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  • 04 May 2019 7:57 AM | MNEA admin (Administrator)

    Logic models are instrumental in guiding evaluation and reporting activities. They can also help your team build consensus around assumptions and create cohesion about how you think about and communicate your program.

    Join The Improve Group in taking inspiration from Marie Kondo to tidy up how you consider your program’s impact, realize what’s holding you back, and spark joy! With this half-day workshop, The Improve Group will teach you the “why” and “how” of using logic models to transform your program or organization into a well-oiled machine, clutter-free! Following the workshop, you can register to spend additional time working together to develop your logic model. Our training meets you where you are—no previous logic model (or tidying up) expertise required.

    For more information on the benefits of having a logic model, check out this video from IG CEO Leah Goldstein Moses!

    If this sounds like something that would benefit your program or organization, you can learn more and register here!

  • 02 May 2019 9:11 AM | MNEA admin (Administrator)

    TCRG Brown Bag Speaker Series on Wednesday, May 15, 2019, 12:00 to 1:00 PM

    Topic: Cognitive Interviewing: It WILL Improve Your Questionnaire.

    Cognitive interviewing is one of the qualitative tools methodologists use to combat measurement error in questionnaire design.  This presentation will review the psychological response mechanism respondents use when completing a questionnaire, review some commonly used approaches to cognitive interviewing in questionnaire design, and give some examples of how survey instruments have been improved through the use of cognitive interviewing. 

    Featured Presenter: Rob Daves is owner and principal of Daves & Associates Research. He is a Fellow and Past President of Midwest Association for Public Opinion Research.

    Where: Wilder Foundation
    451 Lexington Parkway, Saint Paul, MN 55104 
    On the 
    MetroTransit Green Line: Lexington Station

    TCRG has implemented a membership program, with registration priority for dues-paying members. If you are a 2019 paid member, use the Eventbrite "Promotional Code" -- emailed separately -- to access Member ticketing.

  • 01 May 2019 4:46 PM | MNEA admin (Administrator)

    Evaluation Community of Practice

    Each month the Evaluation Community of Practice switches between:

    • A community of practice meeting focused on an evaluation topic, article or question at The Improve Group, 661 Lasalle St, St. Paul, MN 55114.
    • A social hour with some informal opportunity for networking and sharing resources and support.

    Community of Practice Meetings 
    The Improve Group, 661 Lasalle St, St. Paul, MN 55114

    Social Hours
    Location varies 
    • May 14, 2019 from 8-10 AM
    • July 9, 2019 from 8-10 AM
    • September 10, 2019 from 8-10 AM
    • June 11, 2019 from 4-6 PM
    • August 13, 2019 from 4-6 PM
    • October 8, 2019 from 4-6 PM

    All those with an interest in evaluation are welcome to attend! Feel free to bring along colleagues and guests or invite them to this and future events.  The group has sign-up sheets for participants to lead future morning meetings and be social hour hosts.

    To join email: Laura Bohen at

  • 04 Apr 2019 10:13 AM | MNEA admin (Administrator)

    The application for the Leaders in Equitable Evaluation and Diversity (LEEAD) Program, an Expanding the Bench™ initiative led by Change Matrix is now available.

    We are seeking mid-career researchers from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups who aspire to become leaders in the field of evaluation. Applicants should have a doctoral degree with 3 to 5 years of experience in research or evaluation in the fields of social sciences or related fields, with at least three years of that experience occurring post-doctorate. For more information about the qualifications and expectations, access the LEEAD Scholar Overview document.

    We will be hosting an informational webinar on April 15 at 1:00 pm EDT, where participants will have the opportunity to ask a LEEAD alum and Sandra Silva, LEEAD Project Director questions. In the meantime, if you have questions please email us at

    Click Here to Apply

  • 03 Apr 2019 4:38 PM | MNEA admin (Administrator)

    The Minnesota Evaluation Association is looking for two student representatives to serve on our board for the 2019-20 school year (starting in June 2019). 

    Click Here to Apply!  Deadline is April 30. 

  • 25 Feb 2019 12:00 AM | MNEA admin (Administrator)

    In this workshop, facilitators will share how Youth Participatory Action Research (YPAR) can be used to empower and engage communities of color in organizations and foundations. YPAR, given its participatory framework, can build community power around an organization’s mission and vision. Not only does this research framework shift power dynamics, build and strengthen youth leadership, but it also can leave your organization and community with a stronger relationship to create and build solutions together.

    As a participant, you will walk away with a YPAR curriculum that they can use to facilitate a youth research team within your own organization.

    This workshop is for educators, organizations, foundations, and community members looking to learn more about YPAR, youth-led methodologies, solution building, and action planning.

    Facilitators: Irina Barrera, Neese Parker

    To learn more about this series visit:

  • 04 Feb 2019 6:08 PM | MNEA admin (Administrator)
    Registration for the 2019 Social Justice and Evaluation Conference on March 15, 2019 in Madison, WI is now open. Take advantage of the discount extended to MNEA members. Register here.   To access the member discount code click here.

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