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A NorCal job opp: RFP for Evaluation Specialist

Sharing an opportunity from the Lake Country Tribal Health Consortium based in Lakeport, California:

Evaluation Specialist RFP 2018.7


SCEA Event: Evidence-Based Policy Making Panel Discussion on August 17

Please join us for an expert panel discussion on Friday, August 17th from 12:15pm-1:15pm in Claremont! This event is free and is co-sponsored by the Southern California Evaluation Association (SCEA) and the Claremont Evaluation Center (CEC) as part of the CEC Professional Development Evaluation Workshop Series. Our panelists will discuss emerging issues and strategies for supporting evidence-based decision-making in organizations.

Panelists will include:

  • Leslie Fierro, Ph.D., Claremont Graduate University
  • Nick Hart, Ph.D., Bipartisan Policy Center
  • Andrew McEachin, Ph.D., RAND Corporation
  • Stephanie Shipman, Ph.D., U.S. Government Accountability Office (Retired)

Join the online webinar or come in person to meet others in the evaluation community.

Please click here to register for the event or enter the following address in your browser:

Details on location, parking, and virtual meeting information will be emailed to those who register.

Have questions, comments, or concerns? Email

Thank you, and we look forward to seeing you then!
Miriam Jacobson
Astrid Hendricks
SCEA Events and Community Engagement Team

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News from the SCEA Board Retreat

On July 13th, SCEA held their annual board retreat. The group discussed the organization’s mission statement, work accomplished this past year, and short and long-term goals. We are excited about the upcoming year! 

Planned are professional development events, networking opportunities, and recruitment of additional SCEA board members. We are eager to expand the work of SCEA to offer evaluators in our community more opportunities for learning and collaboration. 

Interested in getting more involved with SCEA? We are currently seeking volunteers. For more information, please contact Anne Vo at You can read more about our current board members here.

Thanks to all our members for being involved — we look forward to seeing you at future events!

SCEA Event April 28: Data Visualization 101 for Evaluators!

SCEA April 28 2018 Event_Data Viz 101

Please mark your calendars and join us for our upcoming SCEA event on Saturday, April 28th from 1:30 – 4:00 pm in Hollywood. We have an exciting program that will feature two groups of presenters. They will discuss the use of data visualization techniques, such as GIS, Tableau, and Infogram, in their evaluation work.

GIS and Evaluation
Stephen C. Maack and Arlene Hopkins
DBA REAP Change Consultants

Survey Data Visualizations Using Tableau and Infogram
Alma Boutin-Martinez and Hilary Molina
Fielding Graduate University

Come mingle with other SCEA members, enjoy some light refreshments, and learn more about data visualization techniques.

Please RSVP to attend this event. Due to space constraints, attendance is capped at 25. Please click here to register. In addition to registration, we’re asking attendees to please contribute $5 that will go towards the purchase of snacks and beverages.

Have questions, comments, or concerns? Email us at

More details on location, parking, and the agenda will be provided to those who register.

Thank you, and we look forward to receiving your RSVPs and seeing you at the end of April!

Contribute to SCEA by submitting a webpost!

SCEA Webpost Contribution Guidelines

The Southern California Evaluation Association (SCEA) is dedicated to advancing the field of evaluation by supporting and sharing topics of interest with evaluation practitioners and scholars within the Southern California region. SCEA is committed to disseminating content that provides perspective about the ever-evolving evaluation landscape and that will inform evaluation practice. We are a multi-disciplinary and forward-thinking organization that aims to address the ongoing interests and needs of those involved in evaluation in the Southern California area.

We are interested in timely and engaging topics that are informed by and provides open access to evaluative scholarship. If you have experience in the evaluation field — as a seasoned or novice evaluator — we invite you to share a topic of interest. Please consider submitting a draft post for our website. The post will also be disseminated via the SCEA Twitter and LinkedIn Group!  

Your post should include:

  • A title that is both descriptive and informative
  • A brief introduction of yourself (1-3 sentences). Don’t forget your professional affiliation!
  • Purpose of the post (e.g., “I want to share…”, “I’d like you to know more about…”)
  • Study summary: include the purpose, methods, main arguments, and scope of your topic of interest. The summary should convey the results and conclusions of your topic. You are encouraged to include any relevant images (provided you have use permission) that you feel would enhance the reader’s comprehension of your topic.
  • Lessons learned (e.g., what is the significance or implications of your study, what did you learn, what could you have done differently)
  • Optional: 1-2 links to resources so that readers can learn more about the topic (e.g., website links, journal articles).
  • Draft submissions should be limited to 300-500 words and written in first-person prose.

Need some ideas? Here are some topics our members stated they would like to hear more about:

  • Strategies for communicating evaluation findings (e.g., data visualizations)
  • Demonstrations of evaluator tools (e.g., Omigraffle, Dedoose)
  • Issues unique to independent consulting
  • Project management techniques
  • Strategies for local community engagement
  • Sector-specific issues and strategies (e.g., health, environmental, education)
  • Quantitative methods & tools (e.g., social network analysis, R)

For an example of a contribution, please see this post by SCEA member Dr. Katy Nilsen.

Please submit materials to We look forward to hearing from you!


AEA Evaluation 2018 Proposals

We are looking forward to connecting with SCEA members and other AEA local affiliates this fall at the American Evaluation Association (AEA) Evaluation 2018 Conference. This year, the conference will take place in Cleveland, Ohio on October 31 – November 3. The theme for this year’s conference is “Speaking Truth to Power.”

Proposals are due Thursday, March 15. Submission information can be found here.

Stay tuned for details on SCEA networking activities at Evaluation 2018!