    The student representatives on the MNEA Board of Directors, Kate Diamond and Beth Cain, would like to invite you to our annual student event, which allows students and others new to the field of evaluation to learn more about evaluation and to network with evaluation professionals. Evaluation professionals interested in networking with students are also welcome to attend.

    This event will feature several roundtable discussions hosted by evaluation professionals.  Attendees will choose two roundtables to visit based on their interest for a 20-30 minute discussion at each one.

    Topics and table hosts will include:

    The many places evaluators work!

    Table Host: Melissa Chapman Haynes, Senior Evaluator, Professional Data Analysts, Inc.

    Evaluation and organizational development

    Table Host: John LaVelle, Assistant Professor, Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities

    Equity in evaluation

    Table Host: Cynthia Matthias, Evaluation Studies Doctoral Student, Graduate Research Assistant at the Center for Urban and Regional Affairs, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities                   

    Developmental evaluation for social justice

    Table Host: Nora Murphy, Co-Founder and Member, TerraLuna Collaborative

    Education Sciences Building, Room 325
    University of Minnesota
    56 East River Road
    Minneapolis, MN, 55455

    Light snacks and refreshments will be provided.

    • 23 Oct 2017
    • 4:30 PM - 6:30 PM
    • McKnight Foundation

    The Minnesota Evaluation Association and the McKnight Foundation are co-hosting a reception to celebrate the launch of two books (Principles-Focused Evaluation: The GUIDE and Facilitating Evaluation) authored by Michael Quinn Patton. This is a great opportunity to hear from the author, connect directly with him and network with other evaluators and evaluation advocates.

    [Use the links above to buy a discounted copy and bring it to the event for signing!]

    When: Monday, October 23, 4:30-6:30 pm
    Where: McKnight Foundation, 710 S 2nd St #400, Minneapolis, MN 55401

    Principles-Focused Evaluation: The GUIDE
    How can programs and organizations ensure they are adhering to core principles—and assess whether doing so is yielding desired results? From evaluation pioneer Michael Quinn Patton, this book introduces the principles-focused evaluation (P-FE) approach and demonstrates its relevance and application in a range of settings. Patton explains why principles matter for program development and evaluation and how they can serve as a rudder to navigate the uncertainties, turbulence, and emergent challenges of complex dynamic environments. In-depth exemplars illustrate how the unique GUIDE framework is used to determine whether principles provide meaningful guidance (G) and are useful (U), inspiring (I), developmentally adaptable (D), and evaluable (E). User-friendly features include rubrics, a P-FE checklist, firsthand reflections and examples from experienced P-FE practitioners, sidebars and summary tables, and end-of-chapter application exercises.
    ---Guilford Press 

    Facilitating Evaluation: Principles in Practice
    [This] is the first book of its kind to explain in depth and detail how to facilitate evaluation processes with stakeholders. Using the author’s own stories of his experiences as an evaluation facilitator, the book illustrates the five evaluation facilitation principles that are the organizing framework for addressing how to work with stakeholders to generate evaluation questions, make decisions among methods, interpret findings, and participate in all aspects of evaluation. Ultimately, this book will help readers perform facilitation to enhance the relevance, credibility, meaningfulness, and utility of evaluations.
    ---Sage Publishing

Past MNEA events (see the Resources page for materials as available)

16 Aug 2017 MNEA's August Informal Meet-Up
11 Jul 2017 MNEA's July Informal Lunch Meet-Up
21 Jun 2017 MNEA's June Informal Meet-Up
31 May 2017 An Informal MNEA Meet-Up
22 Mar 2017 MNEA Grab and Go Ice Cream Social
09 Nov 2016 Making a Career Out of Evaluation - A Forum for Emerging Evaluators
26 Oct 2016 MNEA Social at the AEA Annual Conference
19 Jul 2016 MNEA Summer Social
17 May 2016 Making Meaning of Multiple Datasets (M3) – Interactive Process to Build Evaluative Thinking
24 Feb 2016 Advancing Equity through Evaluation - How do we make it happen?
21 Jan 2016 MNEA Ignite - Non-traditional technology tools for evaluation (evaluation hacks)
26 Oct 2015 FALL SOCIAL with Michael Quinn Patton
13 Oct 2015 Book Club Event: Mixed Methods
07 Jul 2015 Summer Social
22 May 2015 Evaluating Education: A Roundtable Discussion
26 Feb 2015 Strategic Planning & Evaluation Event
11 Nov 2014 Culturally Responsive Evaluation Event
28 Oct 2014 MNEA Student Event - The Life of an Evaluator
10 Jul 2014 Summer Social Event
23 May 2014 Evaluation Capacity Building Event
09 Oct 2013 Evaluating Advocacy Efforts
18 Jul 2013 Summer Social Event
10 May 2013 Health Care Reform and Evaluation
22 Mar 2013 Data Visualization Event
06 Dec 2012 MN EA Social Happy Hour
15 Nov 2012 MN EA Social Happy Hour
04 Apr 2012 Roundtable Discussion International Monitoring and Evaluation: Donor Collaboration and Sustainable Results
09 Feb 2012 Using Geographic Information Systems (GIS) as an Evaluation Tool

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