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Hello aea365ers! I’m Susan Kistler, Executive Director Emeritus of the American Evaluation Association, professional trainer and editor, and all around gregarious gal. Email me at susan@thesmarterone.com if you wish to get in touch.

Rad Resource – Padlet: The last time I wrote about Padlet for aea365, exactly two years ago on September 12 of 2012, it was still called Wallwisher. One name change, two years, and a number of upgrades since then, this web-based virtual bulletin board application is worth a fresh look.

Padlet is extremely easy to set up – it takes under 10 seconds and can be done with or without an account; however, I highly recommend that you sign up for a free account to manage multiple bulletin boards and manipulate contributions.

Padlet is even easier to use, just click on a bulletin board and add a note. You can add to your own boards, or to other boards for which you have a link. I’ve set up two boards to try.

Hot Tip – Brainstorming: Use Padlet to brainstorm ideas and get input from multiple sources, all anonymously. Anonymously is the keyword here – the extreme ease of use (no sign in!) is balanced by the fact that contributions only have names attached if the contributors wish to add their names.

Hot Tip – Backchannel: Increasingly, facilitators are leveraging backchannels during courses and workshops as avenues for attendees to discuss and raise questions. Because Padlet is a platform/device independent application (PIA) accessed through the browser, and does not require a login to contribute, it can make an excellent backchannel tool.

The uses are almost endless – any time you might try sticky notes, Padlet may be a virtual alternative.

***IF YOU ARE READING THIS POST IN EMAIL, PLEASE CLICK BACK TO THE AEA365 WEBSITE TO TRY IT OUT!***

This board illustrates the linen background (there are 15+ backgrounds from which to choose) with contributions added wherever the contributor placed them (the owner may then move them). Just click to give it a try. Please.

Created with Padlet

This board illustrates the wood background with contributions organized as tiles (a new option).

Created with Padlet

The size is small when embedded on aea365, go here to see the same board in full page view.

Hot Tip – Multimedia: Padlet can accommodate pictures, links, text, files, and video (when hosted elsewhere).

Hot Tip – Export: A major improvement to Padlet’s functionality has been the addition of the capacity to export the contributions to Excel for analysis, sharing, etc.

Rad Resource – Training: I’ll be offering an estudy online workshop in October on collaborative and participatory instrument development. We’ll leverage Padlet as an avenue for stakeholder input if you’d like to see it in action. Learn more here.

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.

Hello Evaluators! I’m Sheila B. Robinson, aea365’s Lead Curator and sometimes Saturday contributor on yet another fabulous professional learning opportunity brought to you by the American Evaluation Association (AEA).

Lesson Learned: I’m fortunate to live in a community with a university that offers a program evaluation certificate. I had a wonderful evaluation professor and am indebted to her for turning me on to this exciting field. That being said, I have probably learned twice as much since graduation as I did during my studies, and I continue to learn about evaluation every day working on this blog, reading evaluation literature, and attending conferences when I can. That’s the beauty of evaluation – there is always more to learn as this field is growing, evolving, and adapting to global change.

AEA’s Coffee Break Webinars and eStudy courses have been a tremendous boon to voracious learners like me, and I’m especially excited about a great pair of eStudy courses starting soon.

Rad Resource:  Beginning Developmental Evaluation and Intermediate Developmental Evaluation will be presented by Michael Quinn Patton, evaluator extraordinaire, best known for his work in Developmental Evaluation (DE), along with Utilization-focused Evaluation (U-FE) and Qualitative Evaluation. Patton is also one of AEA’s “Dynamic Dozen,” presenters who have been recognized for their superb presentation skills.

According to the course description,  This evaluation approach involves partnering relationships between social innovators and evaluators in which the evaluator’s role focuses on helping innovators embed evaluative thinking into their decision-making processes as part of their ongoing design and implementation initiatives. DE can apply to any complex change effort anywhere in the world. Through lecture, discussion, and small-group practice exercises, this workshop will position DE as an important option for evaluation in contrast to formative and summative evaluations as well as other approaches to evaluation.

Hot Tip: Each of these eStudy courses features four 90-minute sessions for a total of 6 contact hours. Register for either or both courses according to your level of interest or expertise! For more information on these and other upcoming eStudies, and to register for courses, click here.

Cool Trick: If you’re not yet an AEA member, why not become one now? eStudy courses are a tremendous value and are priced just right for members, non-members, and students. It’s actually cheaper to purchase a membership with your first course, than it is to take two at the non-member price. And you’ll enjoy all the additional benefits of AEA membership. eStudy courses feature highly qualified and skilled instructors along with rigorous content at a fraction of the price of university courses.

Get involved: Who among us hasn’t been up against an evaluation challenge in an environment where participants, conditions, interventions, and context are turbulent, pathways for achieving desired outcomes are uncertain, and conflicts about what to do are high? I’m excited to learn more about this approach! Aren’t you?

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’m Sheila B. Robinson, aea365 Lead Curator and sometimes Saturday contributor.

We all know (I hope!) the four basic Program Evaluation Standards – utility feasibility, propriety, and accuracy. Not familiar? You may want to start by reading this. These standards sound simple enough, right? Wrong! Turns out, there is a lot to know in order to be able to conduct high-quality, effective, professional evaluation that adheres to these four principles.

Lesson Learned: Fortunately, AEA offers a utilization-focused approach to professional learning in eStudy courses. No travel required for these courses that feature cost-effective, live, in-depth professional learning with high quality instructors broken down into manageable time chunks of 90-minutes each. There’s time to apply new concepts learned between sessions, and to complete a brief homework assignment that will help you process your learning.

Even more fortunately, we have in our midst an accomplished and award-winning author, evaluator, presenter, and teacher who is at the ready to share wisdoms of practice and current trends related to Utilization-Focused Evaluation in an upcoming estudy course.

Michael Quinn Patton is best known for his work in three key evaluation areas: Utilization-Focused Evaluation, Qualitative Evaluation, and Developmental Evaluation and has written no less than six books on these subjects. A past AEA president, Patton is a veteran conference presenter and workshop facilitator, and one of the “Dynamic Dozen” – top scoring AEA presenters selected and interviewed to inform AEA’s Potent Presentations (p2i) initiative.

Hot Tip: Michael Quinn Patton will be your instructor extraordinaire for an AEA estudy starting on Monday. Essentials of Utilization-Focused Evaluation will be presented in four 90-minute sessions on December 9, 11, 13, and 16.

Not familiar with AEA’s live, in-depth virtual professional development courses? Read about them here.

Cool trick: Click here to register. But hurry! Registration closes at midnight, Sunday December 8.

Hot Tip: eStudy courses are recorded and made available for 14 days to all paid registrants.

Rad Resource: AEA eStudy courses are run year-round. Check here often to see what else is coming up!

Clipped from http://comm.eval.org/coffee_break_webinars/estudy/

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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My name is Susan Kistler. I am the American Evaluation Association’s Executive and aea365’s regular Saturday contributor. We’ve been writing a lot lately about AEA’s upcoming conference, Evaluation 2012. Today, I wanted to provide an update on our fourth quarter eStudy workshops – three foundational offerings for filling your evaluation toolbox, even if you can’t join us next month in Minneapolis:

Rad Resource – Introduction to Evaluation with Tom Chapel, Chief Evaluation Office at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
October 9, 11, 16, & 18, 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM Eastern Time.
Description: This workshop will provide an overview of program evaluation for those with some, but not extensive, prior background in program evaluation. The session will be organized around CDC’s six-step Framework for Program Evaluation in Public Health as well as the four sets of evaluation standards from the Joint Commission on Evaluation Standards. The six steps constitute a comprehensive approach to evaluation. While its origins are in the public health sector, the Framework approach can guide any evaluation. The course will touch on all six steps, but particular emphasis will be put on the early steps, including identification and engagement of stakeholders, creation of logic models, and selecting/focusing evaluation questions.

Last day to register is Tuesday October 2

Rad Resource – Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) Planning for Programs/Projects with Scott Chaplowe, a Senior M&E Officer at the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies
November 13 & 15, 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM Eastern Time.
Description: This workshop will introduce six key planning steps for a successful monitoring and evaluation system: 1) Identify the purpose and scope of the M&E system; 2) Plan for data collection and management; 3) Plan for data analysis; 4) Plan for information reporting and utilization; 5) Plan for M&E human resources and capacity building; 6) Prepare the M&E budget. The 6-step approach has been designed to guide international programming at both the community and national levels, and is also appropriate for domestic (US) programs and projects. Particular emphasis will be given to planning for data collection and management using an example M&E planning table for indicators and assumptions.

Last day to register is Wednesday November 7

Rad Resource – Creating Surveys to Measure Performance and Assess Needs with Michelle Kobayashi, co-author of Citizen Surveys: a comprehensive guide to making them matter
December 4 & 6, 3:00 PM to 4:30 PM Eastern Time.
Description: Surveys for program evaluation, performance measurement, or needs assessment can provide excellent information for evaluators. However, developing effective surveys requires an eye both to unbiased question design as well as to how the results of the survey will be used. Neglecting these two aspects impacts the success of the survey. This eStudy course will use lecture and homework assignments to review guidelines for survey development. We will use two national surveys, one used for measuring the performance of local governments and the other to assess the needs of older adults, to inform the creation of our own survey instruments.

Last day to register is Tuesday November 27

Hot Tip – Learn more and access the registration page at http://comm.eval.org/coffee_break_webinars/eStudy/

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.

My name is Kylie Hutchinson.  I am an independent evaluation consultant and trainer with Community Solutions Planning & Evaluation.  I give regular webinars and workshops on evaluation topics for the AEA and CES and Twitter weekly at @EvaluationMaven.

Like all of you, I try to be conscientious about conducting the best evaluation possible.  But for many years I felt that my final reports were missing the mark in terms of their utilization potential.    Unfortunately, too often evaluation reports end up on the shelves of many a decision-maker collecting dust if they’re not structured and presented properly.

Hot Tip: Attend the AEA eStudy:  An Executive Summary is Not Enough: Effective Reporting Techniques for Evaluators. Reporting is an important skill for evaluators who care about seeing their results disseminated widely and have their recommendations actually implemented. This webinar presents an overview of three key principles for effective reporting and engages participants in a discussion of its role in effective evaluation.  Attendees will leave this webinar with an expanded repertoire of innovative reporting techniques.

Hot Tip: Attend a Training: The interest in, and attention to, more effective reporting has increased exponentially among evaluators over the past few years.  Several other initiatives the AEA has undertaken over the past few years include forming a Data Visualization and Reporting Topical Interest Group (DVRTIG) and the new Potent presentations initiative. Sign up for a 30 minute training on July 17 from 11-11:30 or July 26 from 4-4:30 EST.

 Hot Tip:  Attend the Ignite Sessions at the AEA Annual Conference. The best ticket at last year’s AEA conference was the Data Visualization TIG’s Ignite session and business meeting, so arrive early this year for a good seat.

Rad Resources:

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I’m Susan Kistler, the American Evaluation Association’s Executive Director, and aea365’s Saturday contributor. Our eStudy director just announced the lineup for January and February!

Lesson Learned: AEA’s eStudy offerings are online, real-time, webinar-based training right from your desktop with no need to fly, or get lost in traffic, or lose extra time away from work, or even change out of your PJs if you are so inclined. Facilitators are chosen from among the best of those offering AEA workshops and the topics are ones that are most sought-after by registrants.

Hot Tip: Registration is open to both AEA members and nonmembers, and students receive significantly discounted registration rates. For one registration fee, you may attend one or all of the sessions for a particular workshop. Here’s the January/February lineup.

Social Network Analysis
Tuesdays January 10, 17, 24, & 31, 1:00 – 2:30 PM Eastern Time
This eStudy provides an introduction to social network analysis theories, concepts, and applications within the context of evaluation, including network concepts, methods, and the software that provides for analysis of network properties. We’ll use real world examples and discussion to facilitate a better understanding of network structure, function and data collection.
Presenter: Kimberly Fredericks conducts social network analyses in her role as associate professor at The Sage Colleges. Kim is a regular author and speaker, including co-editing a New Directions for Evaluation issue on Social Network Analysis in Program Evaluation.
Cost: $150 Members, $200 Nonmembers, $80 Students

Applications of Correlation and Regression: Mediation, Moderation, and More
Wednesdays February 8, 15, 22, & 29, 1:00 – 2:30 PM Eastern Time
Regression analyses are used to describe multivariate relationships, test theories, make predictions, and model relationships. We’ll explore data issues that may impact correlations and regression, selecting appropriate models, preparing data for analysis, running SPSS analyses, interpreting results, and presenting findings to a nontechnical audience.
Presenter: Dale Berger of Claremont Graduate University is a lauded teacher of workshops and classes in statistical methods and recipient of the outstanding teaching award from the Western Psychological Association.

Cost: $150 Members, $200 Nonmembers, $80 Students

Empowerment Evaluation
Tuesday & Thursday February 21 & 23, 3:00 – 4:30 PM Eastern Time
Empowerment evaluation builds program capacity, fosters program improvement, and produces outcomes. It teaches people how to help themselves by learning how to evaluate their programs. This eStudy will introduce you to the steps of empowerment evaluation and tools to facilitate the approach.
Presenter: David Fetterman is president and CEO of Fetterman & Associates. He is the founder of empowerment evaluation and the author of over 10 books including Empowerment Evaluation Principles in Practice with Abraham Wandersman.
Cost: $75 Members, $100 Nonmembers, $40 Students

See the full descriptions and register for one, two, or all three online here.

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. aea365 is sponsored by the American Evaluation Association.

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