AEA offers online training in several different formats: 6 hour eStudies, 3 hour eStudies, and our new series of 1 hour Lunch Breaks. Both 3 and 6 hour eStudies are taught in multiple 90 minute sessions. All our eLearning is offered via a webinar based platform that gives participants the opportunity to interact with instructors and receive feedback. Our experienced, passionate faculty provide an easily accessible way to improve your evaluation skills in a wide variety of areas. 

 Upcoming eStudies   Upcoming Lunch Hour Presentations

eStudy 79: Introduction to Infographics & Strategies for Use in Evaluation 

Billie-­Jo  Grant 

Description: Do  you  want  to  learn  how  to  use  infographics  to  communicate  evaluation  findings  in  an  effective  and   engaging  way?  This  eStudy  introduces  infographic  basics,  best practices,  and  practical  tips  for  using  low-­‐cost  tools  to   produce  well-­‐designed  infographics  for  evaluation.  No  experience  with  graphic  design  or  infographics  required.  Participants  will  learn  about  the  purpose,  features,  and  use  of  infographics  in  evaluation  by  examining  a  variety  of   different  infographic  styles  and  types.  Sessions  will  be interactive  and  participants  will  have  the  opportunity  to  share   ideas,  ask  questions,  and  view  demonstrations  of  how  to  develop  an  infographic.   

During  the  first  session,  participants  will  learn  about  why  infographics  are  a  valuable  tool  in  promoting  knowledge   utilization  for  intended  stakeholder  audiences.  Presenters will  share  their  Checklist  for  Reviewing  Infographics  that   focuses  on  infographic  features  including  story,  content,  layout,  and  information  visualizations.  Participants  will  see   examples  of  infographics  that  exemplify  features  from  the  checklist.  Homework  following  this  session  will  include   applying  the  checklist  to  example  infographics.  

During  the  second  session,  presenters  will  provide  a  comprehensive  list  of  available  tools  and  resources  for  creating   infographics  and  will  discuss  how  they  vary  based  on level  of  cost,  sophistication,  and  necessary  skill.  Presenters  will   demonstrate  commonly  used  tools  for  creating  infographics  including  PowerPoint  and  online  templates. Participants  will   learn  about  10  Steps  for  Creating  Infographics  and  will  observe  a  demonstration  using  Word  following  the  ten  steps.   Presenters  will  discuss  time  and  cost considerations  for  including  infographics  in  evaluation.  An  optional,  external   private  discussion  forum  will  give  participants  the  option  to  share,  review,  and  provide  feedback using  the  Checklist  for   Reviewing  Infographics  on  infographics  they  create.  

Dates  and  Sessions:  

Day 1: Wednesday,  June  21,  2017  from  3:00-­‐4:30  pm  ET

Day 2: Wednesday,  June  28th  from  3:00-­‐4:30  pm ET

Speaker Bios: Stephanie  Wilkerson,  President  of  Magnolia  Consulting,  and  Billie-­Jo  Grant,  Senior  Evaluator  at  Magnolia  Consulting,   share  over  35  years  of  experience  in conducting  rigorous  and  practical  research  and  evaluation  studies  in  preK-­‐20   education  settings.  We  specialize  in  quantitative  and  qualitative  research  design  and  analysis, program  evaluation,   implementation  fidelity  and  assessment,  and  instrument  construction,  and  offer  technical  assistance  in  evaluation   capacity  building,  infographics,  data use,  logic  model  development,  and  innovation  configuration  mapping.  Our  studies   respond  to  the  information  needs  and  priorities  of  a  variety  of  evaluation  stakeholders including  policymakers,  program   funders  and  developers,  school  and  district  administrators,  teachers,  community  members,  and  students.  To  promote   evaluation  use  among stakeholder  audiences  we  incorporate  infographics  as  a  communication  and  knowledge  utilization   tool  for  sample  recruitment,  study  orientations,  and  evaluation  reporting.  In our  experience,  we  have  found  that  the  use   of  infographics  helps  facilitate  meaningful  dialogue  among  evaluation  stakeholders  about  the  implications  of  evaluation   findings in  informing  policy  and  practice.  

 Stephanie  Wilkerson

Logistics:  This  three-­‐hour  real-­‐time  webinar-­‐based  eStudy  workshop  will  be  presented  in  two,  90-­‐minute  sessions.  This   session  is  webinar  based  and  will  include  lecture, question  and  answer,  and  opportunities  for  audience  participation.  To   prepare  for  each  session,  there  will  be  a  short  homework  assignment  such  as  an  article  to  read  or resource  to  explore.    

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eStudy 80: Evaluation Science: What it Means to be an Evaluation Scientist 

Description:  Evaluators have long debated whether we are a profession, discipline, or sub-discipline within social science. These distinctions matter within academia and contention about evaluation’s academic status will no doubt continue.  But the stakes have changed. Science is under attack. On April 22, 2017, millions marched for science in cities worldwide. The American Evaluation Association was a partner in supporting the March. The New York Times headline on the day of the March read: Scientists, Feeling Under Siege, March. This new course will examine how the larger societal and political context regarding science affects evaluation and evaluators.  The course will consider evaluation’s relationship to science generally, and the foundations of evaluation science specifically. It will also be an opportunity to consider what it means to identify oneself as an evaluation scientist: “I am an evaluation scientist. I do evaluation science.” What are the pros, cons, meanings, and implications of the designation evaluation science?

Dates and Sessions:

Day 1: Wednesday, June 14- 2:30-4:00 pm

Day 2: Thursday, June 15- 2:30-4:00 pm

Day 3: Tuesday, June 20- 2:30-4:00 pm

Day 4: Thursday, June 22- 2:30-4:00 pm


Bio:  Michael Quinn Patton is an independent consultant and evaluation scientist with 45 years’ experience. He is a former president of the American Evaluation Association and recipient of both the Alva and Gunnar Myrdal Award for "outstanding contributions to evaluation use and practice" and the Paul F. Lazarsfeld Award for lifetime contributions to evaluation theory, both from the American Evaluation Association.  He is author of seven major evaluation books including 4th editions of Utilization-Focused Evaluation (2008) and Qualitative Research and Evaluation Methods (2015). His other books include: Creative Evaluation; Practical Evaluation; Developmental Evaluation: Applying Complexity Concepts to Enhance Innovation and Use; Principles-Focused Evaluation: The Guide; and Facilitating Evaluation. He is a founding faculty member of The Evaluators’ Institute and has taught several AEA eStudy courses and preconference workshops

Logistics: This real-time webinar-based eStudy workshop is broken into four 1.5-hour sessions. Each session is webinar based and will include lecture, question and answer, and opportunities for audience participation. To prepare for each session, there will be a short homework assignment such as an article to read or resource to explore. 

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NEW: Lunch Hour 01: Introduction to Academic Journal Writing 

Presented by the AEA Sponsored Journals’ editors: Rachael Lawrence, Managing Editor of AJE; Todd Franke and Leslie Fierro, Co Editors-In-Chief of NDE

Description:Early career evaluators and academics are faced with the “publish or perish” reality. No longer limited to those with academic appointments, more evaluation shops expect a record of academic publishing than in the past. This daunting prospect may feel like a great risk - a great unknown. If you find yourself in this position, this e-study is for you! Communicating your ideas through scholarly writing is one of the key ways you can help the field of evaluation advance. This webinar series will provide you the tools you need to begin your journey as an author for academic evaluation journals.

In this course you will learn to:

  • Identify a journal’s scope and purpose
  • Identify appropriate journals for communicating your ideas
  • Compare and contrast content across evaluation journals
  • Develop realistic expectations about the writing and review process

Dates and Sessions:

Day 1: Thursday, June 22-1:00 pm - 2:00 pm EDT

Day 2: Thursday, June 29-1:00 pm - 2:00 pm EDT

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eStudy 81: Dashboard Design 

Dates: Tuesday August 1st and Thursday August 3rd, 2017 from 2-3:30 pm Eastern

Length: 3 total contact hours 

Description: Why wait until the end of the year to write a lengthy report when you can share data early and often with dashboards? During this three-hour workshop, we’ll cover data visualization design principles (30-minute review); page layouts (15 minutes); dashboard design (15 minutes); and dashboard creation (two hours).

First, we’ll review the best-bang-for-your-buck data visualization design principles. This workshop is geared towards evaluators who have already been thinking about data visualization. You’ve probably heard of techniques like direct labeling so we won’t spend much time here.

Second, once you’ve designed one great graph, it’s time to combine multiple graphs together for your report, slideshow, or handout. The key page layout techniques include designing within a grid system; sketching layouts on paper; ensuring that there is adequate white space between chunks of content; and establishing a visual hierarchy within individual graphs and for the publication as a whole. You’ll view my real-life examples so that you can see how grids, white space, and visual hierarchies are applied in each setting.

Third, you’ll learn the major dashboard types: comparing categories; comparing categories over time; tracking progress towards goals; tracking progress towards goals over time; a series of matching dashboards; or a combination of any of these types. I’ll share my nine sample dashboards with you and you’ll vote on which two or three styles you’d like to create from scratch in Excel.

We’ll be designing static dashboards within Excel. These dashboards will live inside of Excel and get shared with stakeholders as PDFs through email or as printed handouts during meetings. I no longer teach anyone how to create interactive dashboards in Excel because they simply don’t get used as often as static dashboards. Life’s short and I’m only going to teach you about visualizations that make a difference.

View a sample dashboard at www.annkemery.com/revenue-and-expenses.

About Ann Emery: Nothing bothers me more than information that sits in spreadsheets: unused, dusty, forgotten about. Early on, word spread that I could transform technical research findings into simple visuals. I was asked to share my skills. I led brown bags. I taught others over coffee (and beer). I blogged. I created video tutorials. Just for fun. In my spare time. I tried to quench the demand; the demand intensified. It was quickly apparent that people like me quit their salaried jobs and start their own company, so that’s what I did. Now I share my skills through dozens of speaking engagements for thousands of people each year. Your research deserves to be out in the world: utilized, actionable, talked about.

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Key things to know before registering:

  • eStudy courses will be recorded and made available for 14 days to all paid registrants
  • Your registration for an eStudy course covers all sessions for that course
  • There will be a short homework assignment, requiring an hour or less of your time, between sessions
  • Registration will close five business days in advance of the first session meeting
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Registration: Save time and money by learning through live eStudy courses with no travel needed to attend. Registration fees are based on the length of the full eStudy course and are parallel to the registration fees for the workshops when offered live at AEA's annual conference. Each registration is for a single person. We do not have group registration for eStudy offerings at this time. Once registration closes we can no longer accept anymore registrations. Some eStudy webinars maybe repeated and you may view current offerings anytime on this page.


eStudy with 3 Contact Hours Total
eStudy with 6 Contact Hours Total
One Year of AEA E-Membership



Hourly Rate*
$35 $15
One Year of AEA E-Membership


 *Some lunch hours will include multiple sessions. The price shown here is for a one hour course. Longer courses will be priced accordingly.