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    • Thu, October 19, 2017
    • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM (EDT)
    • Sichuan Jin River, 410 Hungerford Dr. Rockville, MD 20850
    • 7
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    Meet, Dine & Connect with fellow evaluators!

    In 1984, Lee Cronbach and associates wrote that the sine qua non for improving the evaluation enterprise was building a stronger evaluation profession. The advice about the evaluation enterprise's central ingredient is just as relevant today as it was more than 30 years ago.  

    Join us in October 2017 as we continue the Sine Qua Non Dinner Series, which aims to contribute to building a stronger evaluation profession as envisioned by Cronbach, by connecting evaluators to their colleagues in their own neighborhoods.  

    The dinner will be hosted by Washington Evaluators Past-President David Bernstein at Sichuan Jin River in Rockville. Sichuan Jin River has an extensive authentic menu, plenty of parking, and is a quick 5 minute walk from the Rockville Metro Station.

    During the members-only dinner, participants will have the opportunity to meet fellow evaluators (and neighbors!), discuss the state of the profession, and offer suggestions for improving the larger WE community and the profession.  

    Want to attend but not a WE member? Join WE today, and you can register for the dinner!

    Priority for participation will be given to individuals who live or work in Montgomery County and Frederick County areas.  

    Note that participants are responsible for the cost of their dinners.

    • Mon, November 06, 2017
    • Thu, November 09, 2017
    • TBA
    Registration is closed

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

    FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQs) AND SIGN-UP FORM

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    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
    Visit the AEA Conference Website to learn more about the Evaluation 2017 theme, program, registration, and attendance. Also, check out the Washington Evaluators featured portion of our website to learn about special events sponsored by Washington Evaluators this fall to support the conference!
    • Fri, November 10, 2017
    • 7:00 AM - 8:00 AM
    • Marriott Wardman Park, Room to be Determined
    • 29
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    Washington Evaluators (WE) is pleased to invite our AEA Affiliate colleagues to the 2017 AEA Affiliate Breakfast. The breakfast will be held in the Marriott Wardman Park, the 2017 Conference Hotel (room to be announced). The breakfast is co-sponsored by the AEA Local Affiliate Collaborative and AEA, which provides funding for the breakfast. 

    Each of AEA’s 30 Local Affiliates are invited to bring 2 members. Attendees will have informal networking time over breakfast followed by a discussion of the question "What can AEA do for the AEA Affiliates, and what can the Affiliates do for AEA?" Representatives of WE and AEA will present the results of a joint membership pilot that involved sharing new member information (with member's permission) and development of an AEA/WE brochure. RSVP now and before Friday, October 20th. 

    A registration code is required. If you are an AEA affiliate officer or board member and did not receive the registration code via an email please send a message to washeval@gmail.com, with the subject: AEA Affiliate Dinner: Reg Code Needed, and include the name of your affiliate and your position with the affiliate.


    • Wed, November 15, 2017
    • 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
    • Call-In Only: Number To Be Announced
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    Please join the Washington Evaluators for our monthly meeting! Members and non-members welcome for this call-in only meeting.
    • When: Wednesday, November 15, 2017 from 6 - 7 pm 
    • Where: by Phone -- number to be received after RSVP.
    Please RSVP in advance to receive call-in information       


    Agenda and materials available here

    • Sun, December 10, 2017
    • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM (EST)
    • True Food Kitchen, 2910 District Ave #170, Fairfax, VA 22031
    • 9
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    Meet, Dine & Connect with fellow evaluators!

    In 1984, Lee Cronbach and associates wrote that the sine qua non for improving the evaluation enterprise was building a stronger evaluation profession. The advice about the evaluation enterprise's central ingredient is just as relevant today as it was more than 30 years ago.  

    Join us in December 2017 as we continue the Sine Qua Non Dinner Series, which aims to contribute to building a stronger evaluation profession as envisioned by Cronbach, by connecting evaluators to their colleagues in their own neighborhoods.  The dinner will be hosted by incoming Washington Evaluators 2018 President Stephanie Cabell at True Food Kitchen in Fairfax. 

    During the members-only dinner, participants will have the opportunity to meet fellow evaluators (and neighbors!), discuss the state of the profession, and offer suggestions for improving the larger WE community and the profession.  

    Priority for participation will be given to individuals who live or work in the Fairfax and Falls Church area.  

    Note that participants are responsible for the cost of their dinners.

    • Wed, December 20, 2017
    • 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM (EST)
    • TBD
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    Please join the Washington Evaluators for our monthly meeting! Members and non-members welcome.


    Location: TBD

    Nearest Metro: TBD

    Time: 6-730 PM

    Agenda TBD


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