Susan Kistler on Joining AEA

I’m Susan Kistler, the American Evaluation Association’s Executive Director. Once each year I write explicitly to those of you who are not AEA members in hopes of encouraging you to join the association.

Hot Tip – Join AEA: Membership in AEA is only $80 per year, $60 if your primary membership is with the Canadian Evaluation Society, or $30 if you are a full-time student. It quickly pays for itself. You can join online.

Hot Tip – AEA members have access to four of the leading evaluation journals: As a member, you’ll receive hardcopy and electronic subscriptions to AEA’s own journals, The American Journal of Evaluation and New Directions for Evaluation, as well as electronic access to Evaluation Review and Evaluation and the Health Professions. You’ll receive not only the latest articles, but also access to 20+ years of archival content.

Hot Tip – AEA members can attend over 40 free Coffee Break Demonstrations each year: And, members can access the recordings in the members-only Coffee Break Archive. Want to get a taste for them? Check out the list of upcoming CBDs as well as the public list of those that are already in the archives.

Hot Tip – AEA members receive discounts on professional development (online and in person): Full members receive $50 off each one-day workshop, whether offered as an AEA eStudy (David Fetterman is offering Empowerment Evaluation this week; Tom Chapel is offering Intro to Evaluation, and Michelle Kobayashi is offering Survey Development next month) or in-person at the AEA annual conference, where you’ll find over 50 pre- and post-conference workshops.

Hot Tip – AEA members engage with the field’s thought leaders: For one week each month AEA hosts a leader in the field on its members-only Thought Leaders Forum. The discussant shares insights, explores issues, and answers your questions. You can lurk in the background and take it all in, or dive in and discuss. Next up? Gail Barrington in March.

Hot Tip – AEA members promote their business: Whether you are an independent consultant or part of a 100 person firm, AEA membership gives you a free listing of your evaluation-related services in AEA’s Find-an-Evaluator database. Directly accessible from the homepage, the FAE listings are among the most highly used sections of the AEA website.

Hot Tip – AEA members build their professional networks and get questions answered: AEA membership includes membership in up to five of AEA’s 50+ Topical Interest Groups (TIGs), from Data Visualization and Reporting, to Multiethnic Issues in Evaluation, to Independent Consulting, to Quantitative Methods, to Evaluating the Arts and Culture, there is a TIG or two (or five) for everyone.

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