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 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.

Join this presentation by registering here.  

CFB 201: Design Thinking: What Is It and Why Should Evaluators Care? - Srik Gopal & Rosanna Tran
Thursday February 5th, 2015 2-2:20 PM 

Design thinking is a user-centered, participatory, and iterative method for developing solutions to abstract, ill-defined, or complex problems. Historically applied to consumer products ranging from toothbrushes to computer accessories, the practice of design thinking has been increasingly applied in the social sector to solve complex problems. Many concepts from design thinking are also relevant to evaluation and organizational learning. This coffee break webinar will provide a brief overview of the design thinking process, along with examples of how it can be applied to increase interest and engagement in evaluation. 

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CFB 202: Introducing PowerPivot for Data Analysis - Lisa R. Holliday
Thursday February 12th, 2015 2-2:20 PM 

Power Pivot is part of Microsoft Excel’s business intelligence tools. It is available as an add-in for Excel 2010 and as part of the professional version of Excel 2013. It is an extremely useful tool for analyzing large data sets and combining data from different sources. In this webinar, I will show you how to use Power Pivot to combine multiple worksheets into 1 pivot table.

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CFB 203: Aligning Evaluation Data Collections Practices with Qualitative Data Analysis Software-Christian Geckeler & Hannah Betesh
Thursday February 19th, 2015 2-2:20 PM 

Qualitative data analysis software (QDAS) is an increasingly popular tool for managing and analyzing data in evaluation research including data from focus groups and interviews, program background documents and other qualitative data sources.  In this Coffee Break, the presenters will discuss how to design evaluation data collection tools and train data collection teams to get the most benefit from using qualitative software.

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CFB 204: Collecting data in another city, state or country? Three strategies to make your life easier - Rebecca Stewart
Thursday February 26th, 2015 2-2:20 PM 

Among its many large evaluation projects, The Improve Group has gathered data across multiple counties, across a state, over several states and in several countries. This experience led to several insights about the information and preparation needed so the process is positive and data quality is high. At AEA 2014, we heard from colleagues all over the world who also face this challenge: How to ensure the quality of data collection from afar? This coffee break session will address: 
1. What preparation do you need? 
2. What strategies ensure quality and strong ethical practice?

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