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

Upcoming Coffee Break Demonstrations

Partnerships for Transformative Change in Challenging Political Context - Donna Metens, Claudia Olavarria, Andrea Peroni 

Thursday, March 2, 2017 2-2:20 PM 

Chile experienced severe human rights oppression under the dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet. The younger generation is aware of the legacy of the oppression in terms of the disappearance of people who spoke out against the government. Yet, they have developed a strong will to work for change in their country and they believe that a transformative approach to evaluation is useful to this end. We worked together to marshal resources from the US State Department Fulbright Specialist Program, the University of Santiago, and the American Evaluation Association’s International Partnership Program to support training programs in Chile in transformative evaluation. In this presentation, I will discuss the logistics of building these partnerships and the process and substance of the training that occurred as part of this collaborative effort.

Participants will learn:

• Strategies for developing partnerships to leverage resources in international contexts
• Applications of transformative mixed methods approaches to evaluation in politically challenging contexts

Donna Mertens is Professor Emeritus at Gallaudet University with a specialization in research and evaluation methodologies designed to support social transformation. She has authored, co-authored, or edited over 15 books relate to research and evaluation methods and human rights, most recently Research and Evaluation in Education and Psychology: Integrating Diversity with Quantitative, Qualitative, and Mixed Methods, Indigenous Pathways into Social Research, Program Evaluation Theory and Practice, and Transformative Research and Evaluation. Mertens also served as the Editor for the Journal of Mixed Methods Research 2010-2014.
Claudia Olavarría is a Sociologist from the University of Chile. Her expertise area is methodology applied to the evaluation field, with a special focus in the incorporation of the gender perspective in this field. She works in research, consultancy and as a faculty member teaching evaluation to undergraduate and postgraduate students. She has performed as a consultant in program and policy evaluation for different public and private institutions in Chile. She is an active member of several national and international networks from the evaluation field: Chilean Evaluators Network, Eval Gender +, and Eval Youth Latin America and the Caribbean.
Andrea Peroni is the academic coordinator of the master’s program in management and public policies at the Universidad de Santiago de Chile.  She has worked in the State of Chile, Ministry of Planificacion and has been a consultant in UN agencies consulting on issues of social policy and evaluation. She coordinates the Chilean Network of Evaluation (RELAC) and is a member of the network of monitoring, evaluation and systematisation of Latin America and the Caribbean. 
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Thursday, March 16, 2017 2-2:20 PM 

Mapping and Evaluating Social Media Networks - John Burrett

Social media is increasingly important as a communications tool for organizations of many kinds. This is often practiced, however, with little or only basic and hard to interpret measures.

This presentation covers the logic and basic elements important to mapping social media networks using social network analysis techniques. Doing so allows you to see the extent to which your messaging is shared by others, by whom and to whom. This network will have key structural elements and players who can become the backbone of a communications strategy. By monitoring the network, moreover, you can see what messages are getting circulation, and whether or not the network is growing. Key metrics give you ways to understand how your network is structured and functioning as compared to a characteristics of a more “ideal” network for information diffusion.

Key things you will learn:

- The key structural characteristics of social networks
- Important network characteristics that support information diffusion
- What a mapping and set of metrics looks like and what we used to produce the example


John Burrett’s job is to help organizations use and make sense of their data and their complex world. He focuses on developing effective tools: visual analytics, social/dynamic network analysis and effective presentation; and on building an organization’s capacity to use data effectively, for business, public good organizations and government. A long-time evaluator and policy person, John has also studied with leaders in the area of visual data analysis and communication and professional presentation design and built capabilities with leading tools for visual data and network analysis. 

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