AEA365 | A Tip-a-Day by and for Evaluators

Hi! I’m Tara Gregory, Director of the Center for Applied Research and Evaluation (CARE) at Wichita State University. Like any evaluator, the staff of CARE are frequently tasked with figuring out what difference programs are making for those they serve. So, we tend to be really focused on outcomes and see outputs as the relatively easy part of evaluating programs. However, a recent experience reminded me not to overlook the importance of outputs when designing and, especially, communicating about evaluations.

In this instance, my team and I had designed what we thought was a really great evaluation that covered all the bases in a particularly artful manner – and I’m only being partially facetious. We thought we’d done a great job. But the response from program staff was “I just don’t think you’re measuring anything.” It finally occurred to us that our focus on outcomes in describing the evaluation had left out a piece of the picture that was particularly relevant for this client – the outputs or accountability measures that indicated programs were actually doing something. It wasn’t that we didn’t identify or plan to collect outputs. We just didn’t highlight how they fit in the overall evaluation.

Lesson Learned: While the toughest part of an evaluation is often figuring out how to measure outcomes, clients still need to know that their efforts are worth something in terms of the stuff that’s easy to count (e.g., number of people served, number of referrals, number of resources distributed, etc.). Although just delivering a service doesn’t necessarily mean it was effective, it’s still important to document and communicate the products of their efforts. Funders typically require outputs for accountability and the programs place value in the tangible evidence of their work.

Cool Trick: In returning to the drawing board for a better way to communicate our evaluation plan, we created a graphic that focuses on the path to achieving outcomes with the outputs offset to show that they’re important, but not the end result of the program.  In an actual logic model or evaluation plan, we’d name the activities, outputs and outcomes more specifically based on the program. But this graphic helps keep the elements in perspective.    example graph of outputs and outcomesThe American Evaluation Association is celebrating Community Psychology TIG Week with our colleagues in the CP AEA Topical Interest Group. The contributions all this week to aea365 come from our CP TIG members. Do you have questions, concerns, kudos, or content to extend this aea365 contribution? Please add them in the comments section for this post on the aea365 webpage so that we may enrich our community of practice. Would you like to submit an aea365 Tip? Please send a note of interest to aea365@eval.org. aea365 is sponsored by the American Evaluation Association and provides a Tip-a-Day by and for evaluators.

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word bubble with lego manHi folks! I’m Jill Scheibler, a community psychologist and Senior Research Analyst at Carson Research Consulting, a women-led firm whose mission is to help clients thrive by using data to measure impact, communicate, and fundraise. We’re passionate about storytelling with data to make a difference.

At CRC I’m the “word nerd”, implementing our qualitative projects. Like many evaluators, I’ve had to translate academically-honed skills to the often faster-paced world of evaluation. A recent project for a county health department’s substance abuse initiative provides an example of how I tailor qualitative methods to meet clients’ needs.

Hot Tips

Allot ample time for clarifying goals. As with all good research, methods choices flow from the question at hand. In this case, our client wanted to understand the impact of substance abuse on their county, and new resources to be tapped. Like many clients, they lacked research savvy, and thought they required services exceeding their budget and available time. We gradually learned they had access to lots of quantitative data and support from the state to help interpret it. They were missing community stakeholder feedback. So, we provided a qualitative needs assessment component.

Build in more meetings than you think you’ll need, and bring checklists. Be prepared to leave meetings thinking you have all needed answers and learning afterwards that you’ve been (well-meaningly) misinformed! (Quantitative sidebar example: after building a data dashboard for another client in Excel2013, based on their word, we learned they had Excel2007. A costly reminder to always ask more questions!)

Choose tool(s) carefully to maximize usefulness. I generally opt for interviews where probes can offset “one-shot” data collection situations. Here, I instead designed a qualitative survey, using mostly open-ended questions, for efficient gathering of perspectives. The client collected surveys themselves, disseminating hard copies and a SurveyMonkey.com link, and accessed a targeted sample from within a community coalition.

Familiar guidelines for interview and survey design apply to qualitative surveys, but I advise keeping questions very focused and surveys as short as possible to mitigate higher skip rates with qualitative surveys.

Cool Trick

You may think your reporting options are limited compared to quantitative results. Not so! Instead of writing text-heavy reports that eat up valuable time, and folks are disinclined to read (#TLDR), consider telling “data stories” using bullet points and visualizations. This client received a two-pager for internal, local stakeholder, and state use. I’ll also provide an in-depth explanation of results and action steps in a webinar.

Rad resources

Jansen’s “The Logic of Qualitative Survey Research and its Position in the Field of Social Research Methods.”

Great tips on qualitative surveys from Nielsen Norman.

Awesome tips from CRC colleagues for larger community surveys.

Achievable qual visualization ideas from Ann Emery.

Some tools for qual analysis and visualization from Tech for Change.

I genuinely enjoy working creatively with clients, because it makes evident how suited qualitative methods for linking research to action. I’d love to hear how others do this work, please get in touch!

image of Jill Scheibler

The American Evaluation Association is celebrating Community Psychology TIG Week with our colleagues in the CP AEA Topical Interest Group. The contributions all this week to aea365 come from our CP TIG members. Do you have questions, concerns, kudos, or content to extend this aea365 contribution? Please add them in the comments section for this post on the aea365 webpage so that we may enrich our community of practice. Would you like to submit an aea365 Tip? Please send a note of interest to aea365@eval.org. aea365 is sponsored by the American Evaluation Association and provides a Tip-a-Day by and for evaluators.

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Aloha! I am Anna Smith Pruitt, a community and cultural psychology doctoral candidate at the University of Hawai‘i at M?noa. I currently work with Dr. Jack Barile and his Ecological Determinants Lab evaluating community mental health and housing programs that serve people experiencing severe mental illness and homelessness on O‘ahu. These program participants are medically and socially vulnerable due to their compromised mental and physical health and marginalized social identities. Community psychology (CP) emphasizes that any interaction – including evaluation – is an intervention, and we strive to make our evaluations empowering experiences for program participants. I have found CP methods and values – particularly, collaboration, empowerment, citizen participation, and social justice – instructive in evaluating programs designed to serve marginalized groups. Relying on CP values and using a community-based participatory approach, Dr. Barile and I engaged participants in a Housing First (HF) program as co-researchers and together, created an ongoing evaluation partnership. Below are tips and resources we found useful:

HOT TIP 1: Collaborate!

One way community psychologists work to empower marginalized groups is by including members as partners in the research process. Such participatory approaches can be difficult when working with vulnerable individuals who may be actively experiencing physical and mental health complications (e.g., psychosis), and often evaluators (myself included!) assume these individuals are incapable of meaningfully participating in research. In my experience, even the most vulnerable member can engage in the evaluation process!

RAD RESOURCE: For info on participatory approaches, see the Community Toolbox’s chapters on CBPR research and participatory evaluation.

HOT TIP: Intentionally build advocacy into the evaluation design.

Once empowered, marginalized groups want to use their power to change the social conditions that contribute to their marginalization. In other words, empowerment leads to increased citizen participation and advocacy! At the conclusion of data analysis, HF participants chose to advocate for themselves using program evaluation data.

RAD RESOURCE: Check out the Community Toolbox’s Advocating for Change Toolkit.

Photovoice exhibit

Photovoice exhibit

HF participants advocated for themselves through a Photovoice exhibit (above).

HOT TIP: Practice self-reflexivity/critical awareness.

When evaluating programs with marginalized groups, constantly examine your privilege and be aware of power dynamics and the historical context that impact your relationship with participants and their experiences. Given Hawai’i’s colonial history and the fact that a disproportionate amount of people experiencing homelessness are Native Hawaiian, my status as a member of the colonizer group necessarily impacted my relationships with program participants.

RAD RESOURCE: Assess your privilege by calculating your privilege capital. Identify and purge your biases with the Bias Cleanse.

HOT TIP: Be creative and flexible in choosing methods.

Participants will have varying skills and capabilities, and you will need to creatively strategize ways to involve program participants in the evaluation process. The Photovoice method was useful for the HF participants because it allowed for both visual and verbal contributions to knowledge building.

RAD RESOURCES: Need help brainstorming methods? See Action Catalogue – an interactive tool for choosing methods and Participatory Methods.org.

The American Evaluation Association is celebrating Community Psychology TIG Week with our colleagues in the CP AEA Topical Interest Group. The contributions all this week to aea365 come from our CP TIG members. Do you have questions, concerns, kudos, or content to extend this aea365 contribution? Please add them in the comments section for this post on the aea365 webpage so that we may enrich our community of practice. Would you like to submit an aea365 Tip? Please send a note of interest to aea365@eval.org. aea365 is sponsored by the American Evaluation Association and provides a Tip-a-Day by and for evaluators.

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Greetings!  Welcome to the Community Psychology TIG Week!  I, Carissa Coleman, a Community Psychologist from James Bell Associates as well as the other members of the TIG Leadership Team, welcome you to a week of Community Psychology and our influence in evaluation work.

Our Community Psychology ideals spread across many disciplines including psychology, social work, education, medicine, and all types of prevention work.

We invite you to visit our website at http://comm.eval.org/communitypsychology/home/ to learn more.

Moving our Field: Toward Theory, Systems, and Dynamic Methods

As a Community Psychologist, I, Leonard A. Jason from DePaul University, would like to offer three ideas that have the potential to energize and transform our field. They involve theoretical perspectives, appreciation of the complexities of the natural world, and dynamic methodological tools that can be used to capture these complex processes.

Many of us work in the field of evaluation to better understand the relationship between people and their contexts in ways that might alleviate human suffering.  Yet, as argued in a recent special issue on Theories in the Field of Community Psychology, the ideological nature of our work that prioritizes efforts to improve people’s lives can result in less willingness to consider the possible contribution of theory.  I am not arguing that our work will coalesce around only one theory, but I believe there has been an unfortunate reluctance to attempt to develop predictive theory, in part because it is seen as a distraction from taking action. However, there is no obvious reason why sound theory cannot be developed that increases the effectiveness of our social action efforts and accomplishes our goal to better understand the complexities of people and groups living within multifaceted ecosystems.

Theory must contend with a natural world that is endlessly beautiful and elegant, but also one that often feels mysterious, unpredictable, and filled with contradictions. Dynamic feedback loops are the norm within this organic stew, and as a consequence, our work would be more contextually rich if it transcended reductionistic and simplistic linear cause and effect methods. Theories can help us capture a systems’ point of view, where the reality of the ever-changing world is made up of mutual interdependencies regarding how people adapt to and become effective in diverse social environments.

Rad Resource:  Are there methods that help us conceptualize and empirically describe these transactional dynamics? There are, such as those contained within the Handbook of Methodological Approaches to Community-Based Research, which profiles a new generation of quantitative and qualitative research methods that are holistic, culturally valid, and support contextually- and theoretically-grounded community interventions. Mixing qualitative and quantitative research methods can provide deeper exploration of causal mechanisms, interpretation of variables, and contextual factors that may mediate or moderate the topic of study. Theories and sophisticated statistical methods can help us address questions of importance for the communities in which and with whom we work by capturing the dynamics of complex systems and providing us the potential to transform our communities in fresh and innovative ways.

The American Evaluation Association is celebrating Community Psychology TIG Week with our colleagues in the CP AEA Topical Interest Group. The contributions all this week to aea365 come from our CP TIG members. Do you have questions, concerns, kudos, or content to extend this aea365 contribution? Please add them in the comments section for this post on the aea365 webpage so that we may enrich our community of practice. Would you like to submit an aea365 Tip? Please send a note of interest to aea365@eval.org. aea365 is sponsored by the American Evaluation Association and provides a Tip-a-Day by and for evaluators.

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Hello AEA members! Sheila B. Robinson, aea365’s Lead Curator and sometimes Saturday contributor with an important message about the AEA elections. The  ballot is now open for our 2018 President-elect and Board Members-at-Large.

AEA member voting has been historically low. Let’s change that this year!

Hot Tip: Don’t recognize some of the names? Get to know your candidates and cast your vote! Check out candidate bios here so you can familiarize yourself with their backgrounds and their visions for AEA. These candidates are accomplished leaders not only in AEA but in their own fields as well. Do your due diligence and give them each a few minutes of your time to learn about what they have to offer our association. They’ve worked  hard to get themselves on the ballot through a rigorous nomination process that involved a great deal of time and effort.

Many of us consider AEA to be our professional home and leadership is important to who we are as an association and what we have the potential to become.

Rad Resources: Our 2018 nominees (in alphabetical order in each category):

Image credit: tzu kwan valino via Flickr

Image credit: tzu kwan valino via Flickr

President-elect (we vote for 1):
  • Tessie Catsambas
  • Jonathan Morell
Member-at-Large (we vote for up to 3):
  • Eric Barela
  • Wanda Casillas
  • Jara Dean-Coffey
  • Bianca Montrosse-Moorhead
  • Leah Moses
  • Boris Volkov

Rad Resources: This year, the candidates participated in webinars in which they described their backgrounds, interests, and visions for AEA’s future. You can access these webinars here:

Meet the Candidates for the 2017 AEA Election – President-Elects

Meet the Candidates for the 2017 AEA Board Election

Hot Tip: Please check your recent email from elections@vote-now.com with information on the election and a link to your ballot. You may vote at any time between now and 11:59 PM Eastern Time on Friday August 4. Reminder notices have been sent to those who have not yet cast their ballot.

Email info@eval.org or call the AEA office at any time with questions or concerns related to the ballot or any of your member benefits.

Get Involved: Play a role in this year’s election and make your voice heard. Let’s rock this vote!

Do you have questions, concerns, kudos, or content to extend this aea365 contribution? Please add them in the comments section for this post on the aea365 webpage so that we may enrich our community of practice. Would you like to submit an aea365 Tip? Please send a note of interest to aea365@eval.org . aea365 is sponsored by the American Evaluation Association and provides a Tip-a-Day by and for evaluators.

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LAWG Week: EvalAction 2017 by Brian Yoder

My name is Brian Yoder, and I am the Director of Assessment, Evaluation, and Institutional Research at the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE). I also serve as chair of EvalAction 2017, which is co-sponsored by the American Evaluation Association (AEA), Evaluation Policy Task Force (EPTF) and Washington Evaluations (WE). This initiative coordinates AEA members attending the conference in Washington, D.C. to visit the office of their congressional representative to discuss the value of evaluation in government and to drop off a packet of materials created by EPTF and AEA.

The idea of engaging congressional members in evaluation comes from six years ago when I was working as a temporary civil servant as evaluation manger in the education office of a science and technology focused federal agency. I was charged with providing subject matter expertise for a data system that tracks the agency’s education investments, nationally; and developing capacity to evaluate national education programs. Working for this agency, I found the guidance put out by AEA’s Evaluation Policy Task Force (EPTF) useful to share with colleagues. I would share the documents to help explain the merits of program evaluation, and I believed that government evaluation could be improved by agencies following the program evaluation guidance of AEA and the EPTF.

I was also active in Washington Evaluators, the local Washington, D.C. AEA affiliate which hosts monthly brownbag sessions on a variety of evaluation topics important to government that were often well attended by staff from federal agencies, but staff from congressional offices never attended. I thought there should be a way to engage congressional offices in discussions of the value of evaluation in government, but living in D.C. didn’t provide many opportunities. Visits to congressional offices by D.C. residents likely would be ignored and visits by civil servants were discouraged. However, if congressional offices were visited by residents they serve, the visitors would have the opportunity to speak with congressional staffers about evaluation and promote AEA’s principles of evaluation.

When I learned that the 2013 AEA conference would be in Washington, D.C. I approached AEA’s executive director with the idea of WE working with EPTF to coordinate AEA members coming to Washington, D.C. to visit the office of their congressional representative. After several meetings to discuss the scope of the initiative, Evaluators Visit Capitol Hill, as it was called at the time, was launched in the summer of 2013. In the fall of 2013, despite a government shut-down, a total of 69 AEA members from 31 states and the District of Columbia participated in the initiative. The promotion of quality evaluation and evidence-based policy making in government is more important than ever.

Rad Resource: Want to make a difference? For more information visit, visit our EvalAction registration page.

We’re looking forward to November and the Evaluation 2017 annual conference all this week with our colleagues in the Local Arrangements Working Group (LAWG). Do you have questions, concerns, kudos, or content to extend this aea365 contribution? Please add them in the comments section for this post on the aea365 webpage so that we may enrich our community of practice. Would you like to contribute to aea365? Review the contribution guidelines and send your draft post to aea365@eval.org.

Hi, I’m Giovanni Dazzo, Program Committee Chair for Washington Evaluators (WE) and Chair of the Local Arrangements Working Group for Evaluation 2017.

Last year at Evaluation 2016 in Atlanta, we learned that the Atlanta-area Evaluation Association (AaEA) piloted a pro bono evaluation program. This program connects AaEA members with nonprofits in their area by offering in-kind program planning and evaluation services. Many professional associations also have similar groups, such as the American Statistical Association’s Statistics Without Borders program, which connects statisticians that can provide pro bono services in statistics and data science to organizations that may not have access to these resources.

In the spirit of the Evaluation 2017 theme, ‘From Learning to Action’, Washington Evaluators would like to continue building on the momentum of AeEA’s great program with a new initiative for this year’s conference: Evaluation Without Borders.

This pilot initiative seeks to connect conference attendees with local community-based organizations in need of program planning, measurement and evaluation services. While conferences, and evaluation research, can often be extractive in nature, this effort aims to connect conference-goers in a way where they can meaningfully connect and give back to the Washington, DC community.

In line with AEA’s goals, we hope to not only create opportunities where local nonprofits can begin to build their knowledge and skills to engage in evaluation, but to also create opportunities where evaluators can learn more about Washington, DC and the extraordinary work of those contributing to its vibrant communities.

Rad Resources:

Why not take an extra day off from work and get involved? We’ve created a form on the WE website for those interested in volunteering. Just let us know a bit about your professional experience, program planning and evaluation skills, and volunteer interests. We’ll be scheduling pro bono consultations for November 6-7, but do let us know if you’re interested in volunteering the weeks before or after the conference. We’ll then start the volunteer matching process, so you have enough time to plan your trip for Evaluation 2017.

We’re looking forward to November and the Evaluation 2017 annual conference all this week with our colleagues in the Local Arrangements Working Group (LAWG). Do you have questions, concerns, kudos, or content to extend this aea365 contribution? Please add them in the comments section for this post on the aea365 webpage so that we may enrich our community of practice. Would you like to contribute to aea365? Review the contribution guidelines and send your draft post to aea365@eval.org.

Hello! I’m Jonathan Jones, co-chair of the AEA Local Arrangements Working Group (LAWG). As the LAWG is responsible for mobilizing local expertise and resources to enhance the annual AEA conference, a big focus of our volunteer work is ensuring that international attendees feel welcomed to the conference and to the Washington, DC area. The LAWG is undertaking a number of tasks on this front that we want to share with you.

Hot Tip: Consider participating in the International Buddy Program. This is an excellent program that connects US-based evaluators with international evaluators to share experiences and ensure that our international participants feel welcomed at the conference. Please visit the conference website if you are interested in participating in the program for AEA 2017. (Thank you to Michelle Tarsilla, who has managed this program for many years).

Hot Tip: Have you attended the annual AEA silent auction? If not, you are really missing out! The proceeds go towards supporting evaluators from developing countries to attend the conference. Last year, AEA was able to support 5 international participants! We want to do even better this year by launching an initiative for corporate sponsorship of the silent auction. If you are interested in learning more about this initiative, including how your company might support the silent auction, please contact Jonathan Jones (jonathanjonesjdj@gmail.com). (And, thank you to Hubert Palmer who has managed the silent auction for many years).

Rad Resources:

  • The LAWG is also working on a number of other initiatives, such as organized tours and transportation from the airport for international attendees. If you’re an international attendee, please let us know your expected arrival time on this form. We’ll then see if one of our LAWG volunteers can meet you at the airport, or connect those arriving at the same time so you can share the cost of a taxi.
  • The LAWG’s ‘Welcome to Washington DC’ committee is busy preparing a number of resources to help ensure that out-of-town participants have a great experience in Washington, DC. In addition to our local resource guide, we will also have an ‘Ask me about D.C.’ table set up near the registration area of the conference. If you know the Washington, DC area well and are interested in volunteering at the table for a 2-hour time slot, please fill out our volunteer interest form.

The LAWG is excited to welcome all AEA 2017 participants to our wonderful city during November 6-11!

We’re looking forward to November and the Evaluation 2017 annual conference all this week with our colleagues in the Local Arrangements Working Group (LAWG). Do you have questions, concerns, kudos, or content to extend this aea365 contribution? Please add them in the comments section for this post on the aea365 webpage so that we may enrich our community of practice. Would you like to contribute to aea365? Review the contribution guidelines and send your draft post to aea365@eval.org.

Hello! I am Hilary Cook, a sociologist and member of the Washington Evaluators Program Committee. I am excited to organize group tours during AEA’s Evaluation 2017, so conference attendees can meet each other and experience some of the amazing museums and institutions that DC has to offer! There are also useful links that may be of interest for individuals to organize museum visits on their own.

Rad Resource: Organized Group Tours

The LAWG will be setting up group tours of 15-20 people at several places. Tour times may change and will be scheduled to avoid conflicts with Evaluation 2017 concurrent sessions. If you are interested in joining a group tour, please SIGN UP so I can gauge interest and schedule tours as the time gets closer. Once you sign up for a given tour, I will keep you posted about the time and date! Here is a preliminary group tour schedule. All of these places can also be visited independently on your own schedule as well.

Rad Resource:

  • Group tour of the Hirshhorn Museum of contemporary art and culture on November 6 at 10:30 AM.
  • Group tour of the Postal Museum on November 6 at 11:00 AM.
  • Group tour of the Renwick Gallery of contemporary craft and decorative art November 6 at 10:30 AM.
  • Group tour of the National Portrait Gallery, which has both classic presidential portraits and wild installation pieces, on November 7 at 6:00 PM.
  • NPR Headquarters on November 11 at 3:00 PM.

Please sign up to receive more information about group tours as the schedule is finalized!

Hot Tips: Suggestions for Independent Visits

There so many museums and institutions to visit in DC. Here are links to some of the public places that may be of particular interest.

Every museum that is part of the Smithsonian Institution has free access. Check out the website to plan your visit to any of the 19 museums, gardens, or the zoo while you are in town! The newest SI museum, the National Museum of African American History & Culture, is wonderful if you can land tickets! Timed entry passes for November will likely open late in July or early August, so conference attendees should keep an eye out for that on the website, and be aware that these free tickets go quickly! Please click on the link to learn about how to get timed entry tickets to this amazing museum. The National Archives is free to visit, although tickets can also be reserved online for a nominal fee.

There are also plenty of non-public museums and institutions that visitors may find interesting. Please feel free to make suggestions in the comments to your fellow Evaluation 2017 attendees on your favorite places to visit in DC!

We’re looking forward to November and the Evaluation 2017 annual conference all this week with our colleagues in the Local Arrangements Working Group (LAWG). Do you have questions, concerns, kudos, or content to extend this aea365 contribution? Please add them in the comments section for this post on the aea365 webpage so that we may enrich our community of practice. Would you like to contribute to aea365? Review the contribution guidelines and send your draft post to aea365@eval.org.

I’m Patricia Moore Shaffer, Deputy Director for Research & Analysis at the National Endowment for the Arts and Communications Chair for Washington Evaluators (WE). I’m excited to welcome you to Washington, DC, for the American Evaluation Association conference this November. Our city offers many interesting diversions, including arts and cultural destinations and outdoor experiences. Plan to arrive a day early or extend your visit by a day to take advantage of some of the Washington, DC, area’s bountiful attractions. Here are some of the city’s many attractions that might entice you to stay that extra day.

Hot Tips: Suggestions for Independent Visits

We think of Washington, DC, as a city of memorials and museums, but there are plenty of opportunities for stunningly beautiful urban hikes and nature walks. If you want an outdoors experience in the heart of the nation’s capital, Rock Creek Park has over 32 miles of hiking trails and paths to explore. After visiting the John F. Kennedy gravesite and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery, walk up to the Arlington House, Robert E. Lee’s former home, for a stunning vista of downtown Washington, DC. Great Falls is my go-to hiking destination in the Washington, DC, area. Early November is a perfect time to enjoy the late fall colors and the cooler temperatures on the trails. If you’re an experienced hiker, try the Billy Goal Trail with nearly a mile of fun rock-hopping and wonderful views of the Potomac River.

One of the premier performing arts centers in the nation is the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. The Tony Award-winning musical, The Book of Mormon, is scheduled during Evaluation 2017, but if musicals aren’t your taste, you’re sure to find other options. Check out the free performance at the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage every evening at 6pm. The Kennedy Center is accessible via a free shuttle from the Foggy Bottom Metro Station. Other performing arts companies and venues, including Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, Arena Stage, Shakespeare Theatre Company, and Ford’s Theatre, round out DC’s cultural offerings.

Washington, DC, is rich in museums of every type. Most of the national museums, including the Smithsonian and the National Gallery, offer free admission. Watch this week for an upcoming post by Hilary Cook about organized group tours during Evaluation 2017 to some of the city’s premier museums.

There are so many more attractions in Washington, DC, than can be described in a short post. For more information on transportation to the conference site and nearby restaurants, please visit the Evaluation 2017 local resource guide on the WE website.

Safe travels!

We’re looking forward to November and the Evaluation 2017 annual conference all this week with our colleagues in the Local Arrangements Working Group (LAWG). Do you have questions, concerns, kudos, or content to extend this aea365 contribution? Please add them in the comments section for this post on the aea365 webpage so that we may enrich our community of practice. Would you like to contribute to aea365? Review the contribution guidelines and send your draft post to aea365@eval.org.

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