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Kelly Laurie

Kelly Laurie

Hi I am Kelly Laurie and I am the Event Services Manager for AEA.

Evaluation 2018 is upon us! Our registration launch is right around the corner and the AEA team is anxious to go LIVE! Don’t let our July registration opening time frame fool you – conference planning starts months and months in advance and we’ve been diligently working away.

Generally, we’ve already started planning the future year conference while the current year program is still yet to be completed. We take lessons learned, new ideas, and survey responses to implement improvements into future year programming with the goal to make the AEA Annual Conference better year after year.

One new offering in 2018, based upon feedback and comments, is childcare. A lot of research and thought has gone behind this decision and we are happy to be able to offer this new initiative. The team is also very excited to bring Evaluation 2018 to Cleveland – it’s a great city with a lot to offer and we hope you are all looking forward experiencing the city as we are!

 

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Hi, I am Laura DeMaria and I am the Senior Manager of AEA’s Operations department.

When I joined the AEA staff in September 2017, I had two main priorities: one was to learn as much about our organization and staff as I could, and the other was to learn as much about evaluation as possible. Within just a few weeks, I had a great opportunity to do both in real time at Evaluation 2018, AEA’s annual meeting, and our most attended meeting to date.

What impressed me most about my fellow staff was their absolute professionalism and dedication to customer service. Successfully running a 4,000+ person meeting in the labyrinthine Marriott Wardman Park hotel is an incredible feat! And to do so with such grace and positivity was a delight to see. From my station in the Information Desk, I was amazed by how much the staff accomplished, from the behind the scenes detail to the very public movement of tables, auction items, livestreamed sessions, the lights and sound, and even, at one point, a drum circle. AEA members, you have a highly competent staff at your service.

This January a few of us joined the Board of Directors for our first meeting of the year in this year’s conference location, Cleveland, OH. First, let me say this about Cleveland: what a city! The feeling I got was one of coming home. Warm people (even in the cold weather), the beautiful line of the edge of the lake against the city, the urban architecture, and the passion of the residents for their home town made us all agree we are genuinely looking forward to returning this fall.

During the Board meeting, I was struck with how devoted to listening evaluators are. Discussion is always lively, and the Board, and the members I have met, truly are committed to their value of inclusivity. This is one of my favorite things about learning about evaluators and the profession of evaluation, that no matter what your perspective is, there is room for you at the table.

I look forward to meeting more of you in the coming months, and especially at Evaluation 2018 in Cleveland!

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Hi everyone, I’m Leslie Goodyear, and I’m honored to be the president-elect of AEA. In my spare time, I work at Education Development Center (EDC) where I design, conduct and oversee evaluations of education programs.

I’ve been a member of AEA since 1995, and this year will be my 22nd AEA conference. It’s always an exciting week, filled with reunions with AEA “family” and friends, great learning experiences, new connections, and a reminder of the diversity and depth in our field.

As you know, each conference has a theme; this year’s theme is “From Learning to Action.” AEA president Kathy Newcomer and her program committee have developed some terrific opportunities for participants to engage with this topic through the video submissions, the presidential strand sessions, “tracks” in the program, virtual sessions, and more. I have no doubt that we will come away from this meeting inspired and energized to think about our own work in new ways.

As president-elect, one of my main responsibilities was to think about and develop the theme for Evaluation 2018. I have to say, this was a daunting task! To start, I spent quite a bit of time poking around EvalTalk and other evaluation forums; looking at journals, books, and previous conference themes and programs; and listening to evaluators from all walks of the evaluation field.

What did I learn? As evaluators, though we collaborate and advocate, we value our independence. We ply our trade, such as it is, in data. Facts matter to us; we seek to understand and to share that understanding with stakeholders. We endeavor to contribute to knowledge, improve programs, make a better world.

So what’s the theme already, Goodyear? Oh, right! All this rooting around resulted in the theme for Evaluation 2018: Speaking Truth to Power. (Cue the trumpets!)

The onsite program for Evaluation 2017 has a description of the theme, where I elaborate how we might explore it together throughout 2018, and in Cleveland at the annual conference.

This last year has been exciting, interesting and an amazing learning experience.  I can’t wait to see you all in Washington, DC and to hear your ideas for how we can move From Learning to Action into Speaking Truth to Power!

Rad Resources: Here are the Evaluation 2018 Theme Graphic and Evaluation 2018 Theme Text advertising Evaluation 2018 that appear on the back page of the Evaluation 2017 onsite program.

Rad Resources: Learn more about the origins of the phrase “Speak Truth to Power.”  And read the American friends Service Committee publication here.

And get ready for CLEVELAND, OH for Evaluation 2018!!

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