75th Birthday Tribute to MQP by Charmagne Campbell-Patton

Happy Saturday! My name is Charmagne Campbell-Patton, and I am the Director of Organizational Learning and Evaluation at Utilization-Focused Evaluation. I have the privilege of working with my father, Michael Quinn Patton, affectionately known as MQP to many of you. Michael is a founding member of AEA, frequent contributor to this blog and a mentor …

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LaRED TIG Week: Building our culture of evaluation with high staff engagement–lessons learned from an internal (nonprofit) evaluation team by Alisha Garcia Flores, Vianney Leon, and Matthew Silva

(Spanish version) ?Buenos días! We are Alisha Garcia Flores, Vianney Leon, and Matthew Silva — representing an internal evaluation and data team at Enlace Chicago in the Little Village community, Chicago, Illinois.  Enlace Chicago is a community-based nonprofit that strives to build the capacity of Little Village stakeholders to confront systemic inequities and social injustices. …

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LaRED TIG Week: Lessons Learned from Community-Engaged Evaluations by Jessica Saucedo and Tatiana Elisa Bustos

(Spanish version) Hello! We are Jessica Saucedo and Tatiana Elisa Bustos, PhD students studying community psychology with interests in health equity research, implementation science, and equitable evaluation with Indigenous and Latinx communities. We wanted to share our experiences completing community-engaged evaluation internships in the context of first-generation doctoral students and in relation to engaging marginalized …

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LaRED TIG Week: Utilizing Latinx college peer leaders as institutional agents of change by Oscar Cerna

(Spanish version) My name is Oscar Cerna, and I’m an Evaluation Research Associate at MDRC in Oakland, CA. At the risk of stating the obvious, the population of Latinx students attending college will continue to grow and diversify. Many higher education institutions have recognized this demographic shift and know they must equally increase their attention …

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LaRED TIG Week: Chocolate Cake Making: How the Mission Promise Neighborhood implements the Collective Impact Approach as a recipe to achieve results by Liz Cortez

(Spanish version)  Hi, I’m Liz Cortez, Associate Director of the Mission Promise Neighborhood (MPN) Initiative at the Mission Economic Development Agency (MEDA) in the Mission District of San Francisco, CA. My career has always focused on advancing social justice by working with communities of color to improve outcomes in financial stability and education. I am …

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LaRED TIG Week: Becoming Culturally Responsive During COVID-19 Era by Diana Lemos

(Spanish version) Hello fellow evaluators! I am Diana Lemos from the Center for Health Equity at the American Medical Association in Chicago, IL. Our nation’s approach to the COVID-19 epidemic has left us with many important lessons and difficult learnings. At the Center, we built an ongoing repository of health equity-focused resources to identify and …

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LaRED TIG Week: Deepening our ability to understand our Latinx communities and our culturally responsive approaches by Grisel M. Robles-Schrader, Susana Morales and David Garcia

(Spanish version) ?Saludos! We are Grisel M. Robles-Schrader, Susana Morales and David Garcia from the Latinx Responsive Evaluation Discourse (La RED) Topical Interest Group (TIG). We are excited to be kicking off this AEA365 week in advance of Hispanic/Latino/Latinx heritage month which begins mid-September. To center Latinx voices in evaluation, one must first recognize that …

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Getting Ready for the Conference with the AEA Guiding Principles by Leanne Kallemeyn

My name is Leanne Kallemeyn, and I am currently a member of the AEA Guiding Principles Working Group.  As we get ready for the 2020 virtual AEA conference, I want to address a change that was planned prior to the COVID-19 pandemic.  If you submitted a proposal, you may recall that you were asked to …

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Is Virtual Logic Model Coaching Here to Stay? by Taylor Harrell and Kendra Straub

Hello, AEA colleagues! We are internal evaluators Taylor Harrell and Kendra Straub from the Metropolitan Area Action Committee on Anti-Poverty (MAAC), whose mission is to maximize self-sufficiency with families and individuals through high-quality programs and advocacy in our communities. As a result of the disruption caused by COVID-19, our programs have been required to pivot …

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