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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

CFB 244: The P-Pat: A Cross-Cultural Tool to Increase Participation in Monitoring & Evaluation - Mónica Ruiz-Casares

Thursday May 12th, 2016 2-2:20 PM 

Creative, cost-effective, culturally sensitive methods are needed to engage groups that are often excluded from evaluation, such as children and adolescents. Visual methods are gaining ground as tools to balance power differentials, facilitate sharing complex information, and surface non-normative perspectives. This session will describe the Participatory Photography Assessment Tool (P-PAT), a tool and an iterative visual group method developed and tested with young people in Liberia and Laos. I will provide tips and resources to adapt the tool and process to specific environments and populations, discuss ethical and legal issues such as confidentiality/anonymity and copyright clearance, and illustrate how the P-PAT can be used to advance both community change and evaluators’ self-awareness.

Join this presentation by registering here. 


CFB 245: Learning and Evaluation Plans for Advocacy and Policy Change Strategies - Jane Reisman, Anne Gienapp, and Amy Arbreton

Thursday May 19th, 2016 2-2:20 PM 

This presentation will offer highlights from the AEA 2015 panel “Designing Measurement, Learning and Evaluation Plans for Advocacy and Policy Change Strategies.”  The presenters will share five recommendations they developed based on recent evaluations of advocacy programs and initiatives.  These recommendations support a relevant framework for linking evaluative practices to strategic decisions and actions in the context of advocacy and policy change work.

Join this presentation by registering here. 


CFB 246:Visualization of Qualitative Concerns-Based Analysis - Piper T. Grandjean Targos

Thursday May 26th, 2016 2-2:20 PM 

This presentation will take attendees through a process of analyzing qualitative concerns based assessment data, and creating a visualization used to walk client through the findings. Analysis of interview data for the large national organization required the synthesis of a wide range of "voices" represented among their membership. The processes used to collect, analyze, visualize, and relay findings to clients are often complex. This presentation demonstrates one useful technique in visualizing and disseminating this type of data to benefit other practicing evaluators. 

Join this presentation by registering here. 

CFB 241: Supercharge Your Focus Groups: Using Adult Facilitation Techniques to Capture Rich Data - Lynne Franco

Thursday July 7th, 2016 2-2:20 PM 

Focus groups have the potential to generate rich data for evaluation. The adult facilitation and learning literature has established techniques to guide participants to meaningful conversations, while ensuring a comfortable, dynamic, and fun environment. Drawing on these techniques, this coffee break will discuss methods that can be used to generate rich and meaningful data in group settings of 5 people or 50, and can draw out perspectives and foster group processing of data.

Join this presentation by registering here. 



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