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).

If you are reading this via email or RSS, click back to the post on the aea365 website and scroll down to find the comment form.

Charlene KemmererLeft: Evaluators

Right: Injured Baseball Players

Intersection: Benchmarks

Becca C.Left: Evaluator

Right: Name on a bathroom stall

Intersection: For a good time, call…

Melissa VI am going to break the rules and go with three circles.

Right: Evaluations

Left: Gardeners

Top: Teenage gossip

Intersection: Dig up dirt

Sophia KLeft: Evaluators

Right: Flashers

Center: Reveal

Sheila Robinson KohnLeft: Evaluation

Right: Buying a car

Intersection: Assessing (potential) impact

Kristen BeneLeft: Evaluators

Right: Microphones

Center: Feedback

Stuart HendersonI 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

Robert HokeLeft: 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.

Sally AndradeLeft: Bean Counters

Right: Baked Beans

Intersection: The Kitchen

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

Melissa PageLeft: Evaluators

Right: Winnie the Pooh

Intersection: Sharing is caring

Susan SloanWhat do qualitative data and quantitative data have in common?

Left: Qualitative Data

Right: Quantitative Data

Intersection: EVALUATORS!

Mike MorrisLeft: Regression Coefficients

Right: Ethnography

Intersection: Uh-Oh

katie swalesWhat do brain researchers and politicians have in common?

Left: brain researchers

Right: politicians

Intersection: rats

katie swalesI 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.

-kate

Rebecca Paradiso de SayuLeft: Evaluators

Right: Kitchen Blenders

Intersection: Process

LYN SHULHAWat are evaluators and vampires always on the lookout for?

Left: Evaluators

Right: Vampires

Intersection: Stakeholders

Chris LysyLeft: Spock

Right: Diagram

Intersection: Logic Model

Eddie McKinnonLeft: Evaluators

Right: Star Trek

Intersection: Data

Susan KistlerHere’s my example entry!

Left: Evaluators

Right: Muppets

Intersection: The Count