CD TIG Week: On the Meaning of Change in the Evaluation of Community Change Initiatives by David Chavis

Greetings! I am David Chavis. My path as a student of community change started as a direct action community organizer, and included community development corporation directorships, strategist for organizing thousands of block associations in New York City, professor, evaluator, trainer, consultant, and CEO.  I would like to share what I believe are among the most …

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MIE & La RED TIGs Week: Community Engagement in Evaluation by Grisel Robles-Schrader

Hi I’m Grisel (pronounced Gruh-cell) Robles-Schrader, Director of Evaluation, Stakeholder-Academic Resource Panels (ShARPs), and Director of the Applied Practice Experience at Northwestern University. I am also co-chair of the Latinx Responsive Evaluation Discourse (La RED) TIG. Community engagement evaluation creates “processes for many people in a community to bring their experience, knowledge and dreams to …

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MIE & La RED TIGs Week: The Cultural is Political by Satlaj Dighe

Hi there! I’m Satlaj Dighe, doctoral candidate in Evaluation Studies program at University of Minnesota. Before joining the Ph.D. program, I worked with diverse communities in India and South-east Asia as a health trainer, researcher and community mobilizer. These are my thoughts on how to navigate power and politics working with diverse and multicultural communities. …

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MIE & La RED TIGs Week: No Tricks, Real Talk on Healing Racialized Trauma on the Evaluator’s Path by Geri Peak

Greetings good people, Geri Peak here.  I work to transform ‘selves and systems, countering racism through evaluation, training, facilitation and arts integrated learning with a collaborative of professionals in Baltimore and Beyond. Mindelyn Andeson and I hosted a thinking and healing space inspired by how white privilege, superiority and fragility infringed upon program activities, quality …

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MIE & La RED TIGs Week: Fostering Diversity and Inclusion in AEA Leadership by Eric Barela and Lisa Aponte-Soto

Hello! We are Eric Barela and Lisa Aponte-Soto, AEA Board Members-at-Large and members of the Latinx Responsive Evaluation Discourse (La RED) TIG. Eric is the Director of Measurement & Evaluation at Salesforce.org and Lisa is the Associate Director of Community Engaged Research at the University of Illinois at Chicago. The Latinx population is one of …

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MIE & La RED TIGs Week: Diversity TIGs provide Connections and Leadership Opportunities by Asma Ali

This is Asma Ali, of AA & Associates LLC, in Chicago and Education Working Group Chair of the Latinx Responsive Evaluation Discourse (La RED) Topical Interest Group. Through the years, I have often been asked why I am an active participant in a diversity TIG that is not representative of my own Indian-American ethnicity. I wanted …

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MIE & La RED TIGs Week: Welcome to MIE & La RED AEA 365 Week by Ayesha Boyce

Hello! My name is Ayesha Boyce. I am a co-chair of the Multiethnic Issues in Evaluation (MIE) Topic Interest Group (TIG) and member of the Latinx Responsive Evaluation Discourse (La RED) TIG. I am also an assistant professor within the Department of Educational Research Methodology at the University of North Carolina Greensboro. I am excited …

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AEA’s Potent Presentations Initiative (p2i): Priceless for Presentation Planning! by Sheila B Robinson

Hi there! Sheila B Robinson here, aea365’s Lead Curator and sometimes Saturday contributor. Acceptance letters for Evaluation 2019 have gone out and I’m getting excited about my presentations. I’m thinking about what content to share, what I want my participants to know, how I will present, what my slides will look like…so much to consider! That’s …

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LAWG Week: Engaging Youth to Improve Program Quality by Stella SiWan Zimmerman

Hello, my name is Stella SiWan Zimmerman, and I am the Founder and President of ACET, Inc. in Minneapolis, MN. A year ago, ACET was selected to evaluate the Hmong American Partnership’s 21st Century Community Learning grant from the Minnesota Department of Education. The Hmong American Partnership collaborates with the Community School of Excellence to …

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LAWG Week: Afterschool Programs: Young People are Evaluation Experts by Cheryl Meld

Greetings from McGregor, Minnesota! I am Cheryl Meld, Afterschool Program Director at McGregor Public School. McGregor is located in Greater Minnesota about 2.5 hours from the Twin Cities (120 miles). I am excited to share my experience about how to approach evaluating the complex 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC) program. This competitive grant …

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