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 197: Evaluation Made Easy: Creating Meaningful Toolkits; a Farm to School example - Dr. Lyn Kathlene
Thursday December 18th, 2014 2-2:20 PM 

Spark Policy Institute is rolling out a year of Toolkits for Social Innovators, including the FTS Evaluation Toolkit, which provides simple, straightforward information about how to design and implement evaluations of school gardens and other farm to school activities. In a succinct ten pages, the FTS Evaluation Toolkit Guide walks users through each step of the evaluation process, including how to prepare for an evaluation, identify outcomes, select and adapt measurement tools, complete an evaluation plan, implement an evaluation plan, and use evaluation results. This AEA Coffee Break session will not only introduce participants to the toolkit, but will also provide professional evaluators with tips for creating meaningful toolkits, regardless of the content area.

Join this presentation by registering here.  

CFB 198: Audience Engagement MORE Strategies for Potent Presentations- Sheila B. Robinson
Thursday January 15th, 2015 2-2:20 PM 

Calling all presenters! Whether you’re sharing research, hosting a workshop, facilitating a think tank, or giving a keynote, you want your audience hanging on your every word. In a previous webinar, Sheila B Robinson introduced The Audience Engagement Strategy Book, the latest in the family of Potent Presentation (p2i) tools, featuring more than 20 strategies for encouraging and supporting your audience to pay attention, and to intellectually engage with you, your material, and each other. In this second webinar on the topic, Sheila will go beyond the book to introduce even more interactive strategies appropriate for a variety of presentations.

Join this presentation by registering here.  

CFB 199: Data Placemats: A Dataviz Technique to Improve Stakeholder Understanding of Evaluation Results - Veena Pankaj
Thursday January 22nd, 2015 2-2:20 PM 

As evaluators we understand the importance of participatory evaluation and its connection to evaluation use.  A data placemat is a tool that can be used to communicate preliminary evaluation results before writing the final report. They are usually used in the analysis phase of the evaluation lifecycle and offer stakeholders an opportunity to form their own judgments about the data and weigh in, prior to the writing of the final report. This coffee break webinar will provide an overview of the different steps involved in creating and implementing data placemats.

Join this presentation by registering here.  

CFB 200: Time-Saving Tips and Tricks for Low-Cost Data Visualization - Jessica Aungst Weitzel 
Thursday January 29th, 2015 2-2:20 PM 

Are you interested in data visualization and reporting but concerned you don’t have the skills, tools, or time to implement best practices? Are you worried that it would take too much time or cost too much to do this is in report after report? It may not be as challenging as you think. After sharing data visualization and reporting best practice resources, the presenter will focus on how to set up styles and templates in Word and Excel so that you can stop redoing the same formatting over and over across reports and graphics. These practical tips and tricks will help you easily produce evaluation products that follow best practices without breaking your budget or duplicating basic efforts.

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