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Purpose Statement
The purpose of the Internal Evaluation TIG is to provide a forum for networking, community building, learning, and professional development for those interested in internal evaluation in a wide variety of settings – organizations and partnerships, nonprofits and for-profits, governmental agencies and NGO, national and international milieus.
The Internal Evaluation TIG strives to:
  • Develop and sponsor AEA conference sessions related to internal evaluation
  • Promote effective practices of internal evaluation in organizations
  • Promote sharing professional information related to internal evaluation
  • Contribute to the development of theoretical frameworks and successful practices for internal evaluation



Internal Evaluation Presentations at AEA 2017

Session Title Presenters Description
How to develop a strategic evaluation plan: what it is and what it is not Stephanie George, Epidemiologist/Program Evaluator - Utah Department of Health
Camille Roundy, Epidemiologist - Utah Department of Health
Meghan Balough, Program Evaluator - Utah Violence & Injury Prevention
Have you ever been tasked to “create an evaluation plan”? This session aided in the fulfillment of that task by working through how to develop a strategic evaluation plan.
Learning from others: Clarifying roles and working with other stakeholders David Napp, Independent Consultant
M. Elizabeth Snow, Program Evaluation Lead - Centre for Health Evaluation & Outcome Sciences
First presentation: This presentation described lessons learned for enhancing evaluation practices in a professional setting that were gleaned from a successful collaboration between external and internal evaluators in evaluating Project SHINE, an informatics fellowship program.
Second presentation: This presentation reflected on the lessons learned while creating an evaluation and a performance monitoring function for a complex, multi-site, multi-year project - The Clinical & Systems Transformation project.
Learning from within: Increasing internal evaluation capacity Celie Manuel, Monitoring, Evaluation, Gender and Learning Adviser - IIED
Virginia Lamprecht, Evaluation Methodologist - USAID
Heather K Moore, Senior Evaluation Specialist
Presentation 1: This study explores the usefulness of social network analysis in understanding relationships between different organizational partners in a consortium working towards generating evidence and improved tools for managing humanitarian disasters in urban settings.
Presentation 2: Discussed key challenges in using internal teams to collect, compile, and assess qualitative data including mobilizing and training mostly non-research staff.
Presentation 3: When a team of internal evaluators at National Marrow Donor Program / Be The Match® was established, evaluators became consistently available to guide an evidence-based approach to improving patient programs.
Building a unified evaluation framework across heterogeneous program areas Ted Chen, Director, Evaluation - Margaret A. Cargill Philanthropies
Pamela Larson Nippolt, Evaluation Officer - Margaret A. Cargill Philanthropies
This panel shared multiple perspectives related to the work that Wilder Research and the Margaret A. Cargill Philanthropies have done to build a system for conceptualizing, organizing, and implementing an evaluation process across MACP's seven domains of grantmaking, and the work that continues as the evaluation moves forward. 
Kaiser Permanente's Redesigned System for Evaluation to Maximize Evaluation Utility David Mosen, Senior Program Evaluation Consultant
Courtnee Hamity, Evaluation and Analytics Consultant
Kaiser Permanente's redesigned program evaluation model includes collaborative evaluation planning prior to program implementation and requires organizational commitment to use evaluation results to inform decisions and a peer review process to maximize broad confidence in results. 
Navigating the Multiple Roles of Internal Evaluators Hannah Deborah Hirschland, Managing Director, Analytics & Evaluation
Jesse Wilkinson, Director, Research and Evaluation - GMHC
Having an internal evaluation department has many advantages, but also presents a series of challenges. This presentation explored the ups and downs of internal evaluation and presented real examples from practice at a mid-size social services agency.
How Internal Evaluators Help Programs Make Sense of Data and Drive Decisions Garrett Yursza Warfield - Year Up
Jessica Britt - Year Up
David Leopold - College Bound Dorchester
Daniel Tsin - Urban Alliance
Matthew Gajdowski - Year Up
This panel presented approaches implemented at Year Up, Urban Alliance, and College Bound Dorchester to help teams understand data and use that information to make informed decisions. 
Idea Writing + Rapid Cycle = Two Techniques to Empower Direct Line Staff to Foster Organizational Change Stanley Capela, VP for Quality Management & Corporate Compliance Officer - HeartShare Human Services of New York This lecture focused on a case study of how an internal evaluator used idea writing and rapid cycle techniques to engage direct line staff to foster organizational change that led to the development of a management training program. 
Internal Evaluation: How to Wear Multiple Hats and Not Lose Your Head Kathleen Korte Wang, Expert Consultant - ICF
Christine Leicht, Fellow - ICF
Yvette Lamb, Fellow - ICF
Brooke Shelley, Senior Research Associate - ICF
Hung Pho, Program Evaluator - ICF
Panelists shared practical tips for navigating the multitude of roles that internal evaluators often adopt, drawing on examples from federal projects including: Child Welfare Information Gateway, the Center for States Child Welfare Capacity Building Collaborative, and the Promising Pathways Initiative. 
Peer-Review Assessment of Project Model Designs Giogos Filippou, Evidence-Base Manager Project models are World Vision's strategic approach to effective evidence-based programming and the main drivers for delivering on strategy objectives. The PM Review Panel is a voluntary body comprised of staff with diverse expertise in design, monitoring and evaluation across multiple sectors.
Collaboratively Designing Theories and Measures of Change: Perspectives from a Human Rights Non-profit and Donor Brett Collins
Giovanni Dazzo, Evaluation Specialist, U.S. Department of State 
Panelists demonstrated how they each used collaborative approaches to design theories of change and measures alongside program staff and grantees.
How internal evaluation fosters learning and use: lessons learned from internal evaluation at a community foundation Sonia Worcel, Vice President of Strategy and Research - The Oregon Community Foundation
Kimberly Firth Leonard, Senior Evaluation Officer - The Oregon Community Foundation
Presenters described how internal evaluations have resulted in learning within and across the initiatives, as well as throughout the organization as a whole.
Learning with others: Getting a seat at the stakeholder table Jessica Britt, Evaluation Specialist - Year Up
Cassandra Tavaras, MGH Center for Community Health Improvement
Rocele Estanislao, Assistant Director, Evaluation and Research - Hathaway-Sycamores Child and Family Services
Presentations in this session include: 1. Internal evaluation processes - successes and failures -- at Year Up, a national nonprofit that links young adults with career opportunities; 2. Logic model development for a youth STEM program at Massachusetts General Hospital; 3. Building a culture of evaluation and learning at Hathaway-Sycamores Child and Family Services.
Navigating the Performance Path: Organizational Performance Improvement Meets Program Evaluation at a Federal Public Health Agency Clay Cooksey - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
J. Stan Lehman
Elizabeth Hoo - CDC
Thomas J. Chapel - CDC
In 2010, CDC established agency-wide performance management processes that crossed organizational and program boundaries. This session addressed a range of real-world issues applicable decision-makers and those who influence them.

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