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.
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.
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.
AaEA 2012 Celebrating 10 Years!
An Evening with Mark Lipsey
September 18, 2012
Reception 5:30, Program 6:00
To celebrate a decade of AaEA, Mark Lipsey will share some of the lessons he has learned and the gaps he has recognized over the course of decades of work evaluating intervention programs, conducting meta-analyses of evaluations of intervention programs, and interpreting “evidence-based practice” for sponsors and providers of intervention programs. In a similar format to our recent visit by AEA president Dr. Rodney Hopson, Dr. Lipsey will deliver an informal talk, followed by time for questions and discussion with the audience. A catered reception will precede his talk.Professor Lipsey is the Director of the Peabody Research Institute at Vanderbilt University. His evaluation work has focused on programs for children, youth, and families; evaluation methods; and meta-analysis. He is co-author of textbooks on evaluation and meta-analysis, a regular instructor in The Evaluators’ Institute and the IES summer institute on cluster-randomized trials, and a member of the Science Advisory Board for the federal Office of Justice Programs. He is also Co-Editor-in-Chief of Research Synthesis Methods and Campbell Systematic Reviews and serves on the editorial boards of Evaluation and Program Planning, the Journal of Experimental Criminology, and the Journal of Research on Educational Effectiveness. Professor Lipsey’s work has been recognized with Vanderbilt University’s Earl Sutherland award for achievement in research and, among others, the Campbell Collaboration’s Mosteller Award, the American Evaluation Association’s Paul Lazarsfeld Award, and the Society of Prevention Research’s Nan Tobler Award.
ICF International is located at 3 Corporate Square, Suite 370, Atlanta, GA 30329. AaEA events are made possible by generous donations and membership fees. Please consider making a donation or joining AaEA ($40/$25 students and visiting fellows). More information about AaEA is available at www.atl-eval.org. For event or membership information, please contact sarahgill97 at msn.com.
July 26th 2-4:00pm & August 23rd 2-3:30pm
The Atlanta Area Evaluation Association and Morehouse School of Medicine Prevention Research Center, Evaluation Unit are co-sponsoring a web-based Qualitative methods training series by Dr. Ayana Perkins.
Dr. Perkins is a research scientist specializing in evaluation, qualitative methods, community coalitions, and faith-based interventions over the last 10 years. She has worked across several content areas such as asthma, HIV, tuberculosis, heart disease and stroke prevention, sub-stance dependency, pathological gambling, and diabetes. Dr. Perkins serves as an Evaluation Technical Advisor at Scimetrika, LLC, supporting the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention National Asthma Control Program.
President, American Evaluation Association
June 4th, 6:00
ICF International, 3 Corporate Square, #370, Atlanta, 30329
Join us for an opportunity to hear from AEA’s president, Dr. Rodney Hopson. He will share his perspective on culturally relevant evaluation and its role in supporting positive social change. He’ll also talk about ways to become more involved with our professional association at the national level. In this informal format, we’ll have plenty of time for dialogue. Following will be a catered reception for AaEA members. Not a member yet? Just bring your checkbook, or $40, to the event ($25 for students).
Dr. Hopson is a professor in the Department of Educational Foundations and Leadership and teaching faculty member in the Center for Interpretive and Qualitative Research at Duquesne University. He received his Ph.D. from the Curry School of Education, University of Virginia and has done post-doctoral/sabbatical studies in the Faculty of Education, University of Namibia, the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and Centre of African Studies, Cambridge University. Dr. Hopson’s research interests lie in social politics and policies, foundations of education, sociolinguistics, ethnography, and evaluation.
Thursday, May 17th, 6:00
Little Five Points Community Center
1083 Austin Avenue, NE, Atlanta, GA 30307
Missed this event? Click here to view or print the slides.
At the Atlanta-area Evaluation Association’s May meeting, Courtney Kelley, MPH, CHES, will provide an overview of Photovoice and Videovoice methodologies.Then, LeConte Dill, DrPH, will provide specific examples of how she’s applied both Videovoice and narrative analysis methodologies, using examples from her work with young people in the San Francisco Bay Area. Finally, both presenters will explore ways they hope to collaborate with Atlanta residents in applying these methodologies as a participatory approach to addressing health inequities.
Courtney Kelley is a research assistant at Morehouse School of Medicine, where she earned her MPH. Dr. Dill is currently a Satcher Health Policy Leadership Fellow and Research Instructor at Morehouse School of Medicine, where she has been involved in applied research on the health and social impacts of home foreclosures and the commercial sexual exploitation of children and youth, both salient issues in Atlanta. She has also worked in academic, non-profit, and public agencies across the country on issues related to health education, chronic disease prevention, the built environment, youth organizing, and program evaluation.
A Professional Development Session of the Atlanta-Area Evaluation Association
April 26, 2012 5:30-7 PM ICF International offices*
“Cultural competence is a stance taken toward culture, not a discrete status or simple mastery of particular knowledge and skills. A culturally competent evaluator is prepared to engage with diverse segments of communities to include cultural and contextual dimensions important to the evaluation. Culturally competent evaluators respect the cultures represented in the evaluation throughout the process.”
–American Evaluation Association Public Statement on Cultural Competence
If you missed this event, you can view the slides and the AEA Newsletter article below:
At the Atlanta-area Evaluation Association’s April meeting, learn how two Atlanta-based evaluation practitioners address health disparities and integrate cultural competence strategies, practices, and lessons learned into their work.
Presentations will be based on articles written by Dara Schlueter and Ashani Johnson-Turbes. (See bios below.) Dara will present on her article “New Evaluators Addressing Health Disparities Through Community-Based Evaluation,” published in New Directions for Evaluation. She will highlight the challenges evaluators face working with communities as well as propose solutions.
Ashani will present on her article, “Promoting Brain Health for African Americans: Evaluating the Healthy Brain Initiative, a Community-Level Demonstration Project,” published in the Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved. She will discuss how to incorporate cultural competence into program design, implementation, and evaluation, and how to culturally tailor these components to age groups and regional differences.
A guided discussion and question and answer period will follow the presentations. Attendees may also consider reviewing AEA’s Statement on Cultural Competence in Evaluation http://www.eval.org/ccmaterials.asp and Joseph Trimble, Ed Trickett, Celia Fisher, and Leslie Goodyear’s article, A Conversation on Multicultural Competence in Evaluation, recently published in the American Journal of Evaluation.
*This event will be held at 5:30 PM at ICF International’s office at 3 Corporate Square, Suite 370 Atlanta, GA 30329. For more information, contact Maureen Wilce, AaEA event committee representative, at firstname.lastname@example.org. AaEA events are free to members. You may join AaEA ($40/$25 for students) at the event, or by mailing a check to AaEA; PO Box 98206, Atlanta, 30359. For more information about AaEA, see our website at www.ATL-EVAL.org. AaEA is a local affiliate of the American Evaluation Association.
Dara Schlueter is a research associate at ICF International, where she provides conceptual and technical support on a number of evaluation projects focused on health disparities, chronic disease, and health communication. She has a background in psychology and women’s studies, and earned her MPH in behavioral science and health education from the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University. Her main research interests include evaluating efforts to eliminate or reduce racial/ethnic health disparities, qualitative research methods, and women’s health.
Ashani Turbes, PhD, is a senior manager at ICF International, with more than a decade of experience in research and evaluation. Her experience blends her academic background in political science and public policy with years of work in public health, evaluation, and health communication. She manages and provides conceptual and technical guidance on a variety of qualitative and quantitative projects focused on creating culturally appropriate programs for vulnerable populations, and eliminating health disparities.