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  • 03 Jun 2019 6:36 AM | Anonymous

    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 

  • 02 Jun 2019 12:30 PM | MNEA admin (Administrator)

    The MNEA/AEA 2019 Local Area Workgroup (LAWG) on Local Arrangements/ Diversity/ Welcoming/Fun Committee is seeking volunteers to aid with the following tasks:

    1) Join a committee to help create a guide (printed and electronic) for conference attendees showcasing the many local restaurants, landmarks and other tourist attractions in the Twin Cities.

    2) Join a committee to help create Sustainable Tours of the area.  We want to encourage conference attendees to use public transportation to see local attractions. We are developing easy-to-use maps showcasing attractions that are along the light-rail transit Blue and Green lines as well as bus routes.

    Join the fun and meet new people! Please email Sarah Lindeman at if you are interested. 

  • 02 Jun 2019 8:54 AM | MNEA admin (Administrator)

    The Minnesota State Survey can provide you with answers to your research questions about Minnesotans. It allows you to ask up to 10 questions of a representative sample of Minnesota residents. We’ll collect the data and give you a detailed report of their responses and demographic information.

    This fall we will begin the 37th annual Minnesota State Survey. It is a telephone omnibus survey, where many clients participate by buying into a larger survey and sharing the costs. This allows for significant cost savings without compromising the quality of the data.

    Assistance is provided to all participating organizations about the best way to word questions and most appropriate scales to use to measure responses.

    Space for the 2019 Minnesota State Survey is limited. Join the survey today

    Learn More

    View examples of past survey questions.

  • 02 Jun 2019 6:30 AM | Anonymous

    We are excited to announce that this August, Claremont Evaluation Center is offering its annual Professional Development Workshops, which provide working professionals and students with world-class practical and theoretical training in evaluation and applied research.

    This year’s workshop series is scheduled for August 14-18, and will feature 14 seminars covering various topics in Evaluation and Research Methods. Taught by leading academics and seasoned practitioners, this workshop series can be experienced onsite at Claremont Graduate University, or wherever you are, thanks to highly interactive online webcasts. 

    To see a full list of the workshops and to register, go to:

  • 09 May 2019 8:20 AM | MNEA admin (Administrator)

    Please join Washington Evaluators for a demo of the

    Self-Sufficiency Research Clearinghouse

    The Self-Sufficiency Research Clearinghouse (SSRC) is an ever growing virtual portal of research on low-income and TANF families and an online hub for professional networking among researchers, policymakers and practitioners who serve these populations. The SSRC aims to improve policy and practice in such areas as employment, education and training, and family self-sufficiency by improving access to field-tested, evidence-informed and evidence-based program strategies and high-quality research and by fostering professional connectivity among its targeted audiences. To access over 7,400 reports, datasets, journal articles, conference papers, federal publications, and more, visit the SSRC Library.

    This demo will show how to best use the SSRC for the work that you do as a researcher, policymaker, practitioner, or for any other reason you are looking for high quality research on low-income populations.

    The event is free, but there are limited spaces for non-members.

    We look forward to seeing you there!   

    WHEN: July 25, 2019, 12-12:30 pm

    WHERE: Online- information provided after registration in reminder email

    Registration Link and Code go to For Member Promo Code webpage

  • 08 May 2019 8:08 AM | MNEA admin (Administrator)

    The application will open on June 3rd and will close on July 8th.

    AEA Conference 2019
    This year, MNEA has the opportunity to be the local affiliate host site for AEA's annual conference in November. This event brings together more than 4,000 evaluators from around the world to discuss the theory and practice of evaluation. The theme for the 2019 meeting is: Paths to the future of Evaluation: Contribution, Leadership, Renewal. Learn more here.

    MNEA Scholarship Opportunity for AEA Conference 2019
    Thanks to a generous grant from the Bush Foundation, the MNEA Board is able to provide scholarships for underrepresented evaluators and evaluation users to attend AEA 2019. Receiving the scholarship will cover the AEA conference registration and a one-year AEA membership and a one year MNEA membership (if not already an AEA/MNEA member). The remainder of the scholarship funds are to be used at the recipients's discretion for expenses such as food, transportation, lodging, or childcare during the conference.

    Apply Here

    Preview the Application Here

    Eligibility Requirement

    • Must be a resident of Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa, or a Native Nation that shares those geographies
    • Must 18 years of age or older
    Preference will be given to underrepresented groups:
    • Applicants from greater Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa,  or the Native Nations that shares these geographies
    • People of color and Indigenous people, people who identify as LGBTIQ, people with disabilities, and other underrepresented identities
    • Students (anyone currently enrolled as a student at the time of application submission)
    • First time AEA conference attendees

    Please note:  Scholarship recipients will need to provide proof of registration for the conference and should plan to attend a Scholarship Brunch on the opening day of the conference, Wednesday, November 13. 

    About MNEA
    The Minnesota Evaluation Association (MNEA) is a 501c6 tax exempt membership organization that primarily serves its members, with a mission to promote and improve the theory, practice, understanding, and use of evaluation and its contribution to the Minnesota community and the neighboring regions. Our work is led and managed by a volunteer working Board of Directors, and supported by over 300 active members, which includes professional evaluators, evaluation users, evaluation funders, and evaluation students. We organize professional development and networking events, serving the local evaluation community for over 33 years. We have been a local affiliate of the American Evaluation Association (AEA), the largest professional evaluation organization in the world, since 2004. Learn more about MNEA here.

  • 07 May 2019 12:34 PM | MNEA admin (Administrator)

    Nominees Sought for AEA Representative to IOCE
    Apply by: Friday, June 7, 2019

    The International Organization for Cooperation in Evaluation (IOCE) is an alliance of regional, national, and international evaluation organizations (associations, societies, and networks) from around the world that collaborate to: 

    • Build evaluation leadership and capacity, especially in developing countries;
    • Foster the cross-fertilization of evaluation theory and practice around the world;
    • Address international challenges in evaluation; and
    • Assist the evaluation profession to take a more global approach to contributing to the identification and solution of world problems.

    AEA's representative to the IOCE works with IOCE colleagues while representing a stance in alignment with AEA's mission, vision, and values. He or she acts independently, yet brings questions or concerns back to the AEA Board. The IOCE representative submits a written report to the Board on her or his activities and relevant international evaluation issues each fall. AEA’s representative to the IOCE is also a member of the Management Group of the EvalPartners coalition. The representative will serve a three-year term beginning January 1, 2020 and ending December 31, 2022. In the past, the rising representative has shadowed the incumbent for up to six months prior to taking their position.

    The person serving in this position is likely a senior member of the evaluation profession, dedicated to the field, and has the breadth and depth of knowledge and practice required to speak authoritatively about evaluation issues in the international context. Individuals seeking to serve need to have a demonstrated range of relevant experience in evaluation and a commitment to representing the diversity of people and the international perspectives represented in the field and in AEA's membership.

    To learn more about the work of the IOCE, please review the IOCE website. To learn more about the AEA Representative position, please review the official call for application.

    How to Apply

    If you are interested in being considered as AEA's representative to the IOCE, please compile the following into a single file and submit it by Friday, June 7, 2019.

    • A one-page statement of interest telling us why you would like to serve
    • A one-page bio reflecting your evaluation background, experiences in international contexts, and commitment to the mission, vision, and values of the association
    • A one-page letter of support for your nomination from another AEA member
    • A current curriculum vita or résumé

    Please send your submission as a single file via email to the AEA office at The selection of the next IOCE representative will be made by the AEA President and President-elect, in consultation with the AEA Board.

    Our current representative, Cindy Clapp-Wincek, is completing her term in December and is available for inquiries if you have specific questions regarding the position at

    If you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact AEA Executive Director Anisha Lewis

  • 07 May 2019 10:27 AM | MNEA admin (Administrator)

    June 9 - 12, 2019 in Atlanta, GA
    American Evaluation Association Summer Institute

    Make Valuable Connections at the AEA Summer Evaluation Institute

    The Summer Evaluation Institute is where you can experience high-caliber education in a setting that encourages conversation and idea sharing with your fellow evaluators from diverse backgrounds and skill levels.

    During the Summer Evaluation Institute, you can:

    • Meet face-to-face with experienced workshop speakers who are thought-leaders in the field
    • Learn skill-building lessons alongside your professional peers on technology and processes that are impacting community programs
    • Engage in interactive discussions about challenges and lessons learned
    • Network with other attendees during meals and workshop breaks 

    Check out our agenda at-a-glance to see the opportunities to learn and network during the event!

    Register Now

    Early-bird deadline is May 17.

    If you have questions, please contact us at or 202.367.1166.

  • 04 May 2019 7:57 AM | MNEA admin (Administrator)

    Logic models are instrumental in guiding evaluation and reporting activities. They can also help your team build consensus around assumptions and create cohesion about how you think about and communicate your program.

    Join The Improve Group in taking inspiration from Marie Kondo to tidy up how you consider your program’s impact, realize what’s holding you back, and spark joy! With this half-day workshop, The Improve Group will teach you the “why” and “how” of using logic models to transform your program or organization into a well-oiled machine, clutter-free! Following the workshop, you can register to spend additional time working together to develop your logic model. Our training meets you where you are—no previous logic model (or tidying up) expertise required.

    For more information on the benefits of having a logic model, check out this video from IG CEO Leah Goldstein Moses!

    If this sounds like something that would benefit your program or organization, you can learn more and register here!

  • 02 May 2019 9:11 AM | MNEA admin (Administrator)

    TCRG Brown Bag Speaker Series on Wednesday, May 15, 2019, 12:00 to 1:00 PM

    Topic: Cognitive Interviewing: It WILL Improve Your Questionnaire.

    Cognitive interviewing is one of the qualitative tools methodologists use to combat measurement error in questionnaire design.  This presentation will review the psychological response mechanism respondents use when completing a questionnaire, review some commonly used approaches to cognitive interviewing in questionnaire design, and give some examples of how survey instruments have been improved through the use of cognitive interviewing. 

    Featured Presenter: Rob Daves is owner and principal of Daves & Associates Research. He is a Fellow and Past President of Midwest Association for Public Opinion Research.

    Where: Wilder Foundation
    451 Lexington Parkway, Saint Paul, MN 55104 
    On the 
    MetroTransit Green Line: Lexington Station

    TCRG has implemented a membership program, with registration priority for dues-paying members. If you are a 2019 paid member, use the Eventbrite "Promotional Code" -- emailed separately -- to access Member ticketing.



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