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Greetings everyone of AEA!

I am Natalie DeHart, the Programs Coordinator for AEA. Since joining the team in May, I have been in learning mode, soaking up as much as I can about the profession of evaluation and about our members. I’m passionate about carrying out thoughtful programming to the organization that adds value to our members’ professional lives and I am thrilled that I get to do that every day at AEA. Today, I’m here to talk about biggest thing on all of our minds these days: Evaluation 2017, and I could not be more excited!

One of my favorite aspects of my role is teamwork and there is no bigger team project than an annual conference. One of my responsibilities is working on the Presidential Strand track for Evaluation 2017. I am grateful for the experience to help put this part of the program together and I am excited to see it in action in two short months.  Our President, Kathy Newcomer, and her group of volunteers with whom I have worked have been instrumental in bringing our theme “From Learning to Action” to life. Coordinating their efforts with my staff team has been a thrilling way to dive right in and I already have a few ideas in the works for next year.

Another wonderful thing about Evaluation 2017, is that I will finally be able to meet with members face-to-face. I’ve been getting to know a few of you over the past few months, but there is nothing quite like making an in-person connection.

Feel free to contact me anytime at info@eval.org, and please stop by the information desk at Evaluation 2017 so we can chat! I look forward to seeing 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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Hi my name is Jayne Corso and I am the Community Manager for AEA. I often use Facebook to connect with AEA members and the evaluation community. The platform makes it easy to share relevant articles, videos, and thoughts with your followers. I have put together a few tips to help you write more effectively for Facebook.

Hot Tip: Keep posts short

Facebook newsfeeds can often become cluttered with content. Most people tend to skim through posts quickly and won’t read long winded posts. This is why you should keep your message short and to the point. I would recommend not exceeding 200 characters.

Hot Tip: Clearly communicate your purpose

When posting on Facebook, we are often asking our followers to do something, whether it’s to look at an article or register for your event. Make sure your call to action is clear. Use key phrases like “Read this article”, “Share with your friends”, or “Use the link to register”. Sometimes your followers need that extra push.

Hot Tip: Make your links compelling

When posting a link to an article on your Facebook page, make sure the link has a compelling photo and interesting title. These are editable fields, meaning you can customize how your link appears. Sometimes links can pull titles and pictures that are not relevant to your content.

Hot Tip: Be conversational

Facebook is intended to be a fun way to interact with your friends or like-minded peers. Keep posts conversational and not overly formal. This is your opportunity to show your personality and the persona of your organization.

I look forward to seeing your posts on Facebook! Click here to like the AEA Facebook page.

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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Milos Popovic

You’ve probably heard a new voice on the phone when you’ve called into the AEA main line. The first thing you ask might not be related to membership, but to the pronunciation of my name, and that’s completely okay (it’s Mee-lowsh)!

My name is Milos Popovic, and I have been the Operations Associate for AEA for the last three months now. It has been a truly rewarding experience. I especially enjoy engaging directly with AEA members.  I am answering e-mails and calls daily, working to handle all requests related to membership. Whether you are having trouble logging in to your profile or would like to renew your membership, I am always gladly willing to help.

What keeps me motivated at AEA is hearing a member say that I made their life easier. Even if it is just helping reset a password, I am happy to makes sure that members are able to take advantage of the entire landscape of AEA’s offerings. That is the essence of our service to our members, to be a resource in their careers in the field of evaluation, not a liability. While I am answering phones and e-mails, I know I am contributing to improve overall member satisfaction with our organization.

On a final note, if you have any questions regarding Evaluation 2017, please do not hesitate to give us a call at 202-367-1166 or e-mail at info@eval.org.

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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Hi I am Zachary Grays, Operations Coordinator for AEA.

You’ll hear it from just about anyone who is a member that the AEA Topical Interest Groups are the heart and soul AEA. Each TIG is defined around a special topic or interest and creates a forum whereby the knowledge, experience, and skills of each member can become a resource that the entire community can leverage. TIGs serve many roles for AEA, especially for the annual conference (we hope to see you in DC for Evaluation 2017!).  Our TIG members review proposals, curate the vast learnings submitted, and expertly connecting them to the conference theme. More than anything, TIGs are valuable in the way that they bring together AEA’s diverse membership to make a large association feel like home.

Joining a TIG is an exclusive benefit to AEA membership and is your ticket to a community of experts who share similar backgrounds and work settings. Through our TIGs you have access to a network of professionals for collaboration on ideas and practices and a well of invaluable knowledge on topic areas that may be of interest to you. Your participation is based on your availability, and there is no specific obligation associated with your TIG membership. Being active in a TIG allows you to increase your depth of knowledge in a specific area as well as have leadership opportunities. Some TIGs are very active, with vibrant online discussion lists, resource websites, and special networking events, while others tend to focus their efforts around the AEA annual conference.

Hot Tip: Join a TIG and Get the Most of Your AEA Membership!

As an AEA member, you are allowed to join up to five of the 56 Topical Interest Groups. Joining a TIG is easy and can be managed here. Simply log in and join the TIGs that best suit your interests. To join a TIG, click ‘Join‘ next to the TIG name. Your request will be queued for approval to ensure you have not exceeded your limit of five. You will be notified when your request is approved.

To remove yourself from a TIG, click ‘Member‘ next to the TIG name below, and then click the ‘Leave Community‘ button on the following page.

Rad Resource: Getting to Know A TIG! Not sure if particular TIG is the right fit for you? While 56 TIGs sound like a lot, there a few great ways to get your feet wet before hitting the ‘Join’ button. Check out a TIGs website to learn about their mission, purpose, and upcoming activities. Many TIGs use their sites to archive their newsletters, engage in rich discussion, and keep members in the know as we lead into Evaluation 2017.

Hot Tip: Attend a TIG Business Meeting at Evaluation 2017!

If you’re joining us at Evaluation 2017 in Washington, D.C. this November, add a TIG Business Meeting to your agenda! Each TIG will hold a business meeting, open to all attendees, on Thursday, November 9. During this time, attendees have the opportunity to learn more about the TIGs in an informal environment, participate in TIG business (i.e. providing input on new TIG leadership, volunteer opportunities, and ideas for the upcoming program year), and network face-to-face with fellow members of the TIG. It is an excellent community and discovery experience for AEA members, new and seasoned.

Lastly, should you ever have questions regarding TIGs, we’re here to help! Don’t hesitate to contact me at AEA Headquarters for guidance around TIGs. I also encourage you to take the opportunity to reach out to a TIG leader individually for additional insight on their TIG and how to get involved.

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meHi my name is Jayne Corso and I am the Community Manager for AEA. I was recently asked how I find and choose articles to post on the AEA social media sites, so I thought I would share my resources with everyone. When posting on social media, I try to maintain a good mix of association news, to keep our community informed about AEA, and evaluation news, to keep our community informed and about trends and lessons learned in evaluation. Here is where I pull my information:

Rad Resource: Twitter

Twitter is an excellent resource for finding content. I will often search relevant hashtags such as #Eval, #Evaluation, and #DataViz to find posts relating to these topics. I do have to do a little digging to make sure I find articles and resources that are informative, reliable, and can relate back to our community – but the content I find is often very rich and diverse.

In addition to searching on twitter, I follow many evaluators who are using the platform. This is helpful, because I can then see what other evaluators are posting 1) to share their content on our sites and 2) to gain a better understanding on what content is relevant and trending in evaluation. Here’s just a few evaluators I follow:

annkemery | Ann K. Emery

clysy | Christopher Lysy

EJaneDavidson | Jane Davidson

EvaluationMaven | Kylie Hutchinson

John_Gargani | John Gargani

Rad Resource: Evaluation Blogs

I follow a lot of evaluation blogs to find insights from our members. I often share posts that I believe are relevant and will resonate with our community. These blog posts allow AEA to share multiple points of view on evaluation related topics. Below are a few blogs that I use for my “go-to” resources:

BetterEvalution

Evaluation is an Everyday Activity

Evergreen Data Blog

Ann K. Emery’s blog

Eval Central

Rad Resource: Resources from AEA

AEA has a whole page of great resources for finding evaluation content. Click here to see evaluators that are active on social media and an array of evaluation related blogs. This is a great starting point for curating content for your social media posts!

I hope this information is helpful. If you have other great evaluation resources, please share them in the comments. Get busy posting!

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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Greetings, AEA Members. We are Jennifer Greene (Chair; University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign), Jim Rugh (Independent Consultant), Maurice Samuels (MacArthur Foundation), Nicole Vicinanza (JBS International), and Anne Vo (University of Southern California) — your 2017 Nominations Working Group. We have the pleasure of announcing the Call for AEA Board Nominations and to encourage you to consider getting involved in our beloved organization by serving on the AEA Board.

Opportunities to Serve

The 2017 slate calls for nominations for President-elect and 3 Board Members-at-Large.

Time Commitment

The President serves a three-year term in the roles of President-elect (2018), President (2019), and Past President/Secretary (2020). The President presides over all Board meetings.

Board Members-at-Large will serve three-year terms, starting January 1, 2018, and are expected to attend three Board meetings per year.

In addition to meeting attendance, each Board member and the President actively participate in the work of the Board, engage in ongoing email communications, and liaise with Board Task Forces, Working Groups, or other Board-focused volunteer groups.

Qualifications

Particularly strong candidates for these leadership positions are individuals who have:

  • Been active members of AEA for a minimum of three years,
  • Served in leadership roles within AEA units such as TIGs, Working Groups, Task Forces, Local Affiliates, and others,
  • Contributed to and served the evaluation profession in other ways.

Note that candidates who would like to be considered for the post of President-elect must be an AEA member who is based in the United States. Prior service on the Board is preferred, though not required. All candidates’ availability and accessibility are also considered.

Diversity

AEA and the Leadership Team are committed to nourishing and establishing diversity in the governance of the association. Particular attention is paid to adequate representation and balance according to the following criteria:

  • Gender (including nondiscrimination based on sexual representation and orientation or gender identity)
  • Racial/ethnic representation
  • Disciplinary heterogeneity
  • Practitioner/academic balance
  • Geographic heterogeneity (within the United States)
  • International representation and perspectives
  • Heterogeneity of areas of application

Learning More

AEA relies on members to provide leadership, and values a large and diverse pool of member leaders! To learn more…

  • Tune into the Nominations Working Group’s Coffee Break Webinar on Thursday, February 9th, at 11am PST (2pm EST) to learn more about:
    • What is involved in running for and serving on the AEA Board of Directors
    • What the nominating committee looks for in potential nominees
    • How you can become involved in AEA leadership
    • Paths to serving on the AEA Board
  • Reach out to current Board Members to learn about their experiences.

Navigate to the AEA’s Resource Page to access materials that describe how to prepare a nomination packet for yourself or others. Contact us! We are also glad to help answer questions about the nomination process. If we do not have the answers, we can definitely offer suggestions for who to ask.

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