Susan Kistler on Making Us Laugh to Win a Great Book from SAGE Publications

I’m Susan Kistler, AEA’s Executive Director, and I contribute each Saturday’s post to aea365. At the annual conference earlier this month, I had the opportunity to attend the Data Visualization and Reporting group’s innovative business meeting. They filled the meeting with short Ignite presentations interspersed with fun activities (well at least to evaluators!).

Lesson Learned: Venn diagrams can be a riot. Those in attendance were asked to fill in a blank Venn diagram showing the intersection of two groups – here was the entry to which I contributed:

Hot Tip: Now it’s your turn! Win a great book donated by our wonderful colleagues at SAGE Publications– we’ve got 10 current releases from which you can choose! How? Just enter your best Venn Diagram suggestion in the comments section for this post, like this:

Left: Evaluators
Right: Muppets
Intersection: The Count

The Venn should (a) be of interest to evaluators in some way – focus on data, methods, theories, the conference, our journals, evaluators, stakeholders, etc. – and (b) be funny – no serious explorations of intersection evaluation theories this week, we’re taking a break and having a laugh over a long holiday weekend.

We’ll draw two winners at random from all those submitted meeting both criteria, loosely defined. No more than one per person please. And, we’ve got a small group of judges who may mock-up the very best for the AEA newsletter. You don’t need to be a member to play, but be sure to put your full name and email in the comment form so we can notify you if you win (don’t worry, the email doesn’t show publicly).

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19 thoughts on “Susan Kistler on Making Us Laugh to Win a Great Book from SAGE Publications”

  1. I am going to break the rules and go with three circles.

    Right: Evaluations
    Left: Gardeners
    Top: Teenage gossip
    Intersection: Dig up dirt

  2. Stuart Henderson

    I will revisit an idea (borrowed from Jeffrey Zeldman, designer and blogger and Jacob Harris, NY Times) that I used in my AEA talk:

    Left: Things that are curiously popular

    Right: Things that create visual confusion

    Intersection: Mullets or Wordles

  3. Left: Evaluators
    Right: Five-Year Old Kids
    Intersection: People who are constantly asking the question why.

    Second entry playing off of Susan’s original post:

    Left: Evaluators
    Right: Muppets
    Intersection: Evaluand = Songs about rainbows.

  4. Left: Bean Counters

    Right: Baked Beans

    Intersection: The Kitchen

    As in, “Stay out of the (policy) kitchen if you can’t take the heat.”

  5. What do qualitative data and quantitative data have in common?
    Left: Qualitative Data
    Right: Quantitative Data
    Intersection: EVALUATORS!

  6. I enjoy reading the insightful newsletter as it appears in my email box. My background is in early human development (brain and social research) and my humour is upbeat and slightly satirical. The venn diagram I’m submitting for this contest: What do brain researchers & politicians have in common? Rats. My students do appreciate my humour, fyi and hope you do too! 🙂
    A happy ThanksGiving to you in the southern climates.

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