Connecting Minnesota's Evaluators

Evaluation-related news and happenings

  • 18 Jan 2018 1:41 AM | Anonymous

    A World of Opportunities: Harnessing the Power of Evaluation 


    Pre-MESI Workshop
    March 19 & 20, 2018 (Monday & Tuesday), 9:00 am–4:30 pm each day
    MESI Spring Training
    March 21 & 22, 2018 (Wednesday & Thursday), 8:15 am – 4:45 pm each day


    Continuing Education and Conference Center
    St. Paul Campus of the University of Minnesota

    Intended Audiences

    • Evaluation students and professionals seeking to improve knowledge, skills, and competencies
    • Organizational professionals seeking to build and improve evaluation capacity and skills


    Registration is open! Same day registration is available.



    The fee structure for registration depends on the number of days you plan to attend MESI Spring Training 2018. You will have the opportunity to select the days of attendance on the registration site. Full and part-time university students are eligible for reduced fees.

    Fees increase after March 1, 2018.

    A group discount is available to organizations or networks that register 4 or more participants. Please contact Michelle Gensinger ( for more information about this discount code. In your email, please use the subject line: MESI ST18 Group Discount.


    Fees include materials and meals (continental breakfast, lunch, & afternoon snacks). Participants signed up for Wednesday and/or Thursday training can attend the plenary presentations for the day(s) registered.

    Registration Fees for March 19, 20, 21, & 22

    Regular registration for four Spring Training days: $700 ($750 after March 1)
    Student registration for four Spring Training days: $350 ($375 after March 1)

    Regular registration for three Spring Training days: $550 ($600 after March 1)
    Student registration for three Spring Training days: $275 ($300 after March 1)

    Regular registration for two Spring Training days: $375 ($400 after March 1)
    Student registration for two Spring Training days: $175 ($200 after March 1)

    Regular registration for one Spring Training day: $200 ($225 after March 1)
    Student registration for one Spring Training day: $100 ($125 after March 1)


    One & two day workshops [pdf]

    Plenary and Half-Day Training in Tracks [pdf]

    Flyer [pdf]

    Hotel Lodging

    A block of rooms at the Roseville Radisson has been set aside for MESI Spring Training 2018. The block room rate is $92.00. Discounted rates under this block reservation ends March 2, 2018.  The Radisson provides shuttle service to and from the Continuing Education Conference Center (CECC), St. Paul, MN

    Call 651-636-4567 or 1-800-333-3333 and ask for the"MESI Spring Training Conference" rate.  


    Parking information, including locations, directions, maps, and rates, is available on the Continuing Education and Conference Center website.

    Future Spring Training Schedule

    Hold the dates!

    • March 11-15, 2019
    • March 16-20, 2020

    For More Information

  • 18 Jan 2018 1:36 AM | Anonymous

    A Working Conference to Chart the Future of Evaluation Education and Training
    March 19-20, 2018

    Sponsored by:
    The Minnesota Evaluation Studies Institute (MESI), University of Minnesota
    The University of Melbourne (Australia) Centre for Program Evaluation
    Claremont Graduate University
    The Teaching of Evaluation Topical Interest Group of the American
    Evaluation Association

    The purpose of this working conference is to engage evaluation trainers,
    instructors, and faculty to begin a formal discussion of the current status
    of the education and training of program evaluators. The conference will
    address a range of essential questions, including:

       - What are foundational questions in the area of evaluation education,
       and how can researchers and practitioners collaborate to describe and
       explore them together?
       - What are the risks of not addressing evaluation education with
       data-driven questions and solutions?
       - What research exists on evaluator education/training, and what is
       - How can research on evaluation education be strengthened?

    Anticipated benefits of this conference and the pre-work leading to it
    include the following:

    Benefits for participants

    • Establishing connections with others working in evaluation education
    • Participating in a conversation that will shape the research agenda and future of evaluator education

    Potential benefits for participants over time
    • Collaborative research and eventual; publications on key topics identified
    • Participation in AEA conference panel presentations in coming years
    • Access to an ongoing community working on cutting edge research to improve teaching practice

    The working conference will occur concurrently with the annual Spring
    Training of the Minnesota Evaluation Studies Institute. It will begin at
    5:00 PM on Monday, March 19, 2018 with an introductory working session and
    dinner, then continue throughout the day on Tuesday, March 20, 2018, with
    presentations in the morning and early afternoon and ending with agenda
    setting and final debriefing. There will be no cost to attend the working
    conference, although participants can attend the MESI conference for an
    additional fee.  See for details and more

    We look forward to launching what we believe is a discussion critically
    important to the future of our field. We hope you can join us.

  • 10 Jun 2017 12:30 PM | Anonymous

    The Minnesota Department of Education is hosting a series of free workshops on Survey Methods! If you are new to survey methodology or would like a refresher on best practices, please join MDE staff and MNEA members on Tuesday, June 27, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. in room CC-16. 

    Four one-hour sessions will cover Stakeholder Feedback Options; Writing Effective Survey Items; Designing Surveys; and a Brown Bag Session for Individualized Help with the Survey Team. You can RSVP to for one or more of the sessions. 

    See flyer for more information: Survey Methods Workshops.pdf

  • 23 Dec 2016 4:22 PM | Anonymous

    MNEA Members,

    The Board of Directors of the Minnesota Evaluation Association (MNEA) is pleased to announce the results of the 2017 election. Congratulations to the newly elected members indicated below with an *.

    The Board of Directors for 2017 will be:

    President – Sara Cohn

    President Elect – Melissa Chapman Haynes*

    Past President – Randi Nelson

    Treasurer – Veronica Deenanath*

    Secretary – Maira Rosas-Lee

    Communications – Emily Subialka

    Membership – Razeena Shrestha*

    Program Co- Chair – Trupti Sarode*

    Program Co-Chair – Valerie Franz*

    We would also like to thank outgoing board members for their outstanding service:

    Ann Zukoski – Past President

    Harlan Luxenberg – Treasurer

    Gifty Amarteifio – Membership

    Elizabeth Scott – Program Co-Chair

    Al Onkka – Program Co-Chair

    Anna Rodell – Student Representative

    Valerie Franz – Student Representative who will now serve as program co-chair.

    The board is now looking for possible student representatives for the 2017 calendar year. If you are interested in learning more about serving on the MNEA Board, or would like to nominate a student, please email the incoming President, Sarah Cohn at

    Happy New Year to you all!

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