Happy 2017!

Update January 26, 2017

Dear APC TIG members:

Greetings from the APC TIG leadership team (Laura Roper and Jared Raynor, co-chairs, and Anne Gienapp and Zsuzsanna Lippai, program co-chairs).

This year promises to be especially interesting for those of us in the advocacy/policy space for many reasons.  We were delighted with the great sessions and well-attended business meeting at AEA 2016 in Atlanta.  If you weren’t there (or even if you were), consider checking the AEA library for information on APC sessions.  There are a few important updates and requests we wanted to share with you:

  • Request for writing a blog post for APC week on AEA365.  The AEA365 blog is a great way for us to highlight ideas and insights for the entire AEA community.  Each year we take over the blog for a week with posts from our members.  This year it will be the week of June 6.  Would you like to submit a post?  Please email us by February 13th and let us know of your willingness and your proposed idea/topic in one or two sentences. This request includes people whose names we collected at the APC TIG meeting, as we didn’t ask for topics from you at the time.  Please be advised, that we need to submit your post a month in advance. Please see the guidelines for writing a post here: http://aea365.org/blog/contribution-guidelines.  Jared will be facilitating the process this year, but please send your proposals to both of us (jraynor@tccgrp.com and l.roper@rcn.com) in the next couple of weeks.
  • Coming Soon: APC TIG Newsletter!  By popular request, we have committed to doing a newsletter two or three times a year.  While we envision it to be low production, it will be high content.  We are requesting your contributions.  In particular, send us an email by February 20, letting us know if you have:
  • A new resource/publication you would like highlighted
  • An observation or trend on the direction of evaluation for advocacy and policy change
  • A question that you would like to pose to the community to solicit their collective wisdom
  • AEA Evaluator Competencies: Opportunity to provide input.  In case you haven’t heard, AEA has been developing a set of competencies for evaluators.  They have opened up the draft for comments from the AEA community.  Feel free to join the conversation: http://www.eval.org/p/cm/ld/fid=472
  • Start planning for AEA 2017!  Believe it or not, it is time to begin thinking about this year’s Evaluation conference, which will be held in Washington D.C. November 6-11.  You can access the conference website here: Evaluation 2017 and you can submit a proposal here: Submit 2017.  We hope you will start thinking about great ideas that you can share with our community.  Proposals are due by March 16.  We will  also be looking for volunteers to help review conference proposals for our TIG as we get further into the conference submission process.

 We are excited to be working alongside you as we continue to advance our theory and practice and hope you will use some of these opportunities to engage more with us!   


Report from AEA 2016 Conference

We were excited to see so many of you at the AEA Conference in Atlanta. We had so many remarkable sessions put on by TIG members and a well-attended business meeting (aka TIG Ideas Exchange).  Through both sessions and the business meeting we celebrated our 10 year anniversary as a TIG and thought forward to the next 10 through some planning work.  In case you weren't there, a short celebratory haiku was shared:

 A vision conceived:

Build Advocacy Eval

Ten years hence--GO US!


Mission Statement

The Advocacy and Policy Change Topical Interest Group exists to provide a forum for communication, learning, mutual support and professional development for those interested in evaluating broadly defined advocacy and policy activities.  The Advocacy and Policy Change Topical Interest Group (TIG) within the American Evaluation Association (AEA) was launched in 2007 and is now the second-fastest-growing TIG, with over 800 members and a steady growth in the presentations allotted to it at AEA’s annual meetings.

Some of our many areas of interest include:

  • Methodology for evaluating within the complexities of the policy environment
  • Inter-governmental, national (for all countries), state and local advocacy and policy activities
  • Specific approaches for discrete advocacy activities (community organizing, media outreach, coalition and network building, lobbying, legal action, research, etc.)

We've provided a list of useful links on our Resource page (click on the 'Resources' tab above).

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