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AEA365 Curators

AEA365 is made possible by our curating team. These individuals write and help others develop content so AEA can have a new blog post each day.

Sheila Robinson, Lead Curator

SheilaSheila B. Robinson is a Grant Coordinator for the Greece Central School District (Rochester, NY) where she primarily works with the District’s Strengthening Teacher and Leader Effectiveness Programs, and Adjunct Professor at the University of Rochester’s Warner School of Education, where she teaches courses on Program Evaluation and Designing and Evaluating Professional Development. In addition, she serves as Chair of AEA’s Topical Interest Group (TIG) on PK-12 Educational Evaluation. Sheila holds degrees in special education and educational administration, as well as an Ed.D in Educational Leadership and Certificate of Program Evaluation. She spent much of her career as a classroom teacher, professional developer and instructional mentor before becoming an evaluator.


Liz Zadnik, Outreach Coordinator

LizLiz Zadnik is Capacity Building Specialist with the New Jersey Coalition Against Sexual Assault (NJCASA) and has worked in the violence prevention and reproductive justice movements as a community educator and organizer. Liz is a proud graduate of Temple University, where she received her bachelor’s in Women’s Studies. She also has her master’s in community psychology and social change from the Pennsylvania State University, concentrating on community diversity and gender. Professionally, Liz focuses on discovering and celebrating innovative sexual violence prevention approaches and communities working toward the elimination of  sexual violence. She is also a self-professed “evaluation nerd” and loves all things data. Personally, Liz is searching for ways to promote  self-care in the lives of activists and trauma workers through yoga and storytelling. She’d love to sit down with a hot cup of tea and hear  all about you…

Sara Vaca, Creative Advisor

SaraSara Vaca  is an independent consultant (www.EvalQuality.com) expert in evaluation of international development programs. She is specialists in resilience and livelihoods interventions.

Her background is Business Management and she holds a Master’s in Non-Profit management and another in Evaluation (by different universities in Madrid). She often works with Red Cross and Red  Crescents societies as with their International Federation (Geneva).
She is also professor of M&E in a master online (www.UOC.edu).

Apart from Madrid (hometown) she has lived in Malawi and Burkina Faso and she is now based in Southern France, though she  looking forward to reallocate in Asia with her family.

Her interests are (too) broad but mostly fascinated by how Data visualisation can evolve out mental paradigms and its huge potential synergies with Evaluation. Part of her job exploring this can be seen in her blog www.VisualBrains.info. She is very creative and also interested by information management and innovation. Most of her inspiration comes from working together with people and she loves getting involved in all sorts of collaboration (as this one). Rad Resource for creativity for Sara: her daily stroll in the village where she lives (Montech, France). Many good ideas click together while walking! Sara is happy to hear your “craziest” ideas!

Jayne Corso, Community Manager

464154_968035402378_745918693_oJayne Corso is the community manager for the American Evaluation Association (AEA), and provides the voice for AEA’s social  media channels. She is a regular contributor to the AEA365 blog, where she writes about social media tools and trends.

Since graduating from the University of Tampa in 2010, Jayne has been pursuing marketing and social media management in both  the public and private sectors. She enjoys seeing how social media continues to evolve and change the course of traditional marketing strategies.  She has seen social media change from an experimental tool to a prominent engagement platform for education,  membership, and consumer purposes.


  • Beth Smith · July 8, 2017 at 11:46 pm

    I am new to the entire idea of program evaluation, but am doing a rather in-depth study of the field in a course through Concordia University. This is only Week Two of the class, and although I feel that I have learned a great deal, I also feel that I have many miles to travel on this great educational path. This week’s topic is Outcomes and Measurable Indicators. I am planning a special program for ESOL students which fall under the school’s overall ESOL program. I would like to post the outcomes that I would potentially like to use and let you of you professionals see if I am heading in the right direction or if I need to make significant alterations.

    I just found your site tonight and plan to share it with my class. I hope that is acceptable as I am extremely excited about this resource!

    Here are the possible Outcomes that I am considering for the program:

    The first of the criterion which will be imperative to the structure of this section is outcomes. As Rossi, Lipsey, and Freeman (2004) explain, evaluations all involve one particularly important activity and that absolutely requires “assessing the outcomes of programs” (p. 7). The stakeholders and all program participants were invited to a gathering to help determine what possible changes may need to be made in order to fully meet the needs of The Excelerator’s program. By the end of the session, the following were decided upon as desired outcomes:
    1. Acceleration of English language acquisition and ability to use it in conversation
    2. Determination of how students can access the new language more quickly and efficiently
    3. Increased communication between ELLs and their peers and teachers
    4. Ameliorated exchanges between home and school
    5. Expanded participation in extracurricular school activities

    I promise I am open to constructive criticism and would just appreciate any feedback.

    Thanks so much and have a great night!



    • Author comment by Sheila Robinson · July 9, 2017 at 10:02 am

      Hello Beth! Glad you found the blog, and please do share with your classmates and colleagues. Best wishes on your project!


  • Jean Haley · February 25, 2015 at 1:18 pm

    I love this blog and want to post it on my Pinterest. Is there any way that the header can be uploaded as an image so that I can pin that instead of an image from a contributor’s post?
    Thanks for curating such an awesome resource!


    • Author comment by Sheila Robinson · February 26, 2015 at 6:55 am

      Thanks for your kind words Jean! So glad you enjoy the blog. We do encourage authors to include images when they can especially for those using Pinterest. Unfortunately, I can’t change the header at this time. If there is a particular post you want to pin that has no image, feel free to contact me and I will contact the author to ask if he or she would be willing to contribute one. We can always add an image to a post after it is published on the site.


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    […] sentido, el objetivo del blog es publicar una entrada diaria (de ahí su nombre) y para ello las personas encargadas del mantenimiento del mismo (Sheila B. Robinson, Liz Zadnik, Sara Vaca y Jayne Corso) preparan semanas temáticas, como por […]


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