Labor Day Week: Honoring and appreciating those who have labored on behalf of the evaluation profession by Michael Quinn Patton

My name is Michael Quinn Patton, a former AEA President. In conjunction with the Labor Day holiday, Nora Murphy Johnson and I are curating a week of AEA365 contributions featuring some of those who have labored conscientiously and with distinction on behalf of the evaluation profession. As context, let’s look at the origins of Labor Day …

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Prepping a Presentation for Evaluation 2019? Practice, create, practice, create, and don’t forget about the elevator! by Sheila B Robinson

Hello loyal readers! I’m Sheila B Robinson, AEA365’s Lead Curator, sometimes Saturday contributor, and avid conference-goer. Yep, I’m one of those people who would attend conferences every week if I could. I love connecting with other evaluators, learning new skills and approaches, presenting my work, and the overall experience of being in a space with …

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Contribution, Leadership, and Renewal: Perspective from a path less traveled by A. Rafael Johnson

My name is A. Rafael Johnson, Director of Creative Evaluation and Engagement, an initiative of Inspire to Change. I’m a novelist, and I’d like to tell you a story of how I came to be an evaluator without training as an evaluator. In 2010 I taught yoga to a blind orphan in Liberia. I’d arrived as a …

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Contribution, Leadership, and Renewal: Perspectives of three newly trained evaluators by Carolina De La Rosa Mateo, Audrey Hanson, and Lindsay Anderson

Hello! We are Carolina De La Rosa Mateo, Audrey Hanson, and Lindsay Anderson, three of the newest additions at Professional Data Analysts (PDA), a public health evaluation firm based in Minneapolis, MN. As new evaluators (two fresh out of MPH programs, one PhD candidate), we will share insight into how graduate programs have prepared us …

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Contribution, Leadership, and Renewal: Centering Indigenous Voices by Elizabeth Taylor-Schiro and Nicole Bowman

Aaniin indinawemaaganag! (Hello my colleagues/relatives!) I’m Elizabeth Taylor-Schiro (Anishinaabe/Ojibwe) and the current Program Co-Chair of the Indigenous Peoples in Evaluation TIG, EvalIndigenous Member, and a PhD student in Evaluation Studies at the University of Minnesota. Koolamalsi (Hello). I’m Nicole Bowman (Mohican/Lunaape) and one of the Chairs for the IPE TIG as well as a member …

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Contribution, Leadership, and Renewal: Centering Youth Voices in Evaluation by Annie Nguyen

Hello! My name is Annie Nguyen and I am a junior in high school in Saint Paul, MN. I am a part of the Youth Leadership Initiative (YLI) evaluation team that uses Youth Participatory Evaluation (YPE) to help us learn about and improve an after school cross-cultural leadership program for teens. This blog is about …

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Contribution, Leadership, and Renewal: What we focus on becomes our reality by Melissa Chapman Haynes Part II

I’m Melissa Chapman Haynes, sharing additional contributions to this prompt from some inspiring Minnesota-based evaluators: If you could carry one lesson from the past to inform how the practice of evaluation moves forward, what would that be and why? You can’t force a good evaluation. One lesson from my evaluation past that I hope to …

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Contribution, Leadership, and Renewal: What we focus on becomes our reality by Melissa Chapman Haynes Part I

My name is Melissa Chapman Haynes, Director of Evaluation at Professional Data Analysts in Minneapolis. In reflecting on paths to the future of evaluation, and in the humble company of some inspiring Minnesota-based evaluators, I wanted to start this week by asking them to reflect and to respond to the following prompt: If you could …

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My 8 Tips (To Myself) To Try To Make My Consultant Life (Physically and Mentally) Healthier by Sara Vaca

Greetings! I’m Sara Vaca, independent consultant and frequent Saturday contributor of this blog. Ever since I started my evaluation practice and became a consultant, my life has enormously change (I would say for good!) in comparison with the 10-year period when I used to work for organizations with a 9am-to-5pm office schedule. Those whose are …

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A first timer’s guide to getting the most out of the annual AEA conference by Darla Scott

Hello there! I am Darla Scott, one of the 2018 AEA Minority Serving Institutions Fellows. In my role as Assistant Professor, I train preservice school psychologists at Bowie State University, an HBCU in Bowie, Maryland. As a full-time faculty member at an MSI, I recognize the value of professional networking opportunities. I can truly say …

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