Professional Development Workshop
Center for Evaluation and Applied Research (CEAR)
Department of Public Health
College of Health Professions
Mercer University – Atlanta Campus
Gain valuable skills to build or improve your approach to outcome evaluation
May 26, 2017
9:00am – 3:30pm
Trustees Dining Room (NORTH PARKING LOT)
3001 Mercer University Drive, Atlanta, GA 30341
Evaluating capacity building: Theory and practice
The workshop will cover the following topics:
- Describe the areas of capacity-building and identify major concerns
- Examine the usefulness of logic models and the action model/change model schema for guiding capacity-building evaluations
- Develop indicators for capacity-building components and describe their relationship to each other and programmatic outcomes
- Explain the crucial differences between capacity-building outcomes and public health/social betterment outcomes in evaluation
- Present different approaches and methods for evaluating capacity-building initiatives
- Demonstrate ways to upgrade a logic model by using the results of the action model/change model schema
By the end of the day, participants will:
- Understand how to define and articulate areas of capacity-building
- Understand differences between capacity-building outcomes and public health/social betterment outcomes
- Understand evaluation approaches and methods for evaluating capacity-building
The evaluation workshop takes a participatory approach for collective learning. Participants are expected to share their views, expertise, and experiences to do group exercises in developing indictors to measure processes and outcomes of capacity building.
The workshop is geared for those are doing capacity-building activities, evaluating capacity-building, or those who want to systematically strengthen their evaluation knowledge and skills in the area of capacity-building. Any of the following positions may profit from participation: program directors, research assistants, health communication specialists, program coordinators, public health advisors, health scientists, project coordinators, program analysts, evaluation specialists/consultants, demographers, and epidemiologists.
Dr. Huey T. Chen
Dr. Chen is a nationally recognized expert in program evaluation. Currently, he serves as director of the Center for Evaluation and Applied Research (CEAR) and professor in the Department of Public Health in the College of Health Professions at Mercer University. Previously, he was a senior evaluation scientist at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta. Dr. Chen has worked intensively with community organizations, health-related agencies, government agencies, and educational institutions. He has conducted both large-scale and small-scale evaluations in the U.S. and internationally, including evaluating a community health initiative in New Jersey, school-based anti-drug-abuse policy in Taiwan, an HIV prevention and care initiative in China, and a tobacco-focused prevention program in Georgia. Dr. Chen has published extensively on various aspects of program evaluation and is the author of several evaluation books. He is a winner of the American Evaluation Association’s Lazarsfeld Award for Evaluation Theory. He also received the Senior Biomedical Service Award from the CDC for his evaluation work. He regularly conducts evaluation workshops for the American Evaluation Association and other organizations.
Shenée Bryan is the Director of Programs and Evaluation at the Research and Evaluation Group (EvalGroup). She has over 10 years of experience in conducting research and evaluations across many areas including public health, workforce development, corrections/juvenile courts, injury prevention, and substance abuse prevention. Shenée has worked on many longitudinal evaluations and capacity evaluations to analyze and trend specific health impact and outcome measures. Shenée enjoys discovering ways to promote public health and bridge the gap between academic research and community-level evaluations. Shenée earned her B.S. in Biological and Environmental Engineering Cornell University and her Master of Public Health in /Healthcare Organization and Policy and Master of Public Administration in Public Policy from University of Alabama-Birmingham.
$150 (Parking, Book, Continental Breakfast, and Lunch)
The fee will cover a copy of the following book: Chen, H. (2015) Practical Program Evaluation: Theory-Driven Evaluation and the Integrated Evaluation Perspective. Sage.
May 12, 2017
Questions about logistics: Please contact, Administrative Assistant at 678-547-6492 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Questions about workshop: Please send an e-mail to Huey Chen at email@example.com or Shenée Bryan at SBryan@evaluation-group.com.
Can’t make it? We can schedule other workshop sessions, including one tailored toward your organization’s specific needs. Please contact us for further information.
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Preparing Your AEA Proposal: Peer Workshop
Wednesday March, 1, 2017
5:30pm – 7:30pm
ICF Offices: 3 Corporate Square NE, Atlanta, GA 30329
If you have any questions around submitting proposals for the AEA annual conference, then this event is for you! On March 1st, come with your draft proposal, proposal idea, or just curiosity about the AEA conference, and talk about it with your AaEA colleagues. We will also have some former and current AEA TIG Chairs there to share insight on what criteria is typically used to score proposals and tips on how get your proposal accepted. Whether you’ve presented and attended the conference for years or have never been and planning to go your first conference this year, we hope you can join us for this event to review your peers’ work and share your experiences.
Monday, February 13
3:30 P.M. – 5:30 P.M.
The Foundation Center
133 Peachtree Street NE
Lobby Suite 350
Atlanta, GA 30303-1804
AaEA aims to promote the science of evaluation, improve the quality of evaluation, and add credibility and visibility to the evaluation field.
AaEA Introduction to Practical Program Evaluation & Pro Bono Evaluation Workshop is designed for any Atlanta nonprofit organization interested in learning more about program evaluation and for nonprofits interested in AaEA pro bono program evaluation services.
This two-part workshop will include:
● 60 minutes on the introduction to evaluation and evaluating programs
● 60 minutes on what you need for your application and individual consultations to help you think through your program evaluation needs
Organizations that are interested in attending this workshop should register by Sunday, February 12th. Any interested nonprofit organization may attend this workshop and all prospective program applicants that are interested in AaEA pro bono services are required to attend.
Please join us for the kick-off meeting to discuss and sign up for specific tasks associated with the Local Arrangement Work Group (LAWG) tasks for the 2016 AEA Conference in Atlanta. We’ll provide more information about the tasks required of the LAWG, our plans, and LAWG governance structure. We’ll break into groups to discuss and sign up for specific tasks. If you are unable to attend and would like to receive the meeting minutes and sign up for tasks after the meeting, then please email Linda Vo-Green and Krista Collins.
When: Wednesday, February 10th 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm ET
Where: 2987 Clairmont Road, Suite 205, Atlanta, GA 30329
Instructions to get inside: Free parking in the lot. Second floor. Elevator available. Our office is access card secured so I’ll have to go and grab people once they get upstairs and are at the front door. Everyone will sign in and that’s it. I am looking into getting a few extra access cards in case people need to use the restroom. Call Aisha Rios at 215-518-2414 if you have trouble getting in.
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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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
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3 Corporate Square, #370
Atlanta, GA 30329
Krista Collins and Monica Oliver from The Evaluation Group will reprise their standing-room-only AEA 2014 presentation. For their 2012 Race to the Top-District evaluation, they developed a web-based data dashboard to track progress in meeting grant objectives and to support dissemination of evaluation findings to stakeholders at the school district, state, and federal levels. In this session, they will engage the audience in an interactive exercise to develop a step-by-step process for navigating the dashboard development process. They will share expected and unexpected challenges that influenced their own evaluation plan, and provide proactive strategies and solutions that contributed to their success. The interactive session will cover the software procurement and programming agreement; data management, sharing, and storage; data visualization and web design, and stakeholder use, interpretation and reporting.
We’ll start with networking and snacks at 5:30 and move to the presentation at 6:00, finishing up by 7:30. The event is free for members and $15 for nonmembers. Not a member? Join with Paypal at www.atl-eval.org or sign up at the event. Professional membership is $40; student, fellow, and intern memberships are $25.
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Misaligned Objectives and Design, Misuse use of Evaluation Tools
This presentation examines the impact of misaligned evaluation objectives; how inappropriate, through strong designs compromise our interpretation of findings; and, how evaluation tools, methods and approaches can sometimes erode our ability to draw accurate conclusions.
Monday, November 17, 2014
5:30 – 7:30 pm
3 Corporate Square, Suite 370, Atlanta, GA 30329
Dr. Ann Doucette is the director of The Evaluators’ Institute (September 2008), director of the Midge Smith Center for Evaluation Effectiveness, and a research professor at Columbian College of Arts and Sciences at George Washington University, Washington, DC. She has broad experience in the management, analysis, and evaluation of diverse intervention programs, the development of accountability and outcomes monitoring systems at individual and system levels; research methodology, data collection strategies, psychometric and measurement techniques, and applied statistical analysis, including both quantitative and qualitative approaches. Her expertise includes the development of performance and outcome measurement systems that target accountability, quality monitoring and outcomes for system and individual levels of intervention/care. Her work includes a specialized emphasis on measurement, which she considers fundamentally critical for evaluation practice, and a complex adaptive systems perspective. She has developed several assessment measurement approaches using Item Response Theory (IRT) to generate measures having greater precision using brief, less burdensome instrumentation, which have the potential to lead to computer-adaptive applications and real-time data usage.
The event is free for AaEA members; $20 for non-members; $10 for students/interns/fellows.
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