Monthly Archives: February 2013
Program evaluation techniques are expanding to include macro-level models that assess linkages and networks across program implementation and planning activities. Join us in completing an 8-week self-study social network analysis course on Coursera. We will meet in March and April for guided discussions on the evaluation applications with examples from the field.
To join the group:
1) Sign up for the free course on Coursera.org by March 3rd, 2013 (https://www.coursera.org/course/sna)
2) Join the Atlanta Area Evaluation Association Facebook page to get updates and discuss class activities/coursework
3) Email Donoria Evans devans at msm dot edu to join the AAEA SNA listserv
a. We will send a doodle to determine meeting date and location for March & April
We look forward to your participation.
Much of today’s evaluation practice is of a participatory nature. Whether working with peers to design an evaluation plan or with a community planning team to create an action plan based on evaluation findings, evaluators spend much of their time facilitating one decision-making process or another. Yet little of our training provides us with a foundation in the skills we need to do this well.
On March 21st, Cori Wigington, of CDC’s Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response, will give an overview of the basic concepts in group facilitation and will then facilitate a discussion about their particular relevance and application in evaluation tasks. If there is sufficient interest, we will make this an ongoing topic of discussion and practice—something along the lines of a Toastmasters group for facilitation.
The event is free for AaEA members; $20 for non-members; $10 for students/interns/fellows. (Memberships will be accepted at the door.) It will be held at the ICF offices at 3 Corporate Square, Suite #370, Atlanta, 30329. We’ll have social and snack time from 5:30-6:00, with the session beginning around 6:00 and lasting until approximately 7:00. For more information about the event, contact Sarah Gill at sarahgill97 at msn dot com.
AaEA has had a long-standing relationship with Decatur Cooperative Ministry, an ecumenical housing agency in downtown Decatur. DCM has just created a new strategic plan, and volunteers from AaEA will be working with them to create and implement a strategic evaluation plan. On February 20, Maureen Wilce will convene interested volunteers to describe the project and lay the foundation for working together and with DCM. We will start by thinking about the role of cultural competence in our evaluation activities. There are several new tools for assessing one’s own culture and cultural competence. We’ll consider their utility and begin to play with ideas about routine methods of honing our cultural stance as we approach any evaluation project.
If you’re interested in contributing in some fashion, we invite you to come see about the various opportunities. Some roles will require more or less time and more or less expertise. New evaluators are quite welcome, as are experienced ones.
Email Maureen Wilce if you’re interested in this meeting : mwilce at earthlink dot net