Evaluation 2015

Evaluation 2015

2015 AEA Conference – Program Design TIG Highlights

November 22, 2015

Greetings, friends of Program Design,

How gratifying it was to watch the Program Design TIG take root in Chicago. Thank you one and all for engaging in the program design conversation. Below are some highlights – and some ways for each of you to participate.

Conference highlights include:

  • Nine provocative and well-attended sessions. Check the website to find session materials being posted (http://comm.eval.org/programdesign/ourlibrary). A big thank you to each presenter for your contribution to the PD TIG’s program and to the conference overall.
  • Over thirty people signaled their interest in supporting the PD TIG in some manner in 2016. 
  • Three international attendees volunteered to begin our nascent PD supporter circle. We look forward to finding small spots for making a big difference and will be in touch in a few weeks.
  • Four presenters agreed to post a day on a PD 365blog week (http://aea365.org/blog/). The blog is a great way to articulate the vital role evaluation plays in program design. We will be contacting you within a few weeks.
  • Biggest for last. Many of you have heard John Gargani, our incoming AEA president, announce that Program Design will be the theme for next year’s conference. We look forward to increased sharing of PD tools, impactful design experiences, and lessons learned!

Four easy ways for you to keep the momentum going:

  1. Join the PD TIG right now!  Sign up here http://www.eval.org/p/cm/ld/fid=110\ Your membership will make it easier for TIG leadership to keep you in the loop on happenings and opportunities; and easier for you to offer your ideas and innovations.
  2. Step forward for a PD TIG leadership role!  The TIG needs a new Chair, a new Program Chair, and someone to assist with the TIG website and communication plan.  Some of you signaled your interest by raising your hand at various sessions – thank you for that.  In our excitement we forgot to record your names. Now that you’ve had time to realize how great an idea you had then, please e-mail us to confirm your interest.
  3. Pitch your ideas! As a young TIG, there is ample space for you to influence what the TIG does and how we do it.  So, please, take the initiative and put forth your ideas.  Some of you have already suggested a periodic newsletter and a 50-minute webinar-based conference call.  Others expressed interest in writing blog posts or submitting articles for publication through the TIG website.  Still others are interested in in-person meetings, unconferences, and other ways of sharing experiences and ideas. 
  4. Think ahead to AEA 2016 and consider a submission.  Yes, we are still on a high from Chicago and the formal submission process is months away.  But – start thinking of that panel, that demonstration, that talk that would enrich the TIG and enliven the conference.  Sketch out your ideas and keep working on it over the holidays. 

Again, a big thank you for sharing your knowledge and resources to help make evaluative thinking a standard practice in organizations worldwide. We hope to complete the new leadership docket of TIG and Program chairs and co-chairs, ASAP.

We’d love to have you reply to karen.widmer@cgu.edu, tfitzgerald@ijm.org, or chi.lam@queensu.ca








Session type

Session #


Wednesday, November 11

4:30 – 6:00pm

Skill-building workshop


Kara Crohn & Matt Galen

Process mapping: A collaborative technique for designing and refining program activities, improving program efficiency, and defining quality program implementation






Thursday, November 12

3:00 – 4:30pm

TIG business meeting & Panel


Chi Yan Lam, Huey-Tsyh Chen, John Gargani, Brenda Stead & Cameron Norman

Program Design Business Meeting: Program Design: Evaluation’s new frontier?






Thursday, November 12

3:00 – 4:30pm



Rose Kowalski 

Putting the “Impact” in Impact Investing: A Stakeholder-Focused Approach the Evaluating the Investing Logic Chain






Thursday, November 12

4:45 – 6:15pm



Peter York

Real-Time Predictive and Prescriptive Analytics Technology for Program Design






Friday, November 13

8:00 – 9:30am



Srik Gopal, John Nash, Chithra Adams, Chi Yan Lam, Rosanna Tran & Beth S. Rous

Design Thinking for Exemplary Evaluation: Three Examples of Design for Evaluation and Organizational Learning






Friday, November 13

8:00 – 9:30am

Presidential Strand


David M Chavis, Lisbeth Schorr & Michael Quinn Patton,

Developing the implementation science for complex change






Friday, November 13

1:45 – 3:15pm



Ebbin Dotson, Leodis Scott, Joanne Howard & Diane Howard

Developing a Diversity [Pipeline] Program Success Indicator: A Program-level Macro-evaluation






Friday, November 13

4:30 – 5:15pm



Terence Fitzgerald, Alvin Yapp, Alexey I Kuzmin, Marti Frank, Irina Efremova-Garth, Whitney Berta & Donald C. Cole

Evaluators’ roles in Program Design – Perspectives and Practice






Saturday, November 14

10:45 – 11:30am



Karen Widmer, Beth S. Rous, Chithra Adams, Chi Yan Lam & John Nash

Designing a human centered evaluation