GEDI Week: Ashaki Jackson, Stewart Donaldson, and John LaVelle on the GEDI Program

Hi, we are Ashaki Jackson, Stewart Donaldson, and John LaVelle, and we are the leaders and coordinators of the American Evaluation Association’s Graduate Education Diversity Internship program (GEDI).  November 24-29 is the GEDI sponsored week, and we thought it best to share some important resources about the GEDI program itself (

Hot Tip: Program Overview. The GEDI program works to engage and support MA and PhD students from groups that are traditionally under-represented in the field of evaluation, draws from a range of disciplines, and is centered on the principles of culturally responsive evaluation.  Interns participate in a range of training and professional development opportunities, such as the Claremont Evaluation Center’s August Workshop Series (2013 schedule available at:, AEA’s annual conference (, a winter training conference, and the AEA/CDC conference in Atlanta.  Interns also participate in webinars, network with established evaluators, and complete an evaluation project for their placement site.

Hot Tip: Encourage your students and degree-seeking colleagues to apply to the GEDI program!  Applicants can come from any field that relates to evaluation, and it is very exciting to see the range of professional and personal interests from people interested in learning more about culturally-responsive evaluation.  The call for intern applications will be distributed in spring 2014, and every year we enjoy seeing the strong pool of applications, and only wish we had enough placement sites to accept everyone!

Hot Tip: Get your organization involved!  We are always interested in forging relationships with new internship sites across the United States.  Some recent sites have focused on educational evaluation, others on policy evaluation, and still others on evaluating outreach efforts or human services, to name just a few. If you are interested in working with the GEDI program and helping shape the next generation of evaluators, we encourage you to connect with us at, or watch for the Call for Applications, which will go out in the spring for the 2014-15 cohort.

Hot Tip: 2013 marked a very important year for the GEDI program, as it was our 10 year anniversary.  Special thanks to all the program leaders, the interns, alumni, and evaluation community members that have helped support this important program.  With their (and your) support, we look forward to celebrating 20 years in 2023!

The American Evaluation Association is celebrating Graduate Education Diversity Internship (GEDI) Program week. The contributions all this week to aea365 come from AEA’s GEDI Program and its interns. For more information on GEDI, see their webpage 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 is sponsored by the American Evaluation Association and provides a Tip-a-Day by and for evaluators.


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