Federal Evaluator Policy Day

Special Complimentary Federal Evaluator Sessions

The American Evaluation Association will host the Evaluation 2017 conference at the Marriott Wardman Park on November 8-11 with pre-conference workshops being held November 6-7 and 11.

You are invited to attend two sessions at the Evaluation 2017 conference as AEA’s guest (no registration fee). As a federal evaluator, we believe you’ll find these sessions on Wednesday, November 8 to be of important interest. You will need to register as space is limited. After registering, you will receive instructions for where to pick up your guest badge upon arrival.

This event has reached capacity and registration is now closed.

This does not register you for the entire Evaluation 2017 conference but only for attending these specific sessions. If you are already registered for the full Evaluation 2017, these sessions are included in your registration. If you’re interested in more details on the entire conference, you can go here: www.evaluationconference.org.

Federal Evaluator: A Community of Learning

Wednesday, November 8 at 1:45-3:15 pm
Presenters: George Grob, Cheryl Oros, Nick Hart, Stephanie Shipman

To encourage networking that will enhance and expand the federal evaluation community of learning, the Evaluation Policy Task Force (EPTF) brings together representatives of: progressive federal evaluation offices; AEA; Washington Evaluators (WE, the local evaluation affiliate); and the Government Accountability Office-sponsored Federal Evaluators network (FedEval) to speak about their efforts and organizations. This session will provide an update on their work and invite Member questions and networking.

Of particular interest will be the discussion with federal evaluation office leaders about how they have been able to expand evaluation capacity, quality and use in their agencies. Topics leaders may cover will include: creation and promulgation of evaluation policies; evaluation strategic planning; staff selection and training; connection with stakeholders; evaluation products; use of evaluation evidence in policymaking and program modifications; connection with the evaluation community; and the usefulness of AEA policies and services.

Federal Evaluation: Reflections by Naomi Goldstein

Wednesday, November 8 at 4:30-6:00 pm
Presenter: Naomi Goldstein, Administration for Children and Families

Dr. Goldstein, Acting Administrator and Deputy Assistant Secretary for Planning, Research, and Evaluation of the Administration for Children and Families, Department of Health and Human Services had testified before the Commission on Evidence-Based Policymaking this year. She will discuss how her ACF office had been able to expand evaluation capacity, quality and use in ACF; the promulgation of ACF evaluation policies; evaluation strategic planning; staff selection and training; connection with stakeholders and products; use of evaluation evidence in policymaking and program modifications; connection with the evaluation community; and usefulness of AEA policies and services.

Dr. Goldstein will share her insights on the users of evaluations, the place of studies in policy decision-making, effective strategies to increase evaluation utilization and promising approaches to ensure continuing education for evaluators. She will also address the promises and challenges that “big data” and “data analytics” bring to evaluation practice; comment on rigorous impact evaluation methodologies; and remark on how evaluators can systematize and strengthen implementation and process evaluations; and how evaluators can combine evaluation and performance measurement and management to enhance learning. We invite Member questions and comments.

Bonus: As part of this invitation, please also attend the Evaluation 2017 Keynote address.

Keynote Address: From Learning to Action: Employing Evaluation to Advance the Public Good

Wednesday, November 8 at 3:15 pm-4:15 pm
Dr. Kathy Newcomer, AEA President

The current president of the American Evaluation Association will draw upon her three decades of experience studying evaluation and measurement in the U.S. federal government to describe what she believes are imposing challenges to learning from evaluation within the public and nonprofit sectors. She will also talk about what we have learned that we can use to address persisting obstacles, including addressing organizational cultures, expectations and incentives in order for us to promote and use evaluation to strengthen effective and humane organizations that contribute to the enhancement of the public good.

Kathryn Newcomer, PhD is the Director of the Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration at the George Washington University where she teaches graduate level courses on public and nonprofit program evaluation, and research design. She is a Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration, and currently serves on the Comptroller General’s Educators’ Advisory Panel. She served as an elected member of the Board of Directors of the American Evaluation Association (AEA) (2012-2015), and began service as AEA president on January 1, 2017. She routinely conducts research and training for federal and local government agencies and nonprofit organizations on performance measurement and program evaluation, and has designed and conducted evaluations for many U.S. federal agencies and dozens of nonprofit organizations.

Meet the Authors Reception and Poster Sessions

Wednesday, November 8 at 7:00-8:30 pm