TEI is excited to be part of the American Evaluation Association’s (AEA) Summer Evaluation Institute June 4-7, 2017 in Atlanta, GA!

Registration for this event is done through the AEA Summer Institute website:
Registration Page (AEA Website)

TEI Pre-Institute Workshop

Participants in this 1 day course will receive TEI certification credit

Culture and Evaluation

Presenter: Leona Ba

June 4, 2017, 9:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m.

Course Description: Culture and Evaluation

This course will provide participants with the opportunity to learn and apply a step-by-step approach on how to conduct culturally responsive evaluations. It will use theory-driven evaluation as a framework, because it ensures that evaluation is integrated into the design of programs.  More specifically, it will follow the three-step Culturally Responsive Theory-Driven Evaluation model proposed by Bledsoe and Donaldson (2015):

    1. Develop program impact theory
    2. Formulate and prioritize evaluation questions
    3. Answer evaluation questions

Upon registration, participants will receive a copy of the book chapter discussing this model.

Prerequisites: Understanding of evaluation and research design.

TEI Faculty Institute Offerings

June 5-7, 2017

Note: Participants in these ½ workshops will not receive TEI certification credit. Specific information about dates and times will be published in the near future.

Appreciative Evaluation Keynote

Speaker: Tessie Catsambas

Monday, June 5, 4:15-5:00 P.M.

If you think that positive approaches are about being nice, think again. Appreciative Inquiry incorporates the systematic study of successful experiences in evaluation, and uses it as a lens to understand the broader system. Tessie Catsambas is the developer of a positive model for evaluating organizational and program performance, and co-author of the text Reframing Evaluation Through Appreciative Inquiry (Sage Publications, June 2006). In this presentation, Catsambas will demonstrate the scientific basis for using Appreciative Inquiry in evaluation, its contribution to getting better data by minimizing bias, and its role in increasing evaluation use. No evaluator should be without it.

Using Technology to Enhance Applied Research & Evaluation

Presenter: Tarek Azzam

Offered: Monday, June 5, 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 pm & Tuesday, June 6, 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

This workshop will focus on a range of new technological tools and examine how they can be used to improve applied research and program evaluations. Specifically, we will explore the application of free or inexpensive software to engage clients and a range of stakeholders, formulate and prioritize research and evaluation questions, express and assess logic models and theories of change, track program implementation, provide continuous improvement feedback, determine program outcomes/impact, and to present data and findings. Participants will be given information on how to access tools such as Crowdsourcing, data visualization, and interactive conceptual framing software to improve the quality of their applied research and evaluation projects.

Facilitating Effective Evaluation Planning

Presenter: Tessie Catsambas

Offered: Monday, June 5, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. & Tuesday, June 6, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Evaluation planning is frequently the first opportunity for evaluators and clients to put their evaluations on a strong footing. Especially in the case of evaluations commissioned by the US Government or international organizations where the competitive procurement process does not allow informal interactions and dialogue about the terms of reference, this is the first time evaluator and client will sit down to discuss the evaluation and agree on a way forward. This workshop will focus on the desirable outcomes of evaluation planning, and suggest ways to design, organize and facilitate planning meetings with the client, key stakeholders and the evaluation team. The workshop will demonstrate strategies to uncover assumptions, explore client expectations, context, aspirations, concerns, and intended evaluation use, and then relate back to the terms of reference in the evaluation contract—especially the level of effort and cost. Well begun is half done; through interactive exercises, checklists and case examples, this workshop will prepare participants to begin their evaluations well: with enthusiasm and buy in, as well as feet planted well in the contract and the practical requirements of evaluation administration.

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