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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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I’m Susan Kistler, the American Evaluation Association’s Executive Director, who is happily enjoying a long holiday weekend and preparing for the new year. This week I learned about a great opportunity that I wanted to share.

Hot Tip – Free Developmental Evaluation Virtual Book Club: The Plexus Institute is hosting a book club reading of Michael Quinn Patton’s Developmental Evaluation. Approximately each week, they are reading a new chapter, then getting together via phone on Mondays at 1:00 PM Eastern Time from January 23 to April 16 to discuss the chapter. You can attend one or all (although more of course would be better!)

Developmental Evaluation has been on my reading list all year. This is just what I need to become more informed about DE. I’m signing up and invite others to join me if you wish. More info and the free RSVP signup form is online here.

Get Involved: We’re starting a new category for aea365 for 2012, entitled “Get Involved” focusing on actions that go beyond reading and clicking and downloading, to engaging more fully with AEA and/or the evaluation community. Here’s the first option, sign up for the book club and become an active reader and contribute to the discussion. Also, add a note to the comments below. It would be great to know of other aea365 readers who are participating and perhaps we can leverage our shared learnings.

Rad Resource: Michael Quinn Patton wrote about Development Evaluation on aea365 in July of 2010 when the book first came out. His post may whet your appetite for learning more and help you to decide whether reading Developmental Evaluation and/or participating in the book club is right for you.

Happy New Year one and all.

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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