AEA’s 2018 Summer Evaluation Institute by Sheila B Robinson

Hello Evaluation Learners! I’m Sheila B. Robinson, aea365’s Lead Curator and sometimes Saturday contributor. Today, I’m writing about AEA’s Summer Evaluation Institute, a perennial fabulous learning opportunity. Anyone who knows me knows that I love learning and meeting with evaluation colleagues, and this is the perfect opportunity for both.

Registration is now open for the 2018 AEA Summer Evaluation Institute – June 17 – June 20 in Atlanta, GA. Presenters will be ready with 34 high quality courses on a wide variety of topics. Please visit the site for complete descriptions of each workshop.

Hot Tip: If you attend, plan on showing up for the plenary sessions. This year features what is sure to be an engaging and dynamic keynote by Kylie Hutchinson of Community Solutions Planning and Evaluation – Effective Evaluation Reporting: Making Your Key Messages Sticky. Kylie’s book, A Short Primer on Innovative Evaluation Reporting is a wonderful compilation of creative ideas for non-traditional evaluation reporting.

Rad Resources: 

The 2018 Summer Evaluation institute offers two full day pre-institute workshops:

  1. An Interactive and Case-Centered Primer on Evaluation Approaches with Bianca Montrosse-Moorhead from the University of Connecticut:

All evaluation rests on an evaluation approach (i.e., theory or model). Sometimes this approach is explicit and sometimes it is implicit. Either way, evaluation approaches guide the reasoning for doing an evaluation, how it will be done, who will be involved and how, and what will be done with results and by whom. This interactive, case-centered workshop covers historical and contemporary evaluation approaches in diverse national and international contexts. Institute course offerings include:

2. Introduction to Evaluation with Thomas Chapel from the Centers for Disease Control

This workshop will provide an overview of program evaluation for Institute participants with some, but not extensive, prior background in program evaluation. The foundations of this workshop will be organized around the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) 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.

Hot Tip: Check out the other 32 half-day workshops. You can choose up to 5 courses during the institute!

Hot Tip: Can’t wait to get your evaluation learning on? Act fast to register for the 2018 AEA Summer Evaluation Institute and take advantage of early bird prices (until May 24)! Courses do fill up!

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