2021 Conference TIG Sessions

AEA Conference TIG Sessions 2021

Walk the Tightrope: Balancing Opportunities and Risk in Evaluation Capacity Building

Evaluation capacity building can empower program staff and be a means for organizations to develop cultures of learning. Capacity building can also be used to stretch limited resources and staff to conduct evaluation activities. But what happens after the initial building blocks are laid? In this roundtable, evaluation leads will share the steps taken to build evaluation capacity among staff at a nonprofit serving Native Hawaiian orphan and destitute youth. The roundtable will include a facilitated discussion around what happens after a culture of learning is established. Guiding questions may include: How to tell if and when is it appropriate for staff to conduct evaluation on their own? How do staff continually integrate evaluation-specific work with programming. Attendees will leave with lessons learned on how to build capacity and what considerations to keep in mind for the next steps.

Presenters: Melinda Lloyd, Sena Sanjines, Penn Pantumsinchai

Friday November 12, 2021 2:30pm-3:15pm

Session Type: Roundtable

Elitism in Evaluation: How young evaluators with diverse backgrounds benefit evaluation teams

As we challenge ourselves to meet the moment, evaluators must re-envision the ways in which we support young evaluators by reassessing the value we place in formal education and corresponding “college to evaluator” degree tracks. Although we cannot change the past, we can greatly improve the future of evaluation by supporting young evaluators. This panel will discuss how our team of young evaluators came to be, managing expectations when working with young evaluators, how to hire evaluators with diverse experiences, why supporting diverse evaluators is beneficial to an organization, and how hiring evaluators with different educational backgrounds improves our processes and products.

Attendees will learn:
  • How to adapt the hiring process to recognize relevant evaluation skills from diverse backgrounds
  • How unorthodox hiring preferences foster strong team dynamics
  • To challenge previous notions of what backgrounds set people up to be skillful evaluators
Presenters: Alyssa Colón, Tracesea Slater, Harper Hill, Miriam Estrada
Tuesday November 9, 2021 2:30pm-3:15pm
Session Type: Panel
Internal Evaluation TIG-sponsored 2018 AEA Conference Presentations

Checklists: Useful tools for Managing Complex Evaluation Processes

Collaborating with Millennials in the Internal Evaluation Process

Discovering Truth While Sailing Out To SEA-Support Evaluation Activities: An internal voyage at MaineHealth Corporate to evaluate individual and departmental needs for using program evaluation.

Implementing, Organizing, and Disseminating Data from a Decision-Oriented Evaluation

Learning from our challenges to create a shared language: internal evaluation

Managing Millennials: Myths, Mistakes, and Musts

Perceptions of advising for new math pathways: Exploring the legacy of traditional developmental education

Using Collective Impact 3.0 Framework for Internal Evaluations and Capacity Building: Big Mistake or Bad Idea?

Power in Internal Evaluation: The evaluators’ responsibilities to staff, programs, and external evaluators

Which truth wins? Who decides? Internal evaluation, external evaluation, community-based participatory evaluation and the truth.

Exploring the Dynamics of Truth and Power in Internal and External Evaluations

When words matter: improving survey questions to reflect reality of ultra-poor women's experience

Working Remotely as Part of an Evaluation Team

Greater than the Sum of Our Parts: A Process for Collaborative Instrument Development

How to Institutionalize Rapid Feedback Evaluation (RFE) into a Program Life Cycle for Internal Quality Improvement and Knowledge Translation

ZOOM! – An Interactive Game to Take the Mystery and Fear Out of Internal Evaluation

Assessing Post-Discharge Outcomes at a Child and Family Multiservice Agency

"Slack”-ing Towards Collaboration

Complex Cases and Contribution Courts: using the ABC Framework to develop robust and compelling change narratives

Ensuring Program Success and Valuing Voices: How do Fast-paced, Data-driven Organizations Balance the Needs of Evaluation, Research, Marketing, Business Analytics, and the Voices of Beneficiaries & Partners?

Lessons from the Inside: Building Evaluation Capacity within Legal Aid Organizations

Automating Data Validation and Collection Using Excel and RedCap

Lone wolf evaluators in nonprofits: Creating and refining evaluation processes

Internal Evaluators as Mediators: Tips and Tools for Bridging the Gap Between Program and Third-Party Researchers

An Experiment Diversifying the Biomedical Workforce through Grant Writing Coaching Groups

Practical application of a Data Driven Review process