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75th Birthday Tribute to MQP by Charmagne Campbell-Patton

Happy Saturday! My name is Charmagne Campbell-Patton, and I am the Director of Organizational Learning and Evaluation at Utilization-Focused Evaluation. I have the privilege of working with my father, Michael Quinn Patton, affectionately known as MQP to many of you. Michael is a founding member of AEA, frequent contributor to this blog and a mentor …

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Getting Ready for the Conference with the AEA Guiding Principles by Leanne Kallemeyn

My name is Leanne Kallemeyn, and I am currently a member of the AEA Guiding Principles Working Group.  As we get ready for the 2020 virtual AEA conference, I want to address a change that was planned prior to the COVID-19 pandemic.  If you submitted a proposal, you may recall that you were asked to …

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Is Virtual Logic Model Coaching Here to Stay? by Taylor Harrell and Kendra Straub

Hello, AEA colleagues! We are internal evaluators Taylor Harrell and Kendra Straub from the Metropolitan Area Action Committee on Anti-Poverty (MAAC), whose mission is to maximize self-sufficiency with families and individuals through high-quality programs and advocacy in our communities. As a result of the disruption caused by COVID-19, our programs have been required to pivot …

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EVALpalooza by Matt Feldmann and Asma Ali

Hello, we’re Matt Feldmann, president of Evaluation Association of St. Louis (EASL), and Asma Ali, president of Chicagoland Evaluation Association (CEA). With in-person conferences out of the question, we got together in Spring 2020 to dream up a different way to engage evaluators. We joined evaluators Kylie Hutchinson and Sheila B. Robinson and…VOILA!… started EVALpalooza.  …

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Interview Continuum by Beverly Peters by Beverly Peters

Hello again! I am Beverly Peters, an assistant professor of Measurement and Evaluation at American University. This is the second article in a 5 part series on Using Interviews for Monitoring and Evaluation. In the previous article of this series, we learned when evaluators might use interviews to collect data for monitoring and evaluation. This article …

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Growing Tolerance To The Incertitude Linked To My Practice As A Consultant By Sara Vaca

Dear AEA365 readers, I’m Sara Vaca, independent consultant and frequent Saturday contributor. Last week a friend-colleague told me that she was thinking about becoming independent and she asked me about my experience and how I deal with it. I’ve written before about it, but this week, while being on holiday-ish mode with my family by …

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Policy Governance Week: Tips for Implementing PG by Aimee White & Leslie Goodyear

Hello again everyone! Aimee White and Leslie Goodyear here, current (2020) and 2018 AEA Presidents. We hope you have enjoyed the week of posts about Policy Governance (PG) from the AEA Board. We are wrapping up our week with some lessons learned from our PG journey. We were asked to present at the annual Govern …

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Policy Governance Week: Understanding the Board’s Financial Duties by Felicia Bohanon

Greetings. My name is Felicia Bohanon. I was very excited to join the Board as Treasurer after serving on the Financial Advisory Board (FAB) from 2012 – 2015. I served on the FAB during the time that AEA was making its transition to SmithBucklin, our current association management company. Having served on the FAB at …

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Policy Governance Week: Through the Executive Director’s Lens by Anisha Lewis

Hello, I’m Anisha Lewis, the Executive Director for AEA. So, what does Policy Governance look like from the Executive Director’s perspective? I see this governing structure as an opportunity to have collective rather than individual decisions that include diverse viewpoints.  Governance is a function of ownership, not management. Therefore, the viewpoints of members are crucial …

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