GSNE TIG Week: A Helping Hand to Emerging Evaluators by Caitlin Rivera and Danielle Murillo

This week, AEA365 is hosting GSNE Week with our colleagues in the Graduate Student and New Evaluators AEA Topical Interest Group. The contributions all this week to AEA365 come from our GSNE TIG members. We hope you enjoy! -Liz DiLuzio, Lead Curator


Hello fellow evaluators! We are Caitlin Rivera and Danielle Murillo, Research Assistant and Research Analyst in the Evaluation Department at Volunteers of America Los Angeles (VOALA), a human services non-profit organization. Caitlin is also currently pursuing her master’s degree in public health at California State University, Los Angeles.  Like many others, we stumbled into the evaluation field without much formal training or expertise. We learned about evaluation through our work experience at VOALA, as well as participation in summer workshops provided by Claremont Graduate University and AEA’s annual conference.  Along the way, we have cataloged helpful resources that can benefit those who are new to the discipline. We hope these resources below will enlighten those on their evaluation journey.

Rad Resources:

  1. Join the American Evaluation Association (AEA) and subscribe to AEA365
  2. Review these resources provided by the Graduate Students and New Evaluators Topical Interest Group
  3. Listen to the podcast Evaluand hosted by Dana Linnell Wanzer. We recommend the episode “Evaluation Job Market with Dr. Ayesha Boyce
  4. Follow Graduate Students and New Evaluators on Twitter using @gsneaea for the latest updates
  5. Visit the Better Evaluation website for various evaluation topics
  6. Read Evaluation Essentials from A to Z by Marvin Alkin and Anne Vo
  7. Read Evaluation Roots: Tracing Theorists’ Views and Interests by Marvin Alkin
  8. Read Evaluation Theory, Models, and Applications by Daniel Stufflebeam and Chris Coryn
  9. Explore the Evaluators Guide to Advancing Racial Equity, the Evaluation Handbook, and the Logic Model Development Guide by the W. K. Kellogg Foundation

Hot Tips:

  1. Members are eligible for textbook publishing discounts. When logged in as a member on eval.org, find the members tab then select “Publishing Discountsto find the corresponding discount. 
  2.  AEA members receive free online access to current and previously published content from The American Journal of Evaluation, New Directions for Evaluation, Evaluation Review, and Evaluation and the Health Professions for their personal use.

Do you have questions, concerns, kudos, or content to extend this AEA365 contribution? Please add them in the comments section for this post on the AEA365 webpage so that we may enrich our community of practice. Would you like to submit an AEA365 Tip? Please send a note of interest to AEA365@eval.org. AEA365 is sponsored by the American Evaluation Association and provides a Tip-a-Day by and for evaluators. The views and opinions expressed on the AEA365 blog are solely those of the original authors and other contributors. These views and opinions do not necessarily represent those of the American Evaluation Association, and/or any/all contributors to this site.

1 thought on “GSNE TIG Week: A Helping Hand to Emerging Evaluators by Caitlin Rivera and Danielle Murillo”

  1. Thank you for this! It’s always nice to have resources that help you stay current and refine your knowledge of the fundamentals.

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