What would an evaluation conference look like if it was run by people who know and care about presenting information to support use? (hint - that should be us)

Patricia Rogers's picture 2nd March 2017 by Patricia Rogers

All too often conferences fail to make good use of the experience and knowledge of people attending, with most time spent presenting prepared material that could be better delivered other ways, and not enough time spent on discussions and active learning.  With closing dates for two evaluation conferences fast approaching (the Australasian Evaluation Society and the American Evaluation Association), could you propose something more useful, that would demonstrate how much we know and care about communicating and using information?

AEA Conference 2016: Evaluation + Design

The American Evaluation Association (AEA)'s annual conference theme is "Evaluation + Design". The AEA will bring together professionals from around the world who conduct, use, support, and study evaluation. Through this global community, the conference will explore how design and evaluation can be integrated to strengthen programs, benefit the environment, and improve the lives of people.

Systems in Evaluation Unconference

The Systems in Evaluation TIG Leadership Team is pleased to announce the first Systems in Evaluation Unconference. An unconference is a loosely structured conference that emphasizes the informal, emergent exchange of ideas between participants, rather than following a conventionally structured program of speakers and presenters.  Join us online daily on October 13, 14, and 15 from 3 – 4:30 pm Eastern Time to learn and share with your colleagues in an informal virtual environment. Build your knowledge and skills in systems evaluation without ever leaving the office!

Checklists for Improving Evaluation Practice

FREE WEBINAR | Checklists for Improving Evaluation Practice

June 10, 2015 | 1 - 1:45 p.m. EDT

Checklists for Improving Evaluation Practice

The World Health Organization (WHO) Surgical Safety Checklist increased patient safety and even saved lives.  Checklists have been used in aviation since the 1930s with immeasurable contributions to flight safety.  Checklists are used in a wide array of professions to minimize error and enhance quality.  What can checklists do for your evaluation practice?  Dr. Lori Wingate, Assistant Director of the Evaluation Center at Western Michigan University, will provide an overview of the forms and functions of checklists, highlight evaluation checklists developed by some of the field’s leading practitioners, and share basic information on how to use these checklists to improve practice.  Dr. Goldie MacDonald, from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, will share her experience with checklist development and use in the evaluation of public health programs.  Webinar participants will learn how to access and begin to use a range of checklists designed to enhance day-to-day practice.

This webinar is an extended version of an American Evaluation Association (AEA) coffee break held on April 23, 2015. This content made available to the public via EvaluATE’s free webinar series. 


eStudy 054: Reporting Alternatives for Evaluators

Reporting is an important skill for evaluators who care about seeing their results implemented and disseminated widely, but there are alternatives to the traditional lengthy report. This interactive webinar will present an overview of four key principles for effective reporting and engage participants in a discussion of its role in effective evaluation. Participants will leave with an expanded repertoire of innovative alternatives to the traditional report along with selected tips and techniques.

Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) Planning for Programs/Projects

This AEA eStudy introduces six key planning steps for a successful monitoring and evaluation (M&E) system. This 6-step approach guides programming at the community, regional, and national levels. Learn how to review the initial needs assessment and program project design that informs the M&E planning, as well as the other stages of the project/program cycle and planning and their corresponding M&E activities (events).