Upcoming events

    • 07/25/2019
    • 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • National Louis University

    Join us on July 25 for "Evidence" for Decision-Making with Jackie Singh

    There is an increasing demand for “evidence.” Fortunately, there are multiple modes of inquiry that can produce the “evidence" needed to make informed decisions about policy and programs that occur at varying levels of implementation and answer stakeholders’ questions. The multi-year effort that started in 2017 with the U.S. Commission on Evidence-Based Policymaking and recent passage of the Foundations for Evidence-Based Policymaking Act has laid a foundation that emphasizes the importance of “evidence-based” policymaking—but, what is evidence? What does “evidence” mean to you?

    The goals of this session are to:

    • Raise awareness of diverse view points on “evidence” for decision making.
    • Engage in conversation to address: What does “evidence-based” decision-making mean?
    • Share selected models used for “evidence-based” decision-making.
    • Engage in an activity to explore how “evidence-based” decision-making might be used in our practice / work.

    Jackie Singh, PhD

    Jacqueline Singh is an Executive Evaluation and Program Design Advisor and the Founder of Qualitative Advantage, LLC. She collaborates with higher education, philanthropy, and other nonprofit stakeholders to promote organizational learning and evaluation capacity building. 

    Professionally, Jacqueline is involved in the Indiana Evaluation Association (IEA) and serves on American Evaluation Association (AEA) leadership teams for Program Design and Organizational Learning Evaluation Capacity Building TIGs. She is a member of the Association for Public Policy Analysis & Management (APPAM) and Washington Evaluators. In addition, Jacqueline presents regularly at national and international conferences. She is interested in “evidence-based “and “evidence-informed” decision-making within higher education contexts across multiple stakeholders and presented on the topic at recent conferences:  

    o   Who has Power in Higher Education? Deeper Thinking About Evidence- Based Decision-Making” at the American Evaluation Association (AEA) Annual Conference in Cleveland, Ohio: Speaking Truth to Power; November 2, 2018

    o   “Leveraging Evaluation Methodologies For Policy Analysis And Evidence Based Decision-Making;” at Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management (APPAM) International Conference in Brussels, Belgium: Public Policy Governance Beyond Borders; July 13, 2017

    Jacqueline is a “systems-thinker,” which is reflected in disparate areas of her education and work experiences: higher education; public policy; political science; psychology, and criminal justice. She earned her PhD at the University of Pennsylvania while working on international projects at the National Center for the Educational Quality of the Workforce (EQW). She holds a professional degree (MPP) in policy development and program evaluation from Vanderbilt University where she examined “school choice” policies and quality of the U.S. workforce. Jacqueline recently published a book chapter: Front-end Evaluation Planning for e-Learning: A Practical Approach in a Springer publication titled: In Leading and managing e-learning: What the e-learning leader needs to know (2018). She continues to probe deeper into understanding the linkages that higher education has with workforce and professional development.

    • 08/28/2019
    • 6:00 AM - 8:00 PM
    • Shedd Aquarium

    Save the Date for Jazzin' at the Shedd with Dr. Rodney Hopson

    Mark your calendar for August 28th at 6pm at the Shedd Aquarium for CEA's annual Jazzin' at the Shedd event featuring Dr. Rodney Hopson! 

    The Chicagoland Evaluation Association is delighted to welcome Dr. Rodney Hopson, Senior Fellow and Associate Director of the Center for Culturally Responsive Evaluation and Assessment (CREA) at University of Illinois - Urbana-Champaign to deliver a presentation to CEA members at Jazzin' at the Shedd.

    About Dr. Rodney Hopson

    Rodney Hopson, Ph.D. serves as Professor of Evaluation in the Department of Educational Psychology, College of Education, University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign. Previously, he served as Professor, Division of Educational Psychology, Research Methods, and Education Policy in the College of Education and Human Development, George Mason University Hillman Distinguished Professor, Department of Educational Foundations and Leadership in the School of Education, and teaching faculty member in the Center for Interpretive and Qualitative Research and Honors College in the School of Liberal Arts, Duquesne University. He received his Ph.D. from the Curry School of Education, University of Virginia with major concentrations in educational evaluation, anthropology, and policy, and sociolinguistics.

    Among his research awards, fellowships, and honors, he has received a National Institute on Drug Abuse Postdoctorate Research Fellowship at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health (1997-1998); a J. William Fulbright Foreign Fellowship to the Republic of Namibia, southern Africa (2001); Wolfson College Visiting Fellowship at Cambridge University (2005-2006); Presidential Awards for Excellence in Scholarship at Duquesne University (1999 and 2003).  Hopson has previously received the Marcia Guttentag Early Career Award (2000), the Robert Ingle Award for Service Award (2010), and the Paul F. Lazarsfeld Evaluation Theory Award (2017), all from the American Evaluation Association.  Additionally, he received the Eugene P. Beard Award for Leadership in Ethics from Duquesne University (2011).  Hopson’s co-authored paper (with Jill Chouinard) won honorable mention in the Canadian Journal of Program Evaluation 2016 best article competition.  His primary research areas lie in comparative and international education policy and politics with a focus on official, indigenous, and medium of instruction language issues; critical democratic, and cultural issues in education and social policy and evaluation; neighborhoods and education policy; and interpretive, qualitative and ethnographic methods.

    Hopson has co-edited or authored 7 book volumes, (co-) edited 3 special issue volumes, and (co-) authored over 20 peer reviewed articles in such venues such as Anthropology and Education Quarterly, Diaspora, Indigenous, and Minority Education, International Journal of Human Rights, Journal of Negro Education, New Directions for Evaluation, Race, Ethnicity, & Education, Review of Educational Research, and Urban Education.  In addition, he has co-authored over 25 book chapters in such venues such as Handbook of Urban School Leadership, International Handbook on Evaluation, Handbook on Practical Program Evaluation, The Handbook of Social Research Ethics, and The International Handbook on Urban Education, and other titles in national and international social science and educational research.

    Hopson has received funding from the National Science Foundation, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and other local and international funders in support of his research and evaluation work, such as school districts, universities, and philanthropic agencies.   He has developed internship and fellowship programs to support graduate and post-graduate students of color and from traditionally underrepresented communities to embed in their practice and the understanding and development of Culturally Responsive Evaluation (CRE) approaches and practices.

    Hopson currently or recently served on the editorial boards of several publications, including American Journal of Evaluation, Anthropology and Education Quarterly, Education and Ethnography (where he serves as North American co-editor), Educational Foundations, Journal of MultiDisciplinary Evaluation, Journal of Negro Education, New Directions for Evaluation, and the following book volumes: Encyclopedia of Evaluation and the Evaluation and Society (Information Age). He is editor of the Studies in Educational Ethnography Book Series, Emerald Publishers and co-editor of Educational Policy as/in Practice: Critical Cultural Studies, Information Age Book Series.

    In leadership capacities, Hopson has served on the Board of the Directors of the Council of Anthropology and Education, the American Evaluation Association, and various program, division, special or topical interest groups, and committee chair roles in the American Educational Research Association, the American Evaluation Association, and the Comparative and International Education Society. Most notably, he served as the 2012 President of the American Evaluation Association.

Past events

06/20/2019 Conquering Evaluation Challenges
05/15/2019 Re-scheduled! Workshop: Consulting Skills for Evaluators w/ Matt Feldmann, Ph.D.
05/02/2019 Evidence-Informed Design co-sponsored with The Evaluator's Institute
04/16/2019 Designing effective pilot program evaluations in partnership with communities
03/28/2019 A Conversation with AEA President Tessie Catsambas
03/07/2019 Webinar: Data UX with Amelia Kohm
12/11/2018 CEA Holiday Event and Annual Business Meeting
10/31/2018 Meet Up at American Evaluation Association Conference
10/24/2018 Conquering Evaluation Challenges
09/12/2018 Becoming Evaluation Ready: Evaluation Training Session for Community Organizations
08/30/2018 Evaluation & Community Collaboration Conference
08/22/2018 Jazzin' at the Shedd with Leslie Goodyear
05/03/2018 What Can We Learn From a Multitude of Impact Evaluations? with Mark W. Lipsey, PhD
04/10/2018 Empowerment Evaluation Perspectives - A Webinar Conversation w/ David Fetterman, Ph.D.
03/30/2018 Improving Performance Management: Using Results Based Accountability
01/31/2018 Workshop: Introductory Consulting Skills for Evaluators w/ Matt Feldmann, Ph.D.
01/31/2018 Introduction to Independent Consulting
06/28/2017 Reorganize and Reform. Again? with Kathy Newcomer, PhD
11/10/2016 Post #Evaluation2016 Recap
09/14/2016 Nicole Bowman on Culturally Responsive Indigenous Evaluation + Jazzin' at the Shedd
06/15/2016 Evaluating parent's report: hospital interior design and children's anxiety
05/18/2016 The Dashboard Dance: Creating High-Quality, Interactive Data Visualizations

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