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Susan Kistler on 4 Must See/Hear Webcasts and Podcasts to Round Out Your Knowledge Base

I’m Susan Kistler, AEA’s Executive Director, and regular aea365 Saturday contributor. I was inspired by Dorian’s 4/28 post on 5 must-read blogs for those working in nonprofits, and thought I would share a few must see/hear webcasts and podcasts with which you may not be familiar.

Rad Resource – Videos on Evaluation Methods from UNICEF: Recorded during a 2006 professional development training session, each video may be viewed in your browser and is over an hour in length. The evaluation topics include from AEA members include:

  • Jim Rugh on Real World Evaluation
  • David Fetterman on Empowerment Evaluation
  • Huey Chen on Theory Driven Evaluation
  • Bob Williams on Systems Approach to Evaluation
  • Sanjeev Sridharan on Multilevel Models in Program Evaluation

Rad Resource – Nancy Duarte’s YouTube Channel: Nancy Duarte, author of slide:ology and resonsate, is a vanguard in the post-Tuftean movement to create great presentations. Duarte urges us to tell stories, to make the audience care, to get rid of the extraneous and focus on a central message clearly conveyed. Sound like advice you could use for your AEA, client, or stakeholder presentation? Her short YouTube videos illustrate and expand the concepts from her books.

Rad Resouce – Social Good Podcasts from the Chronicle of Philanthropy: Hosted by AEA Member Allison Fine, a 2010 keynote speaker at the AEA/CDC Summer Evaluation Institute, this podcast focuses on “how charities and foundations can more effectively use social media tools.” While not aimed explicitly at evaluation or measurement, Allison’s background as the founder of Innovation Network, a leading evaluation consulting firm, is part of the lens she brings to her interviews and discussions with leaders in the nonprofit sector.

By the way, this year we’re pleased to welcome 2010 AEA President Leslie Cooksy speaking on Quality and the Good Enough Rule, and Zach Gemignani, founder of Juice Analytics, talking about 10 Steps to Data Vizardry, as our keynotes for the 2011 Institute coming June 12-15 to Atlanta. Hope to see you there!

Rad Resource – Filmspotting Podcast: Time for a break? Adam Kempenaar and Matty Robinson review and discuss films each week – always a new release or two (and rarely the blockbusters but something a bit more esoteric) and then a look back into the best from the past. They feed my film lust. I’ve always been intrigued by activities like film critique and wine tasting that hearken back to Eisner’s connoisseurship model of evaluation. They also remind me about the role of judgment and critical examination in our day to day activities – I’ve now come full circle back to last week’s post on thinking evaluatively in your everyday life.

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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