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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 247:Using the Power of Rubrics and Technology for Empowerment Evaluation at Google and Beyond - David Fetterman and Jason Ravitz

Tuesday May 31st, 2016 2-2:20 PM 

The Coffee Break will highlight the power of rubrics to enhance group learning in empowerment evaluation at Google and in higher education. The webinar will begin with a brief presentation of core empowerment evaluation concepts and steps in conjunction with a Google developed evaluation planning worksheet.  Technological tools used to facilitate empowerment evaluation will also be presented, including Google Forms and Spreadsheets, and Google Doc Add-Ons called Doctopus, Goobrics, and Goobrics for Students. We will discuss how technology-supported use of rubrics can focus group thinking, learning, and evaluation.

Join this presentation by registering here. 

Building on their "Coffee Break", we invite you to join David and Jason for their upcoming eStudy. It is titled: Online tools and strategies for empowerment evaluation at Google and beyond:  Building evaluation capacity by harnessing the power of rubrics. It provides additional depth and insight into the use of these online tools and strategies.  It is scheduled for June 16 &23 2:00-3:30 pm EST. Find out more HERE.

CFB 248: Survival is the Name of the Game: Independent Consulting in the Real World - Sheila Matano and Jill Scheibler

Thursday June 9th, 2016 2-2:20 PM 

One of the biggest challenges for new evaluators is learning how to apply traditional evaluation strategies in the real world. Even small-scale, seemingly simple evaluations can quickly become complex, with the interaction of multiple factors affecting program outcomes. How can evaluators react to unpredictable situations that challenge traditional practices? How does an evaluator move forward when the landscape is constantly shifting, and stakeholders disagree about everything? How does an evaluator adapt effective and ethical research principles and still protect their own interests? 

During the webinar, we will share lessons learned from working in the evaluation field. Drawing from our experiences in Baltimore, a problem (and culture) rich and resource poor environment, we will highlight how we adapt the ways we work in order to implement successful evaluations for diverse clients including small nonprofits, large city agencies, and foundations. We will also share the great information we heard from other evaluators at #AEA2015 and #EERS2016 during our Adapt or Die conversations. 

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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