About Us

The Southern California Evaluation Association (SCEA) is a community of evaluators who are committed to quality and innovation in evaluation practice and research. SCEA’s mission is to strengthen the evaluation field by providing professional development, collaboration, and networking opportunities to evaluators.

Who We Are:

The SCEA was established in 2003 as a local affiliate of the American Evaluation Association (AEA). SCEA members are evaluation practitioners and scholars who are committed to the advancement of the evaluation fielddiscipline. SCEA members practice, conduct research, and teach in various sectors, including education, energy, social services, health, and more. Employment settings include universities, foundations, government, non-profit organizations, and private consulting firms. Members are located throughout Southern California from Santa Barbara to San Diego and from West Los Angeles to the Inland Empire.


To achieve its mission and serve its members, the SCEA has offered opportunities to:

  • Engage in presentations on topics relevant to evaluators,
  • Network with other evaluators,
  • Access educational learning resources made available through partnerships with other AEA local affiliate groups,
  • Connect to a national network of evaluators,
  • Have insightful and fun discussions with fellow evaluators.


The Southern California Evaluation Association is currently being led by Anne Vo.

Anne Vo is a Research Associate with the UCLA SRM Evaluation Group and is a doctoral candidate in the Social Research Methodology Division at the UCLA Graduate School of Education & Information Studies. She is Co-Editor of the American Journal of Evaluation’s section on Teaching Evaluation and her research interests include comparative evaluation theory, evaluation context, and teaching of evaluation. Anne’s practice has centered on evaluation capacity building and the evaluation of academic preparation and enrichment programs that serve underrepresented populations in the K-20 pipeline.
john pic John LaVelle is Director of External Affairs for the School of Behavioral and Organizational Sciences at Claremont Graduate University and is a doctoral candidate in the evaluation and applied research methods program.  His work focuses on the recruitment, socialization, and professional development of evaluators, as well as the university systems that prepare them.
Patrick Stanley is a Capacity Building Assistance Specialist at AIDS Project Los Angeles. He graduated with his Masters in Evaluation & Organizational Behavior from Claremont Graduate University. His practice is currently focused on developing HIV & AIDS Services agencies’ capacity to implement their programs as well as understand, utilize, and engage in evaluation and its practices.
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