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The MNEA Board prioritizes the health and well-being of all our members and our community. Due to the current health climate, MNEA will be limiting its events and programming to virtual events until further notice. Members will be notified via email and programming will be posted on our website regarding future events and updates. 

Upcoming MNEA Events

    • 29 Apr 2020
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
    • Zoom Webinar

    With origins in customer experience and human-centered design, journey mapping essentially is a research method that allows us to map a customer’s journey through an organization. It is believed that every single touchpoint that a client has with an organization has an impact on his or her interest, satisfaction, and loyalty.  Learn more about Journey Mapping at Evergreendata, click here.

    In this webinar, two of our MNEA evaluators will share with us how they have utilized this method to evaluate youth development, health programs, and systems evaluation. Participants will learn the steps they used to plan and conduct their journey mapping process, as well as the barriers and lessons they learned along the way.

    Originally from Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Somongkol Teng is a program evaluator with the University of Minnesota Extension Center for Youth Development. As part of his work, he designs, develops, and supports the assessment and improvement of the Minnesota 4-H youth development program. His interests include youth-focused program evaluation, data visualization and GIS mapping.

    Amanda Petersen is a research scientist at Wilder Research. She provides consultation on a variety of research projects including project management, survey instrument design, qualitative and quantitative analysis, evaluation capacity building, and reporting results in meaningful ways. Her primary research interests include public health, education, rural communities, survey research, and general evaluation studies. Amanda resides in Ely, Minnesota where you can find her enjoying the great outdoors with her family.

    Details on how to join the webinar will be sent in a reminder email one-week prior to the event. 

    This webinar will help develop your evaluator competencies in the areas of: pursuing ongoing professional development to deepen reflective practice, stay current, and build connections (1.7); describing the program, including its basic purpose, components, and its functioning in broader contexts (3.3); facilitating shared understanding of the program and its evaluation with stakeholders (3.6); documenting evaluation processes and products (4.6).

    • 11 May 2020
    • 4:30 PM - 6:30 PM
    • Minneapolis Public Schools - Davis Center; 1250 W Broadway Ave, Minneapolis
    • 117

    Join us for a panel discussion on Youth-Focused Evaluation with representatives from Minneapolis Public Schools and youth members of CityWide who participated in YPE and/or the Youth Voice Proposal project.

    In the last 20 years, there has been a growing base of scholarship to highlight the importance of creating opportunities for youth voice, and how developing ways to equip young people with the skills to conduct quality research and evaluation can inform their voice (e.g. Sabo Flores 2007, Checkoway & Richards-Schuster 2003).  At the same time, there have been increasing efforts to engage youth voice across fields. For example, countless youth development organizations in the out-of-school time (OST) field have integrated youth voice into their own program evaluation. In addition, both nonprofit and public sector organizations have created structural opportunities for youth input, such as a student representative position on a school board.

    Much of what we know about YPE, however, has been generated by adult researchers with limited knowledge about how young people themselves experience their roles in YPE.  As the field moves forward, there is a need to hear directly from youth to understand how YPE impacts youth, as well as empowers youth to impact the policies and programs they evaluate. YPE can improve not just programs designed to serve them, but also the evaluation field as a whole.

    Room and Parking
    Assembly Room at Minneapolis Public Schools - Davis Center
    250 W Broadway Ave, Minneapolis
    Parking lot is free on north side of the building

    Develop your evaluator competencies in the areas of: acting ethically through evaluation practice that demonstrates integrity and respects people from different cultural backgrounds and indigenous groups (1.1) and context focusing on understanding the unique circumstances, multiple perspectives, and changing settings of evaluations and their users/stakeholders (3).

Past MNEA events

27 Mar 2020 Info Session: MNEA Mentorship Program
31 Jan 2020 MNEA New Member Orientation: Understanding your Benefits
12 Dec 2019 Annual Meeting & Networking Happy Hour
03 Dec 2019 2019 AEA Debrief with MNEA
20 Nov 2019 TCRG + MNEA Event: Best Practices in Data Visualization
13 Nov 2019 Book launch celebration for Michael Quinn Patton
13 Nov 2019 Diversifying the Field of Evaluation Panel and Scholarship Brunch
24 Sep 2019 Trauma-Informed Evaluation Half-Day Workshop
06 Aug 2019 Demographics World Café Discussion
25 Jul 2019 Evaluators' pro action café + happy hour
09 Jul 2019 Webinar: Trauma-Informed Evaluation: A Lens to Improve Evaluation Practice
13 Jun 2019 Demographics World Café Discussion
07 May 2019 Trauma-Informed Evaluation: A Lens to Improve Evaluation Practice
27 Mar 2019 Project management negotiation skills...and re-negotiation skills
19 Feb 2019 AEA 2019 in Minneapolis! How to Submit an AEA Presentation Proposal
30 Jan 2019 Nonprofit Evaluation Exemplars- Event is canceled as a result of severe cold weather
16 Jan 2019 Meet the Local Evaluation Organizations, part 2!
17 Dec 2018 Reflect and Gather with MNEA!
28 Nov 2018 MNEA Lunch Series: Project Charters
08 Nov 2018 AEA Debrief with MNEA
01 Nov 2018 Connect with MNEA at the AEA Annual Meeting!
18 Oct 2018 Evaluation and Changing Political Landscapes: Panel Discussion
10 Oct 2018 Meet Local Evaluation Organizations
26 Sep 2018 MNEA Lunch Series Event: Running Effective Meetings
12 Sep 2018 Translating Agile Project Management to Program Evaluation Practice – RESCHEDULED!
22 Aug 2018 MNEA Lunch Series Event: Evaluation and Project Management
18 Jul 2018 2020 Census in Minnesota–What do evaluators need to know?
07 Jun 2018 MNEA Webinar-Advanced Qualitative Methods
09 May 2018 APM Research Lab 2017 Ground Level Survey Findings Presentation
09 May 2018 Tour MPR before the APM Presentation!
09 Apr 2018 MNEA April Meetup: Navigating Complex Political Contexts in Evaluation
20 Dec 2017 Reflect and Gather with MNEA!
01 Dec 2017 Measuring “equity” and “access”: Evaluation design, data collection and other considerations
21 Nov 2017 AEA Debrief with MNEA
09 Nov 2017 Connect with MNEA at the AEA Annual Meeting
23 Oct 2017 Book Launch and Reception with Michael Quinn Patton
16 Oct 2017 Have a discussion over breakfast with MNEA members!
28 Sep 2017 Roundtable Discussion with Evaluation Professionals
21 Sep 2017 Exploring Project Management in Evaluation Contexts
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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