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Susan Kistler on Evaluating the Zombie Apocalypse

My name is Susan Kistler and I am the American Evaluation Association’s Executive Director. Our Institute partners at the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) were kind enough to release this week preparedness guidelines for the Zombie Apocalypse, including: Identify the types of emergencies that are possible in your area. Besides a zombie apocalypse, this may …

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Scribing: Vidhya Shanker on Lessons Learned from Evaluation Leaders

This is Vidhya Shanker, a doctoral student at the University of Minnesota. At Evaluation 2010, I served as a scribe for Roundtable Presentation 111, Maximizing Our Collective Talent: Conversations with Senior Evaluators, which brought evaluation leaders together with novice and mid-career evaluators to engage in evaluation discourse around 8 different issue tables. I chose it …

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Susan Kistler on How to Win a Book by Identifying the Essence of Evaluation

I am Susan Kistler, AEA’s Executive Director. After my junior year in high school, I attended a short summer program in between working 50 hours weeks at a health food restaurant. The restaurant t-shirts read “Something Natural…and Something Else” on a sea of earthy green. The summer program searched for something similarly pithy. After a …

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Susan Kistler on Thinking Evaluatively in Your Everyday Life

Good afternoon! Susan Kistler here, AEA’s Executive Director and regular Saturday contributor.  I’m posting a little later in the day than usual for those who receive aea365 in real time. Why? On Friday, my husband and I finally completed the purchase of a small cottage in Provincetown on Cape Cod. We’ve been looking for a …

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Susan Kistler on Seeking Your Input Regarding the Pros and Cons of Evaluator Certification and Credentialing

I’m Susan Kistler, the American Evaluation Association’s Executive Director, and I contribute each Saturday’s aea365 post. The AEA Board of Directors has adopted a Question of the Quarter to generate discussion with and among members around issue critical to the field. This quarter’s question is: What are the pros and cons of AEA instituting a …

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Susan Kistler on Convening in Anaheim

I’m Susan Kistler, the Executive Director for the American Evaluation Association. Today, I’m writing from Anaheim, California, site of AEA’s 2011 annual conference and location of our winter Board meeting. We’ll be convening the week of October 31 through November 6.  I’m doing a little recon, and here’s what we’ve found so far: Hot Tip …

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Susan Kistler on Submitting a Proposal to Present at Evaluation 2011

My name is Susan Kistler, the Executive Director for the American Evaluation Association. I contribute each Saturday’s post to aea365. Hot Tip – Submit a Proposal for Evaluation 2011: The 2011 Call for Proposals went online this week for AEA’s annual conference to be held the first week of November in Anaheim, California. We anticipate …

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Susan Kistler on the Top 10 Evaluation H&Rs from 2010

I’m Susan Kistler, AEA’s Executive Director and contributor of each Saturday’s aea365 post. I’ve written before about AEA’s Headlines and Resources list which compiles items from across the field into a tidy bundle which most subscribers see each Sunday. Today, I’m listing the top H&R items from 2010 so you are sure not to miss …

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