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  • 06/20/2019 12:52 PM | Cara Karter (Administrator)

    The Chicago Department of Family and Support Services (DFSS) has reached out to request volunteers to serve as reviewers for proposals submitted through its Chicago Early Learning RFP. The RFP invited current funded Delegate Agencies and Partners to apply for a continuation of funding to serve children and families birth-5 across a variety of program models.

    In short, DFSS is asking for assistance in reviewing and “rating” proposals submitted. There is no compensation involved; this is purely an act of good citizenship. Both experienced and novice proposal reviewers are welcome to participate. This is an opportunity for you to learn more about the proposal review process and to better understand the landscape of early childhood services in Chicago.

    Volunteers will need to set aside time to:

    • View a recorded DFSS-led training on the scoring matrix
    • Sign a confidentiality agreement form 
    • Score between 4 to 10 proposals before 7/19 

    If you would like to volunteer (or learn more), please reach out to Rima Malhotra, Manager of Family Support Programs at rima.malhotra@cityofchicago.org.

    Many thanks for considering this opportunity to support DFSS's investments in the city.

  • 06/20/2019 12:23 PM | Cara Karter (Administrator)

    YMCA Evaluation of Early Learning QI System
    Due: July 29, 2019

    Over the last three years at the Y we have worked to implement, scale, and refine the YQ (Y-Quality) Early Learning Initiative. The Y's systemic professional development initiative is focused on elevating instructional quality to improve educational outcomes for Chicago's children, many of whom are misserved by inequitable systems.

    We are incredibly excited to report that thanks to the support and partnership of the McCormick Foundation, we will be expanding the current evaluation and assessment work.  In the next phase of this initiative, we are looking to build on the learnings from these first few years. Attached please find RFPs for both a lead evaluation partner and an assessment partner (two-year project, subject to review after year one) -- We would greatly appreciate it if you share with your networks.

    Please reach out with any questions and thank you in advance for your willingness to spread the word!

    RFP Early Learning Programming_Evaluation Partner_June 2019.pdf

    RFP Early Learning Programming_Assessment Partner_June 2019.pdf

  • 04/29/2019 4:00 PM | Cara Karter (Administrator)

    Did you know that Chicagoland Evaluation Association members get a special rate on Evaluators' Institute courses this April in Chicago? Contact us at connect@evalchicago.org for the discount code.

    Program Dates: April 29-May 4, 2019
    Location: Holiday Inn Chicago O’Hare Area5615 N. Cumberland AvenueChicago, IL 60631

    Courses:

    Social and Organizational Network Analysis (2-day course, April 29-30)
    Instructor: Kimberly A. Fredericks, PhD
    Category: Analytic Approaches

    Linking Evaluation Questions to Analysis Techniques (3-day course, April 29-May 1)
    Instructor: Melvin M. Mark, PhD
    Category: Evaluation Approaches and Techniques

    Strategy Mapping (2-day course, April 29-30)
    Instructor:John Bryson, PhD
    Category: Using Evaluation – Strategies and Capacity

    Developmental Evaluation: Systems and Complexity (2-day course, April 29-30)
    Instructor: Michael Quinn Patton, PhD
    Category: Evaluation Approaches and Techniques

    Culture and Evaluation (1-day course, May 1)
    Instructor: Leona Ba, EdD
    Category: Using Evaluation – Strategies and Capacity

    Using Non-experimental Designs for Impact Evaluation (2-day course, May 1-2)
    Instructor: Gary T. Henry, PhD
    Category: Evaluation Theory, Design and Methods

    Qualitative Evaluation Methods (2-day course, May 1-2)
    Instructor: Michael Quinn Patton, PhD
    Category: Evaluation Theory, Design and Methods

    Presenting Data Effectively: Practical Methods for Improving Evaluation Communication(2-day course, May 2-3)
    Instructor: Stephanie Evergreen, PhD
    Category: Using Evaluation – Strategies and Capacity

    Monitoring & Evaluation: Frameworks and Fundamentals (2-day course, May 3-4)
    Instructor: Ann Doucette, PhD
    Category: Evaluation Foundations

    Sampling: Basic Methods for Probability Sampling and Non-Probability Samples (1-day course, May 3)
    Instructor: Gary T. Henry, PhD
    Category: Evaluation Theory, Design and Methods

    Designing, Managing, and Analyzing Multi-Site Evaluations (2-day course, May 3-4)
    Instructor: Debra J. Rog, PhD
    Category: Evaluation Theory, Design and Methods

  • 04/17/2019 4:57 PM | Jillian Papa

    Southern Illinois University School of Medicine is accepting applications for a Research Project Specialist starting in summer or fall 2019 with rolling admission. Applicants with a Bachelor's or Master's Degree are encouraged to apply.  Applicants interested in a gap year before graduate school are welcome. Qualified candidates will have experience in the research process including identifying related articles, applying for grants, collecting data, and analyzing data. Candidates must have interests that align with one of our divisions (a) Human and Community Development, (b) Epidemiology and Biostatistics, or (c) Health System Science. Past projects include the topics of obesity, HIV, cancer, and mental/ behavioral health.  For full description, see the link below and the attachment. For further questions, contact Nicole Summers at nsummers91@siumed.edu.

    https://siumed.hiretouch.com/research--basic-science-faculty-jobs


  • 04/17/2019 4:54 PM | Jillian Papa

    Serving under the direction of the director of or vice president for program strategy, the program officer is responsible for identifying and nurturing opportunities for affecting positive systemic change within communities, and executing programming efforts that are aligned with the organizational direction. The program officer will work closely with other staff to ensure integration and coordination of efforts.

     

    Additional Info

    • Substantial work experience within or partnered with public health systems or food production and distribution systems and a solid understanding of community engagement in those systems.
    • Build and maintain strong, authentic relationships and act as spokespeople, effectively communicating the foundation’s goal of working with communities to improve the lives of children.
    • Familiarity with public health networks as well as experience developing robust partnerships across public, private, and nonprofit sectors. A deep and comprehensive understanding of program design and development along with local, regional, and national networks of contacts is desired.

     

    Education/Experience

    • Master’s degree in a field relevant to assigned areas is preferred. Minimum five years’ experience in fields relevant to assigned responsibilities. Preference for significant relevant work experience (8+ years) with strong networks and contacts, as well as a broad, generalist background with deep and comprehensive understanding of program design and development, systems, networking, and community change. Knowledge, skills and experience in racial equity, community engagement and/or leadership development.
    • Successful experience working as part of a multidisciplinary team and working effectively with persons from diverse cultural, social and ethnic backgrounds.
    • Strong written and verbal communications skills.
    • Spanish language written and spoken fluency desired.
    • Foundation or nonprofit experience helpful.
    • Experience working in a high performing and agile organization with a team-oriented culture.
    Due to the pace of this search, candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. Applications including a cover letter describing your interest and qualifications, your resume (in Word format), and where you learned of the position should be sent to: WKKF-POFHWB@nonprofitprofessionals.com. In order to expedite the internal sorting and reviewing process, please type your name (Last, First) as the only contents in the subject line of your e-mail.


  • 04/12/2019 5:06 PM | Cara Karter (Administrator)

    The Chicagoland Evaluator: Member feature

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    Using evaluation to inform policy: Tips for evaluators

    an interview with Dr. Anne Farrell, Director of Research, Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago

    For this edition of The Chicagoland Evaluator, Dr. Rafiqah Mustafaa, Evaluation Coach at Planning, Implementation, Evaluation Org interviewed Dr. Anne Farrell, Director of Research at Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago. Below, Rafiqah shares Dr. Farrell’s valuable tips on how readers might conduct rigorous translational research and evaluation that can be useful for decision-making.

    1. Deeply examine the theory of change. This is an essential component of any project because it helps the evaluator or researcher to understand the logic behind the policy or program being examined. To understand this logic, Dr. Farrell suggests asking questions like what is this program/policy trying to accomplish? And who is involved in implementation?These answers provide a realistic idea of how the program operates, the outcomes that matter, and where our work can have the most impact. Too often, measurement of implementation is ignored, making it impossible to know what components are responsible for change (or lack thereof).

    2. Seek the perspectives of various stakeholders including the policy’s intended beneficiaries and frontline workers. Inquiry into the effectiveness or impact of a policy or program involves an informed, collaborative dialogue. As evaluators, we have perspectives that shape our inquiry; however, there are many things we don’t know, or can’t know, because of our particular vantage points. It is important that we understand the perspectives of the beneficiaries, frontline workers, and other stakeholders, and use those perspectives to inform our evaluation process. In particular, equity-oriented evaluation efforts need to tap the perspectives of community members and individuals who are intended to benefit from initiatives and programs.

    3. Study in depth the policy and its related regulations. Policy-oriented evaluators need to understand deeply the policies of interest in order to align evaluation to inform policy. To do this, evaluators can ask questions like what are the regulations associated with this policy?And how are the intended beneficiaries affected when laws, regulations, or appropriations change?  By answering these questions, evaluators are better positioned to provide insightful analyses and relevant recommendations for decision-makers.

    4. Focus on collecting data that is needed and useful. Dr. Farrell shared that she has become a measurement “minimalist” as she’s evolved in her career. Very often, heads of agencies, frontline staff, and intended beneficiaries are required to collect and/or report data that is never actually used in evaluation. Policy-oriented evaluators need to have a clear understanding of the purpose of each data point. Knowing this, we can use a more intentional approach to measurement that focuses on collecting quality, useful data, and minimize demands on the individuals involved in the data collection process.

    This conversation with Dr. Anne Farrell highlighted that while evaluators bring to their work a range of interests, skillsets, and approaches, it is important to consider how we can be intentional in shaping our work to maximize its utility for policy and practice. 

  • 02/12/2019 8:44 PM | Cara Karter (Administrator)

    EduDream is looking for an experienced research associate (3-5 years experience) with a passion to advance educational equity. It's a great opportunity for someone looking for flexible work hours. This can be either a part-time or consultant position. 

    Job posting: EduDream_ResearchAssociate_JobDescription2019_FF.pdf

  • 01/18/2019 10:53 AM | Cara Karter (Administrator)

    Planning Implementation and Evaluation Org (PIE) provides research and evaluation leadership to non-profit organizations throughout Chicagoland. They are currently seeking a research intern to assist PIE staff in helping organizations use their own data for decision making. 

    If you are interested, you can view the job description and email your reply to admin@pieorg.org by March 1, 2019.


  • 01/15/2019 8:09 PM | Cara Karter (Administrator)

    The Milwaukee Evaluation association invites Chicagoland Evaluation Association members to attend its 2019

    Social Justice and Evaluation Conference

    Friday, March 15, 2019
    8:30am-5:00pm

    Goodman Community Center
    149 Waubesa Street, Madison, WI

    Members of the Chicagoland Evaluation Association are eligible for a reduced registration cost of $80. 

    Keynote Speaker: Vu Le (“voo lay”) is a writer, speaker, vegan, Pisces, and the Executive Director of Rainier Valley Corps, a nonprofit in Seattle that promotes social justice by developing leaders of color, strengthening organizations led by communities of color, and fostering collaboration between diverse communities. Known for his no-BS approach, irreverent sense of humor, and love of unicorns, Vu has been featured in dozens, if not hundreds, of his own blog posts at NonprofitAF.com, formerly nonprofitwithballs.com

    Conference participants will also participate in several methods-based capacity building breakout sessions, network with peers across the state, and meet several emerging evaluators of color. Session abstracts will be posted soon.

    Registration includes light refreshments and lunch.

    To learn more and register, visit: https://evaluation.wildapricot.org/event-3198876

  • 01/11/2019 4:02 PM | Cara Karter (Administrator)

    The Interdisciplinary Ph.D. in Evaluation (IDPE) at Western Michigan University (WMU) is accepting applications for Fall 2019. The IDPE is dedicated to developing evaluation scholars and practitioners who have a deep knowledge of evaluation theory, methodology, and practice as well as superior critical thinking and problem-solving skills.

    We are excited to announce that starting in Fall 2019, a limited number of associateships are available to doctoral students with a demonstrated interest in STEM education evaluation and/or research on evaluation in the 2-year college environment. These annually renewable associateships will include tuition, fees, and a stipend.

    The WMU Evaluation Center is home to EvaluATE, the evaluation support center for the National Science Foundation’s Advanced Technological Education program. In operation since 2008, EvaluATE (www.evalu-ate.org) recently received a new five-year grant that will support two doctoral associates from the IDPE program to work on the grant. Being admitted to the IDPE program is the first step toward consideration for an EvaluATE associateship. 

    If you’re passionate about research on evaluation and have an interest in or experience evaluating STEM education in the 2-year college environment, we want to hear from you. Start your application today. 

    Applications requesting financial support, including these associateships, are due February 1, 2019. So, don’t delay.

    Go to https://wmich.edu/evaluationphd/apply to access WMU’s online degree-seeking graduate application system that allows all students (domestic and international) to submit required information into one system.

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