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Hello! I’m Sheila B Robinson, aea365’s Lead Curator and sometimes Saturday contributor with some “in case you missed it” or “want to relive it” moments from Evaluation 2016, AEA’s annual conference held this year in Atlanta, GA.

Lesson Learned: I wasn’t able to attend the conference this year, but I am able to find out what went on there learn from others who did attend and who graciously share their learning with others.

Cool Trick: I was able to keep up with some aspects of the conference by following evaluators on Twitter who used the hashtag #Eval16. [Cooler Trick: I keep a Twitter list of evaluators – almost 500 now! You can view or subscribe here: https://twitter.com/SheilaBRobinson/lists/evaluators]

Cool Trick: Look for evaluation bloggers who blog conference reflections! Here are a few to check out:

1. ) Laura Sundstrom’s blog article: What I Learned About Evaluation + Design

2.) Elizabeth Grim’s blog article: Evaluation Trends: Lessons From EVAL16

3.) Chris Lysy’s cartoon collection: Cartooning #EVAL16. Chris has been cartooning evaluation conferences for years now. Check out his clever interpretations of Evaluation 2015, Evaluation 2014 and Evaluation 2013!

Hot Tip: Check out recent additions to the AEA Public eLibrary. There are many ways to search, including keywords. It can be a bit tricky to look up all content from Evaluation 2016, as many contributors used variations of tags. Try the following:

  • Evaluation 2016
  • Eval 2016
  • Eval16
  • 2016 Conference
  • AEA 2016

You can also filter your search for more recent entries. More than 200 items were added to the library in the last month!

So enjoy Evaluation 2016 again, or for the first time!

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.

Hi my name is Jayne Corso and I am the Community Manager for AEA. Now that you are back from Evaluation 2016, how are you going to keep in touch with the connections you made in Atlanta? How about using LinkedIn? LinkedIn is a great way to follow up with your peers and colleagues form the conference.

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Hot Tip: Use LinkedIn to Build Your Professional Network

LinkedIn is the social media channel that is best for professional networking. On LinkedIn, you can search by name, company, or occupation. So, if you are not good with names you can still means to look people up! You can also search by keywords such as Evaluation or Evaluator.

Hot Tip: Build out Your LinkedIn Page so you are Easy to Find

Make your LinkedIn profile easy to find. First, make sure you have a recent photo of yourself. Next fill out your profile using searchable keywords such as evaluation, data visualization, research, internal evaluation, or health evaluation. You can also include your TIG involvement. Add the TIG you work with to the “Volunteer” section on your profile. Taking these steps will allow your profile to be easily searched by other evaluation practitioners.

Hot Tip: Follow the Evaluation 2016 Exhibitors on LinkedIn

Make connection with the exhibitors from Evaluation 2016. Like the company pages of organizations such as Abt Associates, IntegReview IRB, and Mathematica Policy Research. You can also find individuals who work at these organizations on their company page.

Hot Tip: Accept Your Digital Badge and Add it to Your Page

And one more thing…accept your digital badge from Evaluation 2016 and add it to your LinkedIn page! Use the badge to show your involvement with AEA and dedication to professional development.

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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I caught up with Laurie Stevehn after her full-day workshop: Strategies for Interactive Evaluation, which she presented with Jean King to an engaged and eager group of evaluators who came from a diverse background of cultures and work settings.

Why did you choose this topic for Evaluation 2016?

Laurie has spent 20-25 years working in participatory evaluation for capacity building and thinks evaluatively about bringing people together. This workshop draws on the strategies and methods covered in Interactive Evaluation Practice: Mastering the Interpersonal Dynamics of Program Evaluation which she co-authored with Jean King. No matter your approach to evaluation, you have to engage and interact with people. This workshops helps attendees identify best approaches that can be applied to organizations or programs. In this workshop attendees think through the strategies so when they walk out of the doors, they now have a plan in place.

Did you learn anything form other’s experiences?

The attendees in Laurie’s workshop were very engaging and eager to share their experiences and examples from their practices. Sometimes the experience was a variation on the strategies presented and sometimes the attendee’s brought their own challenges. In today’s workshop, Jean and Laurie spent time discussing the challenge of dominant personalities and how to handle these situations while keeping the conversation inclusive.

What are you looking forward to at the conference?

While in Atlanta, Laurie is excited to attend sessions that deal with participatory evaluation and have lots of engagement. She enjoys sessions that share the most recent research on evaluation. She is particularly looking forward to seeing Mel Mark and Michael Quinn Patton who are great theorist and stay on top of research on evaluation.

How do you benefit from AEA?

Laurie has been an AEA Member since 1995. She always finds AEA members friendly and ready to share. The key leaders in evaluations make themselves readily available and accessible to all attendees. She finds it humbling to be a part of an organization and community that focuses so much on the greater good for humanity and community.

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. Evaluation 2016 officially starts tomorrow. Are you ready to learn and network with more than 3,000 evaluators? Here are some tips to help you be social at Evaluation 2016.

Hot Tip: Download the Mobile App

The new and improved Evaluation 2016 mobile app allows you to send messages and set up meeting with other attendees. To take advantage of this feature build you profile under “My Event”. The more information you add about yourself, the easier it makes it for people to find you while at the conference.  This is a great way to meet new people who are practicing evaluation and share your interests.

Hot Tip: Follow Evaluation 2016 on Twitter

We have already seen lots of chatter surrounding Evaluation 2016 on social media, particularly Twitter. Follow the hashtag #Eval16 to see conversation and posts specifically about the event. Share your conference photos and lessons learned on Twitter, so that others evaluators who were not able to attend can get a glimpse of Evaluation 2016!

Hot Tip: Attend the Social Events

Be an active participant in Evaluation 2016 events. Meet with poster presenters during the Poster Exhibit; see what literary works that are coming out this year at the Meet the Authors Reception; and learn more about the AEA TIGS during the TIG Business Meeting on Thursday night.

Hot Tip: Visit the Connection Center

Visit the Connection Center to meet with the AEA exhibitors, gain access to free Wi-Fi, and charge your electronic devices. While in the Connection Center meet with universities and learn more about technology solutions that are benefiting evaluation practices and programs.

I hope these tips have been helpful. See you in Atlanta!

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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Hello All! I’m Sheila B Robinson, aea365’s Lead Curator and sometimes Saturday contributor with some tips for navigation Evaluation 2016!

Cool Trick: If you want all of these tips described in detail, log into the AEA website (if you are a member), click on Coffee Break Webinars (under the “Learn” menu), then click the Coffee Break Webinar Archive and look for my recent webinar, Navigating the Annual AEA Conference: Tips for First Time Attendees from September 20. cbd-screenshot

Hot Tips: Here are some tips for getting the most out of the conference – before, during, and after:

BEFORE:

  1. Visit the conference website
  2. Search the conference program to find sessions to attend
  3. Read about the various presentation types
  4. Visit The Potent Presentations Initiative site and use the Potent Presentations tools to craft your presentation
  5. Subscribe to AEA365 and look for Local Area Working Group (LAWG) posts to learn about the conference city

DURING:

  1. Go to the registration table to pick up your name tag and materials; then look for the ribbon table
  2. Plan to attend the networking events on Wednesday (1st Time Attendees Orientation, Poster Session & Meet the Authors Reception); Thursday (TIG Business Meetings); and Friday (Awards Luncheon [$45], Reception & Silent Auction)
  3. Save time to visit the vendor exhibits
  4. Tweet your learning using the hashtag #Eval16 (and share on other social media as well!)

AFTER:

  1. Take advantage of publishers’ discounts on books
  2. Revisit AEA365 and become a daily reader
  3. Check the AEA Public eLibrary for materials from your favorite sessions, or sessions you missed
  4. Look for contact information for TIGs and Affiliates and stay involved with them.
  5. Find AEA, along with TIGs and Affiliates on social media to stay up-to-date on activities.
  6. Consider submitting a proposal to present at Evaluation 2017!

Have any tips to add to this list? Please add them in the comments!

Enjoy Atlanta and Evaluation 2017!

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.

 

Hi my name is Jayne Corso and I am the Community Manager for AEA.

Twitter is a great tool for staying social at conferences. It provides real-time opportunities for sharing content and insights. Here are a few tips to help you be social during your upcoming conferences! You can even use these at Evaluation 2016.

Follow the Conference Hashtag

Most conferences have a hastag which allows you to follow information and news relating to the event. On Twitter, the pound sign (or hash) turns any word that directly follow it into a searchable link. This allows you to organize content and track discussion topics based on keywords. While at a conference, search for the appropriate hashtag (this will most likely be posted at the conference) to see all discussions taking place around the event. From here you can retweet, or even create your own post to stay active in the conversation. At Evaluation 2016, you can use #Eval16.

Retweet Other Users

While attending a conference, retweet posts by other attendees. Retweeting will allow you to spread content to more followers on Twitter and will give you the opportunity to be included in conversations surrounding the event.

Live Tweet a Session

Sharing insights and quotes from presentations and speakers is a great way to help evaluators who couldn’t attend the conference or decided to attend a different session. Live tweeting also helps you build relationships with the speakers. Find the speaker on twitter and add their twitter handle to your post!

Share Photos of your Experience

Photos are a great way to tell a story about your experience at the conference and allow evaluators who were not able to attend an opportunity to visualize the conference. Photos are dominant on Twitter, meaning your photos will be more likely to be retweeted by other attendees, the conference host, and speakers, expanding your exposer to a larger community.

I can’t wait to see what everyone tweets come October at Evaluation 2016! Follow AEA at @aeaweb and use #Eval16 to follow updates and news about the conference.

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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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Hello loyal readers! I’m Sheila B Robinson, aea365’s Lead Curator and sometimes Saturday contributor with some last minute tips for your Evaluation 2016 conference proposals!

Hot Tip: Take the time to read through the main conference proposal page. It contains a wealth of information AND multiple links to additional information and key resources (such as descriptions of all presentation types) that can help you prepare the best proposal possible.

Hotter Tip: While it’s not required to link your proposal to the conference theme, you are encouraged to learn about and keep the conference theme in mind as you prepare. Click here to learn about this year’s conference theme, Evaluation + Design.

Cool Tricks: Take advantage of a treasure trove of resources available through the AEA website to inform the development of your proposal and (we hope!) your sessions.

1.) Potent Presentations Initiative (p2i): Look for resources on three key elements of a presentation: Message, Design and Delivery, resources for engaging your audiences, as well as those to help in designing your research posters and Ignite sessions.

2.) Check out the AEA Public eLibrary for handouts from previous conference sessions for a little inspiration.

3.) Skim through the aea365 archive (look for the link up there…yes, right above the title of this post!), or use our search box (it’s there…on the right…see it?) to find out what’s been written on your topic or related areas.

Hot Tip: Make sure your proposals are submitted on time! Proposal Submissions must be received by 11:59 PM ET March 15, 2016.

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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