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    • 22 Aug 2018
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
    • Professional Data Analysts (PDA) 219 Main St SE, Minneapolis, 55414
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    Please join the Minnesota Evaluation Association's Board President, Melissa Chapman Haynes, for a lunch event around the topic of agile project management. This event will begin with a high level overview of this approach to project management, and a one page resource sheet will be provided. Following a brief presentation, participants will engage in small group discussions about how this approach to project management, which is most often used in software development, might be translated into evaluation practice. Participants will share their ideas, which will be compiled and shared with all participants after the event. There is no need for prior knowledge around agile project management – the basics will be provided, with a strong focus on brainstorming which aspects of this approach might be useful for our practice.

    Project management is one of the drafted competencies proposed by the AEA Task Force, though it is rarely a skill that has been formally taught to practicing evaluators. MNEA is committed to providing opportunities for evaluators of all abilities to have opportunities for professional development around the competencies. This is the third event around project management. The lunch series focused on project management will continue for the rest of 2018, and into 2019.

    This  event will be held on Wednesday, August 22, 12-1 PM at Professional Data Analysts (PDA), 219 Main St SE, Minneapolis, MN, 55414.

    • 26 Sep 2018
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
    • Professional Data Analysts (PDA), 219 Main St SE, Minneapolis, MN, 55414
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    Please join the Minnesota Evaluation Association's Board President, Melissa Chapman Haynes, for a lunch event around the topic of running effective meetings. A brief overview will be provided that highlights the components of an effective meeting. Following a brief presentation, participants will engage in small group discussions about one or two of these components. The small group discussion will focus on sharing tips and tricks, as well as identifying resources and questions around how we can improve meeting planning and facilitation. Participants will share their ideas, which will be compiled and shared with all participants after the event.

    Project management is one of the drafted competencies proposed by the AEA Task Force, though it is rarely a skill that has been formally taught to practicing evaluators. MNEA is committed to providing opportunities for evaluators of all abilities to have opportunities for professional development around the competencies. This is the third event around project management. The lunch series focused on project management will continue for the rest of 2018, and into 2019.

    Parking: It is recommended that you either find metered street parking, or this is a ramp connected to Saint Anthony Main via tunnel, the St. Anthony Main Parking ramp. This is located on 2nd St SE and the rates are reasonable. There is also a bus that stops by the Lunds on University Ave, which is a couple of blocks away.

    Accessibility: Wheelchair accessible parking is available in the St. Anthony Falls Ramp, one block from the theater (on 2nd Ave. SE, between University Ave. and 2nd St. SE). Wheelchair accessible restrooms are available on the first floor adjacent to the St. Anthony Main Theatre, to the left when exiting the theater into the adjoining indoor space, and just past Pracna.

    This  event will be held on Wednesday, September 26, 12-1 PM at Professional Data Analysts (PDA), 219 Main St SE, Minneapolis, MN, 55414.

    • 10 Oct 2018
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
    • Open Book, 1011 Washington Avenue South, Minneapolis 55415
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    Evaluators work in many contexts. MNEA is launching a series to highlight these contexts and increase the collective knowledge of the unique perspectives and work of these organizations. The first event will feature external evaluation organizations in the Twin Cities area  - and we are lucky to have so many talented organizations, that this will be the first of at least two events focused on multi-person external evaluation organizations. This series will continue into 2019. 

    Part 1 of the "Meet the Local Evaluation Organizations" series will be on October 10, 2018 over the lunch hour. Food will be provided. Please join us at Open Book in Minneapolis (details below). We will begin the event at Noon with a five minute presentation from each of the following evaluation organizations: Improve Group (IG), Professional Data Analysts (PDA), Rainbow Research, TerraLuna Collaborative, and Wilder Research. For the rest of the event, attendees will have the opportunity to move around each of the five tables to have more in-depth conversations with staff from each of these five organizations. 

    The focus of this event is on highlighting the strengths and nuances of the many wonderful, external evaluation organizations in the Twin Cities area. The MNEA Board will share accumulated knowledge or FAQ as appropriate following the event. Individuals who are interested in evaluation practice as part of their professional development and those who are curious for potential contract-related needs are both welcome to attend this event. We welcome students, evaluation practitioners, evaluation users, evaluation funders, and those simply curious about the world of evaluation. We understand evaluation is a growing and developing field of practice, and we believe the more shared understanding we have about each other the better we will be as a profession.

    Future events will highlight more organizations that engage in external evaluation work. Please contact the Board (info@mneval.org) if you are interested in participating in this series in 2019. 


    This  event will be held on Wednesday, October 10, 12-1 PM at Open Book, 1011 Washington Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN, 55415. We will be in Target Performance Hall, on the 2nd level of the building. 

    Parking: Free parking is first come, first served in the Open Book lot on the east side of the building. Other options include meters along 10th, 11th, and Washington Avenues and 3rd Street South; the Riverfront Municipal Ramp (212 9th Avenue South); and the Mill Quarter Ramp (711 2nd Street South).

    Accessibility: Open Book is fully accessible with handicap parking, handicap accessible bathrooms, elevators to all floors, and other services available as requested. Please contact Open Book if you have any questions regarding accessibility.

Past MNEA events (see the Resources page for materials as available)

18 Jul 2018 2020 Census in Minnesota–What do evaluators need to know?
07 Jun 2018 MNEA Webinar-Advanced Qualitative Methods
09 May 2018 APM Research Lab 2017 Ground Level Survey Findings Presentation
09 May 2018 Tour MPR before the APM Presentation!
09 Apr 2018 MNEA April Meetup: Navigating Complex Political Contexts in Evaluation
20 Dec 2017 Reflect and Gather with MNEA!
01 Dec 2017 Measuring “equity” and “access”: Evaluation design, data collection and other considerations
21 Nov 2017 AEA Debrief with MNEA
09 Nov 2017 Connect with MNEA at the AEA Annual Meeting
23 Oct 2017 Book Launch and Reception with Michael Quinn Patton
16 Oct 2017 Have a discussion over breakfast with MNEA members!
28 Sep 2017 Roundtable Discussion with Evaluation Professionals
21 Sep 2017 Exploring Project Management in Evaluation Contexts
16 Aug 2017 MNEA's August Informal Meet-Up
11 Jul 2017 MNEA's July Informal Lunch Meet-Up
21 Jun 2017 MNEA's June Informal Meet-Up
31 May 2017 An Informal MNEA Meet-Up
22 Mar 2017 MNEA Grab and Go Ice Cream Social
09 Nov 2016 Making a Career Out of Evaluation - A Forum for Emerging Evaluators
26 Oct 2016 MNEA Social at the AEA Annual Conference
19 Jul 2016 MNEA Summer Social
17 May 2016 Making Meaning of Multiple Datasets (M3) – Interactive Process to Build Evaluative Thinking
24 Feb 2016 Advancing Equity through Evaluation - How do we make it happen?
21 Jan 2016 MNEA Ignite - Non-traditional technology tools for evaluation (evaluation hacks)
26 Oct 2015 FALL SOCIAL with Michael Quinn Patton
13 Oct 2015 Book Club Event: Mixed Methods
07 Jul 2015 Summer Social
22 May 2015 Evaluating Education: A Roundtable Discussion
26 Feb 2015 Strategic Planning & Evaluation Event
11 Nov 2014 Culturally Responsive Evaluation Event
28 Oct 2014 MNEA Student Event - The Life of an Evaluator
10 Jul 2014 Summer Social Event
23 May 2014 Evaluation Capacity Building Event
09 Oct 2013 Evaluating Advocacy Efforts
18 Jul 2013 Summer Social Event
10 May 2013 Health Care Reform and Evaluation
22 Mar 2013 Data Visualization Event
06 Dec 2012 MN EA Social Happy Hour
15 Nov 2012 MN EA Social Happy Hour
04 Apr 2012 Roundtable Discussion International Monitoring and Evaluation: Donor Collaboration and Sustainable Results
09 Feb 2012 Using Geographic Information Systems (GIS) as an Evaluation Tool

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