Hello evaluators! I’m Sheila B Robinson, aea365’s Lead Curator and sometimes Saturday contributor.
In 2010, I traveled to San Antonio, TX to attend Evaluation 2010. I was on my own, and knew no one else attending the conference. I made my first friend there by recognizing the name tag of the author of an early aea365 post I admired, and introducing myself as we both waited to attend a session. This blog has been a tremendous connector for since its inception.
Networking with other evaluators has been a highlight of my career and I continue to actively seek out opportunities to meet new people, whether it is in person at a conference, or online. I’ve made some wonderful new friends this way, and have often reached out to members of the evaluation community for help and advice when evaluation work gets tricky.
Fortunately, many evaluators are more and more connected via social media and using it to collect and share information and resources.
Lesson Learned: I was reluctant to use social media for professional purposes until just a few years ago, but now I find I very much enjoy the learning and interaction from these channels, among others:
Twitter: It’s not just what celebrities ate for breakfast! AEA maintains a list of evaluators and evaluation organizations on Twitter here. I’ve also been “collecting” evaluators on Twitter; see my list of nearly 400 here.
Facebook: It’s not just for Internet memes and selfies! Some AEA TIGs, affiliates, and evaluation associations have active Facebook pages (as do many independent evaluators and consultancies). A few of which I’m aware include:
- American Evaluation Association
- AEA PK-12 Educational Evaluation TIG
- AEA Affiliate Atlanta Area Evaluation Association (AaEA)
- AEA Collaborative, Participatory, and Empowerment TIG
- Better Evaluation
Pinterest: It’s not just for crafts and recipes! Kylie Hutchinson may be the most active evaluator I know who maintains 9 evaluation-related boards. Ann K. Emery also maintains many boards related to data visualization.
Google+: It’s not just for “techy” people! It’s also a place where evaluators share ideas. David Fetterman is one evaluator particularly active in this space. Stephanie Evergreen can also be found here.
AEA maintains a list of member blogs and Twitter handles here. If you have a blog or Twitter handle that doesn’t appear on the list, write to firstname.lastname@example.org and ask to have it added!
Do you use these social media channels professionally? Add your info to the comments so we can all connect!
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