Announcement (05/24/2021): The Programming committee will be taking the summer off (July and August) on hosting events to give everybody a Zoom break and to allow us time to plan the second half of 2021. As always, we welcome presenters and topic ideas/formats for events. Hope to see you at the June roundtable on Data Corners with Chantal Hoff!

Upcoming events

    • 10/15/2021
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
    Register

    Did you join GBEN in the last year? Or, are you an existing member looking to connect with peers in the evaluation community as we continue to navigate a virtual / hybrid world? 

    Come join GBEN’s *first* New Member Orientation sync-up to learn about the perks of being a part of this professional community, to hear about ways to contribute to the field, or simply to just say hello!


      Connect or reconnect with your evaluation peers

      Learn about:

        • the benefits of your GBEN membership

        • ways to get involved

        • upcoming leadership opportunities

      Tell GBEN what you want out of a professional community!
      • 10/27/2021
      • 2:00 PM - 3:15 PM
      • https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJAsfumtqDsvH9UHzzejZ9kX2ZIFZw1MmsfQ
      This webinar is co-sponsored by the AEA Internal Evaluation TIG and us, the Greater Boston Evaluation Network. To register to the event, click this link: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJAsfumtqDsvH9UHzzejZ9kX2ZIFZw1MmsfQ

      Internal evaluators find themselves pulled in many directions. To be effective, we need to balance traditional evaluation activities with skills in facilitation, capacity building, and culture change, to name a few. As a result, internal evaluators often ask themselves "where does my job start and end?" At this interactive webinar, we will share strategies for maximizing the impact of internal evaluation based on our professional experiences in the health and not-for-profit sectors. We will discuss practical tips and strategies about what's worked for us and are interested in learning what's worked for you. Topics will include how internal evaluators can: shift internal culture, break down silos, coach at the grassroots level, balance standardization with customization, and generate excitement within organizations. We invite you to join us in our quest to move internal evaluation practice from an isolated service to an embedded philosophy within our organizations.  

      Presenters:

      Julia Langton, Manager of Evaluation & Impact Analysis, The Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research

      Meagan Sutton, Director of Community Capacity & Impact, Social Venture Partners Vancouver 

      Kasra Hasani, Senior Evaluation Analyst, First Nations Health Authority

      Rita Janke, Direct of Quality and Evaluation, Child Health BC

      Trilby Smith, Evaluation Consultant, Trilby Smith Consulting 

      • 11/18/2021
      • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
      • Virtual
      Register

      The Northeastern University Public Evaluation Lab (NU-PEL) and the Greater Boston Evaluation Network (GEBN) will be co-hosting our 3rd virtual event in our Culturally Responsive Evaluation (CRE) series. 

      As our world calls for evaluation that is multiculturally valid, honors the multiple truths of a range of communities, and is in service of equitable change, many evaluators are seeking to bridge theory to practice in their work. This 90-minute interactive learning session creates the environment for attendees enhance their reflective practice and draft a learning + action agenda to apply what they are learning about culturally responsive and racial equity evaluation.

      Participants will:

      1. Debrief individual results from MPHI's How Culturally Responsive is My Practice? self-assessment.
      2. Discuss results within the contexts of their evaluands, evaluation teams, and organizations
      3. Crowdsource resources and draft outlines of their own customized Learning + Action Agenda for Conducting Evaluation Using a Culturally Responsive and Racial Equity Lens

      You must register for the event to receive the online meeting information. On the registration form, there are 3 basic demographic questions that are optional to answer. You may choose to skip those questions. Your answers to the registration questions will not be shared outside of the presenter. Dr. Mindelyn Anderson and the Mirror Group asks these questions for those to reflect on who they are as part of the self-assessment process. 

      We are fortunate to have Mindelyn Anderson, PhD lead us in this learning session. 

      Mindelyn Anderson, PhD

      For 20 years, Dr. Anderson has researched social inequality and stratification, race and migration, education and social mobility, and health. Prior to founding Mirror Group, Mindelyn served as the Program Director of the Master’s of Science in Measurement and Evaluation at American University, Honors Faculty in Residence and Assistant Professor of Sociology and African American Studies at Northeastern University, and Marilyn Yarbrough Fellow at Kenyon College. Her scholarship has been supported by sponsors including the National Science Foundation, National Endowment for the Humanities, and National Institutes of Health. Dr. Anderson has also held fellowships at American Institutes for Research and Mathematica Policy Research. She has conducted evaluations with and provided technical assistance and training for philanthropic, community-based, regional, national and international non-profit, for-profit, and educational organizations. Her utilization- focused, participatory evaluation practice is informed by Culturally-Responsive and Racial Equity Evaluation and values equity, systems change, and transformation as integral components of high quality consulting. In addition to leading evaluation, learning, and strategy at Mirror Group she currently serves as Program Co-Chair of the American Evaluation Association Independent Consulting Topical Interest Group, Washington Evaluators' Co-Coordinator of Evaluators Without Borders, and Reviewer for the American Journal of Evaluation. Mindelyn’s happy place is co-creating the art and science of making data and evaluation meaningful, accessible, and actionable with learning organizations and the communities we at Mirror Group love!

    Past events

    06/21/2021 Data Corners
    05/18/2021 Data Viz Show & Tell
    04/06/2021 Culturally Responsive Evaluation (CRE): Theory to Practice
    03/18/2021 Critical Race Theory, Part 1
    02/24/2021 Bring an Idea, leave with new perspective(s)
    12/16/2020 Internal Evaluation (discussion-style)
    11/16/2020 Culturally Responsive Evaluation (CRE): Introduction and Inquiry
    11/10/2020 Getting Started with Consulting: An introductory webinar for evaluators who want to start consulting practices
    09/29/2020 Let’s hear it for the visuals! How one evaluator collaborated with coalitions to create infographics
    09/10/2020 Leadership and Libations!
    07/22/2020 Evaluators as “Accidental Techies:” What we’ve learned about database implementation
    06/17/2020 Adapting Evaluations during COVID-June Roundtable
    05/13/2020 Qualitative Comparative Analysis - May roundtable
    04/23/2020 Values in Evaluation Applied: Balancing Stakeholder, Commissioner, & Evaluator Values in Evaluation
    03/09/2020 Presentation on Trauma-informed Data Collection
    02/12/2020 Roundtable on Building Evidence
    12/04/2019 An Approach to Multi-Grantee Evaluation
    11/14/2019 GBEN at AEA
    11/04/2019 2019 Annual Meeting
    10/29/2019 What should evaluators know about IRBs?
    09/10/2019 Hiring for an Evaluation Position:Tips, Tricks, and Lesson’s Learned
    08/21/2019 Independent Evaluators Meetup
    08/21/2019 Logic Models: How to Engage Stakeholders and Create Innovative Products
    07/22/2019 Summer social meetup
    06/18/2019 Social Network Analysis
    05/14/2019 Racial Equity and Evaluation
    04/18/2019 Independent Evaluators Meetup
    04/18/2019 Values in Evaluation-Panel at Boston College
    03/05/2019 Empowerment Evaluation
    02/05/2019 Impact Evaluation Panel at Northeastern University
    01/14/2019 January Social Meet-up
    12/04/2018 December 4th Roundtable-Budgeting for Evaluation
    11/05/2018 2018 Business Meeting
    11/01/2018 2018 AEA Meet up!
    10/03/2018 October 3rd Roundtable: Community Health Needs Assessments
    09/06/2018 How to Host Webinars that Don’t Suck
    08/07/2018 August 7th Roundtable:Qualitative Evaluation
    07/12/2018 July 12th-Summer Meet-up!
    06/05/2018 June 5th Roundtable-Repurposing Existing Data
    04/26/2018 Meetup for Independent Consultants
    04/10/2018 April Social Meet-up
    04/04/2018 April 4th Roundtable
    03/13/2018 March Social Meet-up
    02/06/2018 February Roundtable-Usability Testing for Evaluation Researchers

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