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  • 12 Jun 2020 3:27 PM | Anonymous

    Learn Together, While Apart

    Register for the AEA Summer Learning Series 

    Inspired by the lessons of the Summer Evaluation Institute, AEA has transformed five of our Summer Evaluation workshops into in-depth and interactive digital workshops to support the continual learning and growth of our community. 

    What Makes the Summer Learning Series Different?

    AEA is working hard to transform in-person workshop content into valuable digital workshops that have clear distinctions from typical webinars. The 
    Summer Learning Series features: 

    • Meaningful discussions with your peers allowing for thorough understanding of the topic 
    • Opportunity to work through case studies and see how the topic can be applied to your practice
    • Designated time for question and answers to allow you to work through foreseen challenges or brainstorm solutions with the group or presenter
    • Curated speakers from across the field of evaluation who are subject matter experts and experienced in workshop facilitation 

    Plan your summer education schedule with our five digital workshops: 

    Adding Costs to Help Your Evaluation Get Used: Cost-Effectiveness and Cost-Benefit Analyses for Health and Human Services 

    12:00 pm - 3:00 pm EST

    See full description

    Mixed Methods Design in Evaluation

    12:00 pm - 3:00 pm EST

    See full description.

    Interactive Dashboards Using Excel and Google Sheets

    12:00 pm - 3:00 pm EST

    See full description.

    You Built it. Why Won’t They Come? Evaluation Capacity Building

    12:00 pm - 3:00 pm EST

    See full description.

    Visual Note-Taking 101: Encouraging Dynamic Participation through Visual Storytelling

    12:00 pm - 3:00 pm EST

    See full description.

    To participate in these digital workshops, all you need is a reliable internet connection and your computer or laptop.
    Presenters will communicate If additional materials are needed for their workshop.

    Visit the AEA Digital Knowledge Hub to learn more about the Summer Learning Series and other upcoming offerings. 

    Please contact AEA at if you have any questions.

  • 12 Jun 2020 3:21 PM | Anonymous

    We’re now inviting more people to join the MERL Center working groups! If you are a MERL practitioner with an interest in or knowledge of open source, or you’re an open source expert with an interest in and knowledge of MERL, we’d love to have you! Please feel free to reach out me with a brief introduction to you and your work, and I’ll help you get on-boarded. We’re excited to have you work with us!   

    Learn More

  • 05 May 2020 7:45 PM | MNEA admin (Administrator)

    May 5 Webinar

    Deep Dive with Michael Quinn Patton: Evaluation Implications of th Coronavirus Global Health Pandemic Emergency

    Blog authored by MQPatton

    March 23rd, 2020  Blog post on Blue Marble Evaluation

    Click here to read the post 

  • 04 May 2020 6:44 PM | MNEA admin (Administrator)

    AEA continues to offer support to members and the evaluation community as a whole. We understand this is a strenuous and difficult time, and many are under significant financial strain.

    For April, May, and June membership renewals, AEA will freeze renewal costs for 60 days upon request. If you are concerned about an upcoming membership renewal, please contact us at

    We encourage you to continue to take advantage of your member benefits, including:

    Coffee Breaks 
    As an AEA member, you have free access to our library of Coffee Breaks. These short, 20 minute webinars are great for sharing lessons with your colleagues, while you are apart.

    eStudies are a great way to be immersed in top-of-mind evaluation themes and topics via an online course. Here are a few upcoming eStudies to consider exploring, offered at a discounted rate to members. You can also access recorded eStudies on the Knowledge Hub.

    ·      Introduction to Independent Consulting (starting May 4, 2020)
    ·      Introduction to R (starting June 4, 2020)

    Conference Recordings
    AEA members now have free access to the Evaluation 2019 recordings. Review the Presidential Strand and Plenary sessions now to refresh your memory of what you've learned, or to catch up on sessions you may have missed.

    AEA's daily blog, AEA365, includes a series of Saturday posts offering reflection and information for evaluation practice during this global pandemic.

    Topics covered include:

    ·      Self-Care in the Age of Coronavirus
    ·      Making it Work Online - A Rapid Response to COVID
    ·      Contactless Evaluation - (in Times of COVID-19)

    Click here to subscribe to AEA365. We will continue to share resources and experiences of our community. 

    AEA encourages you to turn to the evaluation community through EvalTalk. This discussion forum provides a safe space to trade insights and concerns, talk through specific challenges that are arising, and overall, to lean on each other for support. Now is the time to maintain strong connections worldwide and seek guidance in navigating today's climate.

    Local Affiliates
    Consider reaching out to an AEA affiliate for localized resources and support. AEA teams up with local affiliates as part of the Local Affiliate Collaborative, an effort designed to support, sustain, and strengthen affiliates by fostering joint and coordinated action among and between affiliates and AEA.

    You can also stay connected to your community through TIGs. Topical Interest Groups are defined around a certain topic or interest and create a forum enabling its members to become a resource that the entire community can leverage. This organized community and combined experience is needed now more than ever. As an AEA member, you are allowed to join up to five of the 60 Topical Interest Groups.

    QUESTIONS? Reach out to us with any membership-related questions at or 202.367.1166.

  • 04 May 2020 5:00 PM | MNEA admin (Administrator)

    Minnesota Council on Foundation’s Learning and Evaluation Roundtable (for staff at funding organizations)

    DATE & TIME: Tuesday, May 19, 2020 at 10:00am - 11:30am CDT

    LOCATION: Webinar

    ADMISSION FEE: $0.00


    This is an exploratory meeting for Learning and Evaluation professionals working in funding organizations. At this roundtable, Learning and Evaluation professionals working in philanthropy will get to know each other, share about the work they are doing, and talk through questions and challenges with their peers. It is also an opportunity to start thinking about how Minnesota Council on Foundations (MCF) can best support Evaluation and Learning staff moving forward.




  • 04 May 2020 4:34 PM | MNEA admin (Administrator)
    Simply put: feedback is important. Particularly in times of crisis and change, listening to those we serve is critical. But that doesn’t mean it’s easy.

    Late last year, three Leap Ambassadors—David Bonbright, Brad Dudding, and Sophie Sahafled a conversation around the importance of gathering and acting on constituent feedback that's especially relevant today. We've condensed the conversation into 15 minutes of helpful tips and experience that you can watch here:


    But we're certainly not the only ones talking about constituent feedback:

    • On June 3, Feedback Labs is hosting a webinar to discuss how feedback loops are being used to improve nonprofit organizations' responses to COVID-19.
    • If you're a funding organization, you can join other funders, the Fund for Shared Insight, and Grantmakers for Effective Organizations on May 19 for a conversation around building your listening and feedback practices.
    Surviving and thriving in times of crisis makes gathering feedback more important than ever before. We hope these insights from the experts spark meaningful reflection and action for you.

    Be well,
    Leap Ambassadors Community

  • 04 May 2020 4:29 PM | MNEA admin (Administrator)

    The stakes have never been higher for effective, efficiently run local governments.

    We want to help.

    While evaluating performance management—the use of performance information for management purposes—managers and analysts sometimes skip too quickly through the intricacies of good performance measurement.

    That's where Performance Measurement for Managing Local Government comes in. It answers the persistent questions that confront everyone who has ever tried to design measures, evaluate measures, or make measures the management tools they are supposed to be. This book guides you toward proper design of measures, illustrates common errors and ways to avoid them, offers tips, and even provides sets of suitable measures on which to build.

    In other words—before tackling performance management, read this book first.

    Please consult the attached flyer for more detailed information, including testimonials and full contents.

    About the Author: David N. Ammons is Professor of Public Administration and Government at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is a nationally-recognized expert on performance measurement, benchmarking, performance management, and productivity improvement in local government. He has served on the National Performance Management Advisory Commission and the North Carolina Governor’s Advisory Committee on Performance Management.

    To Purchase: Performance Measurement for Managing Local Government is available for purchase from Amazon in paperback and as an eBook.

    For information of discounts on bulk sales of five or more copies, please contact the publisher, Harry Briggs, directly at

    Local Elected Officials

    PS: You may also be interested in Local Elected Officials: Guardians of Good Governance, a practical handbook for both local elected officials and those who work with them in state and local government administration.

  • 04 May 2020 4:13 PM | MNEA admin (Administrator)

    Data Disrupted: Practical Solutions to Adapt Research and Evaluation Plans During COVID-19


    Free Webinar

    May 12, 2020
    2:00-3:30 PM EDT

    While many youth-serving programs have adapted quickly in response to COVID-19, disruptions to research and evaluation data collection efforts have left practitioners with questions about how to complete current projects and what information to collect to guide future planning. This webinar will convene researchers, evaluators and funders to discuss practical solutions for interrupted data collection efforts and reporting expectations to promote the continuation of quality improvement conversations and the sharing of program impact stories. 

    This panel will address questions such as: Should we revise our plan or stop the evaluation completely? What data is most relevant, useful, and practical to collect in this new context? How else can we add value if data collection efforts are put on hold? How should we communicate necessary adjustments and contingencies to key stakeholders? Participants are invited to share specific questions and/or challenges they are experiencing during the registration process to guide the discussion.

     Register here! 


  • 17 Apr 2020 7:54 PM | MNEA admin (Administrator)

    The Evaluation Association of St. Louis is excited to offer American Evaluation Association affiliate members a webinar opportunity with David Fetterman, the founder of empowerment evaluation.

    Register Here

    Members: log-in here to access the affiliate registration code from MNEA

    Instructions for joining the webinar will be sent out prior.

    Workshop Description:
    Empowerment evaluation is a stakeholder involvement approach to evaluation. It is aimed at learning and improvement. It helps people learn how to help themselves and become more self-determined, by learning how to monitor and evaluate their own programs and initiatives. Key concepts include: a critical friend (evaluator helping to guide their evaluation), cycles of reflection and action, and a community of learners. Principles guiding empowerment evaluation range from improvement to capacity building and accountability. The basic steps of empowerment evaluation include: 1) establishing a mission or unifying purpose; 2) taking stock – a baseline self-assessment designed to help measure growth and improvement; and 3) planning for the future – establishing goals and strategies to achieve objectives (based on their self-assessment), as well as credible evidence to monitor change. An evaluation dashboard is used to compare actual performance with quarterly milestones and annual goals. The role of the evaluator is that of a coach or facilitator in an empowerment evaluation, since the group is in charge of the evaluation itself. The workshop will highlight how empowerment evaluation produces measurable outcomes with case examples ranging from high tech companies such as Google and Hewlett-Packard to work in rural Arkansas and squatter settlements in South Africa. The workshop will introduce participants to the theory, concepts, principles, and steps of empowerment evaluation as well as the technological tools to facilitate the approach.


    David M. Fetterman is the President and CEO of Fetterman & Associates, an international ethnographic and evaluation consultation firm. He works in a wide range of settings, ranging from townships in South Africa to Google in Silicon Valley. Clients and sponsors include: the U.S. Department of Education, W. K. Kellogg Foundation, Hewlett Foundation, Hewlett Packard Philanthropy, John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, and Arkansas Department of Education. David has also provided consultation services for the: Ministry of Education in Japan, Ministry of Health in Brazil, Ministry of Health in Ethiopia, and Te Puni Kokiri (Ministry of Māori Development) in New Zealand.

    He concurrently serves as a member of the faculty at Pacifica Graduate Institute and the University of Charleston. Dr. Fetterman has over 25 years of experience at Stanford University. He was a Consulting Professor of Education in the School of Education and the Director of Evaluation in the School of Medicine at Stanford University. Formerly, he served as a Professor and Research Director at the California Institute of Integral Studies, Principal Research Scientist at the American Institutes for Research, and a Senior Associate and Project Director at RMC Research Corporation. He received his PhD from Stanford University in educational and medical anthropology.

    David is a past-president of the American Anthropological Association’s Council on Anthropology and Education and the American Evaluation Association. He is a Fellow of the American Anthropological Association and the Society for Applied Anthropology. David received the Top Anthropologist of the Year 2019 Award; the American Anthropological Association’s President’s Award; George and Louise Spindler Award, for outstanding contributions to educational anthropology; and the Ethnographic Evaluation Award. He also received the Paul Lazarsfeld Award for Outstanding Contributions to Evaluation Theory and the Myrdal Award for Cumulative Contributions to Evaluation Practice―the American Evaluation Association’s highest honors.

    Fetterman has contributed to a variety of encyclopedias and is the author of Ethnography: Step by Step (4th edition); Excellence and Equality: A Qualitatively Different Perspective on Gifted and Talented Education; and Empowerment Evaluation in the Digital Villages: Hewlett-Packard’s $15 Million Race Toward Social Justice. Dr. Fetterman is the editor of: Ethnography in Educational Evaluation; Educational Evaluation: Ethnography in Theory, Practice, and Politics; Speaking the Language of Power: Communication, Collaboration, and Advocacy (translating ethnography into action); Qualitative Approaches to Evaluation in Education: The Silent Scientific Revolution; Empowerment Evaluation: Knowledge and Tools for Self-assessment, Evaluation Capacity Building, and Accountability; Empowerment Evaluation Principles in Practice; and Foundations of Empowerment Evaluation. (Details of the projects are available at

  • 15 Apr 2020 2:43 PM | MNEA admin (Administrator)

    Call for Nominations for the AEA Board of Directors

    Deadline: Friday, May 7, 2020

    Show your commitment to the value of the American Evaluation Association and help to shape its future! You may nominate yourself or a committed AEA colleague. This year we will elect three Board Members-at-large and a President-Elect. Nominating candidates for office is a valuable service to the Association and your thoughtful participation in this process is greatly appreciated.

    Board Members

    Any AEA member (international as well as national) may serve on the AEA Board. The Board Members serve three-year terms, beginning January 1, 2021 and attend three-four in-person Board meetings a year. Each board member serves the board through attendance at Board meetings, active participation in the work of the Board, ongoing email communications, liaising with Board Task Forces, and other Board-focused volunteer groups as assigned. The Board follows the Policy Governance governing system. 




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