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Join us for a special TEI & Washington Evaluators event!
What can we learn from a multitude of impact evaluations? Join Dr. Mark Lipsey, Research Professor in the Peabody Research Institute at Vanderbilt University, TEI faculty and Co-Chair of TEI’s Board of Advisors, as he shares his thoughts on generalizability, model programs and the future of program evaluation.
5:30-6:30 PM ET Reception
6:30-7:30 PM ET Presentation and Q&A Discussion
Location in D.C. Metro Area:
Hilton Hotel, Rockville MD
1750 Rockville Pike
Rockville, MD 20852-1699
This event is co-sponsored with The Evaluators' Institute.
For more information and registration, visit here.
Please join Washington Evaluators for a social networking event:
Cleveland Park hike followed by drinks and food
Attendees will go for a short hike (~3 miles) in Rock Creek Park, from Grove 1 to the Park's Picnic Area 13 via Western Ridge trail as shown in the picture below. We then make the return hike back to the Park Grove 1. The elevation change is ~300 ft and the path is rocky.
After returning to the parking area we go to Cleveland Park Bar and Grill for drinks and food.
The hike is free; attendees are responsible for their food and drinks.
Who: Everyone (members, guests, non-members)
When: Sunday March 15 starting at 3 pm. It may take about 2 hours for the hike but I cannot say for sure.
Where: Meet at Rock Creek Park Grove 1 (less than a mile (15-minute walk) from Cleveland Park Metro Station, 3599 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008)
Please register in case we end up as a large group and we need to make arrangements with the Bar and Grill. Also, by registering, we can manage late arrivers at the hike-- please provide your mobile phone number at registration.
If you have questions, need a ride, or if you are running late the day of the event, contact Charlie Gilman (202-706-9267 or firstname.lastname@example.org). Non reactive dogs welcome.
Please join the Washington Evaluators for our monthly meeting! Members and non-members welcome. Please note that Board meetings are held on the third Wednesday of each month.
Location: Online. A Zoom link will be provided to registered attendees three days prior to the meeting.
Time: 6:30-8:00 pm
Agenda: Will be updated one week prior to meeting.
Please join Washington Evaluators for a Deep Dive with Dr. Albertina (Aly) Lopez!
Attendees will read, discuss, and apply Aly's Evaluation Capacity Building Leadership Framework. Please read her blog post introducing the framework in advance of the event here and think about how it might be a helpful planning tool in your own work: https://www.evaluationinnovation.org/insight/how-leaders-affect-evaluation-capacity-building-in-foundations/
Albertina Lopez is senior associate at the Center for Evaluation Innovation. She supports the organization’s evaluation portfolio and Evaluation Roundtable work, applying her expertise in leadership, evaluation capacity building, philanthropy, organizational development and learning, research design and data analysis, and evaluation approaches that emphasize strategic learning. Prior to joining CEI, she worked with Kaiser Permanente’s Community Benefit in Southern California where she managed evaluation, learning, and strategic planning for major grant initiatives. Albertina has a Ph.D. from Claremont Graduate University in evaluation, applied research methods, and organizational behavior and an undergraduate degree from San Jose State University in psychology and philosophy.
We will be gathering at Teaism (400 8th St. NW, Washington, DC 20004, Metro: Archives/Navy Memorial) on Wednesday, March 25 from 6:30-8:00 PM. Please plan to arrive at or near 6:30pm to allow time to order your meal and enjoy informal networking with other members; the discussion will begin about 7:00pm. This event is free though the venue requests attendees purchase dinner.
This members-only event is limited to 15 people; Members are able to register a guest. Please register by March 23 to confirm.
We look forward to seeing you there!
Cherry Blossom Hains Point loop walk
Attendees will go for a short walk (~4 miles) in along the Hains Point Loop, from the Jefferson Memorial back to the Jefferson Memorial. Will it be clockwise or counter-clockwise? Attend to learn the answer. The elevation change is ~0 ft and the path is smooth.
It is possible that this will be an opportunity to see cherry blossoms.
When: Saturday April 4, starting at 3 pm. It will take 2 hours for the walk because that is how long parking is. We will set off promptly at 3.
Where: Meet at the Jefferson Memorial. Free on street parking is generally restricted to two hours (ticketing/towing enforced). Limited free day long parking is available along Ohio Drive SW which is along the Potomac River south of the Lincoln Memorial or in Lots A, B & C south of the Thomas Jefferson Memorial. See here for other options.
By registering, we can manage late arrivers at the hike-- please provide your mobile phone number at registration.
The walk will be canceled if it is actively raining on the day of the event.
If you have questions, need a ride, or if you are running late the day of the event, text Charlie Gilman, 202-706-9267. Nonreactive dogs welcome too.
Black Hole Imaging and Dinner
Who: Everyone welcome. Advance registration is needed for making dinner reservation. No fee is required but you must register yourself at the link below to attend the talk.
When: Saturday April 18, 2020,
Dinner and drinks: Stone's Throw Restaurant and Bar
Cost: You eat- you pay.
Details: I'm sure it is fabu.
Event: "Seeing the Unseeable: Capturing an Image of a Black Hole," presented by Dr. Sheperd Doeleman.
Cost: Free but you must rsvp here
Details: Black holes are cosmic objects so small and dense that nothing, not even light, can escape their gravitational pull. Until recently, no one had ever seen what a black hole actually looked like.Led by Dr. Doeleman, the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) made history by capturing an image of the event horizon of a black hole, where gravity is so strong that even light cannot escape. You are invited to hear Dr. Doeleman speak about the results of this accomplishment and the steps it took to get there.
Charlie Gilman is hosting. Please contact him by text at 202-706-9267 if you need help getting a ride or for something else.
Please join Washington Evaluators for a Deep Dive with Dr. Donna Mertens: Transformative Evaluation in International Development
Attendees will discuss Dr. Mertens' latest article with Ida Widianingsih, Transformative research and the sustainable development goals: challenges and a vision from Bandung, West Java. Attendees are asked to read this article in advance of the event .
Donna Mertens, Ph.D., is Professor Emeritus; she taught research and evaluation at Gallaudet University for 31 years; she is a past president of the American Evaluation Association and served as the editor for the Journal for Mixed Methods Research for five years. She conducts and consults on evaluations in many countries, for example,reduction of gender based violence in Kyrgyzstan, environmental justice in Korea for Yonsei University, Kazakhstan for UN Women, Nepal and India for the World Bank and the Canadian International Development Agency, Sri Lanka for the Sri Lanka Evaluation Association, Australia for the Aboriginal Health Education and Research Unit, and Egypt for Higher Education Development. The primary focus of her work is transformative mixed-methods inquiry in diverse communities that prioritizes ethical implications of research and evaluation in support of human rights and social justice. Her recent books include Mixed Methods Design in Evaluation, Program Evaluation Theory and Practice: A Comprehensive Guide (2nd ed.) (authored with Amy Wilson), Transformative Research and Evaluation, The Handbook of Social Research Ethics, Research and Evaluation in Education, Psychology: Integrating Diversity with Quantitative, Qualitative, and Mixed Methods (5th ed.), and Indigenous Pathways into Social Research (co-edited with Fiona Cram and Bagele Chilisa).
We will be gathering at Teaism (400 8th St. NW, Washington, DC 20004, Metro: Archives/Navy Memorial) on Wednesday, April 22 from 6:30-8:00 PM. Please plan to arrive at or near 6:30pm to allow time to order your meal and enjoy informal networking with other members; the discussion will begin about 7:00pm. This event is free though the venue requests attendees purchase dinner.
This members-only event is limited to 15 people; Members are able to register a guest. Please register by April 20 to confirm.
We look forward to seeing you there!
Please join Washington Evaluators for social networking:
District Clay Private Wheel Event!
WE has arranged a private pottery party -- a fun filled (and challenging) adventure in working on the pottery wheel while getting to know fellow evaluators. Beer, wine and chips and salsa, and yes, water, tea, coffee are all included. You should consider it fair game to bring anything you want to eat and drink there. Still need more reasons to attend? --Click here.
The pottery pottery will be preceded by snacks/early dinner at a local restaurant.
When: Saturday January 11, 2020. 3:30 pm - food and drinks; 6 pm pottery party
Food & Drink at 3:30 pm: Zion West African Restaurant (laid-back destination with a menu of regional West African specialties & a full bar) 1805 Montana Ave NE B, Washington, DC 20002 202-636-9097
Pottery Party at 5:30 pm: The District Clay Center (DCC) 2414 Douglas Street NE Washington, DC 20018
The District Clay Center (DCC) is located in a quiet residential neighborhood next to Brookland in a renovated artisan Warehouse called “Off the Beaten Track.” The Center is a 10-minute drive from Capitol Hill, NoMA, Catholic University and Hyattsville and 15-20 minutes from Takoma Park, Adams Morgan and DuPont Circle. The Warehouse offers parking directly in front of the building and on the street - please note that parking inside the gated lot is for tenants ONLY. When you arrive at the Warehouse, you can access the Center by using the doors on the left hand side of the OFF THE BEATEN TRACK building in front.
Metro Station: Rhode Island Ave. (red line)- 1.1 miles (21 minutes' walk) to Zion West; then 0.6 miles (12 mins.) to District Clay; return to metro 1.5 miles (30 mins.). Map here.
Who: Everyone: members, guests, non-members. Maximum number of people is 28.
What to wear: You will get wet clay on your clothes but I have never seen pottery clay stain anything ever. You might like to wear an old shirt or apron and bring an old towel or rag.
Cost and Registration:
Food and drink at the restaurant are on your own.
The pottery party is $65 per person, where $35 is due in advance at WE's event registration page. The $35 advance deposit is required to register. The deposit is non-refundable UNLESS you find and designate a replacement.
An additional $30 is due at the door to District Clay. Please arrive early to pay the rest of your fee directly to the Center. They take card and cash.
Questions? Charles Gilman is hosting-- please contact him with questions on the event. email@example.com 202-706-9267
For questions about registration and payment, contact WE at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Social Event: Tudor Place guided tour and brunch at 1310 Kitchen and Bar
Tudor Place is a Federal-style mansion in Washington, D.C. that was originally the home of Thomas Peter and his wife, Martha Parke Custis Peter, a granddaughter of Martha Washington. Step-grandfather George Washington left her the $8,000 in his will that was used to purchase the property in 1805. There are 5 ½ acres of gardens, as well as a museum shop for visitors to enjoy after the tour.
When: Sunday May 24th starting at 11 AM sharp. Brunch is reserved for 12:30.
Where: Tudor Place Historic House & Garden @1644 31st St NW, Washington, DC 20007
Fee: The guided tour is $10 per person (nonrefundable; attendees are responsible for their food and drinks at brunch. RSVP including the tour fee is required and closed 9 days before the event. The tour is approximately 1 hour in length.
After the guided tour we will go to brunch at 1310 Kitchen and Bar @ 1310 Wisconsin Ave NW, Washington, DC 20007 in Georgetown.
Free 2 hour parking is available along 31 st St. [There is a Safeway exactly half a mile north on Wisconsin that you can park at if on street parking is not available.] Georgetown is accessible by bus but not rail.
If you have questions or need a ride, text or whatsapp Charlie Gilman, 202-706-9267.
Great Falls White Water Rafting
Calleva Outdoors hosts 4 hour Family-friendly rafting trips down the Potomac River. Experience the adventurous side of DC as we explore the Potomac River below beautiful Great Falls. Our guides will teach you the basics of how to paddle, before embarking on the river. We’ll stop along the shore to enjoy the beautiful scenery, as well as a delicious deli style lunch.
When: TENTATIVELY Saturday June 20th starting at 10AM sharp.
Where: Participants will meet at Calleva Virginia (located on the campus of the Madeira School), we will provide a bus shuttle. 8328 Georgetown Pike, McLean, VA 22102
Fee: $125 All inclusive
WE Registration only confirms interest. Fee and instructions will be sent to registrants once the minimum of 4 people is met. The tour is approximately 4 hour in length.
If the minimum number is not confirmed by the time the event date is filled it will be canceled.
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