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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

Coffee Break Series on Strengthening the Evidence Base for Impact Investing and Other Market-Based Approaches 

 August 4 - 25, 2016

Finding solutions to complex 21st century problems requires innovation, collaboration, and more resources than ever before. Impact investing and market –based approaches have greatly expanded the pool of capital available to address social and environmental issues—with an estimated $60 billion dollars invested in impact investing portfolios.Yet, efforts aimed at evaluating the social impact of these investments lag behind. This series of four consecutive webinars focuses attention on the landscape and specific evaluation methods that address the challenges and opportunities presented by the growth of market-based actors investing in social impact strategies.  

Together, these presenters will prompt the evaluation community to consider how it can more deeply engage in the challenges and opportunities for developing new mindsets and methods to strengthen the evidence base for impact investing and other market-based approaches.  The specific schedule of webinar presenters and topics are as follow.

CFD: Using Modern visualization tools to aid in the evaluation process - Ted Corbett

Thursday August 25th, 2016 2-2:20 PM 

As a requested follow-up from the 2015 AEA conference in Chicago, Ted Corbett will lead a lunch session on the use of modern visualization tools for use in the evaluation process. Organizations of all shapes and sizes struggle with easy ways to turn a growing sea of data into actionable information. This presentation will highlight how the use of data visualization tools, such as Tableau, help a variety of organizations better view data to ask new questions, dive deeper into analyses and help drive policy changes. Ted’s presentation will focus on data used to support homelessness efforts in Seattle area.

Join this presentation by registering here. 


CFD: Approaches to Analyzing and Reporting Social Impact and Social Value - David Pritchard

Thursday August 25th, 2016 2:30 -2:50 PM 

With growing interest in the social impacts of of non-profits, private business, and government activities, various disciplines, besides evaluation, have developed methods to help understand, account for, and report social impact. These fields include accounting, economics, finance, planning, social research, and social entrepreneurship. This workshop will provide an introduction to the similarities and differences to analyzing social impact / value analysis used in these fields. The workshop will be of interest to evaluators interested in how other disciplines approach this topic and what they may learn from them.

Join this presentation by registering here. 


CFD 261: Exploring Patterns in Your Data Using Cluster Analysis - Aundrea DeShawn Carter and Kristy Kenney

Thursday September 8th, 2016 2:00 -2:20 PM 

Cluster analysis is an exploratory statistical technique that can be used as an evaluation tool for identifying patterns in your data. The National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program (NBCCEDP), funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), provides breast and cervical cancer screening to low income, un- and under-insured women through a network of grantees representing all 50 states, D.C. and 16 tribal and territorial organizations. CDC collected annual survey data from these grantees to identify programmatic activities across all 67 grantees. Utilizing cluster analysis allowed CDC to explore patterns of activities across the program. This presentation will provide an overview of cluster analysis methods and demonstrate how results can be used for program improvement and planning, using the NBCCEDP example.

Join this presentation by registering here. 

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

Thursday September 22nd, 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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