ICCE TIG Week: What is the role of TIG Leadership in Meeting the Moment? By Mishkah Jakoet, Lisa Frantzen, & Christina Bowles

Hello! We are Mishkah Jakoet, Lisa Frantzen, and Christina Bowles, the International & Cross-Cultural Evaluation (ICCE) Topical Interest Group (TIG) leadership team. We’re excited to have a space to reflect on how we’ve been thinking about “Meeting the Moment” in our TIG.

The ICCE TIG is a space for evaluators interested in or working on evaluations in an international or cross-cultural context. Given this broad definition, we have the honor of being the largest TIG, with 496 members (and growing)! While our membership spans numerous countries, sectors, experience levels, and evaluation approaches, we are united in our goal to be better ICCE evaluators. The breadth of our TIG membership encapsulates the value of diversity in the evaluation field; a necessity for thoughtful, impactful, and sustainable approaches. As TIG leadership, we’ve been reflecting on how we can leverage the knowledge base of this group of diverse evaluators to help us meet our goal of continued professional development – so we’re better equipped to meet the moment when that moment arises.

During this unique moment of a shift to virtual spaces, restricted travel, and limited social interaction, the need to build up a space of reflection and knowledge sharing among ICCE colleagues seems more salient than ever. With the decision to hold Evaluation 21 virtually, we have been reflecting on how TIG leadership can step up to Meet the Moment and supplement the loss of the camaraderie and togetherness the annual conferences provide for so many of us.

In order to meet these goals of continued professional development and a space for connection, we’ve been brainstorming new virtual social events for TIG members. We’ve also updated our website and are discussing how we can leverage that tool as a way to build connection amongst the TIG. We’d love your help and input on how we can shift TIG activities during this unique time!

As we kick off the ICCE AEA365 sponsored week, we want to hear your…

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  • How can we strengthen the international community at AEA?
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Please use this google form to share your insights with us; we look forward to learning from you! 

The American Evaluation Association is celebrating International and Cross-Cultural (ICCE) TIG Week with our colleagues in the International and Cross-Cultural Topical Interest Group. The contributions all this week to aea365 come from our ICCE TIG members. 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.

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