Connecting Minnesota's Evaluators

Upcoming MNEA-sponsored events

    • 18 Oct 2018
    • 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
    • Humphrey School of Public Affairs, Room 50B
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    With the November midterm elections approaching, the Minnesota Evaluation Association (MNEA) invites you to join a timely discussion on the ways in which changing political landscapes affect evaluations. Participants will hear from seasoned panelists and have the opportunity to ask questions. Panelists include:

    Paul Mattessich: Executive Director, Wilder Research
    Eric Moore: Chief of Accountability, Innovation & Research, Minneapolis Public Schools
    Jodi Sandfort: Professor & Department Chair (Leadership & Management), Humphrey School of Public Affairs

    Does the field of program evaluation have a role to play in proactively shaping the political landscape, or as evaluators are we constrained to being reactive to political change? Join us for lively conversation around this question and others. MNEA's student representatives Kate Diamond and Hanna Ruth will facilitate the discussion.

    This event is FREE to MNEA members, $10 for non-MNEA members, and $5 for students. There will be light refreshments & beverages available.

    Event Schedule:
    6:00-6:15: Check-in, light refreshments, and socializing
    6:15-6:20: Welcome remarks
    6:20-7:15: Panel discussion
    7:15-7:30: Closing remarks and time for small group discussion at tables

    Directions and parking: The Humphrey School of Public Affairs is located on the west bank of the University of Minnesota Minneapolis campus. The address is 301 19th Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55455. Room 50B is in the basement of the building. The Humphrey School is easily accessed by MetroTransit light rail and bus. If taking the light rail, take the Green Line to The West Bank station. Bus routes 2 and 7 both stop nearby. For those driving, there is metered street parking (free after 6:00pm) or paid parking in the 19th Ave Ramp (300 19th Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55455). Please see this link for more detailed information on directions and parking:

    Accessibility: Humphrey Room 50B is in the basement of the building and wheelchair accessible via elevators in the main foyer.

    • 01 Nov 2018
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM (EDT)
    • Bar 32, Hilton Cleveland Downtown, Cleveland, Ohio
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    Going to the American Evaluation Association's 2018 meeting in Cleveland, Ohio? 

    Meet up with Minnesota evaluators, MNEA Board members, and MNEA members the evening of Thursday, November 1st at Bar 32, Hilton Cleveland Downtown (the main conference hotel, connected to the convention center). This is a casual social event to meet colleagues (new and old!), network, and debrief about the highlights of the annual meeting. MNEA Board members will provide light appetizers.

    Stay the entire time or just drop in for a few minutes. Come and say hello!

    We welcome all evaluators with a Minnesota connection to join us! This is a free event, but please do register so we can account for the necessary space and food order. See you in "The Forest City"!

    • 08 Nov 2018
    • 8:30 AM - 10:30 AM
    • Coffee Bene, 53 Cleveland Avenue South, Saint Paul, MN 55105

    Last year was a success – we thought we’d do this again! Did you go to AEA and have sessions, discussions and presentations that you would like to share with others? Did you have to miss the conference and want to hear about the discussions? Let’s debrief the 2018 AEA Conference over coffee and breakfast at Coffee Bene in St. Paul!

    When: November 8, 2018, 8:30am – coffee, treats (on your own!) & social time, 9:00am – 10:30am – Debrief in Meeting Room

    Where: Coffee Bene, 53 Cleveland Avenue South, Saint Paul, MN 55105

    • 28 Nov 2018
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
    • PDA, 219 Main St. SE, Minneapolis, MN 55414
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    What is a project charter? Why have one? How might a project charter work in sync with other formal agreements, such as contracts or MOUs? 

    Please join the Minnesota Evaluation Association's Board President, Melissa Chapman Haynes, for a lunch event around the topic of project charters. A brief overview will be provided that highlights how project charters are used by project managers, and their importance. Following a brief presentation, participants will engage in small group discussions about when a project charter would or would not make sense in evaluation practice. Participants will share their ideas, which will be compiled and shared with all participants after the event.

    Project management is one of the drafted competencies proposed by the AEA Task Force, though it is rarely a skill that has been formally taught to practicing evaluators. MNEA is committed to providing opportunities for evaluators of all abilities to have opportunities for professional development around the competencies. This is the fifth event around project management. The lunch series focused on project management will continue into 2019.

    Parking: It is recommended that you either find metered street parking, or this is a ramp connected to Saint Anthony Main via tunnel, the St. Anthony Main Parking ramp. This is located on 2nd St SE and the rates are reasonable. There is also a bus that stops by the Lunds on University Ave, which is a couple of blocks away.

    Accessibility: Wheelchair accessible parking is available in the St. Anthony Falls Ramp, one block from the theater (on 2nd Ave. SE, between University Ave. and 2nd St. SE). Wheelchair accessible restrooms are available on the first floor adjacent to the St. Anthony Main Theatre, to the left when exiting the theater into the adjoining indoor space, and just past Pracna.

    This  event will be held on Wednesday, November 28, 12-1 PM at Professional Data Analysts (PDA), 219 Main St SE, Minneapolis, MN, 55414.

Past MNEA events (see the Resources page for materials as available)

10 Oct 2018 Meet Local Evaluation Organizations
26 Sep 2018 MNEA Lunch Series Event: Running Effective Meetings
12 Sep 2018 Translating Agile Project Management to Program Evaluation Practice – RESCHEDULED!
22 Aug 2018 MNEA Lunch Series Event: Evaluation and Project Management
18 Jul 2018 2020 Census in Minnesota–What do evaluators need to know?
07 Jun 2018 MNEA Webinar-Advanced Qualitative Methods
09 May 2018 APM Research Lab 2017 Ground Level Survey Findings Presentation
09 May 2018 Tour MPR before the APM Presentation!
09 Apr 2018 MNEA April Meetup: Navigating Complex Political Contexts in Evaluation
20 Dec 2017 Reflect and Gather with MNEA!
01 Dec 2017 Measuring “equity” and “access”: Evaluation design, data collection and other considerations
21 Nov 2017 AEA Debrief with MNEA
09 Nov 2017 Connect with MNEA at the AEA Annual Meeting
23 Oct 2017 Book Launch and Reception with Michael Quinn Patton
16 Oct 2017 Have a discussion over breakfast with MNEA members!
28 Sep 2017 Roundtable Discussion with Evaluation Professionals
21 Sep 2017 Exploring Project Management in Evaluation Contexts
16 Aug 2017 MNEA's August Informal Meet-Up
11 Jul 2017 MNEA's July Informal Lunch Meet-Up
21 Jun 2017 MNEA's June Informal Meet-Up
31 May 2017 An Informal MNEA Meet-Up
22 Mar 2017 MNEA Grab and Go Ice Cream Social
09 Nov 2016 Making a Career Out of Evaluation - A Forum for Emerging Evaluators
26 Oct 2016 MNEA Social at the AEA Annual Conference
19 Jul 2016 MNEA Summer Social
17 May 2016 Making Meaning of Multiple Datasets (M3) – Interactive Process to Build Evaluative Thinking
24 Feb 2016 Advancing Equity through Evaluation - How do we make it happen?
21 Jan 2016 MNEA Ignite - Non-traditional technology tools for evaluation (evaluation hacks)
26 Oct 2015 FALL SOCIAL with Michael Quinn Patton
13 Oct 2015 Book Club Event: Mixed Methods
07 Jul 2015 Summer Social
22 May 2015 Evaluating Education: A Roundtable Discussion
26 Feb 2015 Strategic Planning & Evaluation Event
11 Nov 2014 Culturally Responsive Evaluation Event
28 Oct 2014 MNEA Student Event - The Life of an Evaluator
10 Jul 2014 Summer Social Event
23 May 2014 Evaluation Capacity Building Event
09 Oct 2013 Evaluating Advocacy Efforts
18 Jul 2013 Summer Social Event
10 May 2013 Health Care Reform and Evaluation
22 Mar 2013 Data Visualization Event
06 Dec 2012 MN EA Social Happy Hour
15 Nov 2012 MN EA Social Happy Hour
04 Apr 2012 Roundtable Discussion International Monitoring and Evaluation: Donor Collaboration and Sustainable Results
09 Feb 2012 Using Geographic Information Systems (GIS) as an Evaluation Tool

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