Monthly Archives: November 2012
December 6th at ICF International*
5:30-6:00 Social time and membership drive
6:00-6:15 Annual business meeting (elections)
6:15-7:00 Guided discussion
Many of us who identify as evaluators came to the field via circuitous routes, with less of a grasp on the history of our field than we might like. To help us orient and situate ourselves and our practice, Theresa Armstead will walk us through the “evaluation tree”. The tree illustrates three approaches to evaluation: use, methods, and valuing; it is the organizing framework for Tina Christie’s chapter in Marvin Alkin’s book, The Roots of Evaluation. The session will be interactive and will give participants an opportunity to explore where they fit on the tree. If you’d like to review the chapter in advance but don’t have access to Alkin’s book, please contact Maureen Wilce at mwilce at earthlink.net.
Dr. Armstead is a behavioral scientist in the Research and Evaluation Branch in the Division of Violence Prevention at CDC. Formerly she worked for the University of Iowa as a Clinical Assistant Professor, Program Evaluator of the CDC-funded Prevention Research Center (PRC), and Assistant Director of the PRC. Dr. Armstead has experience working with community-based organizations on planning and evaluation and is committed to applying her knowledge to the prevention of violence.
At our last meeting of the year, we’ll have our now-standard social time as well as a brief organizational business meeting to elect new officers. In order to vote, you’ll need to be a member, so please plan to bring $40 cash or check ($25 for students) if you’ve not already joined. If you’re not concerned about voting but want to help us sustain our tradition of food to accompany our fellowship and professional development, feel free to make a donation.
*ICF is located at 3 Corporate Square, Suite 370, Atlanta, Georgia 30329. For additional details about the event, contact Maureen Wilce at mwilce at earthlink.net or Sarah Gill at sarahgill97 at msn.com. Learn more about AaEA at www.atl-eval.org.
November 27th, 5:30 – 7 pm
For over a decade, AaEA volunteers have helped provide evaluation services to Decatur Cooperative Ministry (DCM). Recently DCM has completed its next 5 year strategic plan. Part of this plan involves establishing a comprehensive evaluation plan. On November 27th, the professional development working group would like to start the process of developing this plan. To this end, we’d like to invite interested members to help us review the new strategic plan and identify ways to revise the existing logic model, and begin to prioritize areas for evaluation. We expect this meeting to be highly interactive and will generate much discussion about planning and evaluation processes. Please contact Maureen Wilce at mwilce at earthlink.net or Sarah Gill at sarahgill97 at msn.com for location information. And for more information about AaEA’s role with DCM, please see Salvatore P. Alaimo, Nonprofits and evaluation: Managing expectations from the leader’s perspective, New Directions for Evaluation, 2008, v. 119, pp 73 -92.