Conference Sessions

The following is a schedule of EERS conference presentations and activities, in its most current form, with sessions added as they are confirmed and scheduled. This page is designed to allow attendees to follow the program on a mobile device.

Note that presentations listed for the same time in the same location are grouped as a concurrent session. They will be presented in the order listed during their scheduled time slot.

April 29, 2018

Registration
200pm  -  900pm
Registration
Lobby Bar

Registration

Badge and program pickup, including onsite registration for any attendee who may have missed online registration.

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Using Rapid Cycle Learning to Infuse a Culture of Continuous Learning
300pm  -  600pm
Using Rapid Cycle Learning to Infuse a Culture of Continuous Learning
Harding Room

Using Rapid Cycle Learning to Infuse a Culture of Continuous Learning

How do we go about setting and answering key learning questions that will both build real-time evaluation capacity and feed into program implementation and outcomes achievement? Rapid cycle learning (RCL) has been used in places as varied as the military, the private sector, emergency response, and healthcare. As evaluators we can use RCL to institutionalize […]

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Doing the Right Thing: Community Engagement and Empowerment
300pm  -  600pm
Doing the Right Thing: Community Engagement and Empowerment
Salon A

Doing the Right Thing: Community Engagement and Empowerment

Evaluators are motivated individually and professionally to do the right thing. We want to make sure every voice is heard and that we tell a story that is true and empowering. Our traditional tools such as focus groups and interviews have limitations and often require the evaluator to choose between breadth and depth. We believe […]

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Welcome Reception
730pm  -  900pm
Welcome Reception
Oval Room

Welcome Reception

Interactive networking and a dessert reception in a fun, semi-structured setting.

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Hospitality Suite Networking
900pm  -  1100pm
Hospitality Suite Networking
Hospitality Suite, Room 490

Hospitality Suite Networking

An opportunity to join EERS board members and conference attendees for an informal social and networking with snacks and refreshments.

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April 30, 2018

Registration
800am  -  530pm
Registration
Lobby Bar

Registration

Onsite registration for the opening day of the EERS conference.

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Continental Breakfast
800am  -  830am
Continental Breakfast
Presidential Hallway

Continental Breakfast

Self-serve breakfast buffet for all participants.

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Opening Breakfast Plenary – Data, Evidence, and Evaluation: Balancing Opportunities and Risk
900am  -  1015am
Opening Breakfast Plenary – Data, Evidence, and Evaluation: Balancing Opportunities and Risk
Salon A&B

Opening Breakfast Plenary – Data, Evidence, and Evaluation: Balancing Opportunities and Risk

Sherry Glied is featured in this official welcome and formal kick-off of the EERS annual conference. The Commission on Evidence-Based Policymaking released its report in September 2017, and both Congress and the Executive branch have taken steps to put into place several of its recommendations. This presentation will summarize the Commission’s work and address some […]

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Effective Communication Skills While Facilitating Interviews and Focus Groups
1030am  -  1200pm
Effective Communication Skills While Facilitating Interviews and Focus Groups
Harding Room

Effective Communication Skills While Facilitating Interviews and Focus Groups

Ouen Hunter, M.S., M.S.W., Western Michigan University Jeffrey Hillman, M.P.A., Western Michigan University This interactive session will use hands-on exercises to emphasize how verbal and non-verbal communication skills will help evaluators gather and tell the stories of their clients and organizations, based on the presenters’ experiences in clinical social work and health care administration.

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Weaving Communication into the Fabric of Evaluation
1030am  -  1200pm
Weaving Communication into the Fabric of Evaluation
Harding Room

Weaving Communication into the Fabric of Evaluation

Miriah Russo Kelly, Evaluation Specialist, University of Connecticut Teresa McCoy, Assistant Director of Evaluation & Assessment, University of Maryland Extension This presentation seeks to inspire participants to think differently about their evaluation communication efforts, and will arm participants with practical ways to integrate appropriate communication techniques into their practice.

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Making Success: Evaluating a School District’s Integration of Making into its Middle and High School
1030am  -  1200pm
Making Success: Evaluating a School District’s Integration of Making into its Middle and High School
Cape May Room

Making Success: Evaluating a School District’s Integration of Making into its Middle and High School

Keith Trahan, PhD, Associate Director Stephanie Maietta Romero, EdD, Research Associate Renata Almeida Ramos, Graduate Student Researcher Cynthia Tananis, EdD, Director, Center for Evaluation and Assessment of Capacity, School of Education, University of Pittsburgh This presentation will report on year one of a two-year National Science Foundation (NSF) funded project working to uncover and describe […]

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Comprehensively Evaluating an Urban District’s Growing English Learners Program
1030am  -  1200pm
Comprehensively Evaluating an Urban District’s Growing English Learners Program
Cape May Room

Comprehensively Evaluating an Urban District’s Growing English Learners Program

Jill Hendrickson Lohmeier, Ph.D, University of Massachusetts Lowell Shanna Thompson, Ed.D., University of Massachusetts Lowell Nadine Ekstrom, C.A.G.S., University of Massachusetts Lowell This presentation will describe an evaluation of a rapidly growing urban district’s English Learners program.

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Using Evidence to Evaluate the Barriers to On-Time Kindergarten Registration and Inform Policy and Process
1030am  -  1200pm
Using Evidence to Evaluate the Barriers to On-Time Kindergarten Registration and Inform Policy and Process
Cape May Room

Using Evidence to Evaluate the Barriers to On-Time Kindergarten Registration and Inform Policy and Process

Kristyn Stewart, Senior Research Associate, The School District of Philadelphia Ryan Fink, Research Specialist, Consortium for Policy Research in Education This session will discuss the implications of late kindergarten registration on a large urban school district and the collaborative evaluation of the registration process to identify barriers to inform and influence policy and practice.

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Embracing DEI as an Organizational Value: What We’ve Learned on this Journey with our Team and Clients
1030am  -  1200pm
Embracing DEI as an Organizational Value: What We’ve Learned on this Journey with our Team and Clients
Eisenhower Room

Embracing DEI as an Organizational Value: What We’ve Learned on this Journey with our Team and Clients

More than ever, evaluators must embrace principles and practices that allow them to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) within their organizations – whether independent firms, academic centers, or evaluation teams. Evaluators also play an important role in helping clients address DEI issues. By engaging in equitable approaches that are actionable in their organizations, evaluators […]

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Soup-to-Nuts: Understanding the Challenges of Generating and Using Evidence in Government
1030am  -  1200pm
Soup-to-Nuts: Understanding the Challenges of Generating and Using Evidence in Government
Salon A

Soup-to-Nuts: Understanding the Challenges of Generating and Using Evidence in Government

The Executive and Legislative Branches of government share common challenges in successfully implementing evidence initiatives. This panel will highlight lessons learned about the generation and use of evidence in the Executive Branch during the Bush and Obama administrations. A second presentation will highlight the institutional challenges in the Congress for using evidence successfully across the […]

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Embracing Evidence: Lessons from Supporting Federal Evidence-Based Grant Making Programs
1030am  -  1200pm
Embracing Evidence: Lessons from Supporting Federal Evidence-Based Grant Making Programs
Salon B

Embracing Evidence: Lessons from Supporting Federal Evidence-Based Grant Making Programs

Michael Long, Principal, ICF Katelyn Sedelmyer, Associate, ICF This presentation offers insight into how federal grantees are being encouraged to incorporate evidence in a variety of ways, and the implications for evaluators.

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Tracking Longitudinal Studies
1030am  -  1200pm
Tracking Longitudinal Studies
Salon B

Tracking Longitudinal Studies

Matthew Von Hendy, Principal, Green Heron Information Services This presentation will cover some of the publicly available longitudinal studies that are being done in the US and Europe, provide resources to locate additional longitudinal studies, and suggest ways to locate longitudinal studies in the peer-reviewed and grey literatures.

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Mapping as a Policy Evaluation Tool: Lessons from Pennsylvania’s Tobacco Prevention and Control Program (PADOH)
1030am  -  1200pm
Mapping as a Policy Evaluation Tool: Lessons from Pennsylvania’s Tobacco Prevention and Control Program (PADOH)
Salon B

Mapping as a Policy Evaluation Tool: Lessons from Pennsylvania’s Tobacco Prevention and Control Program (PADOH)

Alexandra Ernst, Project Manager, Public Health Management Corporation (PHMC) Sue McLain, Public Health Program Manager, Pennsylvania Department of Health Laura McCann, Project Manager, Public Health Management Corporation Mark Modugno, Public Health Program Administrator, Pennsylvania Department of Health Duane Barksdale, Research Assistant, Public Health Management Corporation Jennifer Dickson Keith, Deputy Director, R&E Group As part of […]

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Lunch Keynote – Equity, Ethics and Evidence: What’s new in AEA and the field?
1215pm  -  145pm
Lunch Keynote – Equity, Ethics and Evidence: What’s new in AEA and the field?
Salon C

Lunch Keynote – Equity, Ethics and Evidence: What’s new in AEA and the field?

Join current AEA president Leslie Goodyear to learn about recent AEA initiatives related to Equity, Ethics and Evidence, and engage in dialogue about important issues facing the field of evaluation. Includes a catered sit-down lunch. What’s going on in the American Evaluation Association? And how can you get involved? Leslie’s talk will connect the EERS […]

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Issues of Equity, Ethics, and Evidence in a Big Messy Evaluation
200pm  -  330pm
Issues of Equity, Ethics, and Evidence in a Big Messy Evaluation
Harding Room

Issues of Equity, Ethics, and Evidence in a Big Messy Evaluation

This panel will discuss struggles to uphold equity and ethics, and provide evidence in a big messy evaluation of an education initiative. This large-scale evaluation targeted teacher and leader professional development with the ultimate goal of improving student achievement. This three-study evaluation aimed to study the initiative’s theory of action and examine the implementation and […]

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Is it Completely Dead, or Can We Save it? An Examination of a Real-world Evaluation Dilemma
200pm  -  330pm
Is it Completely Dead, or Can We Save it? An Examination of a Real-world Evaluation Dilemma
Cape May Room

Is it Completely Dead, or Can We Save it? An Examination of a Real-world Evaluation Dilemma

Cheryl M. Ackerman, Director of Evaluation, Delaware Environmental Institute, University of Delaware Jennifer Gallo-Fox, Assistant Professor, Human Development and Family Sciences, University of Delaware Danielle Ford, Associate Professor, School of Education, University of Delaware Susan McGeary, Associate Professor, Department of Geological Sciences, University of Delaware This session will explore how an opportunity to examine methodological […]

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Common Methodological Issues Related to Faulty Evidence
200pm  -  330pm
Common Methodological Issues Related to Faulty Evidence
Cape May Room

Common Methodological Issues Related to Faulty Evidence

Stacey S. Merola, President and Principal Scientist, Merola Research LLC This presentation will engage the audience in a discussion of common methodological problems that have led to the generation, and possible subsequent widespread dissemination, of faulty evidence.  

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Working with Assumptions to Enhance Program Effectiveness
200pm  -  330pm
Working with Assumptions to Enhance Program Effectiveness
Cape May Room

Working with Assumptions to Enhance Program Effectiveness

Apollo M Nkwake, Associate Research Professor of International Affairs, The George Washington University’s Institute for Disaster and Fragility Resilience, Elliott School of International Affairs In this presentation, the critical validation of assumptions in evaluation is discussed as essential to effective and ethical evaluations and the achievement of equitable growth. This presentation will discuss a typology […]

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Better Programs through Evaluation Capacity-Building: A State Level Example
200pm  -  330pm
Better Programs through Evaluation Capacity-Building: A State Level Example
Eisenhower Room

Better Programs through Evaluation Capacity-Building: A State Level Example

Patricia Moore Shaffer, Ph.D., President, Shaffer Evaluation Group Kristi E. Wagner, Ed.D., Senior Research Associate, Shaffer Evaluation Group The session presents a case study of a capacity building project with a state level agency seeking to increase the evaluation capacity of their grantees through training and technical assistance, as well as building their own evaluation […]

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Balancing Standardized and Unique Quantitative Indicators of Progress
200pm  -  330pm
Balancing Standardized and Unique Quantitative Indicators of Progress
Eisenhower Room

Balancing Standardized and Unique Quantitative Indicators of Progress

Robert Roach, Senior Consultant, Equal Measure Laiyi Wei, Consultant, Equal Measure We will present how we process and analyze varied indicators that collective impact partnerships use to track their progress toward their goals; how we have presented this information to various audiences; and how stakeholders have leveraged this data to demonstrate the effectiveness of work […]

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Student Award Presentation – Extending the Golden Spike to include Evidence and Practice Mapping of Boy Scouts of America
200pm  -  330pm
Student Award Presentation – Extending the Golden Spike to include Evidence and Practice Mapping of Boy Scouts of America
Eisenhower Room

Student Award Presentation – Extending the Golden Spike to include Evidence and Practice Mapping of Boy Scouts of America

Rachael Doubledee, Doctoral Research Assistant, Montclair State University Derek Morgan, Graduate Research Assistant, Montclair State University Anna Maria Gilgar, Research Assistant, Montclair State University Lauren Gama, Research Associate, Montclair State University Johanna S. Quinn, Postdoctoral Researcher, Montclair State University E. Danielle Roberts, Postdoctoral Researcher, Montclair State University Miriam R. Linver, Professor, Montclair State University Jennifer […]

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A Collective Impact Approach: Implications for Network Development and Evaluation Capacity Building
200pm  -  330pm
A Collective Impact Approach: Implications for Network Development and Evaluation Capacity Building
Salon A

A Collective Impact Approach: Implications for Network Development and Evaluation Capacity Building

Lorien E. MacAuley, PhD; Instructor; Department of Agricultural, Leadership, and Community Education; Virginia Tech Kim L. Niewolny, PhD; Associate Professor; Department of Agricultural, Leadership, and Community Education; Virginia Tech Thomas G. Archibald, PhD; Assistant Professor; Department of Agricultural, Leadership, and Community Education; Virginia Tech This presentation describes how our collective impact approach with Virginia beginning […]

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Turning Practice into Theory: Helping Grassroots Organizations Develop Theories of Change & Logic Models
200pm  -  330pm
Turning Practice into Theory: Helping Grassroots Organizations Develop Theories of Change & Logic Models
Salon A

Turning Practice into Theory: Helping Grassroots Organizations Develop Theories of Change & Logic Models

Andrew MacDonald, Senior Associate, ICF Michael Long, Principal, ICF This presentation outlines practical strategies researchers can use to help grassroots organizations develop their first theory of change and logic model and prepare for an evaluation.  

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Community-Driven Tool Development: A Catalyst for Evaluation Success
200pm  -  330pm
Community-Driven Tool Development: A Catalyst for Evaluation Success
Salon A

Community-Driven Tool Development: A Catalyst for Evaluation Success

Michelle Munsey, Evaluator at Partnerships for Health, LLC Sarah Lewis, Program Coordinator at Maine Access Immigrant Network This presentation will focus on employing a community-driven approach to developing evaluation tools to ensure the incorporation of community voice into the data collection process and to promote the collection of quality data.

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From Practice to Praxis: Orienting New Evaluators to the Intersection between Theorists and Practitioners
200pm  -  330pm
From Practice to Praxis: Orienting New Evaluators to the Intersection between Theorists and Practitioners
Salon B

From Practice to Praxis: Orienting New Evaluators to the Intersection between Theorists and Practitioners

Michelle Mitchell, Executive Director at Partnerships For Health, LLC David Bell, Professor at Clark University Evaluation is a relatively young field of practice with practitioners and theorists emerging from many different disciplines. The convergence of disciplines has resulted in a rich and eclectic field of practice and a multitude of distinct and sometimes disparate theories […]

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Student Award Presentation – Dalit and Janjati Women Breaking the Cycle of Poverty: Remote Design M&E for ETC
345pm  -  515pm
Student Award Presentation – Dalit and Janjati Women Breaking the Cycle of Poverty: Remote Design M&E for ETC
Harding Room

Student Award Presentation – Dalit and Janjati Women Breaking the Cycle of Poverty: Remote Design M&E for ETC

Jacqueline Toppin, M.S. in International Affairs, The New School Tim Sughrue, M.A., The New School This presentation will explore how a remotely designed monitoring and evaluation toolkit could augment Educate the Children’s ability to provide innovative services to alleviate the impact of poverty on Dalit and Janjati women’s lives and improve their health and well-being […]

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Is Feminist International Development Policy Effective?
345pm  -  515pm
Is Feminist International Development Policy Effective?
Harding Room

Is Feminist International Development Policy Effective?

Marje Aksli This presentation will explore equity, ethics, and evidence in assessing Canada’s feminist international development policy.

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Women Leadership and Empowerment: Understanding Context and Culture for Ethical Data Collection
345pm  -  515pm
Women Leadership and Empowerment: Understanding Context and Culture for Ethical Data Collection
Harding Room

Women Leadership and Empowerment: Understanding Context and Culture for Ethical Data Collection

Angelo Gamarra, Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Specialist, Vital Voices Global Partnership This presentation offers valuable lessons in understanding context and inequities of women leaders in Kenya, India and Argentina while creating an ethical and safe space to gather evidence.

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Increasing the Visibility of Public Health: Integrating Evaluation and Communications
345pm  -  515pm
Increasing the Visibility of Public Health: Integrating Evaluation and Communications
Cape May Room

Increasing the Visibility of Public Health: Integrating Evaluation and Communications

Ashley Tetreault, Evaluator, Partnerships for Health This presentation will discuss how evaluation may hold the key to telling the story of public health and making it more concrete and visible through the collaborative effort among communication experts and evaluators in order to articulate results in an effective and efficient way.

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Applying a Collective Impact Model to Evaluate an Ongoing Urban Postsecondary Achievement Initiative
345pm  -  515pm
Applying a Collective Impact Model to Evaluate an Ongoing Urban Postsecondary Achievement Initiative
Cape May Room

Applying a Collective Impact Model to Evaluate an Ongoing Urban Postsecondary Achievement Initiative

Ishwar Bridgelal, Research Associate, CUNY Center for Advanced Study in Education Deborah Hecht, Interim Director and Senior Research Scientist, CUNY Center for Advanced Study in Education This presentation describes an attempt to devise a collective impact model as an evaluative framework for organizational harmony in a large urban postsecondary achievement initiative entering its fourth year […]

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Measuring Capacity Strengthening: Lessons from the Disaster Resilience Leadership Program
345pm  -  515pm
Measuring Capacity Strengthening: Lessons from the Disaster Resilience Leadership Program
Cape May Room

Measuring Capacity Strengthening: Lessons from the Disaster Resilience Leadership Program

Apollo M. Nkwake, The George Washington University’s Institute for Disaster and Fragility Resilience Ky Luu, The George Washington University’s Institute for Disaster and Fragility Resilience Deborah B. Elzie, The George Washington University’s Institute for Disaster and Fragility Resilience Eric Corzine, The George Washington University’s Institute for Disaster and Fragility Resilience Courtni Blackstone, The George Washington […]

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Building Evaluation Capacity through the Partnerships for Advancing Character Program Evaluation Project
345pm  -  515pm
Building Evaluation Capacity through the Partnerships for Advancing Character Program Evaluation Project
Eisenhower Room

Building Evaluation Capacity through the Partnerships for Advancing Character Program Evaluation Project

Though youth character education programs are internationally popular, a lack of formal evaluation compounded by limited time, funding, evaluation knowledge and capacity makes their impact unclear. The PACE Project offers an innovative solution through evaluation capacity building matching 8 evaluators and 32 program staff from across the country through a multi-faceted year-long program. PACE prepares […]

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What You See is Not What You Get: Strategies for Overcoming Bias in Evaluation
345pm  -  515pm
What You See is Not What You Get: Strategies for Overcoming Bias in Evaluation
Salon A

What You See is Not What You Get: Strategies for Overcoming Bias in Evaluation

Kirsten Pagan, Student Engagement Platform Coordinator, Office of Student Affairs Assessment, Binghamton University Miriam Bartschi, Assessment Consultant, Office of Student Affairs Assessment, Binghamton University The session will begin by defining the problem of bias in assessment. Participants will explore this issue and identify actionable strategies to mitigate its effects. The presenters will facilitate dialogue among […]

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Assessment and Improvement of a Data System: Strategies and Lessons Learned from a Non-profit
345pm  -  515pm
Assessment and Improvement of a Data System: Strategies and Lessons Learned from a Non-profit
Salon A

Assessment and Improvement of a Data System: Strategies and Lessons Learned from a Non-profit

Elena Pinzon O’Quinn, Learning and Evaluation Director, Latin American Youth Center Charles Riebeling, Deputy Director of Accountability, Carlos Rosario Intermediate Public Charter School  This session will outline the steps taken by a non-profit organization to assess a data and evaluation system and decide how the system could be improved. We will present our lessons learned […]

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Using Formative Evaluation to Improve Cultural Responsiveness to Measure Program Impact
345pm  -  515pm
Using Formative Evaluation to Improve Cultural Responsiveness to Measure Program Impact
Salon B

Using Formative Evaluation to Improve Cultural Responsiveness to Measure Program Impact

Katie Lu Clougherty, Program Data Coordinator, DC SCORES Lorena Palacios, Latino Engagement Coordinator, DC SCORES This presentation focuses on how an after-school non-profit internally utilizes the tool of critical reflexivity and formative evaluation to drive further improvement of the cultural responsiveness of program impact evaluation to improve educational equity.

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Using Evidence to Inform and Evaluate Implementation of a District-Wide Early Literacy Improvement Strategy
345pm  -  515pm
Using Evidence to Inform and Evaluate Implementation of a District-Wide Early Literacy Improvement Strategy
Salon B

Using Evidence to Inform and Evaluate Implementation of a District-Wide Early Literacy Improvement Strategy

Kristyn Stewart, Senior Research Associate, The School District of Philadelphia Katie Mosher, Research Specialist, The School District of Philadelphia This session will focus on the evaluation of the implementation and outcomes of Early Literacy improvement strategies in The School District of Philadelphia, including the research behind the strategy; the collection of data across 150 schools; […]

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Crossing Boundaries to Assess Young Children’s Financial Literacy
345pm  -  515pm
Crossing Boundaries to Assess Young Children’s Financial Literacy
Salon B

Crossing Boundaries to Assess Young Children’s Financial Literacy

Daniel Light, Research Scientist, Education Development Center Marion Goldstein, Senior Research Associate, Education Development Center Ashley Lewis Presser, Research Scientist, Education Development Center Tiffany Maxon, Research Associate, Education Development Center Elizabeth Pierson, Research Associate, Education Development Center Min-Kyung S. Park, Research Associate, Education Development Center This presentation will discuss efforts, challenges, and opportunities involved in […]

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Graduate Student Network Opportunity: Career Talk with the Experts
525pm  -  625pm
Graduate Student Network Opportunity: Career Talk with the Experts
Hospitality Suite, Room 490

Graduate Student Network Opportunity: Career Talk with the Experts

Are you a new evaluator or at a decision point in your career? Get advice from seasoned professionals in a relaxed setting. Several members of the EERS Board of Directors will be available to share their experiences and talk with you informally about your aspirations and how to chart your course.

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Student Evaluator Poster Presentations  and Networking Reception
645pm  -  745pm
Student Evaluator Poster Presentations  and Networking Reception
Oval Room

Student Evaluator Poster Presentations and Networking Reception

Another opportunity for networking, the poster session for student evaluators is a longtime tradition for the EERS conference. This year’s snack reception includes the following poster presenters, selected from submissions to EERS Board reviewers: Evaluating the Impact of Short-Term Study Abroad Program on Intercultural Competence Meng Fan, Doctoral Student in Evaluation, Measurement and Statistics, University […]

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Hospitality Suite Networking
900pm  -  1100pm
Hospitality Suite Networking
Hospitality Suite, Room 490

Hospitality Suite Networking

An opportunity to join EERS board members and conference attendees for an informal social and networking setting with snacks and refreshments.

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May 1, 2018

Featured Speaker Breakfast – “We are the Ones We’ve Been Waiting For…”: Research, Equity and Valuing the Collective
730am  -  845am
Featured Speaker Breakfast – “We are the Ones We’ve Been Waiting For…”: Research, Equity and Valuing the Collective
Salon C

Featured Speaker Breakfast – “We are the Ones We’ve Been Waiting For…”: Research, Equity and Valuing the Collective

Join conference attendees for a breakfast buffet and discussion led by Patrice Fenton. Research is often accepted as incremental in the way it cultivates change. So how do we use research to interrupt systemic inequity in a manner that is both efficient and impactful? This talk will illuminate why equity-based research agendas should take an identity-responsive approach to valuing and serving the collective. The public educational […]

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Show Me the Money: Using A Systematic Research Approach to Finding RFPs (US Contracting Opportunities)
900am  -  1030am
Show Me the Money: Using A Systematic Research Approach to Finding RFPs (US Contracting Opportunities)
Harding Room

Show Me the Money: Using A Systematic Research Approach to Finding RFPs (US Contracting Opportunities)

Matthew Von Hendy, Principal, Green Heron Information Services This session will provide an overview of a systematic approach to finding the right Request for Proposal (RFP) opportunities. Topics to be covered include: searching FedBizOpps for federal evaluation RFPs, using commercial RFP-finding services for state and local government RFPs, negotiating terms of agreements, general search techniques […]

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Preparing Novice Evaluators: A Comparison of Pedagogical Models of Reflective Practice and Learning
900am  -  1030am
Preparing Novice Evaluators: A Comparison of Pedagogical Models of Reflective Practice and Learning
Cape May Room

Preparing Novice Evaluators: A Comparison of Pedagogical Models of Reflective Practice and Learning

David Bell, Associate Professor, Department of International Development, Clark University This presentation will problematize the range of teaching-and-learning methods used in the preparation of novice evaluators, particularly around issues of ethics and equity.

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What’s the Problem Represented to be? Problem Definition Analysis as a Tool for Evaluative Thinking
900am  -  1030am
What’s the Problem Represented to be? Problem Definition Analysis as a Tool for Evaluative Thinking
Cape May Room

What’s the Problem Represented to be? Problem Definition Analysis as a Tool for Evaluative Thinking

Thomas Archibald, Assistant Professor, Virginia Tech The lack of problem problematization in evaluation is problematic; this presentation puts forward Carol Bacchi’s ‘What’s the Problem Represented to Be?’ approach as a useful tool to focus evaluative thinking on the frequently tacit step of problem definition.

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(Not) Localizing International Evaluation
900am  -  1030am
(Not) Localizing International Evaluation
Cape May Room

(Not) Localizing International Evaluation

Mark Johnson, Assistant Professor of Practice, Graduate Program in International Affairs, The New School This presentation will discuss how the international donor community “localization of aid” commitment to funding and capacity building of national and local organizations has not trickled down to most small organizations, whose M&E continues to be conducted by external evaluators rather […]

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Black and Latino Males Challenging Archetypal Masculinity in an Out of School Time Program
900am  -  1030am
Black and Latino Males Challenging Archetypal Masculinity in an Out of School Time Program
Eisenhower Room

Black and Latino Males Challenging Archetypal Masculinity in an Out of School Time Program

Mellie Torres, Ph.D, Visiting Assistant Professor, The Graduate Center at the City University of New York This presentation highlights a mixed-methods evaluation of an out of school time program focused on manhood development and violence prevention for Black and Latino high school males.

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Using an Implementation Science Framework to Evaluate a Center of Excellence for Transgender Healthcare
900am  -  1030am
Using an Implementation Science Framework to Evaluate a Center of Excellence for Transgender Healthcare
Eisenhower Room

Using an Implementation Science Framework to Evaluate a Center of Excellence for Transgender Healthcare

Anne Gadomski, MD, MPH, Bassett Healthcare Network, Research Institute, Cooperstown, NY Christopher Wolf-Gould, MD, Bassett Healthcare Network, Gender Wellness Center, Oneonta, NY Carolyn Wolf-Gould, MD, Bassett Healthcare Network, Gender Wellness Center, Oneonta, NY Justine Woolner-Wise, LMSW, Bassett Healthcare Network, Gender Wellness Center, Oneonta, NY Patti Noon, LMSW Bassett Healthcare Network, Gender Wellness Center, Oneonta, NY […]

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Virtuoso Logic Modeling: Making “Condition Models” Sing and Dance
900am  -  1030am
Virtuoso Logic Modeling: Making “Condition Models” Sing and Dance
Salon A

Virtuoso Logic Modeling: Making “Condition Models” Sing and Dance

Kirk Knestis, PhD, CEO, Hezel Associates This skill-building session will share the presenter’s “condition model” logic mapping approach, designed to knock down barriers inherent in typical modeling strategies to effectively guide planning and implementation in instances involving multifaceted interventions; complex mediating/moderating variables; outcomes for multiple, related stakeholder groups; or multi-site, multi-level implementation models. Participants will […]

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An Urban Library’s “RedBox:” Engaging the Machine to Make it Part of the Community
900am  -  1030am
An Urban Library’s “RedBox:” Engaging the Machine to Make it Part of the Community
Salon B

An Urban Library’s “RedBox:” Engaging the Machine to Make it Part of the Community

Rekha Shukla, Research Associate, Barbara Goldberg & Associates, LLC This presentation illustrates the case of an urban library, where the project planners’ intentions to provide a valuable resource to a community fell short, and how evaluation helped community voices reach administrators so that the project would be more accepted and effective.

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Working Smarter Not Harder: Setting Better Targets with Proactive Evaluation
900am  -  1030am
Working Smarter Not Harder: Setting Better Targets with Proactive Evaluation
Salon B

Working Smarter Not Harder: Setting Better Targets with Proactive Evaluation

Lauren Rice, Data Quality Coordinator, The Urban Alliance Susan Andrzejewski, Program Evaluation Coordinator, The Urban Alliance Urban Alliance evaluators share a target setting tool that instigates data driven decision making among frontline staff to improve programming for youth.

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Redefining Implementation Context
900am  -  1030am
Redefining Implementation Context
Salon B

Redefining Implementation Context

Ashley Lewis Presser, Ph.D., Research Scientist, Education Development Center Maggie Scalli, Research Assistant, Middle Grades Career Mentors Project This presentation will focus on the formative evaluation of an intervention that seeks to improve middle grade students’ knowledge of, and interest in, pursuing STEM-related Career and Technical Education; in particular, how the implementation context changed from […]

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Room Checkout
1030am  -  1045am
Room Checkout
Lobby

Room Checkout

A pause in the conference activities to allow attendees to check out of their rooms.

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When the Evidence is Hiding in Plain Sight: Using Adaptive Evaluation to Tell the Story of BHS
1045am  -  1215pm
When the Evidence is Hiding in Plain Sight: Using Adaptive Evaluation to Tell the Story of BHS
Eisenhower Room

When the Evidence is Hiding in Plain Sight: Using Adaptive Evaluation to Tell the Story of BHS

Jill Scheibler, PhD, Senior Research Analyst, Carson Research Consulting, Inc. Sheila Matano, MPH, Senior Research Analyst, Carson Research Consulting, Inc. During this session, we will discuss our experiences combining traditional and unconventional evaluation techniques to show the impact and tell the story of a nonprofit organization tackling maternal health inequities in Baltimore.

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Student Award Presentation – Including Underrepresented Stakeholder Voices in Evaluation: Yes, We Mean ALL of Them!
1045am  -  1215pm
Student Award Presentation – Including Underrepresented Stakeholder Voices in Evaluation: Yes, We Mean ALL of Them!
Eisenhower Room

Student Award Presentation – Including Underrepresented Stakeholder Voices in Evaluation: Yes, We Mean ALL of Them!

Lisa M. Chauveron, RYTE Institute Doctoral Candidate, Montclair State University Using both process and mixed methods findings, this presentation will discuss strategies and benefits of enhancing the role of stakeholders in evaluation designs.

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Is Evaluator-focused Meta-evaluation Occurring or Just Theorized?
1045am  -  1215pm
Is Evaluator-focused Meta-evaluation Occurring or Just Theorized?
Salon A

Is Evaluator-focused Meta-evaluation Occurring or Just Theorized?

Michael A. Harnar, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Western Michigan University Juna Snow, Innovated Consulting, LLC Tara Lightner, Western Michigan University Jeffrey Hillman, Western Michigan University This session demystifies the concept of internal meta-evaluation and bring a more manageable description of practice improvement that provides a useful tool for practitioners, recognizing the very real possibility that evaluators […]

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The Polysemy of Impact at a Research 1 Land Grant University
1045am  -  1215pm
The Polysemy of Impact at a Research 1 Land Grant University
Salon A

The Polysemy of Impact at a Research 1 Land Grant University

Elli Travis, Economic Development Specialist, Virginia Tech This presentation will be an exploration of methods, successes, failures and ethics of evaluating the impact of research and extension efforts on the economy.

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The Logic Model Repair Shop: Why Most Logic Models are Broken and How We Can Fix Them
1045am  -  1215pm
The Logic Model Repair Shop: Why Most Logic Models are Broken and How We Can Fix Them
Salon B

The Logic Model Repair Shop: Why Most Logic Models are Broken and How We Can Fix Them

Three smart people talk about logic models. Logic models are broken. We talk about how to fix them. But the fixes are broken as well. Crazy new idea introduced. Magic happens. The audience is astonished because their conceptual reality of logic models is challenged. There are hushed whispers, doubting nods, and joyful exclamations of ‘YES!’ […]

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Buffet Luncheon and Round Table Discussion
1230pm  -  200pm
Buffet Luncheon and Round Table Discussion
Salon C

Buffet Luncheon and Round Table Discussion

A wrap-up event for the conference, with buffet lunch. A panel of EERS Board members will facilitate a round robin discussion about the conference theme: equity, ethics, and evidence. What did we learn? What tensions continue to perplex us? Have we found new methods or tools to address these challenges?

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EERS Board Meeting
215pm  -  300pm
EERS Board Meeting
Harding Room