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  • 09 May 2019 8:20 AM | Anonymous

    Please join Washington Evaluators for a demo of the

    Self-Sufficiency Research Clearinghouse

    The Self-Sufficiency Research Clearinghouse (SSRC) is an ever growing virtual portal of research on low-income and TANF families and an online hub for professional networking among researchers, policymakers and practitioners who serve these populations. The SSRC aims to improve policy and practice in such areas as employment, education and training, and family self-sufficiency by improving access to field-tested, evidence-informed and evidence-based program strategies and high-quality research and by fostering professional connectivity among its targeted audiences. To access over 7,400 reports, datasets, journal articles, conference papers, federal publications, and more, visit the SSRC Library.

    This demo will show how to best use the SSRC for the work that you do as a researcher, policymaker, practitioner, or for any other reason you are looking for high quality research on low-income populations.

    The event is free, but there are limited spaces for non-members.

    We look forward to seeing you there!   

    WHEN: July 25, 2019, 12-12:30 pm

    WHERE: Online- information provided after registration in reminder email

    Registration Link and Code go to For Member Promo Code webpage


  • 08 May 2019 8:08 AM | Anonymous

    The application will open on June 3rd and will close on July 8th.

    AEA Conference 2019
    This year, MNEA has the opportunity to be the local affiliate host site for AEA's annual conference in November. This event brings together more than 4,000 evaluators from around the world to discuss the theory and practice of evaluation. The theme for the 2019 meeting is: Paths to the future of Evaluation: Contribution, Leadership, Renewal. Learn more here.

    MNEA Scholarship Opportunity for AEA Conference 2019
    Thanks to a generous grant from the Bush Foundation, the MNEA Board is able to provide scholarships for underrepresented evaluators and evaluation users to attend AEA 2019. Receiving the scholarship will cover the AEA conference registration and a one-year AEA membership and a one year MNEA membership (if not already an AEA/MNEA member). The remainder of the scholarship funds are to be used at the recipients's discretion for expenses such as food, transportation, lodging, or childcare during the conference.

    Apply Here

    Preview the Application Here

    Eligibility Requirement

    • Must be a resident of Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa, or a Native Nation that shares those geographies
    • Must 18 years of age or older
    Preference will be given to underrepresented groups:
    • Applicants from greater Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa,  or the Native Nations that shares these geographies
    • People of color and Indigenous people, people who identify as LGBTIQ, people with disabilities, and other underrepresented identities
    • Students (anyone currently enrolled as a student at the time of application submission)
    • First time AEA conference attendees

    Please note:  Scholarship recipients will need to provide proof of registration for the conference and should plan to attend a Scholarship Brunch on the opening day of the conference, Wednesday, November 13. 

    About MNEA
    The Minnesota Evaluation Association (MNEA) is a 501c6 tax exempt membership organization that primarily serves its members, with a mission to promote and improve the theory, practice, understanding, and use of evaluation and its contribution to the Minnesota community and the neighboring regions. Our work is led and managed by a volunteer working Board of Directors, and supported by over 300 active members, which includes professional evaluators, evaluation users, evaluation funders, and evaluation students. We organize professional development and networking events, serving the local evaluation community for over 33 years. We have been a local affiliate of the American Evaluation Association (AEA), the largest professional evaluation organization in the world, since 2004. Learn more about MNEA here.

  • 07 May 2019 12:34 PM | Anonymous

    Nominees Sought for AEA Representative to IOCE
    Apply by: Friday, June 7, 2019

    The International Organization for Cooperation in Evaluation (IOCE) is an alliance of regional, national, and international evaluation organizations (associations, societies, and networks) from around the world that collaborate to: 

    • Build evaluation leadership and capacity, especially in developing countries;
    • Foster the cross-fertilization of evaluation theory and practice around the world;
    • Address international challenges in evaluation; and
    • Assist the evaluation profession to take a more global approach to contributing to the identification and solution of world problems.

    AEA's representative to the IOCE works with IOCE colleagues while representing a stance in alignment with AEA's mission, vision, and values. He or she acts independently, yet brings questions or concerns back to the AEA Board. The IOCE representative submits a written report to the Board on her or his activities and relevant international evaluation issues each fall. AEA’s representative to the IOCE is also a member of the Management Group of the EvalPartners coalition. The representative will serve a three-year term beginning January 1, 2020 and ending December 31, 2022. In the past, the rising representative has shadowed the incumbent for up to six months prior to taking their position.

    The person serving in this position is likely a senior member of the evaluation profession, dedicated to the field, and has the breadth and depth of knowledge and practice required to speak authoritatively about evaluation issues in the international context. Individuals seeking to serve need to have a demonstrated range of relevant experience in evaluation and a commitment to representing the diversity of people and the international perspectives represented in the field and in AEA's membership.

    To learn more about the work of the IOCE, please review the IOCE website. To learn more about the AEA Representative position, please review the official call for application.

    How to Apply

    If you are interested in being considered as AEA's representative to the IOCE, please compile the following into a single file and submit it by Friday, June 7, 2019.

    • A one-page statement of interest telling us why you would like to serve
    • A one-page bio reflecting your evaluation background, experiences in international contexts, and commitment to the mission, vision, and values of the association
    • A one-page letter of support for your nomination from another AEA member
    • A current curriculum vita or résumé

    Please send your submission as a single file via email to the AEA office at alewis@eval.org. The selection of the next IOCE representative will be made by the AEA President and President-elect, in consultation with the AEA Board.

    Our current representative, Cindy Clapp-Wincek, is completing her term in December and is available for inquiries if you have specific questions regarding the position at clappwincek@gmail.com.

    If you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact AEA Executive Director Anisha Lewis atalewis@eval.org.

  • 07 May 2019 10:27 AM | Anonymous

    June 9 - 12, 2019 in Atlanta, GA
    American Evaluation Association Summer Institute

    Make Valuable Connections at the AEA Summer Evaluation Institute

    The Summer Evaluation Institute is where you can experience high-caliber education in a setting that encourages conversation and idea sharing with your fellow evaluators from diverse backgrounds and skill levels.


    During the Summer Evaluation Institute, you can:

    • Meet face-to-face with experienced workshop speakers who are thought-leaders in the field
    • Learn skill-building lessons alongside your professional peers on technology and processes that are impacting community programs
    • Engage in interactive discussions about challenges and lessons learned
    • Network with other attendees during meals and workshop breaks 

    Check out our agenda at-a-glance to see the opportunities to learn and network during the event!

    Register Now

    Early-bird deadline is May 17.


    If you have questions, please contact us at info@eval.org or 202.367.1166.


  • 04 May 2019 7:57 AM | Anonymous

    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 | Anonymous

    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 | Anonymous

    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 bohe0006@umn.edu


  • 04 Apr 2019 10:13 AM | Anonymous

    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 team@expandingthebench.org.

    Click Here to Apply


  • 03 Apr 2019 4:38 PM | Anonymous

    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 | Anonymous

    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: https://youthprise.org/resources-tools/disrupt-training-series/#ypar



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