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2020 CONFERENCE

In May, The Michigan Association for Evaluation postponed our 25th annual conference in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. We greatly understand the energy that's been altered given the cancellation of our traditional face-to-face conference, however we have been working collaboratively with presenters to assure you're provided with a valuable opportunity.

We are excited to announce the MAE Virtual Conference Series, Elevate How We Evaluate. This virtual series consists of six standalone 45-60 minute professional development sessions running from July through September. The sessions cover a wide range of evaluation topics from equitable approaches to evaluation, to assessing the fidelity of implementation, to data visualization. Don’t miss this opportunity to elevate how you evaluate! Registration information below:


Upcoming events

    • 12 Aug 2020
    • 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM (EDT)
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    Evaluators often focus on the effectiveness of our clients’ programs or our clients’ teams, and it can be difficult to make time to reflect and build positive cultures within our own teams. This workshop is focused on elevating your evaluation practice by starting with our internal evaluation teams. The Emergence Collective team will explain our own internal organization structure, how we organize our project teams, how we give and receive feedback, concrete project management principles, and what it looks like to consider and embed equity in our work with each other and our partners. Our team will share 3-4 specific tools (e.g. 2x2 feedback practice, biweekly meetings, internal kickoff surveys, and a culture of learning assesment) we have found helpful to walk the talk on being more effective and reflective in our team and approach to project management. We will also provide a facilitated space for collective reflection of how other Michigan evaluators are focusing on and building strong internal work cultures. We strongly believe that to do our best work for and with the field, we need to regularly take a mirror to our own practices. We’re excited to share what we’ve found successful and reflect on how to apply equitable organizational culture and project development principles to teams of multiple evaluators, evaluators working with non evaluation staff, and evaluators working with external partners.

    Presenters: Mary Mattson & Ramona Perry

    • 20 Aug 2020
    • 2:00 PM - 2:45 PM (EDT)
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    Today, data is everywhere. As evaluators, we often have access to massive amounts of data like client demographics, access, and survey responses. Extracting useful takeaway messages and next steps can be challenging. Traditionally, data is communicated using dry reports, stuck in boring tables and charts. Reporting qualitative data succinctly proves to be additionally challenging. We have the power and opportunity to transform data reporting into deliverables that engage our clients, funders, and community partners. Harnessing the power of our data by using effective storytelling and visualization techniques gives evaluators and program staff the potential to better communicate need, inequality, and program effectiveness. In Jennifer's continued commitment to grow awareness and take responsibility for responsible data reporting, she will discuss ways to equitably represent data stories. Culturally responsive data visualization can be a powerful tool for social change. Attendees will learn a few ways to enhance their ability to communicate qualitative and mixed-method data more effectively. Jennifer will showcase ways that color, arrangement, graphics, and text can help you tell your data story.

    Presenter: Pivot Data Design (Jenny Nulty)

    • 26 Aug 2020
    • 2:00 PM - 2:45 PM (EDT)
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    In this session, the presenters will show participants how they can use Salesforce for their agency. Specifically, they will focus on how to enter data into the system, how to query certain data and fields, and then how to build reports and dashboards to visually present their data. Takeaways will include the knowledge of a free, web-based database tool that anyone will be able to make an account for after leaving the session (free for nonprofits, at a cost for any other agency). Participants will have a better understanding, whether they had ever heard of Salesforce or not prior to this session, of Salesforce and if it is something their agency could potentially use for its data management and evaluation. Participants will be aware of next steps they can take if they are interested in using Salesforce for their agency (i.e. making an account, using Trailhead to start learning Salesforce).

    Presenters: Janet Ray & Maria Schmieder

    • 30 Sep 2020
    • 2:00 PM - 2:45 PM (EDT)
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    Evaluation often requires creating surveys to obtain rich, quality data. Although this entails writing well-crafted survey items, there is another critical and complex element – maintaining an equitable framework throughout the data process. How does an evaluator remove the barriers for participation, elevate the survey experience, and ask all the questions needed to still have a ‘rigorous’ evaluation without inducing cognitive fatigue? We are often in this situation where we need to rethink our evaluation approach based on increasing knowledge about who will be taking the surveys and what resources are available to them.  Based on several case studies, this session will provide participants with information on how to keep participants engaged, employ an equitable framework in survey creation (such as using visual cueing) and dissemination.

    Visual cueing in surveys (think of an Instagram format) has the potential to increases response rates, decreases the time burden on participants taking the survey, and takes into account variability in reading abilities and comprehension. We will specifically address approaches that elevate the evaluation experience by putting the participants first. 

    Presenters: DaSha Stockton & Julie Moore

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