Upcoming events

    • 06/13/2023
    • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Virtual

    Please note: If you are a non-GBEN member, this event costs $10. GBEN members, make sure you're logged into the website before registering!

    How can we use space and place to enhance program evaluations designed for the public good? We will discuss the ways geography and its concepts of space and place allow us to see programs and results through different lenses. Evaluators will learn how and where geographic concepts inform traditional evaluation methodologies, like logic modeling. We will explore how geographic information helps answer evaluation questions and how to develop your own geographic information sources during an evaluation. We will learn a few easy-to-access introductory techniques for displaying and analyzing geographic information. Finally, we will discuss a few caveats for taking care of geographic data as an evaluator.

    Kathlene (Katie) Butler

    Katie is an environmental scientist and geographer who has been evaluating environmental programs and mining environmental data for more than 25 years. Katie has published over 30 program evaluations of EPA programs covering a broad range of environmental topics. Among others, she has evaluated programs designed to support underserved communities, enforce petroleum refinery compliance, protect drinking water safety, and effectively respond to natural disasters.

    Katie loves solving tricky environmental puzzles using interdisciplinary strategies. Katie started her career investigating the mysterious drainage of a large central Florida lake. As a US Peace Corps Volunteer, she developed the first-ever monitoring and evaluation plan for an internationally protected wetland site in the Moroccan Middle Atlas Mountains. Katie led the US Environmental Protection Agency’s oversight effort to determine what went wrong in the Flint, Michigan drinking water crisis and led the oversight effort to develop strategies for improving drinking water services in Puerto Rico following Hurricanes Irma and Maria. Katie holds master’s degrees in environmental engineering sciences and geographic information sciences and has conducted academic research ranging from the ancient (paleolimnology) to the futuristic (satellite remote sensing). Katie founded the GeoLiteracy Project in 2021 to help people get better, faster environmental results using program evaluation techniques. 

    • 06/26/2023
    • 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
    • Night Shift Brewing - Everett Taproom (87 Santilli Hwy, Everett, MA 02149)

    Join us for our next in-person social event! One of the benefits of GBEN is its network of fun and accomplished evaluators! Come and mingle with other GBEN members at Night Shift Brewing - Everett Taproom.  We look forward to seeing you there!

    Night Shift Brewing - Everett Taproom (87 Santilli Hwy, Everett, MA 02149) is accessible via the Wellington stop (Orange line). Parking is available in a small lot or on the street. The event is mask-friendly. GBEN will purchase some shareable snacks, and attendees will be able to purchase their own beverages.

Past events

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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