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Register Now for AEA's Upcoming Town Hall:
AEA Leadership: Time for Nominations
Interested in becoming a leader within AEA? Sign up now for the next Town Hall led by AEA staff and leadership members to learn about the Board of Directors nominations process ahead of elections. Anyone who is interested in joining the leadership team is welcome to attend this informational meeting.
Please note – self-nominations are welcome. You do not need to be nominated by another member in order to participate in elections.
Thursday, April 23 at 2:00 pm EST
AEA President, Aimee WhiteNominations and Elections Working Group Chair, Anne VoAEA Past President, Leslie Goodyear
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AEA is excited to launch into 2020 nominations and elections, open now. This is the space to ask questions — no prior AEA leadership experience is required.
The ACE Evaluation Network Spring Call for Qualifications is open!
The Advancing Culturally-responsive and Equitable (ACE) Evaluation Network invites experienced evaluators to join our diverse community of professionals whose mission is to both drive and support the practice of excellent, culturally responsive and equitable evaluation (CREE).
Joining the ACE Evaluation Network is free and provides opportunities to build networking connections, establish evaluation contracts, and pursue professional development. Expanding the Bench™ (ETB) specifically invites evaluators from historically marginalized and under-supported groups to apply for Network membership. Membership criteria include:
Learn more and apply to join the ACE Evaluation Network: https://expandingthebench.org/ace/become-a-member/
Responses to the Call for Qualifications are due on Monday, April 27, 2020 by 5:00 pm ET/ 4:00 pm CT/ 3:00 pm MT/ 2:00 pm PT/ 1:00 pm AKT/ 11:00 am HT.
Please contact the ETB Team at email@example.com with any questions.
The Expanding the Bench Team
Tuesday, April 21st 11:30-12:30 - REGISTER HERE
We know that building relationships and connectedness is key to the social and emotional supports that we all need right now. This interactive Zoom Meeting will model a variety of Zoom features and engagement techniques that bring fun and connection to your virtual meetings and programming, youth worker style! Be prepare to be hands on and engaged!
The Indiana Evaluation Association (IEA) is excited to be hosting John Gargani and Robert McLean for a virtual presentation on their new book Scaling Impact: Innovation for the Public Good. The webinar will be April 17th from 1:00-3:00 pm CST (2:00-4:00 pm eastern time).
IEA is offering free registration MNEA members! Thank you! Register under "Affiliate" at: https://indianaevaluation.org/Events. Log-in to the MNEA website HERE and access the event promo code by selecting Members Discounts and Promo Codes.
Inspired by research on scientific and entrepreneurial innovators across Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Latin America, and the Middle East, the book presents a different perspective on how to achieve impact that matters. The book is organized around four research-based scaling principles—justification, optimal scale, coordination, and dynamic evaluation—and culminates in five case studies.
John and Robert will go beyond their published work, unpacking what they call dynamic evaluation. One aspect of dynamic evaluation is a new systems model that helps evaluators identify what they should assess when evaluating efforts to scale impact. They will discuss how the systems model complements traditional tools, like logic models and theories of change. And they will connect their work to two recent publications—Feinstein’s (2019) paper suggesting that dynamic evaluation be used to support transformative change, and Patton’s (2018) framework for Principles-Focused Evaluation.
The National Center for Evaluation and Assessment (NCEA), a division of Creative Research Solutions (CRS), will hold our inaugural conference on April 8-9, 2020 in Atlanta, Georgia. Our speakers include Dr. Tracy Hilliard (MPHI), Dr. Melvin Hall (CREA), and Dr. T'Pring Westbrook. Our theme is Forging New Pathways: Evaluation and Assessment in Support of Equity and Inclusion. Visit https://nceaonline.com/events/save-the-date-2020-conference/ to learn more.
Contribute to the Future of Evaluation
Submit an Evaluation 2020 Proposal Today!
AEA is now accepting session proposal submissions for Evaluation 2020! Taking place October 26 – 31 in Portland, Oregon, Evaluation 2020 brings together professionals from across the globe to focus on key trends impacting the field of evaluation.
As you submit your proposal to present at Evaluation 2020, keep in mind – we are looking for both creative thinking and variety in your submissions.
Don’t miss this opportunity to present in front of a global audience of more than 3,000 colleagues! Submissions are now due Monday, March 23, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. (EST).
We are continuing to monitor the situation and are moving forward at this time with all planned AEA events, keeping the safety and well-being of our community and members the top priority.
How Will You Shine Your Light?
Those of us in AEA, or who have chosen the profession of Evaluation, have done so because we believe our professional field allows us to shine our lights for the purposes of improving conditions for others to shine theirs. This year’s theme, How Will You Shine Your Light? explores the expression of light through evaluation practice.
AEA President Aimee White encourages those submitting a proposal to ask “How am I shining my light in my work?” When creating a proposal submission, pose your own questions around how you are shining your light in evaluation practice.
Read more about the Evaluation 2020 theme.
Think About the AEA Guiding Principles
New this year, we want your proposal to connect to the AEA Guiding Principles. The Guiding Principles reflect the core values of AEA and are intended as a guide to the professional ethical conduct of evaluators. When submitting your proposal, you will be asked to choose principles that are related to your topic or proposal. Learn more about the AEA Guiding Principles.
How to Submit Your Proposal
Visit the AEA website to get started. You must be logged into your AEA account to submit a proposal. If you do not have an account, you must become a member, create a non-member account, or create a student non-member account. Please ensure your member profile is up-to-date with your proper title and organization before you submit your proposal.
We look forward to receiving your submissions! Once you submit your proposal successfully, you will receive a confirmation email.
If you have any questions or need assistance in submitting your proposal, feel free to contact our education team members directly at firstname.lastname@example.org or 202-367-1166.
On February 20 at 9am EST, join Data for Impact for the third webinar in a series sharing lessons learned in applying complexity-aware methods in evaluation. We'll discuss the Ripple Effects Mapping (REM) method, a useful tool for evaluators.
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