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Labor Day Week: Laboring to Make Evaluation More Welcoming, Equitable, and Inclusive by Nora Murphy Johnson

I’m Nora Murphy Johnson, CEO of Inspire to Change. In my role as co-curator of this week’s post on the labor of evaluation, I dug deep into Robert Ingle Service Award archives. What did I learn? I learned that the evaluation profession is shaped by members who hold a vision for what evaluation could be, …

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Labor Day Week: Rodney Hopson: Teacher, Mentor, Learner by Nora Murphy Johnson

I’m Nora Murphy Johnson, co-curator of this week’s posts. I’m honored to be highlighting Rodney Hopson who received the Robert Ingle Service Award in 2010 for his leadership on diversity issues and for his role in developing the AEA’s Graduate Education Diversity Internship program (GEDI). Two of his former students to share what his service …

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Labor Day Week: Tales from the Ingle Award Files by Jean A. King

My name is Jean King, Professor Emerita at the University of Minnesota. I was honored with the Robert Ingle Service Award in 1999 for my work organizing and running AEA’s annual meetings; I was Local Arrangements Chair in 1988, then served as Associate Conference Chair (1992-1995) and Conference Chair (1996-1999). I continued to serve, first …

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Labor Day Week: Deepening our cultural understanding and competency by Stephanie Evergreen

My name is Stephanie Evergreen and Dr. Nicole Bowman has changed my experience as a member of AEA. She’s changed yours, too, even if you don’t know it. Dr. Nicole Bowman, the 2018 Robert Ingle AEA Service Award recipient, has worked publicly and behind the scenes to push evaluators to grow their cultural competency, specifically and critically …

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Labor Day Week: Saving AEA in 1998 by Donna Mertens

I am Donna Mertens, recipient of the Robert Ingle Service Award in 2004 and the Lazarsfeld Theory Award in 2009.  I was president of AEA in 1998 when the AEA conference theme was Transforming Society Through Evaluation. Shortly before that, AEA had contracted with a company that managed professional associations to plan conferences, process membership …

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Labor Day Week: Honoring and appreciating those who have labored on behalf of the evaluation profession by Michael Quinn Patton

My name is Michael Quinn Patton, a former AEA President. In conjunction with the Labor Day holiday, Nora Murphy Johnson and I are curating a week of AEA365 contributions featuring some of those who have labored conscientiously and with distinction on behalf of the evaluation profession. As context, let’s look at the origins of Labor Day …

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Prepping a Presentation for Evaluation 2019? Practice, create, practice, create, and don’t forget about the elevator! by Sheila B Robinson

Hello loyal readers! I’m Sheila B Robinson, AEA365’s Lead Curator, sometimes Saturday contributor, and avid conference-goer. Yep, I’m one of those people who would attend conferences every week if I could. I love connecting with other evaluators, learning new skills and approaches, presenting my work, and the overall experience of being in a space with …

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Contribution, Leadership, and Renewal: Perspective from a path less traveled by A. Rafael Johnson

My name is A. Rafael Johnson, Director of Creative Evaluation and Engagement, an initiative of Inspire to Change. I’m a novelist, and I’d like to tell you a story of how I came to be an evaluator without training as an evaluator. In 2010 I taught yoga to a blind orphan in Liberia. I’d arrived as a …

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Contribution, Leadership, and Renewal: Perspectives of three newly trained evaluators by Carolina De La Rosa Mateo, Audrey Hanson, and Lindsay Anderson

Hello! We are Carolina De La Rosa Mateo, Audrey Hanson, and Lindsay Anderson, three of the newest additions at Professional Data Analysts (PDA), a public health evaluation firm based in Minneapolis, MN. As new evaluators (two fresh out of MPH programs, one PhD candidate), we will share insight into how graduate programs have prepared us …

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Contribution, Leadership, and Renewal: Centering Indigenous Voices by Elizabeth Taylor-Schiro and Nicole Bowman

Aaniin indinawemaaganag! (Hello my colleagues/relatives!) I’m Elizabeth Taylor-Schiro (Anishinaabe/Ojibwe) and the current Program Co-Chair of the Indigenous Peoples in Evaluation TIG, EvalIndigenous Member, and a PhD student in Evaluation Studies at the University of Minnesota. Koolamalsi (Hello). I’m Nicole Bowman (Mohican/Lunaape) and one of the Chairs for the IPE TIG as well as a member …

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