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Susan Kistler on the 2013 Summer Evaluation Training Institute

I am Susan Kistler, AEA’s Executive Director and aea365’s regular Saturday contributor. Today I wanted to share one of the raddest resources of all!

Rad Resource – AEA Summer Evaluation Institute: Registration is now open for the AEA Summer Evaluation Training Institute, to be held June 3-5 in Atlanta, Georgia. Let’s take a look at just a few of the great presentations and presenters.

 

Rad Resource – Using a Sytems Orientation in Evaluation: Earlier in March, you heard from Beverly Parsons and her colleagues in the ECLIPS Community of Practice here on aea365 about Systems Thinking and Evaluation. Beverly will be giving a keynote at the Institute as well as this three-hour workshop.

Rad Resource – Strategies for Evaluation Plans and Planning: Sheila Robinson, aea365’s lead curator, will help attendees to improve this fundamental evaluation process, including sharing strategies for conducting literature reviews, developing broad evaluation questions, leveraging the Program Evaluation Standards and AEA Guiding Principles, and describing  the evaluand.

Rad Resource – Assessment and Action Planning for Sutainability: Did you know that Annaliese Calhoun penned the most read aea365 post ever when she wrote about Measuring Sustainability Capacity and Planning for Long Term Success back in December of 2012? She’ll be returning to the summer institute with this extremely well received workshop for 2013.

Rad Resource – Basics of Program Design: A Theory-driven Approach: John Gargani and Stewart Donaldson are bringing their outstanding workshop from the annual conference to the Institute in Atlanta. This is a unique opportunity to learn more about program design via an evaluation lens.

Rad Resource – How to Tell a Compelling Performance Story About the Stuff That Really Matters: Jane Davidson of Genuine Evaluation fame is coming all the way from New Zealand to share her expertise around truly practical and actionable evaluation,

Rad Resource – Workshop on Practical Methods for Improving Evaluation Communication: Stephanie Evergreen will be  offering this full day course on the Sunday, June 2, as a pre-institute workshop. There’s been lots of talk on aea365 about about Stephanie’s work and this will be the first time she’s offered this 6-hour session in Atlanta.

Hot Tip: Oh yea, I’ll be there too! Join me for 25 Low-cost/No-cost Tools for Evaluators or Popping the Question: Developing Quality Survey Items.

I only had space enough her to highlight nine of the 25 workshops at the Institute. Explore the full agenda to check them all out and register early to ensure that there is space available in your favorites. Hope to see you there!

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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