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
(June 4, 2017)
Participants in this 1 day course will receive TEI certification credit
Culture and Evaluation
This course focuses on examining how culture affects the effectiveness of evaluation. It begins with a definition of culture and a brief overview of major cultural theories and models. Participants will be encouraged to reflect on their own cultural sensitivity, a prerequisite for conducting culturally sensitive evaluations. The course will discuss cultural factors affecting the effectiveness of evaluation at different levels, including the evaluator, the evaluation context and the evaluation process. Participants will explore strategies for applying cultural sensitivity to evaluation practice using examples from first-hand experience and from reviews of various program evaluations. In order to make the most of this one-day course, students will be sent reading materials to review prior to the course.
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
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
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
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.