MNEA Week: Joseph Curiel and Kirsten Rewey on Making the Most of EVAL2013

Greetings! We are Joseph Curiel and Kirsten Rewey, evaluators with ACET, Inc., an evaluation firm in Minneapolis, MN. We both presented at Eval2012 and would like to share our thoughts on attending Eval2013.

Rad Resource: Your smart phone or computer can be your best friend during the conference. It can help you find Eval2013 presentations (through the searchable, online program), navigate the neighborhood around the conference, find historical sights, and explore the diverse foods found in our nation’s capital. Do yourself a favor and research and download the apps now. Many map, exploration, and food-review apps are available on multiple platforms and many are free or available for a nominal fee. Here are a few to get your research started. All of the apps are multi-platform (they will work on Mac and Android devices – including tablets), searchable, and incorporate navigation and/or maps. In addition, Yelp! can be accessed and used on a laptop.

  • Yelp!
  • Google Maps
  • Scout

In addition, AEA’s Twitter feed (@aeaweb) gives you the opportunity to get real-time updates and insights to Eval2013. The Twitter app is also available, for free, on multiple platforms and you can sign up for a Twitter account for free. If you choose to use Twitter you can share your thoughts, insights, and ‘a-ha!’ moments as well. And don’t forget to use the Eval2013 hashtag (#Eval13)![klr1]

Hot Tip: While at Eval2013, consider attending one of the TIG business meetings. The business meetings are a wonderful opportunity to network with other evaluators who share your interests. You can also learn how the TIG operates. And, because the TIG meetings often occur in the early evening, the TIG officers often arrange for snacks for those who attend.

We hope you enjoy your time at Eval2013!

The American Evaluation Association is celebrating Minnesota Evaluation Association (MN EA) Affiliate Week with our colleagues in the MNEA AEA Affiliate. The contributions all this week to aea365 come from our MNEA 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 is sponsored by the American Evaluation Association and provides a Tip-a-Day by and for evaluators.

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