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

Thursday, September 14, 2017 2-2:20 PM

EvalAction2017: Visit the Office of Your Congressional Representative and Discuss the Importance of Evaluation and Evidence

Do you think decision makers should have evidence when making important policy decisions?  Do you think facts are an important part of policy discourse?  Do you want to help AEA promote good federal evaluation policy?   Have you ever wanted to visit the Capitol and an opportunity to talk about evidence and evaluation with policymakers? Now is your chance!  The EvalAction initiative in 2017 -- co-sponsored by the American Evaluation Association's (AEA) Evaluation Policy Task Force (EPTF) and Washington Evaluators (WE) -- facilitates you visiting Capitol Hill to speak with congressional staff, communicating the importance of evaluation and evidence to our government and our society.  Learn more about this interesting and important initiative.

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn about the history of EvalAction2017
  • Learn how to participate in EvalAction2017
  • Learn what to expect when you visit the office of your congressional representative


Dr. Brian Yoder is Director of Assessment, Evaluation, and Institutional Research at the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE), and  serves as chair of the EvalAction 2017 initiative. He oversees annual data collection for ASEE’s benchmark surveys of engineering schools, and leads  research and evaluation of federally funded and industry funded projects in areas related to engineering education and STEM education.  Brian  served as president of Washington Evaluators in 2008 - 2010 and 2012 -2014. 

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Tuesday, September 19, 2017 2-2:20 PM

 Unpacking the "Why": The Power of Collaboration Coding with Qualitative Data - Dr. Anupama Shekar & Dr. Matt Pierson

Are you interested in learning how collaborative coding with qualitative data from a small dataset helped drive decisions? Teaching Trust is a leading education leadership nonprofit in Dallas, Texas. We offer high-quality training and support to future school leaders, school leadership teams, and teacher leaders to ensure that children in low-income schools across North Texas have access to an excellent education. The Teaching Trust Alumni Network facilitates alumni-led problem-solving by connecting high-performing leaders to collaborate and innovate. The Evaluation and Alumni Network teams at Teaching Trust collaborated on using two different qualitative coding techniques to unpack insights from our Teaching Trust alumni to help shape future alumni programming.

Learning Objectives:

• Understanding the power of combining multiple qualitative coding techniques (software/pen & paper) to drive qualitative data analysis.

• Describing actionable tips to conduct rigorous qualitative analysis to derive deeper insights to impact programming and decision-making.

Dr. Anupama Shekar is the Director of Evaluation at TeachingTrust. Prior to this role she held several research roles at the WIDA Consortium and graduated from the University of Wisconsin Madison in 2013 with her Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis




Dr. Matt Pierson is the Program Officer at TeachingTrust. Prior to this role he held teaching and administration roles in the Laveen Elementary School District in Arizona and graduated from Northern Arizona University in 2014 with his Doctorate in K-12 Educational Leadership



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Thursday, September 21, 2017 2-2:20 PM

EvalAction2017: Speak out on AEA Guiding Principles

In March 2018, the AEA board appointed the Guiding Principles Task Force (GPTF) to review the existing AEA Guiding Principles to determine if changes are needed to keep them current with ongoing developments in the field. The principles support appropriate, effective, and ethical evaluator decision-making. In this webinar, you’ll meet the GPTF members and learn how to get your voice heard in their deliberations. Two immediate opportunities will be described—a survey in October and a Listening Post at Eval2017. Find more information here.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the purpose and process of the GPTF
  • Learn how to speak out about the Guiding Principles through a survey, Listening Post at Eval2017, and direct contact with your GPTF members

The culturally diverse GPTF members are involved in many social sectors including health, philanthropy, education, environment, business, community change, social services, and government. They bring multiple perspectives about evaluation’s role in society and evaluation methodologies and theories. They represent broad experience in AEA leadership positions and engagement.






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Do you wonder how the AEA engages internationally, and what that means for you? Then, you are in luck! This series of 3 Coffee Break sessions will clarify it all: the AEA’s position in the global landscape of evaluation partners, funders and stakeholders; the AEA’s role in peer-to-peer exchanges with evaluation associations in other countries; and how international engagements makes us a stronger  and more relevant professional organization. You don’t have to work in international evaluation to benefit. Find out how you can get involved, and how learning across borders can enrich your own evaluation practice.

AEA’s International Working Group will be presenting these 3 different sessions (20 minutes each) in September and October to share our insights, to inspire you with our work, and to point you to ways to get involved. Space is limited. Sign up today!


Tuesday, September 26, 2017 2-2:20 PM

AEA Partnerships to Expand Evaluation around the Globe

The AEA’s international engagement includes a prominent role in peer exchanges with evaluation associations in other countries. What is the benefit of this engagement to the AEA, to our peer learning partner organization, and to the AEA membership? This webinar will showcase the peer exchange between the AEA and the Chilean Evaluation Society, and share lessons and benefits from peer exchanges with the South Africa Monitoring and Evaluation Association (SAMEA), and the benefits of engaging across national borders for all AEA members.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the nature and scope of the AEA’s peer exchanges with evaluation organizations in other countries
  • Understand how this benefits the AEA and peer partners institutionally
  • Understand how individual members benefit, and how they can get involved


 Tessie Tzavaras Catsambas is President Elect of the American Evaluation Association for 2018, and currently chairs the AEA’s International Working  Group. She was a founding member of the EvalPartners Coalition, a global initiative to promote the use of evaluation to inform policy and program  decisions. In    her private practice, Ms. Catsambas is founder and CEO/CFO of EnCompass LLC, a 17-year-old organization that provides services  in evaluation,  learning, leadership and organizational development. Ms. Catsambas brings 30 years’ experience in planning, evaluation and  organizational  development. She has facilitated workshops on many evaluation topics and teaches Evaluation Management and Oversight for The  Evaluators’ Institute. Ms. Catsambas is an innovator and practitioner in appreciative evaluation, and has co-authored a book entitled, Reframing  Evaluation Through Appreciative Inquiry (Sage Publications 2006). For further information, please visit the EnCompass LLC.


 Claudia Olavarria is the co-coordinator of EvalChile, the Chilean Evaluators Network a sociologist, and she has performed her career in the evaluation  field for 10 years. During this period, she has implemented several evaluative research for a diverse number of public and private organizations in  Chile focusing her work on vulnerable populations and promoting the use of gender sensitive evaluations, culturally responsive evaluations and  specific childhood focused approaches and methodologies. During her professional career, she has performed as an evaluation lecturer in post  graduate and undergraduate programs at the University of Chile and Alberto Hurtado University where she is currently based. She and Eval Chile´s  team are deeply involved with the goal of strengthening evaluation in Chile and the Latin American region. Claudia is an active and very enthusiastic member of EvalChile, EvalYouth and EvalGender+.

 Donna Podems is founder and director of OtherWISE Research and Evaluation. Professor Podems is a researcher, facilitator, and monitoring and  evaluation specialist with more than 20 years’ experience. She holds a doctorate in interdisciplinary studies focused on Program Evaluation and  Organizational Development, and a Masters degree in Public Administration. She has worked with governments, civil society, nongovernmental  groups, international donors, and foundations.  She has experience designing and reviewing evaluation methodologies for a range of international  programs, as well as conducting implementation, outcome and impact evaluations in projects in early childhood development, gender, women’s  empowerment, HIV/AIDS, TB, health systems, research and innovation projects, education, environment, capacity building, human rights, housing, trade and investment, and community needs.  Professor Podems is a former National Board Member for the American Evaluation Association (AEA), and a former National Board Member for the South African Monitoring and Evaluation Association (SAMEA). She is a member of AEA and SAMEA. She is an Assistant Professor at Michigan State University, a Senior Research Associate at University of Johannesburg, and prior to that, a Research Fellow at Stellenbosch University for 10 years. In 2017, she was invited as a Global Evaluation Leader to attend Third Evalpartners meeting in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. 

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Thursday, September 28, 2017 2-2:20 PM

EvalPartners and the Networks:  EvalYouth, EvalGender+, EvalIndigenous, EvalSDG 

As Evaluation has spread throughout the world and into different sectors, several issues that affect the day-to-day life of evaluators working in the US and abroad have surfaced. This session focuses on the global efforts to address these issues.  What are the issues? What is being done? By whom? How can you be part of the solution?

Learning Objectives:

  • Gain a perspective on what’s going on at the international level to promote evaluation, including the EvalPartners coalition and the networks it has formed.

Jim Rugh recently retired after a 52-year career in international development, in general, and evaluation of international development agencies and programs in particular.  During the four years he served as the AEA Representative to the International Organization for Cooperation in Evaluation (IOCE) and the four years he served as Co-Coordinator of the EvalPartners global coalition, Jim was very involved in helping to identify and support VOPEs around the world.  He continues that interest even in his retirement.



Bianca Montrosse-Moorehead, Ph.D., is an assistant professor of measurement, evaluation, and assessment in the University of Connecticut’s (UConn) Neag School of Education, and program coordinator for UConn’s Graduate Certificate in Program Evaluation. As an evaluation researcher, educator, and practitioner, Bianca specializes in evaluation theory, methodology, practice, and capacity building. She co-chairs EvalYouth, a global network which aims is to build evaluator capacity throughout the world. For more than a decade, she has directed evaluations at the local, state, and national level totaling over $7 million dollars. In 2014, she was awarded the American Evaluation Association’s 2014 Marcia Guttentag Award for early career contributions. She currently serves on the editorial board for New Directions in Evaluation, and was recently elected as a Member-at-Large to the AEA Board of Directors.

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Tuesday, October 3, 2017 2-2:20 PM

Q&A on Global Evaluation

As a final session, AEA’s representative to the IOCE (the International Organization for Cooperation in Evaluation) will situate AEA’s international efforts within the web of numerous organizations that support evaluation in the international arena. IWG members will offer additional perspectives about how to support relationships between AEA members and their organizations in partnership with other similar organizations that strengthen the capacities of organizations and individuals to undertake evaluation exercises (and advocate for an appreciation of evaluation) in order to achieve more effective programs.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the broad framework of AEA’s international efforts within the context of work of other organizations across the globe
  • Help AEA members understand the opportunities that this work represents for AEA as an organization and for members and their local organizations as well
  • Encourage AEA members to contribute to this enabling environment across the globe and experience the benefits, too.

Cynthia Clapp-Wincek (Cindy) has over 30 years of experience with strategic planning, monitoring, and evaluation splitting her time between the US government and independent consulting. While consulting, she worked with clients of all types -- public, non-profit, for profit, foundations; from large to small. As a former Director of the Office of Learning, Evaluation and Research, Cindy led the rebuilding of USAID's evaluation program and strengthened learning, monitoring, and evaluation.  This integrated evaluation program demonstrated evidence of improvement in quality, quantity and use of evaluation throughout USAID in the three years of her tenure.  Since leaving USAID in 2015, Cindy has worked with the Peacebuilding Evaluation Consortium and is the American Evaluation Association representative to IOCE and EvalPartners.

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