AEA Summer Institute Takeaways

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Last month, I had the opportunity to attend the Summer Evaluation Institute hosted by AEA. I met some great people and learned a lot about evaluation. I’m what my family likes to call a “professional student” – I would be in school for the rest of my life if I could. I took pages and pages of notes, organized the resources I was given, and came up with this list of the lessons I learned while there. 1. Evaluation isn’t just for evaluators. Going into the institute, I was so nervous. With just under a year of professional evaluation experience under my belt, I was sure I would be behind in some of the workshops. That definitely wasn’t the case. Now, I’m not claiming to be an evaluation master, but there were fewer evaluators attending than I anticipated. Project … [Read more...]

The AEA Summer Institute: A First-Timer’s Impression

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The AEA Summer Institute: A First-Timer's Impression Daniel Snook is currently working at Community Evaluation Solutions doing a practicum in program evaluation. My first trip to the American Evaluation Association’s (AEA) summer institute was eye-opening. I was aware of evaluation as a practice and as a useful tool for program development and improvement before I arrived, but I was not aware of the full breadth of Evaluation with a capital ‘E’ (i.e., evaluation as a field). Suffice to say, I now know just how much I don’t know about the incredibly multi-faceted field of evaluation. My background is in psychology, specifically I’m a PhD student studying Community Psychology at Georgia State University. At the beginning of the conference I was feeling a bit like an incognito … [Read more...]