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    • Thu, October 18, 2018
    • 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
    • Shaw (Watha T. Daniel) Neighborhood Library, WTD Meeting Room

    Please join us for our next brownbag -- When Theory Follows Program: Developing an Ex-Post Theory of Change -- led by Patricia Shaffer, Deputy Director of the National Endowment for the Arts' Office of Research & Analysis. This brown bag will be held on Thursday, October 18th from 12:00 to 1:30 PM at the Shaw (Watha T. Daniel) Neighborhood Library (1630, 7th Street NW, WTD Meeting Room)

    While the development of program theory is preferable during the initial design of an intervention, it’s not uncommon to develop an ex-post theory for existing programs as part of evaluation planning. There is some benefit to this approach, in that prior evaluations and research, ongoing monitoring, and program reports offer evidence to support program theory. Stakeholders – including funders, program staff, participants, field experts – can validate program theory but also offer interpretations of program theory driven in part by personal or organizational interests. Grounding ex-post theories of change in evidence while articulating a shared view of program theory across stakeholder groups is a unique evaluation challenge. This presentation uses several case examples to discuss mixed method approaches for developing ex-post theories of change, including literature review, analysis of implementation data, informant interviews, focus group discussions, case studies, and surveys.


    Patricia Moore Shaffer is Deputy Director of the National Endowment for the Arts' Office of Research & Analysis in Washington, DC. Prior to joining the NEA, Dr. Shaffer served as Evaluation Manager for NASA's Office of Education and is the former Vice President for Research and Development for the Educational Policy Institute. She also leads the Shaffer Evaluation Group, a woman-owned small business specializing in the evaluation of educational initiatives in STEM, English/language arts, arts education, counseling/guidance, and informal education for school districts, higher education institutions, nonprofit organizations, and museums. Dr. Shaffer earned a Ph.D. in Educational Policy, Planning and Leadership at the College of William & Mary and a M.A. in Curriculum Studies at the University of Toronto. She is a member of the American Educational Research Association, American Evaluation Association, and the Washington Evaluators. Dr. Shaffer also serves as the Communications Chair for the Washington Evaluators.


    • Wed, October 31, 2018
    • Sat, November 03, 2018
    • Cleveland, OH

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    Evaluation 2018:  Speaking Truth to Power

    2018 marks the American Evaluation Association’s (AEA) 32nd Annual Conference. Taking place on October 31-November 3 in Cleveland, Ohio, Evaluation 2018 brings together evaluators, evaluation scholars, students, and evaluation users from around the world are invited to assemble, share, and learn from the successes of the international discipline and practice of evaluation.

    What responsibilities do we have as evaluators for Speaking Truth to Power? When? In what contexts or situations? With what consequences? At what risk or cost? To whom, with what expectations?

    • What is power? Who has it, and how can they best be influenced? What is the power held by evaluators and evaluation?
    • What is truth? Whose truth? How can we best discover these truths?
    • And, what is speaking? Whispering? Public pronouncements? Influence? Activism? And by whom on behalf of whom?
    Visit the AEA Conference Website to learn more about the Evaluation 2018 theme, program, registration, and attendance

    If you're new to AEA, WE or it will be your first time attending the annual meeting, click here to learn more about our WE Buddy Program: Eval 2018 and to sign up.
    • Wed, October 31, 2018
    • Sat, November 03, 2018
    • Cleveland, OH

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    WE Buddy Program: Evaluation 2018

    Are you new to AEA or WE? Will it be your first time attending the annual conference? If you're interested in connecting with an experienced AEA conference-goer, or you'd like to serve as a " conference guide", just fill out the form below. 

    Why sign up? If you're asking yourself: How do I navigate the conference program and the 40+ sessions during each time slot? Which Topical Interest Group (TIG) Business Meetings should I attend? What is the Silent Auction and should I go (yes, it's excellent)?

    Once you submit your form, we'll connect you to a WE member that can show you how to get the most out of Evaluation 2018.

    Please complete this form by Tuesday, October 23. At this time, please note that we are only able to match current WE members.

    For more information about the annual conference, visit the AEA Conference Website to learn more about the Evaluation 2018 theme, program, registration, and attendance

    • Tue, November 13, 2018
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Copperwood Tavern, 4021 Campbell Avenue, Arlington, VA

    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 as we continue the Sine Qua Non dining out 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. Dinner will be hosted by Washington Evaluators Communications Chair and National Endowment for the Arts evaluator Patricia Moore Shaffer at Shirlington's Copperwood Tavern.

    During the members-only dinner, participants will have the opportunity to meet fellow, evaluators (and neighbors!), share highlights from Evaluation 2018, and offer suggestions for improving the larger WE community and the profession.  

    Copperwood Tavern is a locally owned, Farm-to-Table restaurant with a menu featuring locally sourced meats, seafood, and produce. They offer 20 Virginia draft beers, 30 small-batch whiskeys, and a superb wine selection from many local wineries. 

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

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