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  • 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. 


  • 08 Apr 2020 2:39 PM | MNEA admin (Administrator)

    Review Evaluation 2019 Sessions from Home

    Now more than ever, it is important to share lessons and guidance with one another as we navigate the current times together.

    We are offering AEA members free access to the Presidential Strand sessions and Plenary sessions from Evaluation 2019. Share the recordings with your teams, students, or colleagues while many of us adjust to our new working environment.

    You can view all Presidential Strand sessions and Plenary presentations from Evaluation 2019 – focused on the role of evaluators in shaping the future of the evaluation profession.

    Access Recordings

    Available sessions include:

    ·     When Adaptation Isn't Optional: Strategies for Evaluation and Learning in Fragile Environments

    ·     African Paths to the Future of Evaluation in Africa

    ·     Leadership for Evaluators: Engaging Clients in Adaptive Work

    ·     The Case for Attention to Environmental Sustainability in all Evaluations

    ·     Prioritizing What Matters in Evaluation

    ·     And more

  • 08 Apr 2020 6:33 AM | MNEA admin (Administrator)

    While you are looking to stay connected to your teams, we recommend browsing the AEA Coffee Break library on the Digital Knowledge Hub. These 20 minute webinars are free to all members. 

  • 07 Apr 2020 4:13 PM | MNEA admin (Administrator)

    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

    Facilitators include:

    AEA President, Aimee White
    Nominations and Elections Working Group Chair, Anne Vo
    AEA Past President, Leslie Goodyear

    Register Now

    Member login required to register. 

    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.

  • 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.



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