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  • 04 May 2022 11:00 AM | MNEA admin (Administrator)

    Do you want to use data to work smarter, not harder?

    How can data reveal inequity and help us find stronger solutions?

    What are data-driven strategies that get results?

    Join Every Hour Counts to strategize with peers about how to collect, analyze, and use data to advance racial equity and drive continuous improvement in your community.

    This free Virtual Symposium will feature ten 75-minute sessions that tap into the expertise of community leaders who are committed to demonstrating the value and impact of afterschool and summer experiences for youth, families and communities.

    The Every Hour Counts network represents leaders from 28 communities, including 3,500 school and community partnerships that reach 500,000 young people, who are excited to share successes, challenges, ideas and resources to ensure thriving communities designed to holistically support children and youth.

    The link to the event page can be found below:

    Data Symposium: Putting Data to Work for Young People Tickets, Wed, May 4, 2022 at 12:00 PM | Eventbrite


  • 04 Feb 2022 12:00 PM | MNEA admin (Administrator)

    Indiana Evaluation Association invited MNEA member to join them as Jenny Nulty from Pivot Data Design discusses strategies you can use to tell stories in a way that promotes equity and uses intentional narrative, data, and design. Join for free with the code available in the For Members section of the website.

    You can learn more and register at http://www.indianaevaluation.org/event-4631828.

  • 18 Jan 2022 2:00 PM | MNEA admin (Administrator)

    If you are thinking about starting or further developing an independent consulting practice, consider registering for the Introduction to Independent Consulting Workshops with Matt Feldmann. Participants will work independently and in small groups to create a business plan. Matt leads the weekly Independent Consulting Chats, is the president of the St. Louis evaluation affiliate, and co-edited the New Directions for Evaluation special edition on independent consulting.

    You can learn more at this registration link: https://gosheneducationcenter.regfox.com/introduction-to-independent-consulting-workshops

    MNEA members can receive a $50 discount on the session with a discount code found in our "For Members" section of the MNEA website.

  • 09 Dec 2021 3:30 PM | MNEA admin (Administrator)

    The Australasian Evaluation Society (AES) is offering a seminar title, "How can evaluators organise for racial justice and decolonisation?" Featuring Minnesotan Vidhya Shanker, PhD, the goal of the virtual seminar is to reflect on how to organise and disrupt oppressive practices in evaluation.

    Learn more about this free event and register by noon on Wednesday 8 December here.

    This is a special event organised by the Multicultural Evaluation Special Interest Group (MESIG). AES free events provide an opportunity for you to meet with AES members and others in the evaluation community and to share and learn from the experiences of fellow evaluators.

  • 03 Nov 2021 9:00 AM | MNEA admin (Administrator)

    The Indiana Evaluation Association invites you to join a training on breaking the habit of exercising bias in our decision-making. To learn more about the event and register, click here.

    Increasingly, organizations have become concerned with identifying strategies to reduce rates of bias incidents and to promote equality. Abundant evidence indicates that, however well-intentioned, diversity and bias intervention efforts that are not based on scientific evidence at best do not work and very often make bias problems worse (e.g., Apfelbaum et al., 2012; Dobbin & Kalev, 2013; Legault et al., 2011; Paluck & Green, 2009).

    The bias habit breaking training was the first intervention that has been shown experimentally to produce long-term changes in bias (Cox & Devine, 2019; Devine, Forscher, Austin, & Cox, 2012). This training was built on more than 30 years of research on the prejudice habit model (Devine, 1989), which approaches bias as a type of mental habit.


  • 14 Oct 2021 12:00 PM | MNEA admin (Administrator)

    Arts-Based Methods for Evaluators: Beginner Course is an exciting 6-week continuing education online course for evaluators practicing in Canada and the USA. With hands-on activities, 12 hours of original content, one-on-one coaching, and access to a supportive learning community, this course offers evaluators a comprehensive glimpse into the world of arts-based methods. Facilitators and arts-based evaluators, Jennica Nichols and Maya Lefkowich from AND implementation, help learners bring creative strategies into their evaluation practice. Learn more & register here: https://www.andimplementation.ca/artscourse.

    While an understanding of evaluation is necessary to participate, no prior arts-experience is needed.
  • 01 Oct 2021 11:00 AM | MNEA admin (Administrator)

    The Indiana Evaluation Association (IEA) invites the evaluation community in Indiana and beyond to join their fourth biennial (but first virtual) conference! This interactive, multi-day event is designed to equip evaluators with the skills they need to help their organizations and clients succeed in a more equitable, post-crisis world. Attendees will also have opportunities to connect with other evaluators.

    The conference will take place on October 1, 8, and 15 from 12-4pm Eastern Time. Early bird pricing available through September 17th! Non-member early bird registration is $40 and $60 after that. Learn more and register here.

  • 21 Sep 2021 1:30 PM | MNEA admin (Administrator)

    The Hawai'i-Pacific Evaluation Association invites you to join The 2021 H-PEA Conference! The Conference schedule is available with over 20 concurrent sessions and more than 15 posters. Beverly Parsons will present the keynote Visionary evaluation for a sustainable, equitable future. She will also offer a free, pre-conference, 3-hour workshop.

    Registration is $50 (deadline 8/14). A student scholarship is available (deadline 8/31) for students to attend the conference for free. In addition, there is a financial hardship waiver

  • 16 Sep 2021 5:00 PM | MNEA admin (Administrator)

    The Atlanta-area Evaluation Association invites MNEA members to a webinar that covers time management principles for evaluation project managers!

    Managing an evaluation is no small task. From engaging stakeholders to keeping up with deadlines, we all do our best to manage time effectively while maintaining our sanity. But what if there was a systematic approach to this madness? A useful framework for managing evaluation projects? There is! For over 20 years the internationally recognized Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK) has served as a guide for project management. This webinar will introduce the PMBOK process groups and knowledge areas, with a focus on time management, to efficiently plan for and manage evaluation projects. A case study will be used throughout the presentation.

    To receive the free registration code, head to the "For Members" section of the website to get the affiliate discount code and find the registration link.

  • 15 Sep 2021 5:00 PM | MNEA admin (Administrator)
    MNEA would like to invite external evaluation organizations, firms and independent consultants to sign-up to present at an upcoming "Meet the Evaluation Organizations event. “We are bringing this series back (by popular demand) and would like to feature YOUR organization in one of the events.

    The purpose of these events is to highlight the unique focuses, approaches and contexts of external evaluators in our region and increase the collective knowledge of the work of these organizations.  The intended audience is individuals who are interested in evaluation practice as part of their professional development and those who are curious for potential contract-related needs. This could be students, evaluation practitioners, evaluation users, evaluation funders, and those simply curious about the world of external  evaluation. 

    There will be two events in this series, featuring different sized evaluation firms:

    • Larger evaluation firms (5+ staff): October 7, 4-5pm (Central)
    • Smaller firms/independent consultants (1-4 staff): October 14, 4-5pm (Central)

    (Please confirm that at least one representative from your organization is available at this date and time before signing up)

    Event format: 
    The events will be virtual and last 1 hour.  5-6 organizations will be featured at each event.  Each organization will have 5 minutes to provide a high level summary of your organization.  Then participants will be able to join breakout rooms for organizations of their choice to ask any follow-up questions.  The event will be recorded and information about your organization will be available on our website for MNEA members.

    If you are interested in being featured in these events, please complete the form below.

    Sign up to be a featured organization here:

    https://survey.alchemer.com/s3/6488729/2021-Meet-the-Evaluation-Organizations-Sign-Up-Form

     Please sign up by September 1
    5, 2021 to be considered.
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