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Calling all aea365 readers: What do YOU want to read more about in 2017? by Sheila B Robinson

Hello Loyal aea365 readers! I’m Sheila B Robinson, aea365’s Lead Curator and sometimes Saturday contributor with one question for you: What is it that YOU would like to read about on this blog?

I started posted this blog article two years ago and we received some excellent responses from readers. I then shared these responses in a subsequent post and we received blog articles on some of the suggested topics from authors willing to answer the call. Here we go again with some minor updates to reflect the times:

Lesson Learned: AEA365 has been going steadily since January 1, 2010 with 2500+ contributions (Wow!) from hundreds of evaluators across the globe. We accept individual submissions at aea365@eval.org on a rolling basis, along with inquiries about sponsored or themed weeks. Posts are about any and all evaluation-related topics, and anyone with something to share with fellow evaluators is welcome to contribute! If you are interested in sharing a tip, please be sure to check out our *updated* contribution guidelines here.

As a key learning tool for evaluation, aea365 can also be a fabulous vehicle for promoting evaluation and evidence-based policy. With that in mind, we would like to include your voice as we head into the new year as our aea365 team considers inviting authors and groups to contribute.

Hot Tip: Let’s crowdsource some ideas for aea365 in 2017 and make it the best year ever.

Please let us know what you would like to see in aea365 by responding to these questions in the comments:

1. What do YOU want to read or learn more about on aea365 in 2017?

2. Who do YOU want to hear from on this blog?

Cool Trick: Did you notice the flipped headline today? With more of our subscribers reading blog articles from smaller devices, we have come to realize (and heard from readers!) that people who scroll through multiple emails a day want to see the content first, before the authors’ names, especially for articles with multiple authors. With that in mind, starting today, you will see the title of the article followed by the authors’ names.

Thanks very much for your input and your loyal readership. Happy New Year!

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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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8 comments

  • Chad Green · January 13, 2017 at 9:44 am

    Promote the Global Evaluation Agenda 2016-2020: http://www.evalpartners.org/global-evaluation-agenda/declarations . Please refer to AEA’s declaration.

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  • Candace Cadena · January 11, 2017 at 11:26 am

    tools for analysis

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  • Michael Sholinbeck · January 10, 2017 at 11:56 am

    What is the role evaluators play in fostering critical thinking? What are some examples or techniques folks have used for this?

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  • Sarah Dunifon · January 10, 2017 at 11:19 am

    I’m interested in tools (preferably free) that make data analysis and display easier.

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  • Bibhusha Karki · January 10, 2017 at 5:51 am

    Hi!

    I am very new to evaluation, just starting out my career and have been trying to become a full-time evaluator. I have realized that it is very difficult to find resources on how to get started in this field for emerging evaluators like me. It would be wonderful if AEA365 could share some tips on how to become a full-time evaluator.

    Things like- kinds of skills you need to develop, transferable skills that could count towards becoming an evaluator, different ways you can enter into the field, at what point do you start calling yourself an evaluator, do you need to build a specialization in evaluation etc. and anything you see fit for emerging evaluators would be great!

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  • Elma Scheepers · January 10, 2017 at 3:39 am

    Dear Sheila : Could you consider a discussion on the following: In your opinion what is the difference between Outcome mapping and Ripple effect evaluation. And what would be the specific pro’s and cons for use. between the two? It will be very interesting in field of evaluation to look at how various “older” evaluation methodologies are being reworked, renamed and then used as the next trending focus.

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  • Erin Bock · January 9, 2017 at 5:33 pm

    Hey Sheila!
    1. I’m interested in reading more about the art of managing evaluation or managing evaluators.

    2. I’d like to hear from other folks that manage evaluation contracts with outside consultants. Sometimes this might be a person that works in philanthropy or it might be someone that works in government.

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  • Nick Petten · January 8, 2017 at 5:02 pm

    I want to read more about the intersections of social justice and evaluation, especially as they relate to overcoming systemic and historical oppressions.

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