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New tools to help foster grantmaker-grantee shared learning by Andrew Taylor and Ben Liadsky

Hi, we are Andrew Taylor and Ben Liadsky from Taylor Newberry Consulting. Previously we shared with you our research on learning cultures and how grantmakers can build learning relationships with their grant recipients beginning at the grant application stage. Now, we’re back to share some practical tools to help you put those ideas into action. …

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Tips for Conference Speakers by Jessica Byrnes

Hi, I’m Jessica Byrnes, and I’m a member of the AEA marketing team. With Evaluation 2019 only a few months away, I felt inspired to share some tips for those of you planning to present or speak at an upcoming meeting. Hopefully, these tips will help you take the leap from event attendee to speaker extraordinaire—while …

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AEA’s Potent Presentations Initiative (p2i): Priceless for Presentation Planning! by Sheila B Robinson

Hi there! Sheila B Robinson here, aea365’s Lead Curator and sometimes Saturday contributor. Acceptance letters for Evaluation 2019 have gone out and I’m getting excited about my presentations. I’m thinking about what content to share, what I want my participants to know, how I will present, what my slides will look like…so much to consider! That’s …

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CEA Affiliate Week: Swapping Speakers Builds Knowledge and Community: The Simple Magic of a Speakers’ Exchange by Asma M. Ali, Amelia Kohm and Matt Feldmann

We are Asma Ali and Amelia Kohm from Chicagoland Evaluation Association and Matt Feldmann from Evaluation Association of St. Louis [EASL]. We are here to talk about the benefits of a local speaker exchange and share how we made the most of it at a recent Chicago Grant Professionals Association [GPA] conference. The training, Advanced …

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CEA Affiliate Week: Committing to Building Local Evaluation Capacity for International Projects by Casey Solomon-Filer

Hello everyone. My name is Casey Solomon-Filer and I am an evaluation consultant in the Chicago area with a background in international development. Working as a project assistant outside of the US, I was drawn to evaluation as a method of shifting the power of decision-making from international funders to local communities. Over the past …

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CEA Affiliate Week: Using process mapping to visualize program components by Cara Karter

I’m Cara Karter and I work as a research assistant at Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago. This summer I have been facilitating process mapping with a youth-serving organization looking to re-align their measurement strategy in preparation for a formal evaluation. Process mapping is a visual way to represent a program’s components from the …

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CEA Affiliate Week: The LIVING Logic Model: A Logic Model Plugged Into Real-Time Data by Amelia Kohm

Hello! I am Amelia Kohm, founder of Data Viz for Nonprofits, a consulting firm that helps organizations to better use and show their data through charts, maps, and graphs. My work is all about making data accessible and reducing the journey from data to action. And one way to do that is with a living …

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CEA Affiliate Week: CEA Speaker Series by Asma Ali and Rebecca Teasdale

Welcome to the Chicagoland Evaluation Association’s (CEA) week of AEA 365. We are Asma Ali, President and Rebecca Teasdale, Treasurer of CEA. CEA begin many years ago as a forum for evaluation professionals and students in the Chicagoland area to network, exchange ideas and knowledge, and participate in professional development activities that promote excellence in …

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My Favorite Features In Powerpoint And Illustrator for Creating Visuals by Sara Vaca

Hi there! I’m Sara Vaca (frequent Saturday contributor to this blog), independent consultant, and I recently started working for ImpactMapper as the Evaluation and Client Success Manager. As many of you know, since 2011, rather than English, I use Data Visualization as my second language (my first language is text 😉 ). Early on, I …

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