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Members Only AEA Conference Highlights from LAWG

September 16, 2022

Join us for an update from GCEval's Local Affiliate Working Group, and hear about what they've been planning for November's American Evaluation Association Conference in New Orleans.

We will hear about LAWG-organized special projects and events, and preview several member-led conference workshops and presentations you won't want to miss!


Members Only Evaluation and Education

August 19, 2022

Ripple Effect, a non-profit environmental education organization, discusses their efforts to bring science curriculum, instruction, and assessment into alignment by centering student sensemaking. Join us as they share experiences in collaboration with education researchers and evaluators, to create formative assessments that support teachers’ capacities to identify and build on student understanding.

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Members Only GC Eval Summer Social

August 2, 2022

Join GCEval for a celebration of Summer on Tuesday August 2, from 5:30pm to 8:30pm. Come to meet other evaluators, network and chat about whatever is on your mind. 

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Members Only Evaluation and Storytelling

June 17, 2022

GCEval Members Steve Mumford, Ph.D., and Michelle Bidwell, MPH, will be discussing their work with the Greater New Orleans Foundation's Hurricane Ida Evaluation and Storytelling Project.

Join us as we discuss their unique experience evaluating the impact of grant funding in regions still recovering from disaster and their lessons learned. 

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Members Only Facilitate! Facilitate!  Facilitate!

May 20, 2022

In this session Dr. Rachel Scott from the Center for Research Evaluation at the University of Mississippi will share a set of facilitation protocols designed to help social programs collect data, interpret data, and contemplate how to use data to make positive change. 

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Members Only Mixed Methods

February 18, 2022

Ever wondered if there is more to mixed methods evaluation than a quick survey and some follow-up interviews? Join Dr. Sarah Mason from the University of Mississippi for a conversation about intentional mixed methods evaluation designs and a discussion on when and how to choose from explicitly mixed methods evaluation designs and analysis strategies.


Members Only GCEval Mission, Vision and Values

April 22, 2022

Join us for another interactive session on April 22 during which we will share the draft statement and gather your feedback, reflection and thoughts on improvement.


Members Only Evaluating Your Evaluator

January 21, 2022

A conversation with Henry Nuss, Ph.D of LSU Health Sciences Center on the topic of evaluating your evaluator. Dr. Nuss will share his ongoing experiences and lessons learned conducting evaluations and working with clients in academia, as well as the public and private sectors.

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September Speaker Series:

Miguel Willis

September 14, 2020

Miguel Willis of the Access to Justice Tech Program will discuss use of data in criminal justice reform.


Members Only Using Pivot Tables

January 15, 2021

Will Faulkner will provide an overview on how to use pivot tables for data analysis in Excel. Participants will gain an understanding of the necessary steps and strategies for using pivot tables to unlock your data. Meeting attendees will also be invited to register for a complete Introductory Course on Pivot Tables to learn more about this topic.

Members Only Ask An Evaluator

April 16, 2021

The "Ask An Evaluator" series allows members to get input from their peers about projects they are working on. This month we will be tackling issues that Ripple Effect and Louisiana Appleseed are wresting with.


Members Only Ask An Evaluator

August 20, 2021

Members have told us they would like to have a way to get input from other members about projects they are working on, tricky issues they've been thinking through, or ideas they are trying to develop. In response, we've created the "Ask An Evaluator" series.


Members Only Disasters and Evaluation

December 17, 2021

The speakers will share their ongoing experiences and lessons learned conducting evaluations and research studies in the aftermath of disasters, including the COVID-19 pandemic and hurricanes. They will focus on gathering timely and actionable findings to guide disaster response decision-making, and prioritizing empathy and equity in the evaluation process. 


Members Only Monthly Meeting: Conducting Qualitative Research During COVID-19 

November 9, 2020

Join us for an interactive, discussion-based meeting where evaluators from LPHI will share their experiences conducting qualitative research during the pandemic. 

Resources from the Data Center

March 19, 2021

Jenna Losh and Don Asay will cover the history of The Data Center's work in New Orleans and demonstrate how to work with Census data. They will demo how to use publicly available Census data to get relevant information at the local level and discuss some important considerations when working with this data. 


Members Only Nonprofit Racial Diversity and Resilience 

June 18, 2021

Racial diversity in nonprofit leadership presents benefits crucial for responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, nonprofits remain predominately white. UNO professor Steve Mumford will present literature and data from a representative survey of New Orleans nonprofits conducted in winter 2021 about the racial composition of nonprofit boards.


Members Only Theories of Change

November 19, 2021

When implementing social programming, a theory-building exercise helps to unify thinking, surface assumptions, coordinate vocabulary, and right-size expectations. During our meeting time Will Faulkner will cover where ToCs come from, discuss how to decide when they might be useful, and critique some examples.

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October Speaker Series:

Kathy Newcomer

October 12, 2020

Past AEA President Kathy Newcomer, Professor at George Washington Univ, discusses her research on accountability in government and new book US Inspectors General: Truth Tellers in Turbulent Times

Members Only Where Data Meets Design

February 19, 2021

Having trouble sharing data with your stakeholders without having their eyes gloss over?  In this presentation Chris Lysy is going to share how introducing UX design methods into your evaluation reporting process can greatly increase the usefulness of your evaluation work.  

Members Only Become a Dashboard Ninja

May 21, 2021

Andrew Holbein, GCEval's Board Chair and Director of Administration and Data at VIA LINK, will walk you through all the steps of building a sophisticated data dashboard using Microsoft's Power BI software. 


August Speaker Series:

Nick Hart, Ph.D.

August 10, 2020

Dr. Nick Hart will discuss his work as President of the Data Foundation, advocating for public data to respond to COVID-19.  

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July Speaker Series:

John Gargani

July 13, 2020

Please join John Gargani (and co-author Robert McLean in spirit) as he discusses their new book Scaling Impact: Innovation for the Public Good.


Members Only Arts-Based Evaluation with Jennica Nichols

October 21, 2022

Join us for Arts-Based Evaluation with Jennica Nichols! Jennica is a KT specialist, implementation scientist, credentialed evaluator, educational consultant, researcher, and the Co-founder of AND Implementation. During Friday's meeting Jennica will speak about her experience working in the evaluation space and chat about creative and arts based methods for data collection. 


Members Only Inroad with Funders

November 18, 2022

Join us this November as we de-brief from the Eval22 AEA Conference and hear from Vanessa Lazar, Senior Program Officer about how evaluation is being prioritized and integrated in the Gulf Research Project at National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 

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