Upcoming Events

    • Tue, June 27, 2017
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
    • Webinar / Call-in

    Please join us for a presentation on Causal Knowledge Mapping for More Useful Evaluation with Bernadette Wright and Steven E. Wallis

    This webinar will be held on Tuesday, June 27 from 12:00-1:00pm

    Please register by June 25 to receive webinar details by email. A link will be sent in the reminder email within 24 hours of this event.

    Causal Knowledge Mapping for More Useful Evaluation

    As evaluators, policy makers, and program managers, we want our efforts to solve the problems of the world to be based on the best possible knowledge. Too often, however, that knowledge is not organized in a way that makes it easy to use for decision-making and action. As a result, too many programs fail to meet their potential.

    “Causal knowledge mapping” is a technique for integrating and measurably improving knowledge from a broad range of sources. In this webinar, we’ll use real-world examples and interactive conversations to show three kinds of causal knowledge maps that can benefit an evaluation:

    • Collaborative maps to design programs that fit the local situation
    • Literature maps to identify and improve upon effective practices
    • Evaluation findings maps for continual improvement

    Presenters

    Bernadette Wright, PhD has two decades of experience in program evaluation and policy research. She is Director of Research & Evaluation at Meaningful Evidence, LLC, where she helps non-profits to leverage research to strengthen their programs, demonstrate their value to funders, and influence policy. Recent clients include National Alliance for Caregiving, NMAC (formerly National Minority AIDS Council), and Howard University. She also frequently speaks and writes on evaluation and research methods for social impact organizations. She earned her PhD in Public Policy/Program Evaluation from the University of Maryland.

    Dr. Wallis has a decade of experience as an organization development consultant, providing collaborative facilitation to businesses and non-profits. His award-winning academic work has broken new ground to support the rigorous analysis and objective improvement of theories, policies, strategic knowledge maps, and strategic plans. Dr. Wallis also works at Capella University – mentoring doctoral candidates. Additionally, as director for the Foundation for the Advancement of Social Theory (FAST), he supports emerging scholars working to identify rigorous paths for improving theory, policy, and strategic knowledge. An interdisciplinary thinker, his publications cover a range of fields including ethics, science, management, organizational change, and policy. Finally, Dr. Wallis serves as a Fulbright Specialist consulting on theory, policy, and strategy to improve the capacity of academic institutions.

    • Wed, July 12, 2017
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Bar Louie (701 7th St NW, Washington, DC 20001)
    Join the Washington Evaluators for a happy hour on Wednesday, July 12, 2017. 

     

    What: July WE Member Happy Hour
    Where: Bar Louie, indoors near the movie theater in Chinatown (Map: 701 7th St NW, Washington, DC 20001)
    When: Wed, July 12, 2017, 6 - 8 pm
    Nearest metro: Gallery Place/Chinatown (red line)
    Fee: Event is pay as you go. 
    Registration: Please RSVP in advance so we know how many people to expect.

    Happy hour specials run until 7 pm, so arrive early. See you on the 12th!
    • Wed, July 19, 2017
    • 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM (EDT)
    • Tenley-Friendship Heights Library, Medium Conference Room (Closest Metro: Tenleytown-AU on Red Line)
    Please join the Washington Evaluators for our monthly meeting! Members and non-members welcome.

    Location: Tenley-Friendship Heights Library, Medium Conference Room (Closest Metro: Tenleytown-AU on Red Line)

    Time: 6-730 PM

    Agenda To Be Announced

    • Wed, July 19, 2017
    • 7:45 PM - 9:00 PM
    • TBD

    Please join us after our regular monthly board meeting for dinner in Tenleytown, location TBD. 

    • Thu, July 20, 2017
    • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Hilton Hotel, Rockville MD, Potomac Ballroom, 1750 Rockville Pike, Rockville, MD 20852-1699

                  

    Co-organized by The Evaluators' Institute and the Washington Evaluators

    What do those who commission and fund evaluations want to achieve from the evaluation? What do they look for in an evaluation? How can evaluators better understand their informational needs and demands?

    This panel offers a window into “Demand-Side Evaluation”, and features four experienced professionals who are involved in the funding and/or commissioning of evaluations from government, foundations, and private agencies. The panelists will discuss their diverse perspectives on evaluation’s role, and the indicators of quality evaluation that they prioritize.

    Panelists include:

    • Kerry Bruce, Executive Vice President, Social Impact
    • Elizabeth Roen, Deputy Director, Office of Learning, Evaluation and Research, USAID
    • Molly Irwin, Chief Evaluation Officer, United States Department of Labor
    • Kantahyanee Murray, Senior Research Associate, Annie E. Casey Foundation
    • Chair/Moderator: Tarek Azzam, Associate Professor of Evaluation and Applied Methods, Claremont Graduate University

    Onsite seating is limited. Please RSVP if you plan to attend. A reception precedes the discussion panel, 5:30-6:30 pm. 

    This event will be webcast live as well. Please email tei@cgu.edu if you would like to attend online.

    This panel discussion is open to the public.

    The event has been planned to coincide with TEI’s July 10-22 training programs. Registration for TEI courses is not a prerequisite for attending the panel.




    • Wed, August 16, 2017
    • 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
    • Call-In Only: Number To Be Announced
    Please join the Washington Evaluators for our monthly meeting! Members and non-members welcome for this call-in only meeting.
    • When: Wednesday, August 16, 2017 from 6 - 7:30 pm 
    • Where: by Phone -- number to be received after RSVP.
    Please RSVP in advance to receive call-in information       

    Agenda:  To be announced.

    • Wed, October 11, 2017
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
    • Webinar / Call-in

    Please join Washington Evaluators for a presentation on the Recommendations of the U.S. Commission on Evidence-Based Policymaking with Nick Hart.  

    This virtual brownbag will be held on Wednesday, October 11 from 12:00-1:00pm

    Please register by October 10 to receive webinar details by email. 


    Recommendations of the U.S. Commission on Evidence-Based Policymaking

    The U.S. Commission on Evidence-Based Policymaking is developing a strategy for increasing the availability and use of data in order to build evidence about government programs, while protecting privacy and confidentiality. During the course of the bipartisan Commission’s work, members studied how data, research, and evaluation are currently used to build evidence, and how to strengthen the Federal government’s evidence-building capacity. Commissioners applied a diverse range of professional and research expertise to specifically consider strategies for enhancing and better integrating existing data infrastructure in the U.S. to support policy research and evaluation, and opportunities to improve practices for monitoring and assessing outcomes of government programs.  This brownbag will discuss the findings and final recommendations the Commission will present to the President and the Congress in September 2017.

    Presenters:

    Nick Hart, Ph.D. is the Policy and Research Director for the U.S. Commission on Evidence-Based Policymaking.  Dr. Hart leads the research team working to develop findings and recommendations for Congress and the President about improving how government generates evidence to inform policymaking. He is the President of Washington Evaluators in 2017, a Board member of the Eastern Evaluation Research Society, and serves on the American Evaluation Association's Evaluation Policy Task Force.  

    • Mon, November 06, 2017
    • Thu, November 09, 2017
    • TBA

    #EvalAction Days:  Evaluators Visiting with Policymakers about the Importance of Evaluation

    FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQs) AND SIGN-UP FORM

    * * * * *

    1) What is the EvalAction initiative?

    Do you think decision makers should have evidence when making important policy decisions?  Do you think facts are an important part of policy discourse?  Do you want to help AEA promote good federal evaluation policy? Have you ever wanted to visit the Capitol and an opportunity to talk about evidence and evaluation with policymakers? Now is your chance!

    The EvalAction initiative in 2017 -- co-sponsored by the American Evaluation Association's (AEA) Evaluation Policy Task Force (EPTF) and Washington Evaluators (WE) -- facilitates you visiting Capitol Hill to speak with congressional staff, communicating the importance of evaluation and evidence to our government and our society. 

    During your visit, you will provide staff with materials developed by the AEA, highlighting AEA’s mission and explaining the basics of program evaluation.  You will also have the opportunity to answer staff's questions about AEA and the field of evaluation. After your visit you will be asked to follow-up via email with the congressional staffer(s) you met and will be asked to complete a brief survey on your visit on how interested your congressperson is in the areas of government management and evaluation.

    If you are interested in participating in this initiative, please sign up using the on-line form (here). We encourage you to read through all the FAQs prior to signing up.

    2) Do I need to sign-up to participate in this initiative?

    Yes.  You must sign-up to participate in the EvalAction event by completing the form located here.  All participants must sign up and participate in a training session prior to representing AEA on Capitol Hill.

    3) Is Congress in session during the AEA conference?

    Congress is scheduled to be in session during the beginning of the AEA conference. The AEA conference in 2017 will be held from November 6 to 11; and Congress is in session November 6 to 9.  November 10 is Veteran’s Day, a federal holiday, and offices and Capitol Hill will be closed; November 11 is Saturday.  Although most congressional Members and staff will be in D.C. during most of the AEA conference, their congressional staff are whom AEA members will most likely visit.

    4) Why should I plan to speak with congressional staff?

    Members of Congress vote on a wide range of topics each year. Their staff help keep them up to speed on the legislation they will develop and eventually vote on. Staffs run the day-to-day machinery of legislative policy making, operating behind the scenes to support Members of Congress. Staff have their hands on the levers, buttons, and ropes of every major piece of legislation that moves through Congress, and provide valuable advice and consultation to Members of Congress about strategy.

    Staff assume many different types of responsibilities, and through this event you will connect with the staff(s) who are responsible for developing legislation and policy, specifically those who deal with program management, performance management, and program evaluation. They are the ones who are most likely to benefit from better understanding how evaluation can be used in the legislative process and to support desired outcomes of new legislation.  These staff are often responsible for providing recommendations and information summaries on evaluation issues to staff directors and congressional members.

    However, Members of Congress also have areas of special interest to them (e.g., education, defense, health, transportation, the environment, or government administration) and seek to be assigned to committees that develop legislation in areas. Their work in these committees eventually turns them into experts on their committees' topics. Because they vote on the early stages of legislation in their committees, they are very influential in shaping legislation before bills get to the floor of the House or Senate for all members to vote on.  Each of these committees also have professional staff who can play a critical role in working with Members of Congress in developing legislation and policy, specifically with regard to evaluation.

    So, if you also have interest in a particular policy area and the role that evaluation can have in helping policy makers make decisions about it, you should try to speak to the staff of a Member of Congress or a committee staff members.  And if you are interested in a particular “area of interest,” you are encouraged to research which of your representatives or senators is most active/interested in your “area of interest,” and which committees are most germane.

    5) What will success for AEA look like?

    The primary goals of your visit to Capitol Hill are to acquaint congressional staff and Members with the main messages of AEA, and to promote the value of evidence and evaluation in our society.  Specifically, the EvalAction initiative aims to emphasize

    • the key importance of program evaluation for understanding the effect of Federal programs and to inform decision-making;
    • that AEA is a professional organization that promotes the practice of valid, reliable, and credible evaluation;
    • that AEA can provide help in understanding what kind of evaluations can be used to address a variety of needs and goals of policymakers; and
    • that AEA can provide assistance in developing legislation that will incorporate evaluation in the design of programs to address intended policy goals and questions of Congress.

    6) What is the timeline for this initiative?

    March 1, 2017 – September 22, 2017

    Sign-up for this initiative using the registration button on this page.  You must sign-up in advance to participate in EvalAction.

    Early October, 2017

    An EPTF member will invite you to join a mandatory conference call to discuss this initiative and advise you on how to schedule a visit with your congressperson, discuss in more detail what to expect during your visit, and answer your questions.  You must participate in the call in order to represent AEA at the event this fall.

    Early October 2017 /Early November 2017

    You will contact your congressional office and make an appointment with the appropriate staff. The days we recommend for visiting Capitol Hill during the AEA conference are November 6–9.

    AEA conference (November 6, 2017 – November 11, 2017)

    You will pick up your packet of materials during AEA conference check-in at the conference center.  The materials will serve as handouts for your visit.  If you will be unable to pick-up materials, please notify an event organizer to arrange for alternative delivery. 

    Visit the congressional office at the scheduled time.

    Post AEA conference (Late November 2017)

    Send an email to your congressional contact(s) thanking them for the visit and providing them with additional materials/information.

    Complete a survey to provide information about your visit to the EPTF.

    7) I RSVP'ed, now what?

    After you have expressed interest in participating, please wait until receiving further information from event organizers before reaching out to schedule meetings specifically related to this event.

    • Mon, November 06, 2017
    • Sat, November 11, 2017
    • Washington, DC

    Evaluation 2017:  From Learning to Action

    Join the conversation in Washington, DC November 6-11, 2017 as we explore challenges and solutions through the evaluation learning cycle. 

    • Learning to Enhance Evaluation Practice
    • Learning What Works and Why
    • Learning from Others
    • Learning About Evaluation Use and Users
    Call for Abstracts will open in January 2017.  Visit the AEA website to learn more about the Evaluation 2017 theme. More detailed information about the hotel and program will be released when registration opens. 

    Source:  AEA 

Past events

Wed, June 21, 2017 June 2017 Virtual WE Board Meeting
Thu, June 15, 2017 Sine Qua Non Dinner: Northwest DC
Wed, May 17, 2017 WE Post-Board Meeting Dinner
Wed, May 17, 2017 May 2017 WE Board Meeting
Tue, May 16, 2017 Sine Qua Non Dinner: Prince George's County
Thu, May 11, 2017 Coffee and Conversation: Illusions and Realities in the Search for Credible Evidence with Lisbeth Schorr
Fri, May 05, 2017 Happy Hour w/ DC Consortium Student Conference at American Ice Company
Sat, April 29, 2017 2nd Dialogue on Race and Class, Sponsored by the American Evaluation Association
Thu, April 27, 2017 Independent Consultants Networking Dinner
Wed, April 19, 2017 Apr. 2017 Virtual WE Board Meeting
Thu, April 06, 2017 Drinks & Dialogue w/ Rodney Hopson: What it means to re-historicize evaluation and the Nobody Knows My Name Evaluation Project
Sun, April 02, 2017 EERS Annual Conference: Evaluation Looking Forward
Sun, March 26, 2017 Sine Qua Non Dinner: Alexandria and Arlington
Wed, March 22, 2017 Brown Bag: Improving the Quality and Dissemination of Foreign Assistance Agencies’ Evaluations with Gergana Danailova-Trainor
Thu, March 16, 2017 Call for Proposals: Evaluation 2017 AEA Conference (#eval17)
Wed, March 15, 2017 Cancelled: WE Post-Board Meeting Dinner
Wed, March 15, 2017 Mar. 2017 WE Board Meeting
Fri, March 10, 2017 Panel Discussion: Evaluation Policies and Approaches Across Administrations
Thu, March 09, 2017 Strategic Planning Session: Board Members Only
Mon, March 06, 2017 AEA Proposal Review and Happy Hour: Hosted by Matt Von Hendy and Bill Pate
Thu, February 23, 2017 Sine Qua Non Dinner: NE DC (Takoma, Takoma Park, Silver Spring)
Wed, February 15, 2017 Feb. 2017 Virtual WE Board Meeting
Mon, January 30, 2017 AEA Dialogue on Race and Class in America
Wed, January 25, 2017 Sine Qua Non Dinner: Capitol Hill Neighborhood
Tue, January 24, 2017 Brown Bag: Partnerships for Transformative Change in Challenging Political Contexts with Donna Mertens
Wed, January 18, 2017 WE Post-Board Meeting Dinner at Ella's Pizza
Wed, January 18, 2017 Jan. 2017 WE Board Meeting
Wed, December 21, 2016 WE Post-Board Meeting Dinner at Matchbox Chinatown
Wed, December 21, 2016 WE Board Meeting
Tue, December 06, 2016 WE Holiday Party
Wed, November 16, 2016 WE Board Meeting
Mon, October 24, 2016 AEA Annual Conference: Evaluation 2016
Wed, October 19, 2016 WE Board Meeting-October
Tue, October 04, 2016 Visiting Evaluator Meet-and-Greet w/ Stephanie Evergreen: Happy Hour at Elephant & Castle
Wed, September 28, 2016 Back-to-School Happy Hour at Board Room
Wed, September 14, 2016 WE Board Meeting
Wed, August 24, 2016 WE Board Meeting
Wed, August 24, 2016 Webinar: Access to Innovation: Utilizing the Census Bureau Linkage Infrastructure for Evidence-Based Research with Melissa Chiu
Wed, August 17, 2016 Members Only Meet 'n Greet
Tue, July 26, 2016 Happy Hour at Sixth Engine
Fri, July 22, 2016 Brown Bag: Incentivizing the Use of Evaluation Data for Decision Making in Foreign Assistance with Salome Tsereteli-Stephens and Catherine Lena Kelly
Wed, July 20, 2016 WE Board Retreat
Wed, July 06, 2016 Visiting Evaluator Seminar: Participatory Development Evaluation, Leadership and the Construction of Capable Developmental States in Africa: Lessons from South Africa with Richard Levin
Mon, June 27, 2016 Networking Dinner
Wed, June 22, 2016 Visiting Evaluator Seminar: Knowledge Brokering: Effectively Transferring Research Results into Policy Practice with Karol Olejniczak
Thu, June 16, 2016 June 2016 Washington Evaluators Board Meeting
Wed, May 25, 2016 Brown Bag: Understanding Pay for Success: Applying Theory to Practice with Mary Ellen Wiggins and Megan Lizik
Wed, May 18, 2016 May 2016 Washington Evaluators Board Meeting
Wed, April 20, 2016 April 2016 Washington Evaluators Board Meeting
Mon, April 18, 2016 Networking Dinner
Mon, April 11, 2016 Brown Bag: The Role of Evaluation in Supporting Transformative Leadership Development for Intra-Organizational Partnerships with Elizabeth Oyer, and Advice on Publishing Research on Evaluation Studies with Sharon Rallis and Anne Vo
Fri, April 08, 2016 Happy Hour at Silo
Wed, March 23, 2016 March 2016 WE Board Meeting Now 3/23
Wed, February 24, 2016 Brown Bag: Transitioning from School to Work: Preparing Evaluation Students and New Evaluators for the Profession
Wed, February 17, 2016 February 2016 Washington Evaluators Board Meeting
Wed, January 20, 2016 January 2016 Washington Evaluators Board Meeting
Wed, December 16, 2015 WE Holiday Party
Fri, November 20, 2015 Brown Bag: Importance of Systematic Reviews with Howard White
Wed, October 28, 2015 WE Volunteer Fair
Tue, October 27, 2015 Brown Bag: GPRA Modernization Act Implementation After Five Years
Wed, October 21, 2015 Board Meeting
Thu, September 17, 2015 Bylaw Amendment Presentation and Board Meeting
Thu, September 10, 2015 Brown Bag: Increasing the Effectiveness of U.S. Social Spending Through Evidence-Based Approaches (Jon Baron & Kathy Stack)
Wed, July 15, 2015 Board Meeting
Tue, July 07, 2015 Networking Dinner
Tue, July 07, 2015 Brown Bag: Challenges & Solutions to Conducting High Quality Contract Evaluations for the U.S. Government (Presenter: David Bernstein; Discussant: Kathryn Newcomer)
Thu, June 18, 2015 Networking Dinner
Wed, June 17, 2015 WE Board June Meeting
Wed, June 17, 2015 Brown Bag: Lessons from World Bank Support for Evidence-based Policy Making (Presenter: Nils Junge)
Wed, May 20, 2015 Board Meeting
Wed, April 15, 2015 Board Meeting
Thu, March 19, 2015 Reception for VOPE Visitors (Tatiana Tretiakova, Saule Khamzina, Farhod Khamidov, & Alisher Nazirov)
Tue, March 17, 2015 Brown Bag: Building Program Evaluation Capacity in Central Asia (Presenters: Tatiana Tretiakova, Saule Khamzina, Farhod Khamidov, & Alisher Nazirov)
Wed, February 25, 2015 "But Can You Do It?" Questions of Evaluator Credibility and Organizational Capacity (Presenters: Rodney Hopson & Sonya Douglass Horsford)
Wed, February 18, 2015 Board Meeting
Tue, January 27, 2015 Norma's Party
Wed, January 21, 2015 WE Board Meeting
Wed, December 10, 2014 Holiday Party
Thu, November 20, 2014 Building Agency Evaluation Capacity (Presenters: Stephanie Shipman and Valerie Caracelli)
Wed, November 19, 2014 Board Meeting
Tue, October 07, 2014 GAO Strategic Issues Panel: Implementation of the GPRA Modernization Act (Co-Hosted with the Trachtenberg School)
Mon, October 06, 2014 Networking Dinner
Wed, October 01, 2014 30th Anniversary Celebration and Happy Hour
Tue, September 23, 2014 Happy Hour at Bar Louie
Wed, September 17, 2014 Board Meeting
Mon, September 15, 2014 Visualizing Evaluation Results: Trends, Best Practices, and Software Strategies (Presenter: Ann K. Emery)
Mon, September 08, 2014 Networking Lunch
Wed, August 20, 2014 Board Meeting
Wed, July 16, 2014 Emerging Issues in Survey Methodology (Presenters: Jolene Smyth and David Bernstein)
Tue, June 24, 2014 Influencing Evaluation Policy and Practice: AEA's EPTF Work and Plans (Presenter: Cheryl Oros)
Wed, June 18, 2014 Board Meeting
Thu, May 29, 2014 10 High Quality, Open Access/Low Cost Research Resources for Evaluators (Presenter: Matt Von Hendy)
Wed, May 21, 2014 Board Meeting
Thu, May 08, 2014 Evaluation of Conflict Interventions: Challenges and Solutions (Presenter: Bruce Hemmer)
Wed, April 16, 2014 Board Meeting
Tue, April 15, 2014 Independent Evaluators Networking Dinner
Tue, February 25, 2014 Complexity-Aware Monitoring: Briefing on USAID’s New Discussion Note (Presenters: Heather Britt and Melissa Patsalides)
Wed, February 19, 2014 Board Meeting
Tue, January 28, 2014 Independent Evaluators Networking Dinner
Thu, January 23, 2014 Happy Hour at Bar Louie
Wed, January 15, 2014 Board Meeting
Wed, December 11, 2013 Holiday Party
Tue, November 12, 2013 Independent Evaluators Networking Dinner
Mon, October 21, 2013 Evaluating Complex Development Programs: Challenges and Promising Approaches (Presenter: Michael J. Bamberger)
Sat, October 19, 2013 AEA 2013: Annual Affiliate Breakfast
Thu, October 17, 2013 Arts Research & Evaluation Reception
Mon, October 14, 2013 Informal Dinner with Gail Barrington
Wed, September 18, 2013 Board Meeting
Wed, September 18, 2013 20 Years of GPRA: Can the 2010 Modernization Act Further Instill a Performance Culture in the Federal Government? (Panelists: Mallory Bulman, Laura Craig, Janice Latimer, Adam Miles, Daniel Ramsey, and Dan Webb; Moderator: Benjamin Licht)
Thu, September 12, 2013 EvaluationLive! (Presenter: Melanie Hwalek)
Wed, August 28, 2013 Facilitating Agencies' Use of Evaluations (Presenters: Stephanie Shipman, Valerie Caracelli, Richard Lucas)
Wed, August 21, 2013 Board Meeting
Tue, July 09, 2013 Monitoring Progress, Evaluating Programs, and Using Information in Complex, High-Threat Environments (Presenters: George Wilson)
Fri, June 14, 2013 Speed Networking and Happy Hour
Tue, June 11, 2013 Random Assignment (Presenter: Thomas D. Cook)
Thu, December 13, 2012 Holiday Party
Wed, November 30, 2011 Brownbag: Building a Framework for Performance Measurement at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History (Presenter: Bill Watson)
Thu, April 02, 2009 Brownbag: Challenges in Evaluating the Effectiveness of Voluntary Programs: Case Studies from the EPA (Presenters Jeffrey Harris & Jill Ferguson)
Thu, February 19, 2009 Brownbag: Ethical Responsibilities in Evaluations with Diverse Populations: A Critical Race Theory (CRT) Perspective
Thu, February 19, 2009 Brownbag: Ethics and Program Evaluation: Grounded in Social Justice (Presenter: Donna Mertens)

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