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LAWG Week: Dealing with and Overcoming Imposter Syndrome by Maira Rosas-Lee

Evaluators and Imposter Syndrome: This is not just a grab-bag candy game. My name is Maira Rosas-Lee, an evaluator at the Minnesota Department of Education and president-elect of the Minnesota Evaluation Association. I am a nerdy Mexican-Korean-American and major introvert (INFJ/counselor). Minnesota is home for many amazing evaluators, but the community at large can be …

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LAWG Week: Finding your Community of Practice by Sandra Ayoo

I am Sandra Ayoo, recent graduate of the Evaluation Studies Program at the University of Minnesota. I started practicing program evaluation in 2008, but didn’t know it was a professional field of practice until I discovered my evaluation community of practice at the Minnesota Evaluation Studies Institute (MESI) annual spring training in 2012. This became …

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LAWG Week: Building Community: Failures and creativity’s nexus, and a nod to MESI

I’m Michael Quinn Patton of Utilization-Focused Evaluation. I came to the University of Minnesota in 1973 as a postdoc in one of the world’s first evaluation methodology training programs. Though I’ve been here the better part of my life, I’m still viewed as an outsider by native Minnesotans. However, they would appreciate making you aware …

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LAWG Week: Building Community: Building the Minnesota Evaluation Community – Creative and Innovative Approaches by Jean A. King

This is Jean King, Professor Emerita at the University of Minnesota and founder and former director of the Minnesota Evaluation Studies Institute (MESI), so named because, as we all know, evaluation is MESI/“messy.” Building a collaborative community of program evaluators and clients is one consistent MESI goal, enacted in a variety of ways: A website …

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LAWG Week: Building Community: Welcome to Minnesota! A LAWG welcome to the North Star State by Melissa Chapman Haynes and Tia Bastian

This is Melissa Chapman Haynes and Tia Bastian, from Professional Data Analysts in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Today we introduce a week of posts from the Local Area Affiliate Workgroup (LAWG). We are busy ensuring that Evaluation 2019 will be an amazing experience! We look forward to welcoming many of you to our lovely city, but if …

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Preparing Picture Perfect Presentations by Sheila B Robinson

Greetings dear readers! I’m Sheila B Robinson, AEA365 Lead Curator and sometimes Saturday contributor with a few more tips on preparing presentations. Finding the right photo to illustrate a concept is challenging. You probably already know to avoid cheesy stock photos but of course, we don’t all agree on what is cheesy – well, except …

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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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