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Sustaining an Evaluator Community of Practice

This year marks the 30th anniversary of the Washington Evaluators (WE), a local affiliate of the American Evaluation Association (AEA)

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Eval11 Session 560: Evaluating the Development of Community in Communities of Practice

Presentation notes and handout for Roundtable 560: Evaluating the Development of Community in Communities of Practice, Friday 11/04/2011. There is growing interest in many sectors to use a community of practice approach for improving how work around a shared concern is done. Etienne Wenger, co-originator of the term, defines these communities as 'groups of people who share a concern or a passion for something they do and learn how to do it better as they interact regularly.'

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Systems Level Evaluation of Communities of Practice Slides and Handouts from SI10

Session Description: In an environment of increasing social participation and transparency, communities of practice are one means to unite a variety of partners to address common issues, share resources, and learn new information. When asked to design an evaluation of this type of complex social initiative, evaluators increasingly turn to system level evaluation

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Focus Search - AEA/CDC Summer Evaluation Institute 2010 Systems Level Evaluation of Communities of Practice Selected Theories and Related Constructs The theories and constructs identified in this document are not meant to be exhaustive of the possibilities available


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Eval11 Session 811: Evaluating the Effects of IPDET's Listserv as a Community of Practice: Issues and Findings

PowerPoint presentation given as part of session 811 at AEA 2011 in Anaheim. Session was titled: New Frontiers in International Development Evaluation: Key Challenges and Lessons Learned in Evaluating Online Communities of Practice

AEA 2011.pptx


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Evaluation Feedback for Enhancing Communities of Practice: A case-study lesson in (avoiding) mixed messages

Typically, "stories" that emerge from evaluation results follow instrumental logic that enhances the process of task-oriented work groups designed to produce deliverable outcomes. In contrast, communities of practice need stories that follow communicative logic that enhances valuing participation, sharing of knowledge and shared identity. This presentation demonstrates how evaluative stories based on instrumental logic can be counter-productive to the sustenance of a Community of Practice. It includes examples of communicating results differently using each kind of logic

AEA2014v2.pptx


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@WashEval: Facilitating Evaluation Collaboration for More Than 30 Years

Founded in 1984 with an initial membership of 12 evaluators, the Washington Evaluators (WE) has since grown to include a professional and student membership base of more than 200 in the nation's capitol. This presentation described WE's experience in developing and maintaining a community of evaluation practitioners that include a diverse mix of government, private, and self-employed evaluators as well as prominent evaluators in academia

WE Presentation 9-24-2016.pptx


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Eval13: Poster 134 - All Together Now: How Challenges Became Opportunities While Implementing and Evaluating an Accountability System in an Education Nonprofit Network

During the previous 6 years, Communities In Schools (CIS), an education nonprofit with nearly 200 affiliates across the United States, created a Total Quality System (TQS) of standards to achieve uniform quality in business practice and program implementation across the CIS network. To ensure that all affiliates were adhering to these standards, the CIS national office began conducting accreditation reviews of affiliates. Researchers at the national office used qualitative analysis of interview data collected during reviews to discover network trends and evaluate the impact of TQS. In this poster, researchers will a) present an overview of findings from interview data; b) describe the challenging transition from accrediting affiliates to evaluating the broader impact of TQS; c) describe the steps taken to encourage use of the findings in a network of diverse talents and interests; and d) evaluate attempts to encourage use of the findings and propose suggestions for similar efforts

AEA Conference 2013 Poster.pdf


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Eval10 Session 327: Evaluating a Multisite 21st Century Learning Program: Strategies and Results

The slides describe an evaluation of the Schools of the Future Initiative (SOTF) funded by the Hawaii Community Foundation. The first part describes the conceptualization of the initiative and analyses in the first year of the SOTF initiative. The second part is about a component of the initiative, online communities of learners; and describes the analyses performed on the participation and purpose of participation

AEA presentation Nov 11.pptx



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Evaluating Resilience: Partnering to Measure Complexity

Given the increased attention to resilience-strengthening in international humanitarian and development work, there has been concurrent interest in its measurement and the overall accountability of “resilience strengthening” initiatives. The literature is reaching beyond the polemic of defining resilience to its measurement

AEA Resilience Session Denver AEA - 10-2014.pdf