Monthly Archives: October 2012
AaEA 2012 Celebrating 10 Years!
An Evening with Mark Lipsey
September 18, 2012
Reception 5:30, Program 6:00
To celebrate a decade of AaEA, Mark Lipsey will share some of the lessons he has learned and the gaps he has recognized over the course of decades of work evaluating intervention programs, conducting meta-analyses of evaluations of intervention programs, and interpreting “evidence-based practice” for sponsors and providers of intervention programs. In a similar format to our recent visit by AEA president Dr. Rodney Hopson, Dr. Lipsey will deliver an informal talk, followed by time for questions and discussion with the audience. A catered reception will precede his talk.Professor Lipsey is the Director of the Peabody Research Institute at Vanderbilt University. His evaluation work has focused on programs for children, youth, and families; evaluation methods; and meta-analysis. He is co-author of textbooks on evaluation and meta-analysis, a regular instructor in The Evaluators’ Institute and the IES summer institute on cluster-randomized trials, and a member of the Science Advisory Board for the federal Office of Justice Programs. He is also Co-Editor-in-Chief of Research Synthesis Methods and Campbell Systematic Reviews and serves on the editorial boards of Evaluation and Program Planning, the Journal of Experimental Criminology, and the Journal of Research on Educational Effectiveness. Professor Lipsey’s work has been recognized with Vanderbilt University’s Earl Sutherland award for achievement in research and, among others, the Campbell Collaboration’s Mosteller Award, the American Evaluation Association’s Paul Lazarsfeld Award, and the Society of Prevention Research’s Nan Tobler Award.
ICF International is located at 3 Corporate Square, Suite 370, Atlanta, GA 30329. AaEA events are made possible by generous donations and membership fees. Please consider making a donation or joining AaEA ($40/$25 students and visiting fellows). More information about AaEA is available at www.atl-eval.org. For event or membership information, please contact sarahgill97 at msn.com.
July 26th 2-4:00pm & August 23rd 2-3:30pm
The Atlanta Area Evaluation Association and Morehouse School of Medicine Prevention Research Center, Evaluation Unit are co-sponsoring a web-based Qualitative methods training series by Dr. Ayana Perkins.
Dr. Perkins is a research scientist specializing in evaluation, qualitative methods, community coalitions, and faith-based interventions over the last 10 years. She has worked across several content areas such as asthma, HIV, tuberculosis, heart disease and stroke prevention, sub-stance dependency, pathological gambling, and diabetes. Dr. Perkins serves as an Evaluation Technical Advisor at Scimetrika, LLC, supporting the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention National Asthma Control Program.
President, American Evaluation Association
June 4th, 6:00
ICF International, 3 Corporate Square, #370, Atlanta, 30329
Join us for an opportunity to hear from AEA’s president, Dr. Rodney Hopson. He will share his perspective on culturally relevant evaluation and its role in supporting positive social change. He’ll also talk about ways to become more involved with our professional association at the national level. In this informal format, we’ll have plenty of time for dialogue. Following will be a catered reception for AaEA members. Not a member yet? Just bring your checkbook, or $40, to the event ($25 for students).
Dr. Hopson is a professor in the Department of Educational Foundations and Leadership and teaching faculty member in the Center for Interpretive and Qualitative Research at Duquesne University. He received his Ph.D. from the Curry School of Education, University of Virginia and has done post-doctoral/sabbatical studies in the Faculty of Education, University of Namibia, the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and Centre of African Studies, Cambridge University. Dr. Hopson’s research interests lie in social politics and policies, foundations of education, sociolinguistics, ethnography, and evaluation.
Thursday, May 17th, 6:00
Little Five Points Community Center
1083 Austin Avenue, NE, Atlanta, GA 30307
Missed this event? Click here to view or print the slides.
At the Atlanta-area Evaluation Association’s May meeting, Courtney Kelley, MPH, CHES, will provide an overview of Photovoice and Videovoice methodologies.Then, LeConte Dill, DrPH, will provide specific examples of how she’s applied both Videovoice and narrative analysis methodologies, using examples from her work with young people in the San Francisco Bay Area. Finally, both presenters will explore ways they hope to collaborate with Atlanta residents in applying these methodologies as a participatory approach to addressing health inequities.
Courtney Kelley is a research assistant at Morehouse School of Medicine, where she earned her MPH. Dr. Dill is currently a Satcher Health Policy Leadership Fellow and Research Instructor at Morehouse School of Medicine, where she has been involved in applied research on the health and social impacts of home foreclosures and the commercial sexual exploitation of children and youth, both salient issues in Atlanta. She has also worked in academic, non-profit, and public agencies across the country on issues related to health education, chronic disease prevention, the built environment, youth organizing, and program evaluation.
A Professional Development Session of the Atlanta-Area Evaluation Association
April 26, 2012 5:30-7 PM ICF International offices*
“Cultural competence is a stance taken toward culture, not a discrete status or simple mastery of particular knowledge and skills. A culturally competent evaluator is prepared to engage with diverse segments of communities to include cultural and contextual dimensions important to the evaluation. Culturally competent evaluators respect the cultures represented in the evaluation throughout the process.”
–American Evaluation Association Public Statement on Cultural Competence
If you missed this event, you can view the slides and the AEA Newsletter article below:
At the Atlanta-area Evaluation Association’s April meeting, learn how two Atlanta-based evaluation practitioners address health disparities and integrate cultural competence strategies, practices, and lessons learned into their work.
Presentations will be based on articles written by Dara Schlueter and Ashani Johnson-Turbes. (See bios below.) Dara will present on her article “New Evaluators Addressing Health Disparities Through Community-Based Evaluation,” published in New Directions for Evaluation. She will highlight the challenges evaluators face working with communities as well as propose solutions.
Ashani will present on her article, “Promoting Brain Health for African Americans: Evaluating the Healthy Brain Initiative, a Community-Level Demonstration Project,” published in the Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved. She will discuss how to incorporate cultural competence into program design, implementation, and evaluation, and how to culturally tailor these components to age groups and regional differences.
A guided discussion and question and answer period will follow the presentations. Attendees may also consider reviewing AEA’s Statement on Cultural Competence in Evaluation http://www.eval.org/ccmaterials.asp and Joseph Trimble, Ed Trickett, Celia Fisher, and Leslie Goodyear’s article, A Conversation on Multicultural Competence in Evaluation, recently published in the American Journal of Evaluation.
*This event will be held at 5:30 PM at ICF International’s office at 3 Corporate Square, Suite 370 Atlanta, GA 30329. For more information, contact Maureen Wilce, AaEA event committee representative, at email@example.com. AaEA events are free to members. You may join AaEA ($40/$25 for students) at the event, or by mailing a check to AaEA; PO Box 98206, Atlanta, 30359. For more information about AaEA, see our website at www.ATL-EVAL.org. AaEA is a local affiliate of the American Evaluation Association.
Dara Schlueter is a research associate at ICF International, where she provides conceptual and technical support on a number of evaluation projects focused on health disparities, chronic disease, and health communication. She has a background in psychology and women’s studies, and earned her MPH in behavioral science and health education from the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University. Her main research interests include evaluating efforts to eliminate or reduce racial/ethnic health disparities, qualitative research methods, and women’s health.
Ashani Turbes, PhD, is a senior manager at ICF International, with more than a decade of experience in research and evaluation. Her experience blends her academic background in political science and public policy with years of work in public health, evaluation, and health communication. She manages and provides conceptual and technical guidance on a variety of qualitative and quantitative projects focused on creating culturally appropriate programs for vulnerable populations, and eliminating health disparities.