Upcoming events

    • 03/06/2024
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
    • Virtual

    Please note: This event is open only to GBEN members. You must be logged into the website to register. Interested in becoming a member? Check out our Membership Page to learn more about the benefits. 

    The Discussion Group focuses on two broad questions:

    (1) How do I start using equitable evaluation practices?

    (2) What do successful equitable evaluation practices look like?

    For March's Discussion, we continue to focus on this amazing new resource from Project Evident: Next Generation Evidence.  Some of our own GBEN members contributed to the articles!  We are asking participants to choose 1-2 articles from Section 1 of this book and come prepared to discuss what resonated with you, and how you might incorporate the learnings into your practice. 

    If you are interested in attending this session, please register. A Zoom link will be sent in your registration confirmation.

    About the Discussion Group:

    The Discussion Group was inspired by the small-group informal conversations that originally led to the creation of GBEN. We hope that these new conversations will provide GBEN members another setting to problem-solving on issues related to equitable evaluation while also getting to know each other better. Each session will discuss a short article or blog post related to equitable evaluation and problems of practice shared by meeting participants. The discussion groups will be conducted on Zoom.  These discussions are hosted every 4 to 6 weeks.

    • 03/22/2024
    • 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
    • Virtual
    • 94
    Are you launching an online survey with an incentive? Beware of bots!  


    Community facing surveys, especially those with incentives like gift cards, are susceptible to bot programmers that can submit fake responses and impact data quality. Come learn from current and former Institute for Community Health evaluators who will share best practices for protecting your surveys, detecting fraudulent responses, and cleaning up after a bot attack.

    Please note: If you are a GBEN member, this event is free. GBEN members, make sure you are logged into the website before registering. 

    • 04/03/2024
    • 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
    • Zoom
    • 95

    What is evaluation? What do careers in evaluation look like? What kind of impact can I make in evaluation? How do I get started?

    Hosted by Northeastern's Public Evaluation Lab (NU-PEL) and GBEN, this panel event invites you to think about evaluation as a career and the potential ways to move into the field. At this event, you'll listen and engage with three Northeastern alumni and evaluation professionals who will share their student experiences on how they got introduced to evaluation and how that informed them on their career journeys. 

    The event is open to all students or recent grads.

    Meet the Panelists! 

    Alex Alden is passionate about solving real-world problems through social science. With a PhD in sociology from Northeastern University, she has built a mission-driven career, conducting numerous studies for health care facilities, community organizations, and government health entities in the field of behavioral health services, racial justice, health policy, and organizational change. She currently works as the Associate Director of Research for the Center for Workforce Development at William James College. 

    David Cruz, a Salvadoran professional, holds a bachelor's degree in Economics from El Salvador (2015), and a master's in Public Policy from Northeastern University (2022). With almost a decade of experience, he specializes in socio-economic analysis, qualitative/quantitative research, social geography, and interactive visualizations. Primarily based in El Salvador, David's work has recently extended its outreach to other Central American countries and the states of Massachusetts and North Carolina. (website: davidcruzsv.com). 

    Megan Lopez, Ph.D., works as a Senior Research Associate at The Evaluation Center located at Western Michigan University. She serves as Co-Principal Investigator on EvaluATE, funded by the National Science Foundation’s Advanced Technological Education grant program. Megan graduated with her Ph.D. in Population Health from Northeastern University and holds her Master’s in Social Work and Public Administration from Grand Valley State University. She has expertise in building and supporting evaluation capacity among organizations and individuals through training, research, and technical support provision. She is additionally passionate evaluation and program design of sport-for-development initiatives.

    • 05/29/2024
    • 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • Virtual
    • 98
    Learning logs, which are based on emergent learning principles and practices, are a valuable tool for teams to capture their learnings over time and inform adjustments in strategy. While emergent learning tools are mostly designed for ongoing learning, Innovation Network has been experimenting with utilizing learning logs for evaluations. In this demonstration, Rebecca Perlmutter and Cory Georgopoulos will showcase how learning logs can be used for both short-cycle reflection and longer-term evaluations. Drawing from our own experience, we will discuss the pros and cons of using learning logs for evaluations and identify the best circumstances for their use. We will provide an overview of learning logs and share two examples from our work with policy advocacy organizations and communities of practice documenting their shifts toward advancing equity. Participants will receive a customizable template that they can use to implement learning logs in their own work.

    Please note: If you are a GBEN member, this event is free. GBEN members, make sure you are logged into the website before registering. 

Past events

02/26/2024 GBEN In-person Social Event
02/15/2024 Evaluation and ChatGPT
01/31/2024 GBEN Member Orientation
01/26/2024 Looking ahead together in 2024 - GBEN Annual Meeting
01/18/2024 Problems of Practice Office Hours
12/07/2023 Equitable Evaluation (EE) Discussion Group
12/05/2023 Other Duties as Assigned: Tech Contracts: Putting you in the Driver’s Seat
11/14/2023 Problems of Practice Office Hours
11/09/2023 Other Duties as Assigned: Determining Systems & Vendors
10/19/2023 Equitable Evaluation (EE) Discussion Group
10/17/2023 Other Duties as Assigned: Knowing What You Need
09/28/2023 Add color to your data collection toolkit
09/18/2023 GBEN In-person Social Event
07/18/2023 Equitable Evaluation Discussion Group
06/26/2023 GBEN In-person Social Event
06/13/2023 Using Space and Place to Enhance Program Evaluation
05/25/2023 Problems of Practice Office Hours
05/16/2023 Deepening Participatory Practices
05/05/2023 GBEN Member Orientation
04/19/2023 Problems of Practice Office Hours
03/30/2023 Eating (and liking) your vegetables: Fun & novel ways to enhance staff evaluation capacity
03/29/2023 Building Boston's Bench of Evaluators
03/15/2023 Problems of Practice Office Hours
02/13/2023 GBEN In-person Social Event
01/27/2023 Connections for a fruitful 2023 - GBEN Annual Meeting
01/26/2023 Data Viz Gallery Walk
12/21/2022 End of Year Gathering and Reflection
11/16/2022 Using a Systems-based Culturally responsive Evaluation (SysCRE) Framework
10/21/2022 SCENE CollabStream Meet Up
09/15/2022 Data Feminism
08/01/2022 GBEN In-person Social Event
07/20/2022 GBEN Member Orientation
07/13/2022 Outcome Harvesting
07/12/2022 Equitable Evaluation Discussion Group
06/06/2022 Coding Qualitative Data with Limited Resources
05/17/2022 Qualitative Evaluation 101
04/07/2022 SCENE Event: Co-creating Contractual & Organizational Support
03/31/2022 How to Build In CRE into Design of an Evaluation
03/17/2022 How to Catch a Cloud: the Art and Science of Evaluation in Unstructured, Informal, Dynamic Settings
02/23/2022 Collaborate, Commiserate, Learn & Celebrate
02/11/2022 Celebrate GBEN and meet out new President!
01/27/2022 SCENE Event: Cultivating Self and Teams
11/18/2021 Reflections on "Value" within E-valuation: A Book Talk by Authors Thomas Schwandt and Emily Gates
11/18/2021 Ready to Engage?: Developing a Learning + Action Agenda to Conduct Culturally Responsive and Racial Equity Evaluation
10/27/2021 Inside Job: Strategies for maximizing the impact of your internal evaluation practice
10/15/2021 GBEN Member Orientation
06/21/2021 Data Corners
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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