Longer, more in-depth virtual professional development is here! We are happy to host evaluation’s hottest workshop presenters in Professional Development eStudy. Via this site, you can view and preregister for upcoming eStudy courses. PD eStudy courses are offered in real-time, live, via webinar, and are 3 or 6 hours long, broken into multiple 90 minute sessions.

eStudy 77: Practical Evaluation: An Overview & Introduction for Those New to Evaluation 

Dates: Tuesday April 18th, Thursday April 20th, Tuesday April 25th, and Thursday April 27th. 2:30 PM – 4:00 PM EDT. 

Length: 6 hours of instruction 

Description: This course is an introduction to the major steps in designing and conducting a program evaluation. Using CDC’s Framework for Program Evaluation, the course will emphasize the central importance of setting the right evaluation focus and asking the right evaluation questions. And how engaging stakeholders and a strong program description help ensure that the focus and questions are the best ones. The last session will show how those early decisions make it easier to identify the most appropriate data collection methods and sources, choose the right ways to analyze data, and ensure that findings are reported in ways that will maximize the use of findings for program improvement.  Students will work on a variety of case examples to help reinforce teaching points.

 Thomas J. Chapel, M.A., M.B.A., serves as CDC’s first Chief Evaluation Officer.  In his position Tom strengthens program evaluation expands evaluation capacity with CDC programs and partners, by setting standards, hands-on facilitation, and providing training, tools, and resources. Mr. Chapel joined CDC in January 2001 as a health scientist and has been providing evaluation leadership ever since. Tom is known nationally for his work in evaluation and his leadership with the American Evaluation Association.  He was this year’s (2013) winner of AEA’s Mydral Government Evaluation Award.

Before joining CDC, Tom was a vice president in the Atlanta office of Macro International (now ICF International), where he directed hundreds of projects and tasks in evaluation and planning for CDC, other Federal agencies, and state, local, and community-based organizations, Mr. Chapel received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the Johns Hopkins University and his Master of Business Administration and Master of Public Policy degrees from the University of Minnesota.

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eStudy 78: Presenting Data Effectively 

Dates: Tuesday May 16th, Thursday May 18th,  2:00 PM – 3:30 PM EDT. 

Length: 3 hours of instruction 

Description: Crystal clear graphs, slides, and reports are valuable – they save an audience’s mental energies, keep a reader engaged, and make you look smart.  In this workshop, attendees will learn the science behind presenting data effectively and will leave with direct, pointed changes that can be immediately administered to significantly increase impact. The workshop will address principles of data visualization, report, and slideshow design that support legibility, comprehension, and retention of our data in the minds of our clients. Together we will focus on how to make visual sense of data and distribute it in a way that readers will discuss, remember, and love. This distribution includes dashboards, infographics, and simple interactive games. Grounded in visual processing theory, the principles will enhance attendees’ ability to communicate more effectively with peers, colleagues, and stakeholders.

 Dr. Stephanie Evergreen is an internationally-recognized speaker, designer, and researcher. She is best known for bringing a research-based approach to helping researcher better communicate their work through more effective graphs, slides, and reports. She holds a PhD from Western Michigan University in interdisciplinary evaluation, which included a dissertation on the extent of graphic design use in written research reporting. Dr. Evergreen has trained researchers worldwide through keynote presentations and workshops, for clients including Time, Verizon, Head Start, American Institutes for Research, Rockefeller Foundation, Brookings Institute, and the United Nations. She is the 2015 recipient of the American Evaluation Association’s Guttentag award, given for notable accomplishments early in a career. Dr. Evergreen is co-editor and co-author of two issues of New Directions for Evaluation on data visualization. She writes a popular blog on data presentation at Her first book, Presenting Data Effectively: Communicating Your Findings for Maximum Impact, was published by Sage in Fall 2013. Her second book, Effective Data Visualization, was published in Spring 2016. Both books hit #1 on Amazon bestseller lists. 

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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
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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.


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