Free AaEA Lunchtime Webinar
October 26, 2015 12pm-1pm
Evaluators are faced with myriad choices as they design and implement evaluations. Which stakeholders must I absolutely have at the planning table? Will my budget accommodate that new qualitative software? Do I really need it?
The Program Evaluation Standards provide assistance in making those decisions, and they give us a framework for understanding just what constitutes a high quality evaluation in a given situation. In our October webinar, Paula Egelson will provide a brief overview of the Joint Committee on Standards for Educational Evaluation (JCSEE) standards development process and then will elaborate on the standards and how we can use them effectively. She will also cover the new classroom assessment standards and will briefly mention the personnel evaluation standards. While the Program Evaluation Standards were developed by the JCSEE, they are used throughout the field of evaluation, not just in education.
Dr. Paula Egelson is the director of research at the Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) in Atlanta. Paula has an undergraduate degree in child development, a master’s degree in reading education, and a doctorate in educational leadership. She has worked as a community organizer, a school improvement and literacy program director for a federally funded educational lab, a K-8 classroom teacher, and as a reading specialist. Most importantly for this webinar, Paula contributed to the development of the Classroom Assessment Standards and is a JCSEE committee member. We’re honored that she’s sharing her expertise with us!
The webinar is free to AaEA members and nonmembers alike. Register at http://www.anymeeting.com/PIID=EC51D886864730. For more information about AaEA, visit us here at atl-eval.org, or on Facebook and LinkedIn. We are a local affiliate of the American Evaluation Association.
Mason Mill Park
1400 McConnell Dr.
Decatur, GA 30033
Following up on a great workshop on realist evaluation at the AEA Summer Institute, some of the participants are getting together to discuss what we learned. Aisha Rios will lead us on a low-key walk at Mason Mill Park while we consider how we might use a realist approach in our work. Even if you didn’t make the session but are curious, come out and join us. We’ll meet at 10:00 at the trail entrance near the tennis center. (1400 McConnell Dr., Decatur, GA 30033) Walk and Talk events are free to members and nonmembers alike. Questions? Contact Aisha: arios at karna.com. (Rain location at Chocolate Coffee at North Decatur and Clairmont. Check the Facebook page if it looks like rain.)
From Tina Anderson Smith’s workshop description: Realist Evaluation offers a theory-driven approach to “explaining” how contextual attributes and behaviors triggered by an intervention combine to produce a complex signature of outcomes. This methodology helps arm practitioners and policy decision makers with a deep understanding of the contingencies for program success, positioning them to refine program strategies and maximize their impacts.
AEA Summer Evaluation Institute
Ravinia at Perimeter
This is a great, cost-effective training opportunity, June 1st-3rd (with pre-institute workshops on May 31st). Details here: http://www.eval.org/p/cm/ld/fid=317 If you have recommendations about great courses you’ve taken in the past (like the one on conflict resolution!), feel free to share them in our Facebook or LinkedIn groups.
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Success Case Method
May 12, noon
The Success Case Method (SCM) is an evaluation approach that is simpler and faster than most other evaluation approaches, and yet it is often equally credible to other approaches. The SCM is similar to more typical evaluation approaches in that it uses many of the same tools, such as surveys and interviewing. It is different, however, in that it does not seek, nor claim, to be a comprehensive evaluation approach. Jan will provide a description of the method and share some case examples.
Jan Fields is currently an ORISE evaluation fellow assigned to the CDC’s National Asthma Control Program. Jan is from Grand Rapids, MI, where he was a respiratory therapist for 35 years and a community college educator for 22 years.
Webinars are free for members and $5 for others. Register by Monday, May 11, 2015.
Link to this Page: http://atl-eval.org/?p=971
Social Determinants of Health
April 23, 5:30
Little Five Points Community Center*
April’s professional development event on social determinants of health features something for evaluators working in many sectors—not just health. Education, housing, employment, transport—all affect a population’s health, and evaluators must be prepared to consider where they intersect.
Join us as Marilyn Metzler provides an overview of health equity concepts and major components of the World Health Organization’s framework on the social determinants of health and then engages with us in a conversation about its relevance to evaluation. Marilyn is the senior analyst for health equity in the Division of Violence Prevention at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Networking and snacks start at 5:30, program at 6:00. The event is free for members, $20 for nonmembers ($10 for fellows, interns, and students). Not yet a member? Join at www.atl-eval.org; $40 for professionals, $25 for fellows, interns, and students. We’ll adjourn to the Wrecking Bar to continue the discussion around 7:30.
*The Little Five Points Community Center is at 1083 Austin Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30307. We’ll be meeting in the room the opens on to the parking lot that faces Euclid. It’s just a couple of blocks from the Inman Park Marta station, too.
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March Members-Only Event
Lunch with Huey Chen
Thursday, March 12, 2015
11:30 am – 1:30 pm
To register: Send an email to email@example.com indicat
In the meantime, if you’d like to get a jump on renewing your membership, join with Paypal at www.atl-eval.org.
For more information about this event, go to the AaEA webpage: http://atl-eval.org/?p=957
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