Upcoming events

    • 11/22/2020
    • (CST)
    • 01/05/2021
    • (CST)

    The Illinois Children’s Healthcare Foundation (ILCHF) is part of a group of funders who are piloting an intervention to ‘saturate’ three communities with multiple levels of parenting supports with the goal of improving children’s kindergarten readiness.  The multiple levels will range from public communication strategies on the universal end, to home visiting programs on the targeted end of the continuum.

    ILCHF is planning to fund the evaluation component of the project, with a budget of $100,000 per year, over three years.  Grant awards will be made at the end of February 2021.  The funders group has selected Illinois Action for Children (Action) to lead the project and Action has selected the following communities to participate in the three year project which will include one planning year and then two years of implementation:

    • North Lawndale in Chicago
    • Aurora
    • Rockford

    We are prioritizing applications from evaluators in locations relatively near these sites to minimize travel expenses.

    The evaluation should be a mixed method design and be focused around answering the research questions identified by the funders. Additional research questions may be identified in partnership with Action and the three communities.

    Attached to this email you will find:

    • The Parenting Support Pilot Evaluation RFP
    • The budget template
    • The budget narrative form
    • The RFP used to identify the lead agency to develop the project

    Note that applications will all be submitted electronically using the link on the ILCHF website.

    There will be an informational conference call on December 1 at 10am. 

    Applications are due on January 5, 2021. 

    Please contact me with any questions, and to receive the number for the conference call.

    Amy Starin, PhD, LCSW

    Illinois Children’s Healthcare Foundation


    Final Parenting Support Evaluation RFP 11.15.2020.pdf

    Budget Template_Parenting Supports Evaluation.xlsx

    Budget Narrative Form_Parenting Supports Evaluation.doc

    Lead Agency RFP document.pdf

    • 12/04/2020
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM (CST)
    • Virtual

    The Chicagoland Evaluation Association invites Chicagoland evaluators attend a virtual panel where four CEA members will share their pathways to and in the field of evaluation. You can read a bit about our panelists below. At the event, we'll take a deeper dive into their journeys to evaluation as well as the ways that many of them are paving the way for others to become evaluators. There will be time to pose questions to panelists.


    Rodney Hopson, Ph.D. serves as Professor of Evaluation in the Department of Educational Psychology, College of Education, University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign. 

    Alisha Garcia Flores has worked with Latinx communities in Chicago over 15 years as a youth and community advocate. She is the Director of Evaluation and Data at Enlace Chicago.

    Christina Iyengar, MPH, DrPH, is the Lead Evaluator at Rush University Medical Center. She brings years of experience in evaluation and in using a culturally responsive approach for underserved populations. 

    Shana Alford is the Vice President of Research and Evaluation at Common Threads. During the past 10 years, she has focused on evaluating community health and food security programs. 

    • 12/09/2020
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM (CST)
    • Virtual

    Special Events

    CEA Annual Members' Meeting & Party


    December 9, 2020 | 12:00-1:00PM

    Celebrate the end of CEA’s year with fun, wine, great people, and a little CEA business, too. Open to all members.


    RSVP required for this Member-only event.

Past events

11/17/2020 Invitation to Submit Nominations- CEA board positions _ Vice President and Secretary_11/17
10/21/2020 CEA Connections: A Virtual Networking Event
07/08/2020 Leveraging Qualitative and Mixed Methods Data for Culturally Responsive Storytelling with Pivot Data Design
06/11/2020 Using Evaluation to Help the Frontlines: The Maximizing Impact during COVID-19 Initiative with Dominica McBride
05/27/2020 Webinar: Making Better Use of Theories of Change for Evaluation with Patricia Rogers
05/07/2020 Chicagoland Evaluators Check-In
03/19/2020 POSTPONED: Conquering Evaluation Challenges
12/11/2019 Holiday Party and Annual Business Meeting
11/13/2019 Meet up at American Evaluation Association Conference
10/23/2019 Conquering Evaluation Challenges
09/19/2019 Webinar with Donna Mertens: Using a Transformative Lens for Evaluation of Sustainable Development Goals
08/28/2019 Jazzin' at the Shedd: Evaluation for Liberation with Dr. Rodney Hopson
07/25/2019 "Evidence" for Decision-Making with Jackie Singh
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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