Monthly Archives: April 2013
Voices from the Next Generation: Insights on Evaluation from Georgia State Masters Students, 5/15/13 5:30
GSU AEA Event
May 15, 2013
Little Five Points Community Center
1083 Austin Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30307
Join us as we welcome a new generation of evaluators into the field. Recent graduates from GSU’s School of Social Work will engage us in a conversation about their experiences in learning and conducting program evaluation. Students are required to take a course on program evaluation and technology in their second year, which includes conducting a program evaluation in the field. Dr. Mary Ohmer will give a brief overview of the course, which focuses on evaluation methods and approaches. Through an interactive panel discussion, students will share insights from the course and their evaluation projects, including how social service agencies are responding to and using evaluation. Jennifer Owens, MSW, who graduated several years ago, will discuss how she continues to use program evaluation in her work as the Manager of Community Partnerships with Columbia Residential, a local affordable housing developer. We’ll also discuss implications for the broader field of evaluation as we move further into the 21st century.
Types of evaluation projects conducted by student panel participants:
- A formative evaluation for Refugee Family Services Young Women’s Leadership Program
- A process evaluation for the Multi Agency Alliance for Children, Opportunity Passport Program for Youth
- A process evaluation for The Drake House Neighbor to Neighbor Program
- A formative evaluation for McIntosh Trail Community Service Board, Assertive Community Treatment program
- A process and outcome evaluation for the International Rescue Committee, Volunteer Program
Social time begins at 5:30 pm with the presentation following at 6:00 pm. The event is free to members and the public. AaEA annual membership is $40 ($25 for students/interns/fellows) and available for sign up at the door. For more information, contact Karen Anderson at kanderson2 AT familiesfirst DOT org or Maureen Wilce at mwilce AT earthlink DOT net.
Monday May 13, 5:30-7:00 PM
3 Corporate Square, Suite #370
Atlanta, GA 30329
Shelly Engleman and Tom McKlin from The Finding Group will share examples of their work using social network analysis (SNA). SNA has evolved as a powerful method for capturing both visual and mathematical elements of connections among people, organizations, and other interacting units. Evaluators use this method for mapping and measuring meaningful, often unseen, structural relationships in communities. This demonstration will introduce novice users to NodeXL, a free open-source template for Microsoft Excel, which can be used to prepare surveys to collect SNA-related data, organize data in NodeXL, and generate sociograms. Shelly and Tom will present two examples, the first examining how collaborations among high school computer science instructors have grown over time, and another looking at publication data to assess the partnerships among authors at a university research center.
About the presenters: Shelly Engelman, Ph.D. is a senior quantitative analyst at The Findings Group, an evaluation and grant-writing firm that serves K-16 public and private education organizations and programs. Shelly is a trained social and quantitative psychologist with an expertise in cultural diversity, gender, and racial disparities in academic achievement, and behavioral research methods. Tom McKlin, Ph.D., is president at The Findings Group. Tom has more than a decade of experience evaluating federal programs, serves on numerous federal proposal review panels, and serves as an invited guest lecturer on several evaluation topics.
Social time begins at 5:30 with the presentation following at 6:00 PM.
The event is free to members and $20 for non-members. Annual membership is $40 ($25 for students/interns/fellows) and is accepted at the door. For more information, contact Maureen Wilce at mwilce AT earthlink DOT net or Sarah Gill at sarahgill97 AT msn DOT com.
AaEA Webinar: Using the AEA Guiding Principles for Evaluators to Improve Your Practice, 4/30/13 12PM
When: April 30, 2013, 12:00 PM -1:00 PM EST
Where: Web-Audio Conference
Where: Space is limited to 50 ports, so please share lines where possible.
Join the webinar here and enter your email and company name upon entry. You can listen in using your computer headset. For interactive, two-way communication, dial in at Toll free: +1 (866) 916-1825 and enter participant code: 9114921#
This session is a follow up to the spring social in which we discussed the evaluation standards (from the Joint Committee on Standards for Educational Evaluation). The American Evaluation Association (AEA) Guiding Principles for Evaluators were developed to promote and guide the ethical practice of evaluation. This webinar will provide background and overview of the five overarching principles: systematic inquiry, competence, integrity/honesty, respect for people, and general and public welfare. Participants will have the opportunity to apply the Guiding Principles to a case study and consider how to use them when designing and conducting their own evaluations. Those planning to attend are encouraged to read the Guiding Principles prior to the webinar to ensure lively discussion. http://www.eval.org/publications/guidingprinciples.asp
About the presenter: Meredith Stocking is an Evaluation Fellow with the Centers for Disease Control’s (CDC) Air Pollution and Respiratory Health Branch. She has experience evaluating homelessness and rights-based development interventions serving vulnerable populations in multiple linguistic and cultural contexts. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in International Relations from the University of San Diego and Master of Public Policy from the University of Minnesota.