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Labor Day Week: Sheila B Robinson and Ricardo Wilson-Grau on Honoring our Living Evaluation Pioneers

AEA365 Curator note: Today, along with the next two Saturdays will be part of a very special two-week series. 

Hello! We are Sheila B Robinson, AEA365’s Lead Curator, and Ricardo Wilson-Grau, an independent evaluator based in Rio de Janeiro who works internationally. In conjunction with Labor Day in the USA (September 5) AEA365 is featuring two weeks of contributions from evaluation colleagues who responded to an invitation to compose a post honoring a living evaluation pioneer who has made important contributions to our field and to their work to particular.

We asked: Who is your favorite evaluator? Who have you learned from? Who do you follow, collaborate with or just plain admire for their unique and significant contributions to our field?

Hot Tip: During the next two weeks, look for blog posts honoring the following evaluators and learn about their unique contributions to our field:

  • Jim Altschuld
  • Tom Chapel
  • Norma Martinez-Rubin
  • Michael Quinn Patton
  • Nora Murphy
  • Ruth P Saunders
  • Art Hernandez
  • Karen Kirkhart
  • Mel Mark
  • Lois-Ellin Datta
  • Debra Joy Pérez
  • Bob Stake
  • Mariana Enriquez

Don’t see your favorite evaluator on the list? Of course, we recognize that many, many evaluators could and should be honored as well as the 13 we feature this time, and we hope to offer another invitation next year for those who would like to contribute a post, so look for that around this time next year, and sign up!

Hot Tip: We also want to recommend to everyone the Summer 2016 edition of New Directions in Evaluation* (http://bit.ly/2aS9CYQ) that celebrates seven North American Evaluation Pioneers: In addition to Michael Quinn Patton and Robert Stake, you can read and learn about Marvin Alkin, Eleanor Chelimsky, Ernie House, Michael Scriven, and Daniel Stufflebeam. This volume presents their extra-professional life stories that reveal who they are as evaluators.

Here’s a little taste of what you will find in the article:

Do you know:

  • Who was a concert pianist?
  • Who lived on his own from 14 years onwards?
  • Who taught high school mathematics through role-playing?
  • Who grew up in rural, dollar-a-day poverty?
  • Who was threatened, repeatedly, by a step-father with loaded gun?
  • Who was an evangelical preacher before becoming an evaluator?

This NDE volume will enrich your understanding of each one of these pioneers’ professional achievements, and lead you to think hard about the life experiences and values in which your own evaluation practice is rooted.

*Must be AEA member/subscriber

The American Evaluation Association is celebrating Labor Day Week in Evaluation: Honoring Evaluation’s Living Pioneers. The contributions this week are tributes to our living evaluation pioneers who have made important contributions to our field and even positive impacts on our careers as evaluators. 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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