At the beginning of the year we met to discuss our New Year’s Resolutions. Everyone was so eager to gain new evaluation skills and knowledge. AaEA promised to be your accountability partner!
You wrote down your resolutions and now it’s time to face the music! Have you stayed true to your resolutions? If not, how much progress did you make towards them? Let’s discuss at our summer social!
This is an open event please feel free to invite your evaluation colleagues and friends!
When: Thursday June 26, 2014, 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Where: Pancho’s Mexican Restaurant & Cantina, 2641 Buford Hwy NE, Atlanta, GA 30324
Link to this page: http://atl-eval.org/?p=756
Happy New Year!
Are you eager to gain new evaluation skills and knowledge this year?
If so, AaEA can help!
On Thursday, January 23 from 5:30-7:30 AaEA members will be gathering at the Wrecking Bar (292 Moreland Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30307) to discuss our New Year’s resolutions for our evaluation practice, such as learning objectives, career goals, and more!
AaEA has socials and training opportunities throughout the year, and we are always recruiting for trainers and volunteers to help with event planning and other activities.
To get you started, check out these recent blog posts on New Year’s Resolutions from the AEA365 blog:
Sheila Robinson- Fulfilling your New Year’s Resolution-http://ow.ly/2aiN4g
Leah Neubauer-Including AEA Local Affiliates in Evaluation Learning Resolution Plans-http://ow.ly/shHa5
Link to this page: http://atl-eval.org/?p=543
Just what you’ve been asking for–a social! Save the date for our holiday social, which will honor Tom Chapel. Tom is CDC’s chief evaluation officer and 2013 recipient of AEA’s Alva and Gunnar Myrdal Government Evaluation Award. The Myrdal award is presented to those whose evaluation efforts are highly influential in furthering the profession and practice of evaluation in government.
When: Monday, 12/2/13, 5:30-8:00 pm
Where: The one and only – Manuel’s Tavern, 602 North Highland Avenue Northeast, Atlanta, GA 30307
(404) 525-3447 manuelstavern.com
For those who attend, we’ll put your name in a hat for a paid membership for the year.
AaEA officer elections will be held at the winter social. Additionally, ballots will be emailed to members after the event.
Thursday, July 18, 2013
Pancho’s Mexican Restaurant & Cantina
Have a favorite evaluation quote? Bring and share it, or come see some of the ones we think are worth remembering.
Join us for an informal social event to celebrate the summer!
Pancho’s Mexican Restaurant & Cantina
2641 Buford Highway
Atlanta, GA 30324
Look for information about Fall events, including our New Evaluator Series, coming soon.
*For more information about the event, contact Karen Anderson at kanderson2 AT familiesfirst DOT org or Maureen Wilce at mwilce AT earthlink DOT net.
Thursday, April 25, 2013
5:30 – 7:00 pm
Wrecking Bar- 292 Moreland Ave., Atlanta, GA 30307
Join us for AaEA’s next social event, Speed Networking for Evaluators! You’ll have the opportunity to make lots of connections with other evaluators and learn a little about the myriad directions our field can take. Using the “speed dating” format, we’ll quickly share some of our experiences as evaluators. For more information contact Karen Anderson kanderson DOT sw ATgmail.com or Maureen Wilce mwilce at earthlink DOT net.
Formal activities will start at 6:00 pm, and some of us will stay for dinner after the event.
Socializing Standards: AaEA Winter Social and Professional Development Session
When: February 5, 2013, 5:30 PM
Location: Eagle’s Nest at Manuel’s. 602 N. Highland Ave., NE, ATL 30307, Phone 404-525-3447 http://www.manuelstavern.com/
In 2011, the Joint Committee on Standards for Educational Evaluation, to which AEA sends a representative, released a revised version of the evaluation standards. Join us on February 5th for an after-work beverage and a fun look at the new version.
If you’re new to evaluation, this will be a great chance to learn about the professional standards that guide our work; if you’ve been doing evaluation for ages, this may be just the inspiration you need familiarize yourself with the updated version. The third edition has added standards concerning accountability (meta-evaluation) and has revised the language on many of the other standards. You can read about the standards here: (http://www.eval.org/evaluationdocuments/progeval.html).
Keep an eye out on our website (www.atl-eval.org) or our Facebook page for an event location. We’ll send a newsletter reminder at the beginning of February. If you have evaluation-related events or jobs to post, you may send those to Linda Baffo for inclusion in the newsletter. Linda’s address is linda.baffo at gmail dot com.
What’s Your Social Media IQ?
August 8th, 6:00-8:00
Ormsby’s, 1170 Howell Mill Rd., Atlanta, Ga. 30318 404.968.2033
Join AaEA members of all social media literacy levels to learn from each other about our experiences with Facebook, Twitter, StumbleUpon, Tumblr, LinkedIn, Houzz, Flickr, ListenFM, Pinterest, etc.
William Moore of ICF International will be our guide for this informal social hour.
Check out the Twitter Tracker to track your tweets before the social!
At a recent talk at CDC, Carlos Dominguez, Senior Vice President at Cisco Systems, discussed the role of social media in our lives. While he didn’t embrace it unequivocally, he did note, emphatically, that it’s here to stay and having a monumental impact on the way we live and do business. He encourages everyone to have at least a general understanding of the social media landscape. To do this, he selects one medium to learn each month. He may discard it when the month is out, but he’ll do so knowing what it has to offer (or not). At this social, we’ll learn about the various media we might consider trying out.
But mostly, we’ll practice on the original social media—face-to-face conversation!
Ormsby’s is a classic neighborhood tavern found in Atlanta’s west-side that features an extensive craft beer selection and classic cocktails alongside a fresh pub menu. At Ormsby’s you will be able to enjoy a wide range of traditional games including: backgammon, bocce, darts, pool, and shuffleboard. After 6:00 p.m., Ormsby’s is 21 and up.
For more information, contact Sarah Gill at email@example.com.
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.
March 5th, 5:30 (social time), 6:00-7:00 (discussion)
602 N. Highland Avenue, NE
Atlanta, GA 30307
What does the future hold for evaluators? AEA’s executive director, Susan Kistler, and one of its board members, John Gargani, take a peek into the future on the AEA 365 blog. Take two minutes to see what they have to say here: http://aea365.org/blog/?p=5794
We’ll get together and informally discuss what we think about their predictions. For example, will evaluation really turn toward more data mining, rather than data collection? If it does, what are the implications for our work? How might we support – or slow – such a trend? What about a move away from external evaluation toward internal? Do you have your own predictions?
Questions about the event? Email Maureen Wilce (MWilce AT Earthlink dot net) or Sarah Gill (SarahGill97 AT msn dot com). Join us!