Washington Evaluators Week: Say Yes: Make the Time to Volunteer by Patricia Moore Shaffer

Greetings! I’m Patricia Moore Shaffer, Deputy Director for Research & Analysis, at the National Endowment for the Arts. I also lead Shaffer Evaluation Group, a woman-owned small business specializing in evaluation of educational programs. I’m also an active volunteer for two organizations, serving as President-Elect for Washington Evaluators and as a board member for the …

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Washington Evaluators Week: Fostering Student Engagement in Evaluation by Esther Nolton

Greetings, fellow evaluators! My name is Esther Nolton and I am a doctoral student at George Mason University (Fairfax, VA) and a Research Analyst at 2M Research (Arlington, VA). I have had the pleasure of participating in the DC Consortium Student Conference on Evaluation & Policy (DC SCEP) both as a student presenter and as …

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Washington Evaluators Week: Strengthening and sustaining the evaluation community through organizational mentorship by Tamarah Moss

It is my honor to contribute to the Washington Evaluators (WE) week on AEA365. My name is Tamarah Moss, former volunteer coordinator for the Washington Evaluators New Professional Scholarship Program. As an assistant professor at Bryn Mawr College Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research and previously at Howard University, I am constantly considering …

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Washington Evaluators Week: Mentor Minutes – A Community-Building Initiative by Emily Bango

Hi there! My name is Emily Bango and I’m an evaluator based in Washington, DC.  I’m also the current Mentor Minutes Coordinator for Washington Evaluators (WE). Mentor Minutes is an initiative that aims to connect current WE members to experienced evaluation professionals in the WE community through short-term mentorship opportunities. The purpose of Mentor Minutes …

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Washington Evaluators Week: Programming for Community Engagement by Melissa Chiu

Hello, I’m Melissa Chiu, the 2019 Program Chair for Washington Evaluators (WE). This year, the Washington Evaluators Board set priorities focusing on two broad themes: evaluation as community and evaluation in the community. Also, we particularly wanted to highlight issues of diversity and social justice, all while getting evaluators out into the city and their …

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Washington Evaluators Week: Why Evaluators Should Care About Building Community by Giovanni Dazzo

Hi, I’m Giovanni Dazzo, current President of Washington Evaluators and an evaluator at the Department of State’s Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor. This week, our local affiliate would like to hit pause on the research methods we typically share in these posts, in order to reflect and provide tips on how we can …

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Utilize Social Media to the Fullest at Conferences by Jessica Byrnes

Hi, my name Jessica Byrnes and I’m a member of the AEA marketing team. As I’ve written about before, one of the greatest values of attending conferences like Evaluation 2019 is the people you meet and the networks you develop.  It can sometimes be difficult to put yourself out there and meet new people, especially at a …

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LAWG Week: Diversifying the field of evaluation by Veronica Deenanath and Erica Orton

This is Veronica Deenanath, Evaluation Specialist at the Minnesota Office of Higher Education, and Erica Orton, Learning and Evaluation Manager at the Bush Foundation. We are Board members for the Minnesota Evaluation Association (MNEA) and co-chairs for the MNEA Scholarship committee. With Evaluation 2019 being in Minneapolis, the MNEA Board was intentional in wanting to …

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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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