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Decolonizing Evaluation Week: Moving Beyond Cultural Competence in Evaluation to Ontological Justice by Jennifer A.H. Billman, Ph.D.

I’m Jennifer Billman, a biology professor, internal evaluator, and nonprofit cofounder who—wondering about my place in international evaluation—returned to school mid-career hoping to learn about evaluation in non-western settings. Unfortunately, most of the evaluation texts I read offered little reflection on place and failed to advance my understanding of non-western evaluation theory and practice.  The …

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Decolonizing Evaluation Week: Indigenous Storytelling: Evaluative Opportunity for Cultural Regeneration and Resistance by Persephone Hooper Lewis

First, I’d like to introduce myself. My name is Persephone Hooper Lewis. I am a citizen of the Yomba Band of Shoshone Indians. The land that we now call home was historically our Springtime place. It is high in the mountains, nestled in the pines, smells of Behoveh (Great Basin Sagebrush) year-round, and is nourished …

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What will you takeaway from #Eval20 Reimagined? by Sheila B Robinson

Hi #Eval20 attendees…and anyone else who has ever learned something. I’m Sheila B Robinson, aea365’s Lead Curator and frequent contributor with a tip for retaining what you learn – whether from a live or virtual event, a book or journal or a hands-on project. We remember a lot of what we’ve learned. Every time we …

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Tips on Following Up After a (Virtual) Conference by Elizabeth DiLuzio

Hi AEA! My name is Elizabeth DiLuzio, volunteer curator for AEA365, internal evaluator at Good Shepherd Services, and instructor of Quantitative Methods in Evaluation at New York University. Whether AEA’s is the first or one hundredth conference you’ve attended, turning the people you meet into colleagues and friends can be a challenge. Here are some tips …

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Planning and Conducting Virtual Workshops Part III: Rad Resources for Online Teaching by Jan Noga

Hello again! Jan Noga here, owner of Pathfinder Evaluation and Consulting, in Cincinnati, Ohio with some Rad Resources for making your virtual events pop. Lesson Learned: Most resources for virtual teaching focus on using specific platforms. In the same vein, most workshop/instructional design resources focus on face to face situations rather than online. The ones …

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Planning and Conducting Virtual Workshops Part II: Facilitating Online Learning by Jan Noga

Hello again! Jan Noga here, owner of Pathfinder Evaluation and Consulting, in Cincinnati, Ohio with more tips and lessons learned about conducting online workshops. Today’s post will focus on key points for supporting your online learners. Lesson Learned: Online workshops are not online meetings. Attendees have committed time (and often money) to your event. Running …

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Planning and Conducting Virtual Workshops Part I: Make sure attendees can get to your event by Jan Noga

Hi! My name is Jan Noga and I am the owner of Pathfinder Evaluation and Consulting, in Cincinnati, Ohio. Like many of you, I’ve been grounded by the pandemic and needed to look to the world of virtual meetings and events in order to keep up with my professional life. During 2019, I was transitioning …

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Evaluation and the Challenge of Our Time by Scott Chaplowe

Hello! I’m Scott Chaplowe here to tell you about our Presidential Strand session, Evaluation and the Challenge of Our Time Friday, Oct 30, 1:30 PM – 2:15 PM, (Session #1917). Sponsored by the Environmental Program Evaluation TIG, it will shine a light on the intersection of climate change and evaluation. In addition to myself, the …

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AEA members – you ARE registered for this vote! Let’s do it! by Sheila B Robinson

Hello AEA members! Sheila B Robinson, aea365’s Lead Curator and sometimes Saturday contributor with an important message about the AEA elections. The  ballot is now open for our 2021 President-elect and Members-at-Large of AEA’s Board of Directors. Unfortunately, AEA member voting has been historically low. Let’s do better this year! Hot Tip: Don’t recognize some of the names? …

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Washington Evaluators Week: Evaluation Without Borders: A Note from the Program Coordinator by Laura O’Brien

Hi AEA! My name is Laura O’Brien, currently serving as the coordinator for the Evaluation without Borders (EWB) program through Washington Evaluators (WE). I first got involved with EWB when I was matched with current WE President, Patricia Moore Shaffer, as my mentor through our Mentor Minutes program. Over a bowl of pho very close …

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