I am Susan Kistler, the American Evaluation Association’s Executive Director Emeritus and aea365’s regular Saturday contributor.
Rad Resource – American Evaluation Association’s LinkedIn Group: AEA’s LinkedIn group is open to members and nonmembers alike from around the world and currently welcomes over 11,000 colleagues to the community exchange.
Lessons Learned – What is LinkedIn: At its most basic level, LinkedIn is a website dedicated to bringing together those with a common interest into groups for discussion and networking. Joining is free and there are thousands of “groups” within LinkedIn, AEA’s being only one. Once you have set up a free LinkedIn account, you may then join up to fifty groups. Here are just a few that may be of interest to evaluators:
- African Evaluation Association (AfrEA) – focusing on colleagues living and working in Africa, this new site hosted by AfrEA just recently came online
- American Association of Public Opinion Research (AAPOR) – great discussions in particular for those conducting surveys or in need of sampling guidance
- Environmental Evaluators Network (EEN) – our colleagues at EEN use this open group as their primary forum for exchange around environmental evaluation issues
- Small and Medium Enterprise (SME) Evaluation – hosted by the World Bank’s Independent Evaluation Group, here you can discuss work with SME’s and also contribute to the group’s study of SME evaluation
Lessons Learned – What types of things are discussed on LinkedIn: LinkedIn discussions are threaded, meaning that a discussion stays together and may be contributed to over the course of many days or even weeks or months. Here are a couple of recent discussions on AEA’s LinkedIn Group (feel free to join in and add to the exchange):
- Marcela asked “I am looking for a five point scale to measure improvement. I am currently using: None, Slight, Some, Much, Huge, but my client doesn’t like it. Any suggestions?” and 35 responses offered suggestions, raised further questions, and refined thinking on the topic
- Mary Alice asked “Does anyone have any experience assessing changes in non-academic skills (attitude, resiliency, motivation, consciousness, grit, etc) in high school age youth. Preferably, I am looking for an assessment that could be used in a pre/post format…” and 23 posts contributed to the exchange
- Katherine asked “Anyone got suggestions for [affordable] stat packages that I might consider as an alternative [to SPSS and SAS] for my own consulting work?” and 24 people shared their expertise
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