Systems in Eval TIG: Jennifer Lawlor on Second Annual Systems in Evaluation (Un)Conference

I’m Jennifer Lawlor, volunteer promotions coordinator for the annual Systems in Evaluation (Un)Conference. The AEA Systems in Evaluation TIG invites evaluators around the world to participate in this collaborative learning event on June 21, 2016.

This year’s (Un)Conference theme will align with AEA’s annual conference theme, Evaluation + Design.  Unlike a typical conference, an unconference has no formal program or speakers and it’s fully online! The (Un)Conference will last for two hours, during which time participants will log on to the unconference platform and select a discussion topic or propose their own topic related to systems in evaluation. Some possible topics might include strategies for incorporating a systems approach in evaluation, using developmental evaluation as part of systems evaluation, and visualizing complex systems. Throughout the (Un)Conference, participants are encouraged to change groups and explore multiple topics.

The group-directed discussions work well for evaluators who are just starting to incorporate systems into their work as well as seasoned experts with something to share. This unique process creates a space where emergent learning can occur and adapt in real time to the needs of participants.

Rad Resource: Check out the (Un)Conference website for details as they emerge.   Registration is free, but space is limited! Reserve your spot here!

Rad Resource: To learn more about last year’s Systems in Evaluation (Un)Conference, see Bethany Laursen’s blog post.

Hot Tip: This year we’re going to hold a short dress rehearsal so participants will have a chance to test their audio and visual connection to the (Un)Conference software before the event begins.  An unconference is not like a traditional webinar where you can log-in at the last minute.  We strongly recommend you take advantage of this opportunity when it’s announced to prepare for the big day!

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final poster 2016

The American Evaluation Association is celebrating this week with our colleagues in the Systems in Evaluation Topical Interest Group. The contributions all this week to aea365 come from our Systems in Evaluation TIG members. Do you have questions, concerns, kudos, or content to extend this aea365 contribution? Please add them in the comments section for this post on the aea365 webpage so that we may enrich our community of practice. Would you like to submit an aea365 Tip? Please send a note of interest to aea365 is sponsored by the American Evaluation Association and provides a Tip-a-Day by and for evaluators.


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