Coffee Break

AEA Coffee Break Webinars (CBD)

We're pleased to offer a series of short coffee-break-length demonstrations of 20-minutes each that introduce tools of use to evaluators.

Via this site, you can view and PREregister for upcoming webinars (below) or sign in and go to the Webinars eLibrary to download archived recordings of previous Coffee Break Demonstrations.

If you are not a member, and would like to participate in the Coffee Break webinars, we offer multiple membership options that will allow you to register for any Coffee Break webinars that you wish for one year from the month of payment. The regular e-membership is $85 and gives you access to each coffee break webinar for free.  This is discounted to $30 for full-time students. These e-memberships include electronic only access to four journals. To upgrade and get one-year access to all of AEA's coffee breaks, please click here to join or contact Zachary Grays in the AEA office at zgrays@eval.org.

Upcoming Coffee Break Demonstrations

CBD178: Data Visualization in Executive Summaries - Nate Wilairat
Scheduled Thursday, April 17th, 2014, 2:00 - 2:20 PM EDT
Description Nate Wilairat, Senior Consultant at EMI Consulting, will demonstrate how to visualize findings in executive summaries. Nate found that separating analysis and interpretation in the summaries was a key aspect of meeting the needs of executives. He will cover two types of useful visualizations:

-          Annotated dashboards - Dashboards with explanations
-          Matrices - Plotting your findings

Preregister https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/165308177


Special Series: How to Write an Article, Session 2 - Linking Your Work to the Body of Knowledge in Your Field – Matt Von Hendy
Scheduled Thursday, April 24th, 2014, 2:00 - 2:20 PM EDT
Description This session, presented by Matthew Von Hendy, experienced research librarian and owner of Green Heron Information Services, focuses on the role of literature reviews in the research and writing process.  It offers some general advice on the what literature reviews attempt to do and provides tips for easy to use methods for conducting them.

Learning Objectives of this webinar are:
Express the importance of literature reviews
Demonstrate on how to select key references and write them up
State importance of linking your work to future research

Preregister https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/160831184


Special Series: How to Write an Article, Session 3 - Conceptualizing Your Experience – George Julnes
Scheduled Thursday, May 1st; 2:00 - 2:20 PM EDT

Learning Objectives of this webinar are:

  • Identify the “so what” question you are trying to answer 
  • Explain why this question is significant, and whom is it significant to
  • Clearly express the answer to this question based on evaluation experience you are describing
Preregister https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/222328776


Special Series: How to Write an Article, Session 4 - Submitting Your Article – Rachael Lawrence
Scheduled Thursday, May 8th; 2:00 - 2:20 PM EDT
Description ​In this session, Rachael Lawrence, Managing Editor of the American Journal of Evaluation, will demonstrate the submission process on Scholar One (also known as Manuscript Central) and illustrate common mistakes to be mindful of during submission. She will also provide her insights into the peer review process and a few pointers on how to successfully submit a quality paper to the journal.

Learning Objectives of this webinar are:
Describe Scholar One and how it works
Outline the typical review process and how long it takes 
Demonstrate how authors can submit outstanding manuscripts

Preregister https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/351886385


CBD182: Qualitative Data: Software solution for the evaluation process - Stuart Robertson
Scheduled Thursday, May 15th, 2014, 2:00 - 2:20 PM EDT
Description Stuart Robertson, Pre-sales Specialist at QSR International introduced the use of NVivo in an evaluation context. NVivo is software that helps evaluators organize and analyze unstructured, non-numeric data as part of the evaluation process. Examples of useful tools include the Word Frequency Query, the Text Search Query, Matrix Coding Query, and the Modeler.

Preregister https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/765931993


CBD184: Participatory Facilitation Methods for Evaluation - Rita S. Fierro & Alissa Schwartz
Scheduled Thursday, May 29th, 2014, 2:00 - 2:20 PM EDT
Description Participatory facilitation methods are currently at the forefront of organizational development and evaluation practices. As evaluators, we can overcome limitations in data collection and analysis by using participatory facilitation techniques and increasing our ability as evaluators to sense, listen, and recognize both the dynamics in the room and the common threads among seemingly conflicting voices. This webinar will introduce you to the methodologies and principals of the Art of Hosting Meaningful Conversations, a holistic approach to facilitating meetings.

Preregister https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/356109064




Coffee Break Special Series


ImageHow to Write an Article: Publishing in Academic Journals

Writing for publications can be a daunting, even frightening, endeavor for evaluators and practitioners. The conventional trajectory of learning to write for publication through an academic program is no longer the common path. As the evaluation audience increases and expands, there exists a real need for training on how to produce publish-worthy articles. Through this four-part series, AEA will seek to offer such training through our unique Coffee Break format on the following themes:

What Journals Want – Thomas Schwandt
Scheduled Thursday, March 27, 2014; 2:00 - 2:20 PM EDT

Learning Objectives of this webinar are:

  • Know the journal you are writing for and its audience
  • Understand the expectations of journal editors
  • Identify what the American Journal of Evaluator looks for in submission

Click here to access the recording of this session!


Linking Your Work to the Body of Knowledge in Your Field – Matt Von Hendy
Scheduled Thursday, April 24, 2014; 2:00 - 2:20 PM EDT
Learning Objectives of this webinar are:
  • Express the importance of literature reviews
  • Demonstrate on how to select key references and write them up
  • State importance of linking your work to future research

Click Link to Register: https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/160831184


Conceptualizing Your Experience – George Julnes
Scheduled Thursday, May 1st; 2:00 - 2:20 PM EDT
Learning Objectives of this webinar are:

  • Identify the “so what” question you are trying to answer 
  • Explain why this question is significant, and whom is it significant to
  • Clearly express the answer to this question based on evaluation experience you are describing
Click Link to Register: https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/222328776


Submitting Your Article – Rachael Lawrence
Scheduled Thursday, May 8th; 2:00 - 2:20 PM EDT
Learning Objectives of this webinar are:

  • Describe Scholar One and how it works 
  • Outline the typical review process and how long it takes
  • Demonstrate how authors can submit outstanding manuscripts
Click Link to Register: https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/351886385



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