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Corinne Ranney-Philbrick on Free Webinars for Professional Development

I’m Corinne Ranney-Philbrick and this year I have a new daughter and my available funding for profession development has been cut. Taken together, I’m looking online for inexpensive training opportunities and thought that I would share a few free webinar-based options that I have found:

Rad Resource – Equity-Focused Evaluations Webinar Series: Sponsored by a collaborative group that includes UNICEF, UNWOMEN, the Rockefeller Foundation, Claremont Graduate University and the International Organization for Cooperation in Evaluation (IOCE), the free Equity-Focused Evaluation series begins on September 6 and continues with one or two live hour-long webinars each month through June of 2012. They  have upcoming sessions on Human Rights and Gender Quality in Evaluations, Systems Approaches to Address Ethical Issues, Values-Engaged Evaluation, and Culturally Responsive Evaluation among many others. See the list and sign up for the first few here http://www.mymande.org/?q=equity_focused_evaluation&x=cl

Rad Resource – Evalua|t|e Webinar Series: These webinars are from the Evaluation Resource Center for Advanced Technological Education operated by The Evaluation Center at Western Michigan University. Aimed specifically at Advanced Technological Education (ATE) National Science Foundation grantees, their series is very focused on this population, yet with some wider application. They have recorded webinars on Strong Evaluation Plans, Assessing Grant Outcomes, and Making Sense of Data Recording available at http://evalu-ate.org/resources/advanced_search_results

Rad Resource – CDC Coffee Breaks Evaluation Mini-Trainings: The recordings of this ongoing series of 20-minute webinars are available to the public. They’ve covered such topics as “What should I evaluate?” “How do I develop a logic model?” and “What counts as evidence?” Although examples are drawn from heart disease and stroke prevention programs and they focus on parts of the CDC Evaluation Framework Model, I have found the underlying content to be useful in contexts inside and outside of public health. See the recordings at http://www.cdc.gov/dhdsp/programs/nhdsp_program/coffee_breaks/index.htm

Rad Resource – AEA Coffee Break Webinars: If you are an AEA member, you probably know about this webinar series that is free for AEA members. Three or four times each month, on Thursdays from 2:00 to 2:20 Eastern Time, an AEA member makes a short, useful, presentation on a topic related to some aspect of evaluation. The fall schedule is now up with Coffee Break Webinars on Data Screening, Fuzzy Logic Models, Measuring Institutional Capacity, Social Network Analysis, Video in Evaluation, and more. They are all free to AEA members and a good way to introduce yourself to a new topic in 20 minutes or less. See http://comm.eval.org/coffee_break_webinars/CoffeeBreak/

Hot Tip: The Coffee Break Webinars are recorded and the archive is free for AEA members. There are over 50 Coffee Break Webinar recordings available at http://comm.eval.org/coffee_break_webinars/Resources/ListofPastWebinarsPublic1/

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