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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 events.scea@gmail.com.

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!

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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 scea.comm@gmail.com. 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!

 

 

An opportunity for evaluation professionals: CDC Evaluation Fellowship Program

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is seeking applicants for the 2018 class of the CDC Evaluation Fellowship Program. This is the eighth year of this initiative and represents a major commitment by CDC to program evaluation and program improvement. Fellows will work under the leadership of CDC’s Chief Evaluation Officer; they will be matched with CDC host programs in Atlanta, Georgia to work on program evaluation activities for/with those programs.

About the Fellowship

  • The CDC Evaluation Fellowship Program aims to expand the capacity of CDC programs to conduct evaluation and increase its usefulness and impact.
  • The Evaluation Fellowship Program signifies CDC’s dual commitment to making program evaluation a standard part of practice and to developing a cadre of professionals with the skills to make that happen. With the CDC Evaluation Fellowship, programs will have the resources, tools, and leadership to continuously improve their work.
  • Started in 2011 with an initial class of five Fellows, the Fellowship has about 15-20 Fellows each year.
  • Though the Fellowship has grown dramatically in just a few years, the Fellowship remains highly competitive, with only about 10% of applicants being selected for the Evaluation Fellowship Program.
  • The Fellowship is intended to be a two-year program, with the second year contingent on satisfactory performance and availability of funds.

About the CDC Evaluation Fellows

  • Experience: Fellows are PhD or master’s degree professionals with backgrounds in evaluation, behavioral and social sciences, public health, and other disciplines relevant to CDC’s work. Successful applicants also typically have significant experience in applied evaluation projects.
  • Placement: Fellows are based in Atlanta working within one of CDC’s programs.
  • Funding: Fellows receive a monthly stipend depending on education level and experience and, unlike many fellowships; CDC Evaluation Fellows receive substantial financial support for their training and professional development, and a supplement to offset health insurance costs.

Applying for the Fellowship

  • Applicants for the Fellowship go through an extensive selection process, including interviews with potential host programs, culminating in CDC host programs and Fellows matched based on mutual interest.
  • Candidates must have received their qualifying degree within the past 5 years.
  • Qualifying degree must be completed by end of Spring semester of the year candidate is applying and on transcript by June.
  • Fellows are brought on through the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) and are not considered full time employees of CDC during the fellowship.
  • This is a training fellowship so Fellows do not become employees of CDC.
  • Non-U.S. citizens are eligible to apply. For more information, see the ORISE Guidelines for Non-U.S. Citizens.
  • The deadline for applying to the CDC Evaluation Fellowship Program is April 13, 2018, 1 pm Eastern Time.

To apply, create a profile, complete a short survey, and upload your CV/resume here: https://www.zintellect.com/Posting/details/4050.

Timeline

  • April 13: Application deadline
  • Late April: We will select and notify finalists
  • April 26-May 29: Host programs interview finalists
  • Early June: Fellow selection and notification
  • August 13: Selected Fellows must start by this date

Share your Data Viz Techniques with SCEA!

We are looking for a few people to give short presentations on different aspects of data visualization. Are you interested?

The presentation can be about a visualization tool you use, a report you have completed, a technique you are fond of, an evaluation you are currently doing, or anything else that relates to data visualization. This is a great opportunity to reuse an existing presentation from a conference or previous talk.

If you are interested, post a comment here or contact Alana Kinarsky by Sunday, Feb 25 with a few sentences about your presentation idea. Your proposed presentation does not need to be fully developed, we can work with you to finalize the idea in the coming weeks. Once we have heard back from everyone, we will pick speakers and topics to ensure a cohesive panel.

The event will take place at a co-working space in Hollywood, but we have not yet finalized the date. We hope to have the event details finalized by the end of February so we have plenty of time to advertise to our network.

We look forward to seeing some new data visualization ideas!

The Evaluators’ Institute (TEI) March 2018 Training in Southern California

The Evaluators’ Institute (TEI) welcomes SCEA members to participate in its March 2018 CA Program. Contact TEI@cgu.edu to access the special SCEA discount. 

(March 12 – March 17, 2018)

The Evaluators’ Institute (TEI) offers top-tier training in evaluation for beginning, mid-career, and advanced evaluation professionals. Taught by leaders in the field, TEI courses offer technical rigor in evaluation methods and practice through participant-centered, adult-learning approaches.

For participants who are interested in charting a full course of study, TEI offers a number of professional certifications.

You can find course descriptions and information on how to register on the TEI website.

Don’t miss this great opportunity for SCEA members to build professional skills alongside great faculty and fellow participants. Act now before the classes fill up!

The TEI team is standing at tei@cgu.edu to answer any questions.

TEI MARCH 2018 CA SCHEDULE

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