• 12/01/2020 3:19 PM | Brad Krueger (Administrator)

    The Chicagoland Evaluation Association (CEA) is pleased to announce the following candidates who are running for CEA leadership positions.

    CEA Vice President Candidate Statements (1)

    Sheila Rodriguez

    I am honored to be nominated as a candidate for the position of Vice President-Elect of the Chicago Evaluation Association. For the past 2 years I have been an active member of the CEA.  My passion lies in education, evaluation and research. My thinking about evaluation has been expanded by the knowledge shared and by my interactions with established and emerging evaluators who are as passionate, if not even more, about the importance of evaluation work. I am currently a research associate at Education Development Center (EDC) in Chicago, IL. I have extensive experience in evaluation and education research.  I started my career, over 12 years ago, as a researcher and was given the opportunity to do some evaluation work, specifically in the afterschool realm and I fell in love with evaluation and have not looked back ever since. I continue to grow in my understanding and experience in evaluation work and the importance of evaluation in education. 

    If elected, in my role as Vice President I will promote the advancement of CEA’s mission through inclusive practices. I vow to listen intently and act purposefully in the best interest of the CEA membership to support and expand the range of diversity within CEA. I will engage in more dialogue that encourages collaboration and unify us in achieving a shared vision. Be a collaborative thought partner to the CEA President in creating a stronger and more viable leadership structure and provide any administrative supports, as necessary, that will move the work and vision of the CEA forward. Additionally, I will assist the President in expanding membership, events and activities throughout the full-term of this position. If I am fortunate enough to be elected, I pledge that I will honor my commitment to serve CEA with integrity, honesty and care for all in supporting the continued growth and development of CEA as a stronghold in evaluation.

    CEA Secretary Candidate Statements (1)

    Linda Galib 

    Hello Chicagoland Evaluation Association members! My name is Linda Galib (pronouns she/her), and I’m running for the position of CEA Secretary. I currently serve as Research and Evaluation Director at Urban Initiatives, a nonprofit organization that implements youth development programs in Chicago Public Schools. I’m also a full-time doctoral student pursuing a PhD in Research Methodology at Loyola University Chicago’s School of Education. I strive to keep equitable evaluation practices at the center of my work, and am interested in developing strategies for making participation in evaluation as fun, equitable, and inclusive as possible for youth. Prior to Urban Initiatives, I was a Senior Analyst for the Government Accountability Office, where I evaluated federal health care programs and policies. I have master’s degrees in public health and public policy from the University of Michigan. In my spare time, I love experimenting with new sourdough recipes, running, yoga, anything involving the outdoors, and playing board games.

    I truly appreciate CEA as an organization for serving as a valuable resource to build our networks and skills. I would love to become more active in CEA and would be honored to serve you all as CEA Secretary. In addition to my general love of evaluation and appreciation for this organization, I would bring strong communication, collaboration, and organizational skills, as well as dedication and commitment to the role. Thank you for your consideration!

    Each candidate has been invited to introduce themselves and share their candidate statement at the CEA annual members’ meeting on December 9. Please RSVP here and join us for the meeting!

    Voting will take place online from December 14 through 18. You will receive an email with a link to cast your ballot. Results will be announced by December 31, and the new officers will serve a 2-year term from January 1, 2021 to December 31, 2022.

    Please feel free to contact any member of the Nominating Committee if you have questions or would like additional information: Ada Gomero (acgomero@gmail.com), Camille Lemieux (clemieux@edc.org) or Rebecca Teasdale (rteasd2@uic.edu).

  • 11/30/2020 6:33 AM | Anonymous

    Education Development Center

    Education Development Center is hiring for a Senior Research Associate.
    This is a great opportunity for research and evaluation folks with experience working on racial equity issues, as well as a deep understanding of the needs of local neighborhoods, communities, non-profits and community-based organizations in Chicago.

    This position could also be a great opportunity for an ABD student or PhD graduate with experience in evaluation, philanthropy, and/or working with community organizations in Chicago.


    Senior Research Associate in Chicago, IL, USA.



    Please note that we are looking for candidates who share EDC’s commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion and who understand the importance of cultural responsiveness in today’s context. Candidates with lived experience of marginalized populations are encouraged to apply.

  • 11/17/2020 7:00 PM | Anonymous

    The Chicagoland Evaluation Association (CEA) is seeking nominations for the positions of Vice President and Secretary. This is a great opportunity to get more involved in CEA. Both positions will serve a 2-year term from January 1, 2021 to December 31, 2022. 

    Use the form below to nominate yourself or another CEA member by Friday, November 13, 2020. Nominees will be contacted by the Nominating Committee to discuss the role and confirm their candidacy. Voting will take place online in mid-December.


    About the positions:

    • The Vice President performs the duties of the President in the absence of, or at the request of the President. In the absence of the Treasurer and the President, the Vice-President is authorized to sign checks for disbursements as authorized by the Board. The Vice-President is a member ex-officio of the Program Committee and may be appointed to chair that Committee by the President. This is a new position that was added to the CEA board per the new CEA bylaws that were approved by the membership in December 2019.

    • The Secretary performs, or causes to be performed, the following tasks: maintains a master calendar for the organization, maintains the membership list, takes minutes at Board meetings, takes minutes at the Annual Business Meeting and makes them available to members, authenticates corporate records and maintains official corporate documents except those held by the Treasurer, verifies the security of ballots and of any Web site used for voting, and handles official correspondence for CEA.

    Please feel free to contact any member of the Nominating Committee if you have questions or would like additional information: Ada Gomero (acgomero@gmail.com), Camille Lemieux (clemieux@edc.org) orRebecca Teasdale (rteasd2@uic.edu).

  • 10/16/2020 10:00 AM | Anonymous
    Registration and more information about the training can be found here: https://indianaevaluation.org/Events

    Ripple Effect Mapping (REM) is an evaluation method designed to assess the intended and unintended impacts of community-engaged programs and initiatives. In other words, it allows us to better understand the effect we have in a community beyond surveys and quantitative data. REM combines the use of appreciative inquiry and mind mapping to identify how a program impacted or influenced the community it serves.

    We will use an interactive format to immerse participants in a virtual REM session. Because of the high level of engagement required, we request that all participants agree to turn on both their video and audio during the participatory parts of the virtual session.

    Sarah Goletz, MPH is the Associate Director of Evaluation at the Indiana Area Health Education Centers (AHEC) Network office at the Indiana University School of Medicine.  Her background includes working with underserved communities and refugee populations to improve health outcomes. She has prior research experience in xeno-transplantation and the educational attainment of rural and disadvantaged populations.

    Jennifer Taylor, DHEd, MPH is the Executive Director of the Indiana AHEC Network and an Assistant Professor of Family Medicine in the Department of Family Medicine at the Indiana University School of Medicine. Her background includes over a decade of experience working on a variety of health-related topics including health workforce development, program evaluation, workplace wellness, interprofessional education, behavioral health, and primary prevention.

    Networking Opportunity

    After the REM session, you are invited to stay on the Zoom call to network with other participants and IEA members. We will utilize breakout rooms to keep the groups smaller and conversations flowing.

    Registration and more information about the training can be found here: https://indianaevaluation.org/Events

  • 09/17/2020 10:41 PM | Anonymous

    Chicagoland Evaluation Association members, the associate board of the CEA, are looking for opportunities to support our member network. If you have any opportunities (webinars, job postings, etc.) for individuals or a group (we have 99 members),  you can get in touch with me at connect@evalchicago.org and we can talk more. 

  • 09/17/2020 10:27 PM | Anonymous

    Atlanta-area Evaluation Association is hosting an event in October on Anti-Racism in Evaluation, open to all AEA affiliates. Description: "Over the past few months, the evaluation community has been discussing its role as evaluators in the recent call for social justice and work in anti-racism. The purpose of this facilitated discussion is to gather together a group of esteemed evaluators who work in a variety of sectors, evaluation practices, and settings to discuss how their work contributes to anti-racism. Evaluators will have an opportunity to discuss and share the practices they use in their work and areas where there is a need for engagement and improvement in the field of evaluation. This session is open to all AaEA members, affiliates, and the general public. Registration closes October 19th at 5:00pm EST.

    Registration and more information about the panel can be found here: 


  • 09/17/2020 5:00 PM | Anonymous

    We are looking for members to be part of a Career Pathways in Evaluation Virtual Panel this November. We'd like a range of panelists–from entry-level to senior evaluators; consultants, internal and external evaluators; and a range of content expertise and backgrounds. New and long-term members are welcome!

    Please complete this form by Friday, September 25 if you're interested in being a panelist: https://forms.gle/BUaSHDjm54UWF97J8

    – The Professional Development and Events Team

  • 09/16/2020 1:55 PM | Anonymous
    • Chicago, IL, USA; Employees can work remotely
    • Full-time
    Apply here: https://jobs.smartrecruiters.com/EducationDevelopmentCenter/743999719739854-research-associate-ii?trid=837433bf-3e56-43f4-9d11-9eac9c851dfe 

    Company Description

    EDC is one of the world’s leading nonprofit research and development firms.  EDC designs, implements, and evaluates programs to improve education, health, and economic opportunity worldwide. Collaborating with both public and private partners, we strive for a world where all people are empowered to live healthy, productive lives.

    EDC has a commitment to promoting equity and access to high quality education and health services that contribute to thriving communities where people from diverse backgrounds learn, live, and work together. EDC expresses its commitment to increasing equity through its strategies, services and products, which contribute to building capacity and transforming lives.

    Job Description

    The School Improvement Portfolio in the US Division has an opening for an Research Associate (II), reporting to a Research Scientist in Waltham, MA, Chicago, IL, or as a telecommuter.

    We provide expertise in formal and informal education through designing and conducting research, evaluation, research syntheses, and secondary data analysis. We also provide technical support related to data and evidence use, and apply evidence to inform policies on a wide range of issues including school-based, community-based, and out-of-school time educational programs. We are devoted to supporting learners from communities and contexts with persistent, systemic opportunity gaps.  We are looking for candidates who share EDC’s commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion and who understand the importance of cultural responsiveness in today’s educational context.  Candidates with lived experience of marginalized populations are encouraged to apply.

    We are currently seeking a full or part-time researcher with expertise in one or more of the following content areas: multilingual learner policies, K-12 online or blended learning, and/or implementation research. Ideally the researcher has experience conducting quantitative research as well as experience working with school, district and state stakeholders. We encourage applicants who have experience with cost-analysis to apply. The researcher will join existing research studies and technical assistance projects, and will be expected to contribute both substantive and methodological expertise.

    The Research Associate (II) independently provides support to complex or multiple qualitative &/or quantitative and/or qualitative investigation efforts, including:

    • research & analysis, with increasing methodology expertise and independent judgment
    • communicating with school staff or staff at local or state education agencies about data and research
    • supporting stakeholders with evidence-based decision-making.
    • drafting proposals; coordinating proposal development or execution
    • assisting Principal Investigator with key deliverables
    • maintaining records
    • drafting, revising project plans
    • writing, editing materials
    • disseminating research finding in a user-friendly format

    The Research Associate (II)

    • Coordinates administrative and logistical tasks
    • Coordinates quality assurance
    • Facilitates project teamwork and feedback exchanges
    • Troubleshoots complex problems, proposing initiatives and recommending or negotiating solutions
    • Trains, supervises, and provides guidance or administrative direction to junior staff; often coordinates work of less experienced staff
    • May be responsible for parts of diverse, small to mid-size  projects or coordinate sections of larger projects
    • May travel when travel resumes


    This position requires educational achievement; excellent writing skills; methodological expertise, demonstrable initiative, creativity, and flexibility; ability to work independently and effectively in groups; and strong interpersonal & organizational skills. Specific requirements:

    • PhD in a related field
    • With PhD, 0–3 years related experience (as above)
    • Prior project leadership or supervisory experience preferred
    • Experience with quantitative analysis
    • Experience using statistical analysis software, such as R, Python, or Stata

    Additional Information

    All your information will be kept confidential according to EEO guidelines.

    Apply here: https://jobs.smartrecruiters.com/EducationDevelopmentCenter/743999719739854-research-associate-ii?trid=837433bf-3e56-43f4-9d11-9eac9c851dfe 

  • 06/25/2020 2:21 PM | Anonymous

    Evaluation Coordinator, Metro Chicago’s Good Food Purchasing Initiative Chicago Food Policy Action Council

    Scope of Work

    About the Good Food Purchasing Initiative (GFPI) of Metro Chicago

    Coordinated by the Chicago Food Policy Action Council (CFPAC), Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH), and Cook County Department of Public Health (CCDPH), the Good Food Purchasing Initiative (GFPI) of Metro Chicago aims to ensure that institutional food purchasing advances an equitable, healthy, fair, local, humane, and sustainable food system and creates good food access for all.

    GFPI is based upon on the implementation of the Good Food Purchasing Program (GFPP), which is a metric-based framework that supports institutional food buyers to direct their buying power, make informed decisions, and measure impact towards five core value categories: local economies, environmental sustainability, valued workforce, animal welfare and nutrition. GFPI posits that effective implementation must be intentional in ensuring equity for the producers and supply chain actors that are positioned to meet the GFPP’s growing demand for local, sustainable, and fair food in public institutions. Without targeted resources and investment, outreach, and technical assistance to small producers and food businesses in low-to-moderate income communities and communities of color, it is likely that inequitable power dynamics present in the industrial food system, with concentrated control and wealth in the hands of a small number of firms, would replicate itself within the GFPP supply chain. Food justice and food sovereignty inform central tenets of the GFPI: to improve equity, affordability, accessibility, and consumption of high quality, culturally relevant good food for all communities with the Chicago regional food system.

    GFPI’s Key Objectives:

    1. Ensure procuring City of Chicago and Cook County departments, agencies, and institutions fully implement the Good Food Purchasing Program.

    2. Foster a racially and socially equitable food system that will supply City of Chicago and Cook County departments, agencies, and institutions with healthy, fair, local, humane, and sustainable food.

    3. Advance a values-based procurement culture that supports the demand and availability of good food.

    About the Position

    The GFPI Evaluation Coordinator will oversee the implementation of a robust evaluation plan to study the impacts of GFPI on achieving a more healthy, humane, fair, local, and sustainable food system while ensuring that good food is accessible for all.


    • Convert the GFPI Evaluation Framework into a timebound evaluation plan

    • Coordinate monthly GFPI Evaluation Team meetings and participate in Midwest Consortium on Equity & Research in Food (MCERF)

    • Identify which evaluation partners in GFPI’s Evaluation Team will take on which pieces of GFPI evaluation work, and establish timelines for execution.

    • Ensure evaluation of planned GFPI activities in 2020/2021, including but not limited to:

      • Evaluating reach & response of new GFPP Producer Manual (Fall 2020)

      • Evaluating knowledge gained and impacts of three GFPP producer trainings (Fall/Winter 2020)

      • Evaluating relationships built, new supply chain connections, and knowledge gained from two Buyer/Supplier Mixers (Winter 2020-1)

      • Evaluating attendance and receptiveness of GFPI Institutional Summit (Spring 2021)

      • Support GFPI Project Manager and GFPI Project Associate in systematizing data collection for both process and outcome evaluation questions; help ensure GFPI

      • Coordination Team has streamlined and effective technology solutions for workflow.

      • Explore opportunities to publish evaluation research in both peer-reviewed journals and popular media outlets

    Required Skills and Experience
    • At least 5 years of experience in evaluation roles on similar complex projects that involve more than one organization or research entity

    • Familiarity with both quantitative and qualitative research methods

    • Familiarity with developmental evaluation approach

    • Familiarity with participatory evaluation processes

    • Strong attention to detail and demonstrated organizational project management skills

    • Ability to delegate out and supervise pieces of evaluation work to multiple evaluators in a collaborative approach

    • Familiarity with the food systems field and emerging research on institutional good food procurement, values-based procurement, equitable food-oriented development (EFOD), regional food systems development, and “farm-to-institution” or “farm-to-school” a plus

    Time Commitment & Compensation Rate: 20 hours/week; $30-40 hourly rate commensurate with experience; 12 months: July 2020 - July 2021

    TO APPLY: For individual consultants:please send a cover letter and resume; For evaluation consulting organizations or academic research centers:please send a 1-page proposal with anticipated budgetary needs and the resumes of associated key staff. For all applicants:send materials with subject line “GFPI Evaluator Application”to rcooley@chicagofoodpolicy.com by June 28th, 2020.

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