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  • 08 Jan 2020 8:27 AM | Anonymous

    Minnesotans working in evaluation who are from communities that are Indigenous, Black, and/or Of Color: We are happy to report that we had about 25 people attend our first meeting in-person or remotely—most of whom did not know each other previously. Another 25 expressed interest but were unable to attend that particular evening. Folks were enthusiastic to meet again, soon, and we are fortunate that Choua Her has graciously offered to host the second meeting on Wednesday, January 22 in St. Paul.

    Beyond community building and having an open conversation about our experiences, one focus of the January (and February) meeting will be to ensure that those who were unable to attend in December have a chance to contribute their ideas to the guiding principles that this group will embrace and likely-ever-evolving list of topics that this group will collectively address. Depending on the size and composition of January’s attendees, we may decide to also offer a break-out space/ time for those who want to begin thinking through questions about how we should take care of the group’s logistics and administration.

    Please find meeting details below and let us know if you plan to attend the January 22 meeting in-person or are interested in attending future events by completing this Google Form by Monday, January 20, 2020.

    Feel free to share this invitation, noting that this space/time is being co-created by/for/as folks with life experience as members of groups that are Indigenous, Black, and/or Of Color who are doing evaluation work. White accomplices can show their support/solidarity by honoring the needs, rights, and power involved in IBPOC gathering among ourselves, without them. There may be future opportunities for white accomplices to engage with us in these conversations.

    If you have any questions, please contact Carolina at Carolina@pdastats.com

    MEETING DETAILS

    Date: Wednesday, January 22, 2020

    Time: 5:30-7:30pm Feel free to come whenever you can and stay for as long as you can.

    Location:  Larpenteur Estates
    1260 Larpenteur Avenue West
    Saint Paul, MN 55113


    · There will be signs so folks know where to go and don't get lost.

    · There will not be a Zoom option on this date. Look for one in the next several weeks! (We decided that we will create an entirely separate virtual space and time for folks who cannot attend in person to participate, based on our experience at the December meeting when we found it difficult for each side to hear each other.)

    Driving directions:         
    · Enter by the 1260 building which is across from the Auto Zone store.
    · We are happy to try helping coordinate transportation.

    Parking is free.
    · Park anywhere along the building or by the garages where there is an open space. Walk to the large sign that says Party Room and follow the walkway.

    Public transportation:    Metro transit Bus 61. Get off at the Fernwood Street and Larpenteur stop. Walk a few feet to the building across from the Auto Zone store. Go up the walkway to the entrance.

    There will be a sign to the Party Room.

    Please note:                 
    · Feel free but not pressured to bring a snack to share (all are welcome, with or without snacks!).
    · There is a full kitchen that folks are welcome to use. If you do bring food, please bring a list of ingredients or note if it contains common allergens or ingredients that folks on restricted diets often avoid (e.g., any kind of meat or seafood, especially shellfish; animal by-products such as gelatin, dairy, eggs; nuts; gluten).

    · Please avoid any kind of scent in the interest of attendees with allergies, asthma, and other sensitivities.

    Additional considerations:
    · Children and others you may care for are welcome.
    · There are accessible parking spaces right by the large sign that leads to the walkway, which goes right into the party room entrance.

    The party room is on ground level so folks can enter through the same entrance as those who drive and park their cars.

    Those taking public transit would need to walk along the parking row that's next to the 1260 building then take a right to get to the walkway.

    We will pin down more details regarding the accessible parking spaces, curbs, ramps and are happy to arrange for specific types of access/accommodations including alternative formats, translation, and interpretation.

    Thanks and hope to see you soon!

    Sincerely on behalf of:

    Tia Bastian (Professional Data Analysts)
    Carolina De La Rosa Mateo (Professional Data Analysts)
    Kassira Absar (The Improve Group)
    Vidhya Shanker (Rainbow Research)

    Description of image attached: The faces of 6 people of varying genders and hair colors and skin colors, with the words, “This space/time is being co-created by/for/as folks with life experience as members of groups that are Indigenous, Black, and/or Of Color who are doing evaluation work. White accomplices can show their support/solidarity by honoring the needs, rights, and power involved in IBPOC gathering among ourselves, without them. There may be future opportunities for white accomplices to engage with us in these conversations.” Beautifully rendered by Anne Gomez of Picture This Graphic Recording & Facilitation.

  • 07 Jan 2020 9:31 AM | Anonymous

    Join a local Community of Practice! Open to all evaluators. Meetings are at the Improve Group at 8:30 a.m. 

    The Evaluation Community of Practice meets every other month.  Anyone with an interest in evaluation is welcome to attend! Feel free to bring along colleagues.  Participants are asked to lead and facilitate one conversation on an evaluation topic of their choice to enhance our knowledge, skills and practice.

    To join email: Laura Bohen at bohe0006@umn.edu

    Community of Practice meetings are at: The Improve Group, 661 LaSalle St. St. Paul, MN 55114 


  • 01 Jan 2020 9:35 AM | Anonymous

    Check out the latest and FULL FREE ACCESS issue of the Canadian Journal of Program Evaluation (Vol 34 No 2; Fall 2019) published by CES National Capital Chapter / SCÉ Section de la capitale. There are four keynote papers on Indigenous evaluation and/or sharing perspectives about the progress on the TRC policy / progress up in Canada. Click below to read: 

     Canadian Journal of Program Evaluation (Vol 34 No 2; Fall 2019)



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  • 09 Dec 2019 2:13 PM | Sarah Lindeman (Administrator)

    If you bring value to your organization, have a success story to share, or would like to discuss a relevant topic that impacts your role as an evaluator, AEA wants to hear from you! We are now accepting workshop proposal submissions for the 2020 Summer Evaluation Institute, taking place June 7 – 10, 2020 in Atlanta, Georgia. 

    The deadline to submit a proposal is Monday, January 6, 2020 by 11:59 PM ET.


    Submit Your Proposal

    What to Expect at the Summer Evaluation Institute

    The Summer Evaluation Institute features interactive workshops with a focus on the diverse issues and trends unique to evaluation professionals. A small Summer Evaluation Institute working group will choose a variety of high-caliber proposals to be presented during five rotations of half-day workshops.


    Who Should Submit a Proposal? You! 

    Presenters at the Summer Evaluation Institute are nationally-known authors, outstanding trainers, and experts who have conducted evaluations across multiple settings. Share your best practices and expertise by submitting a proposal


    What Are We Looking For? 

    If you are...

    • An experienced facilitator who teaches topics of interest to evaluators, applied researchers, grantmakers, foundation program officers, nonprofit administrators, and social science students,
    • Someone who can effectively facilitate workshops for groups of 60+ attendees, or,
    • An engaging, dynamic speaker with creative ideas

    ...then submit your workshop proposal today!

  • 07 Dec 2019 2:20 PM | Sarah Lindeman (Administrator)

    Are you Indigenous, Black, or a Person of Color in Minnesota doing evaluation work? Join us on Tuesday, December 17, 2019 from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. in the community room at Gandhi Mahal for an evening of community building and discussion about establishing a community of practice to more intentionally address systems change in, through, and around our evaluation work. We will spend time getting to know each other, having an open conversation about our experiences, and sharing ideas about how a group like this could influence systems change. Join when you can and stay for as long as you can--whatever works best for your schedule.

    This is a potluck so feel free to bring a snack to share if you are able (all are welcome though, with or without snacks!). 

    Please note that this space/time is being co-created by/for/as folks with life experience as members of groups that are Indigenous, Black, and/or Of Color who are doing evaluation work. White accomplices can show their support/solidarity by honoring the needs, rights, and power involved in IBPOC gathering among ourselves, without them. There will be future opportunities for White accomplices to participate and engage with us in these conversations. 

    Please let us know if you plan to attend the December 17th meeting (in-person or remotely) or are interested in attending future events by completing this Google Form by Sunday, December 15. Feel free to forward this invitation to other IBPOCs practicing evaluation in Minnesota who may be interested in attending.

    You may find it helpful to know:

    ·          If you are unable to attend in person, you can attend remotely via Zoom.  Contact Carolina at Carolina@pdastats.com 

    ·          Children are welcome.

    ·          Gandhi Mahal is accessible by the Blue Line and Bus Route 21; we are happy to try helping coordinate transportation.

    ·          There is a ramp at both ends of the sidewalk on 27th Avenue and the community room is wheelchair accessible; we are happy to try to pin down details and arrange for specific types of access/accommodations including alternative formats, translation, and interpretation.

    ·          Gandhi Mahal is a restaurant and its community room is not scent-free.

    If you have any questions, please contact Carolina at Carolina@pdastats.com.  

    We look forward to connecting with you!

    Sincerely,

    Tia Bastian (Professional Data Analysts)
    Carolina De La Rosa Mateo (Professional Data Analysts)
    Kassira Absar (The Improve Group)
    Vidhya Shanker (Rainbow Research)


  • 11 Nov 2019 12:11 PM | Anonymous

    Dear evaluator,

    My name is John LaVelle, I am an Assistant Professor at University of Minnesota.  I am asking you today to ask for your help on a research study on evaluator values.  My team and I are conducting this study because the values that evaluators hold are often alluded to in the scholarly literature but have not always been well defined or measured.

    In this study, we will be asking questions about your individual, work, professional, and practice values, and your answers will help create an initial -not conclusive- picture of evaluator values in 2019.

    Participation should take no more than 20 minutes of your time, and will remain open until December 1.  You are not required to participate, of course, but participating will help us better understand the individual values evaluators hold, and how those values influence their work.

    For every survey completed, I will donate $5 to the AEA international student travel fund, up to $1000.

    Preliminary results will be shared at the 2020 AEA and 2020 EES conferences.

    Follow this link to participate: https://umn.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_6szpWpuTKEruLKR

    Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions, and please feel free to share this invitation with your evaluation colleagues.

    John and team:

    Justin Hackett, Cal U Pennsylvania
    Clayton Stephenson, USC
    Scott Donaldson, CGU


  • 01 Oct 2019 10:50 AM | Anonymous

    Brrr! Do you feel the fall chill?

    Please help us roll out a WARM welcome to our guests for the AEA conference this November by bringing a new or gently used adult-sized hat, scarf or set of gloves to the MNEA Welcome table on the first day. 

    Conference attendees who need a hat, scarf or gloves can use them to stay warm.

    Any left at the end of the conference will be donated.  

    Take a hat, leave a hat, lend a hand!



  • 01 Oct 2019 8:34 AM | Anonymous

    Experience Evaluation 2019 from the Comfort of Your Home or Office

    Virtual Conference Registration is Now Open!

    Attending Evaluation 2019 in person is a great opportunity to learn and network with your peers, but if you can’t join us in Minneapolis, AEA offers another solution – the Virtual Conference!

    Last year, evaluators from more than 65 countries joined us virtually. Consider registering for our 2019 Virtual Conference experience to connect with peers from across the globe and to:

    • Live-stream Evaluation 2019 Presidential Strand Plenaries
    • Receive three-month access to recorded Presidential Strand sessions and all four plenary sessions after the conference
    • Enjoy valuable evaluation content without the hassle of travel expenses

    The Virtual Conference costs $50 for members and $100 for non-members. Secure your spot today!


    How to Register

    Visit the Evaluation 2019 virtual conference website to register for the event. Once you register, you will receive a confirmation email with an access code.

    During the scheduled plenary times, you can enter your code into the Virtual Conference portal and view the Evaluation 2019 plenary sessions.

    Please note: The Presidential Strand breakout sessions will be available post-conference. 


    QUESTIONS? Visit the Evaluation 2019 website for more information, or contact us at info@eval.org or 202.367.1166.


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