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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

Upcoming Coffee Break Demonstrations

CFB 2273rd Annual Eleanor Chelimsky Forum on Evaluation Theory and Practice - Eastern Evaluation Research Society 

Thursday October 1st, 2015 2-3:00 PM 

EERS, an affiliate of AEA, launched the Eleanor Chelimsky Forum in 2013 during its annual conference in honor of Eleanor Chelimsky, one of the most insightful, influential and respected program evaluators of our era, and the former director of the Program Evaluation and Methodology Division of the U.S. Government Accountability Office. The forum is aimed at discussing challenges in the fit between theory and practice, with attention to strategies for tackling these challenges. Join Abe Wandersman, Professor of Psychology, University of South Carolina, as he discusses in depth the 3rd Annual Eleanor Chelimsky Forum on Evaluation Theory and Practice hosted by the Eastern Evaluation Research Society (EERS) and supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Dr. Wandersman served as the keynote speaker at this year’s Chelimsky Forum.

Key take-aways from this year’s Forum include:
Evidence based interventions are necessary but not sufficient to achieve outcomes in a specific setting (e.g., schools, Boys and Girls Club, hospital, community).
Evaluation and evaluators can play important roles in helping settings achieve outcomes.
Empowerment Evaluation (EE) can help demystify evaluation and accountability.
Getting To Outcomes offers a systematic and comprehensive “how-to” EE approach for using best practices for achieving outcomes; it includes strategic planning (needs and resources assessment, goals, best practices including evidence based interventions, fit, capacity, plan), implementation (implementation science/process evaluation), outcome evaluation, continuous quality improvement, and sustainability.
Getting To Outcomes has been used in many fields including child welfare, substance abuse prevention, underage drinking prevention, home visiting programs, and teen pregnancy prevention.

Join this presentation by registering here.  


CFB 228: Getting to No: Designing Survey Questions that Reduce Positive Response Bias - Erika Lehmann

Thursday October 8th, 2015 2-2:20 PM 

Positive response bias is the plague of survey research. People who receive desperately needed or low-cost services are often reluctant to criticize that service, particularly to a stranger. This presents a challenge to an evaluator seeking genuine program feedback through survey methods.
In this coffee break, the presenter will share some ideas for re-working survey questions to reduce positive response bias and produce more informative results. You will also learn some easy tricks for testing and choosing the most useful version of a survey question. 

Join this presentation by registering here. 


CFB 229: Ideas for Creating A (Qualitative) Dashboard - Sara Vaca

Thursday October 15th, 2015 2-2:20 PM 

Sara will cover her concept of dashboards, focusing in dashboards displaying qualitative information ones, as they are more challenging than quantitative ones. She will share visual resources types that can be used for displaying information. She will talk about the process of conceiving her Meta-evaluation dashboard and briefly explain the elements that it contains. Finally she will share step by step how she would create a mock-up dashboard, inviting participants to do their own own.

Join this presentation by registering here. 

CFB 230:  Visualization for Evaluation Design - Chari Smith

Thursday October 22nd, 2015 2-2:20 PM 

Visualization is a powerful method to build a culture of evaluation in an organization. The key factor in these visualizations is depicting relationships that represent the program and evaluation components. Who are the key players in the visualization? Goals and Outcomes? Objectives and Impact? Program participants and partners? Join us as we explore the process, and walk through real world examples.

Join this presentation by registering here. 

CFB 221 :  Slide Clinic Part 1 of 4: Presentation Tips for Evaluators - Stephanie Evergreen and Ann K. Emery

Thursday August 6th, 2015 2-2:20 PM 

With the annual conference around the corner, it’s prime time to kick presentation prep into high gear. The Data Visualization and Reporting TIG and the Potent Presentations Initiative are teaming forces to provide an online Slide Clinic. Our four-part webinar series will highlight message, design, and delivery tips guaranteed to make your conference presentation shine. 

Preparing a presentation takes time, with the majority of it being spent in the message stage. Join Stephanie Evergreen and Ann Emery for lightning fast advice on how to hone the message of your presentation and structure your session so that you can connect with the audience. Pulling from p2i tools and loads of personal experience, the webinar will highlight what should be done now to prepare for the November conference, like tailoring your presentation to the conference audience, outlining the presentation around key points, planning activities, preparing bonus content, anticipating audience questions, and infusing stories. The webinar will conclude with information on how to get free individualized presentation coaching for AEA members.

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