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Upcoming MNEA Events

    • 24 Sep 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 2:30 PM
    • ISD 742 Quarryview Education Center– Room 118 , 800 7th St S, Waite Park, MN 56387
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    There has been a growing awareness of the ways that people can be impacted by traumatic experiences, and with that, an increased focus on ensuring that programs, agencies, and communities are sensitive to these experiences. As evaluators, it is important that we also understand what it means to be trauma-informed. Trauma-informed evaluations are designed to enhance participant safety and comfort throughout the evaluation process.

    This half-day workshop is a deep-dive into applying trauma-Informed principles to the evaluation process. We will explore the common phases of evaluation (from design/inception through collecting data and reporting findings) through case studies and identify opportunities to make each stage trauma-informed. This will be dedicated time for discussion and application of trauma-informed evaluation with relevant examples – please bring your own if you have a project you would like to workshop. Small and large group work will support participants to champion trauma-informed evaluation practices and processes in their organizations. 

    It is strongly encouraged that participants have previously attended the trauma-informed evaluation session (either in-person or via webinar) or review the webinar link in the registration confirmation email so that everyone comes in with a base-level of knowledge. 

    Participants will leave the training with practical tips and examples of how to:

    ·         Build trusting and transparent relationships between evaluators and communities

    ·         Promote authentic community engagement in the evaluation process

    ·         Ensure that evaluation approaches are aligned with organizational or community frameworks for being trauma-informed

    ·         Design evaluation approaches to maximize participant safety and comfort

    ·         Identify and address vicarious trauma within the evaluation team

    ·         Infuse trauma-informed principles through the analysis and reporting process

    MNEA thanks our presenters and Youthprise for co-sponsoring this workshop .  

    ·         Blair Harrison is a Senior Research Scientist and Evaluator at the Minnesota Department of Health. In her current work she aims to, along with her team, approach evaluation and data-driven projects through a trauma-informed, inter-sectional lens. Blair has worked at the cross-section of data and trauma for over a decade with work experience in hospice, Huntington’s disease, substance use and severe persistent illness, pediatric emergency rooms, and military sexual trauma.

    ·          Jill Lipski Cain is a Managing Consultant and The Improve Group, an evaluation firm in St. Paul. She works to make evaluation inclusive and meaningful. Her background in gender violence prevention has helped her evaluation work to be trauma-informed. Jill has led projects in Minnesota and North Dakota that explore organizational and statewide efforts to be trauma-informed.

    ·         Cheryl Holm-Hansen, Ph.D. is an independent consultant. Previously, Senior Research Manager at Wilder Research, she has more than 25 years of experience conducting evaluations and other applied research. While her work encompasses a wide range of topics, she specializes in the area of child and adolescent mental health, including early childhood mental health, school-based mental health, mental health systems development, and recovery from trauma.  She is a former MN Evaluation Association board member.

    Workshop sponsors


    Please note, this session will only run if there are enough people registered by Monday, September 16 at 12:00 p.m. (midnight) Central Time. We will confirm if this event will happen with all registered participants and provide a full reimbursement should the event be canceled.

Past MNEA events

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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