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  • 01 Oct 2019 10:50 AM | MNEA admin (Administrator)

    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 | MNEA admin (Administrator)

    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 or 202.367.1166.

  • 29 Sep 2019 6:39 PM | MNEA admin (Administrator)

    Join the MN Department of Health for a monthly
    Mental Well-Being and Resilience Learning Community


    Tuesday, October 29, 2019 from 10-Noon

    Healing Illuminated: Promoting Self-Care in our Families, Schools and Communities  


    rebekandosi Rebeka Ndosi

    Healing Justice Coach & Consultant, Health Practitioner, Yoga & Meditation Teacher, Speaker, Film Producer

    Learning and practicing self-care must happen in community and be reinforced in community.  Providing parents, teachers and other caregivers tools to self-regulate are a critical part of a trauma informed organization and community.  Healing Illuminated provides adults with these tools to heal as well as specific tools and skills to share those gifts with the young people in their lives.  Healing Illuminated provides breathing, yoga, mindfulness and other tools to adults from schools, organizations and communities across the Greater Minneapolis/St. Paul area, and nationwide, and is finding ways to help build them into school systems.  One example is a training they offered through a cohort of adult educators, youth workers, parents and caregivers who work with students who are labeled as having Educational Behavioral Disorder. Along with practicing mind-body tools for addressing their own stress and trauma, participants engaged in learning about the history of the EBD Special Education category and ways to incorporate simple tools into their lives, their homes, classrooms, offices and organizations in order to create a space of wholeness for themselves and the youth in their lives.…….Learn about how this work has evolved and been implemented in multiple kinds of spaces. 

  • 29 Sep 2019 12:24 PM | MNEA admin (Administrator)

    This year, the Minnesota International NGO Network (MINN) is hosting the 7th annual MINN Summit on Friday, November 1 at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs. The conference will feature Semhar Araia, Managing Director of Diaspora and Multicultural Partnerships at UNICEF USA. Ms. Araia is also the founder of DAWN, Diaspora African Women’s Network, a global network whose mission is to support and help develop the next generation of African diaspora professional women focused on African affairs. Previously, Ms. Araia served as a diaspora engagement technical advisor to communities, governments, international organizations and non-profit organizations, including the African Union and the United Nations.

    The Summit also hosts multiple smaller breakout sessions designed to help NGO representatives exchange and learn best practices, share insights and resources about local, national, and cross-national trends in the field. A day-long program embodying MINN’s mission, the Summit is a space for social interaction and networking, as well as professional development. MINN harnesses the talents of its volunteers and community to prepare global citizens to do humanitarian work abroad for good, better.

    Learn more about the Summit at 

  • 16 Sep 2019 9:54 PM | MNEA admin (Administrator)

    Dear Colleagues,

    Evaluation researchers at the School of Human Ecology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison are seeking evaluators who do community-based work to participate in a phone interview regarding the influence of gatekeeping on evaluation practice. If you participate, you will be asked questions regarding your work. Results of the interview will inform our growing theory of gatekeeping in evaluation practice that may play a role in promoting or limiting inclusivity. These results will be reviewed only by researchers or research assistants involved in the study and employed by UW-Madison.

    If you decide to participate, you do not have to answer any question in the interview that you do not wish to answer.  The information you provide will be kept completely confidential and anonymous.  Individuals will not be identified. The interview should take about 30 - 60 minutes to complete.

    I hope you will consider sharing your valuable perspective and experiences with us!

    Questions concerning the project and the interviews should be directed to:

    Travis R. Moore
    Ph.D. Student in Civil Society & Community Research
    Project Assistant with the Center for Community & Nonprofit Studies
    University of Wisconsin-Madison
    Cell: 512-914-4880 |

  • 24 Aug 2019 11:07 AM | MNEA admin (Administrator)

    Washington Evaluators is extending complimentary webinar registration to members of AEA Local Affiliates for R for the Rest of Us Roadshow with David Keyes. The webinar will be held on Sept. 26 at 2-3pm (Eastern).

    In anticipation of the upcoming Introduction to R workshops (, David will conduct a free webinar for Washington Evaluators and local affiliates that will help members learn more about R and decide whether they are ready to start their R journey.  Log-in as a MNEA member to get the webinar registration code here:

    Member Discount Codes


    In this presentation, David will discuss reasons why R is worth the effort it takes to learn. These include fast, efficient, and reproducible data analysis, high-quality data visualization, and doing everything from data importing to final reporting in a single tool. The presentation will include an overview of what R is, how it works, and what it can do for you.

    This webinar, titled Demystifying R: A Guided Tour, will be similar to David's recent AEA coffee break presentation, one of the most popular coffee breaks ever with over 400 registrants.

    About David

    David Keyes has over a decade of experience conducting research and evaluation. During this time, he has led the Mexican Migration Field Research Program ( the University of California, San Diego, conducted evaluation work as part of the Oregon Community Foundation research team (, and served as a data visualization consultant ( to other researchers and evaluators, helping them to improve the quality of their data visualization. In recent years, David has also trained evaluators (and others) to use R, the most powerful tool for data analysis and visualization, as the founder of R for the Rest of Us. (

    We look forward to seeing you there!

  • 06 Jun 2019 7:30 AM | MNEA admin (Administrator)

    Become a 2019 AEA Conference Sponsor! Sponsorship offers you a unique way to enhance the conference experience for the attendees, highlight your products and services, connect with Evaluation 2019 attendees, support AEA and the evaluation field, and increase brand recognition for your business or organization among national and international evaluators. The information outlined in the prospectus represents example sponsorship opportunities and benefits. AEA welcomes the opportunity to work with you to identify a sponsorship that meets your goals and needs.  Learn more by reading the: 

    Evaluation 2019 Display and Sponsorship Prospectus

  • 05 Jun 2019 5:36 AM | MNEA admin (Administrator)

    MN Evaluation Association network is invited to the 12th Annual Public Performance Conference. Taking place September 26th-27th, 2019 in Boston, the event’s purpose is to examine and discuss pioneering performance management models and innovative uses of data in the adoption and implementation of compelling public sector practices.

    They also welcome submissions from our membership to present at the conference; to learn more and see the coupon code for 20% of registration for MNEA members click here.



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