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  • 07 Jan 2020 9:31 AM | MNEA admin (Administrator)

    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

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

  • 01 Jan 2020 9:35 AM | MNEA admin (Administrator)

    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)

  • 26 Dec 2019 12:40 PM | MNEA admin (Administrator)

    EnCompass LLC is offering 30% off of the following ELC courses through the end of this year.  These interactive, instructor-led courses might be of interest to you.

    You can follow the links to find the dates and times of the courses. Most are planned for EST morning slots, but MQP’s Principles-Focused class is planned for EST evening hours and Donna Mertens’ course is scheduled for EST afternoon times:

    Five Module Series - Discounted from $1375 to $962.50
    Four Module Series - Discounted from $1100 to $770
    Two Module Series - Discounted from $550 to $385
    Four Module Series - Discounted from $1100 to $770
    Four Module Series - Discounted from $1100 to $770
    Two Module Series - Discounted from $550 to $385

    These rates are not available online and need to be processed by the EnCompass team, so please reach out to  EnCompass LLC directly at: +1 301-287-8715  if you are interested in taking advantage of this opportunity! 


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  • 09 Dec 2019 2:13 PM | Anonymous

    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 | Anonymous

    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 

    ·          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  

    We look forward to connecting with you!


    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 | MNEA admin (Administrator)

    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:

    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 | 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. 



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