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  • 07 Apr 2020 2:53 PM | MNEA admin (Administrator)

    Members at the 2019 Luncheon in Minneapolis

    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 developmentExpanding the Bench™ (ETB) specifically invites evaluators from historically marginalized and under-supported groups to apply for Network membership. Membership criteria include:

    • 7 years (or more) of paid evaluation experience and expertise
    • Authorship and writing quality
    • Project management resources
    • Knowledge and practice of CREE

    Learn more and apply to join the ACE Evaluation Network:

    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 with any questions.

    The Expanding the Bench Team

  • 01 Apr 2020 7:40 PM | MNEA admin (Administrator)

    Online Icebreakers: Connecting from a Distance.

    incebreakersTuesday, 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!


  • 29 Mar 2020 11:11 AM | MNEA admin (Administrator)

    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:  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 mattersThe 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.

  • 14 Feb 2020 12:24 PM | MNEA admin (Administrator)

    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 to learn more.  

  • 23 Jan 2020 8:43 AM | MNEA admin (Administrator)

    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.

    Submit Proposal

    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 membercreate a non-member account, or create a student non-member accountPlease 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 or 202-367-1166.

  • 22 Jan 2020 9:30 AM | MNEA admin (Administrator)

    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.

      Learn more

  • 22 Jan 2020 9:00 AM | MNEA admin (Administrator)

    The 2020 call for blog posts by Sheila B. Robinson

    By Sheila Robinson / January 25, 2020

    Greetings aea365 readers AND authors! I’m Sheila B Robinson, Lead Curator and sometimes Saturday contributor. Just last week, I wrote this post asking what you would like to read on aea365 in 2020.

    Thanks to those who offered these ideas! Now, I’m writing to ask YOU to consider contributing on one of these, or any other evaluation-related topics.

    Learn more

  • 22 Jan 2020 8:39 AM | MNEA admin (Administrator)

    February 7 Proposal Deadline: CREA (Culturally Responsive Evaluation & Assessment) 6th Annual International Conference Sep. 29-Oct. 2 in Chicago, IL

    The CREA 2020 theme of Interrogating Cultural Responsiveness against the Backdrop of Racism and Colonialism will focus on the following areas in program evaluation, measurement, and assessment:
    • Being culturally responsive in the midst of discomfort and opposition—critically reflecting on our professional experiences and strategies for maintaining and strengthening our cultural responsiveness
    • Choosing to be part of a solution rather than part of a problem—how well do we encourage interpersonal and academic discussions of racism and colonialism
    • Building the capacity of those we work with—communities, organizations, funders—to understand history, culture and the distribution of power resulting from racism and colonialism
    • Naming, unpacking, and destabilizing white privilege to understand how racism and colonialism negatively impact all peoples
    • Delving deeper into the intersections of racism and colonialism with sexism, transphobia and other prejudices that marginalize and exclude
    • Examining the theoretical roots of cultural responsiveness through the intersecting lenses of racism and colonialism.

    Papers are invited that address one or more of the following:

    1. Reports of interventions—We invite papers that describe interventions/programs addressing a particular type of inequity primarily including discussions of outcomes and impacts.

    2. Development of an intersectional evidence base—We invite papers that discuss new ways of thinking about evidence of effectiveness and program impact within interventions that target people of color including indigenous and tribal specific communities.

    3. Theories of change that incorporate an intersectional perspective—We invite papers that explore the plausibility and testability of various theories of change that address inequities in specific, local or global circumstances.

    4. Instrumentation—We invite papers that address issues in the development of measures and indicators that are sensitive to capturing changes in underrepresented individuals and communitiesthat are targeted in programs and interventions. 5. Critical reflection —We invite papers that deconstruct dynamics of power and privilege surrounding evaluation and assessment while closely examining the cultural location of our work as well as its ethical and moral complexities given intersectional considerations.

    Learn More



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