The Research Triangle Park Evaluators’ (RTPE) next meeting will be held on Friday, November 20, 2015 at The Frontier (800 Park Offices Drive, Durham, NC 27703) beginning at 11 am. Meeting Agenda:
11:00am – 11:10am Announcements and Introduction
11:10am – 12:00pm Evaluation Capacity Building: Lessons Learned
12:00pm – 1:00pm Optional networking lunch (snacks and drinks provided; bring your lunch or purchase from the Food Truck Rodeo)
About the Presentation: Evaluation Capacity Building: Lessons Learned
This year’s theme for RTPE has been Evaluation Capacity Building. In the final meeting of the season, Ben will share experiences with and study results from two recent evaluation capacity building projects. In 2009, Ben helped found the eXtension (online Cooperative Extension network) Evaluation Community of Practice. In 2014 he led an eXtension qualitative study with 40 community-based Extension staff identified by peers as evaluation champions. Ben will share the themes from this work and focus on how to apply the lessons learned through these kinds of projects to other evaluation efforts.
About the Presenter: Ben Silliman
Ben Silliman, Professor and Extension Specialist at North Carolina State University, is another evaluator ‘kidnapped’ from another field. He received his PhD in Human Development and Family Studies from Kansas State University, and taught for six years at Louisiana Tech University before beginning his career with Extension at the University of Wyoming. He continued work in youth development with 4-H at NC State in 2001. In the process of helping 4-H agents plan and evaluate programs in youth development statewide and nationally, he began evaluating, then building evaluation capacity.
If you haven’t paid dues for 2015, please be prepared to fill out a membership form and provide payment at the meeting.