RTPE Meeting Friday, August 18

Want to improve your report design? Or get outside of your comfort zone and build some kind of new-fangled, social media friendly, engaging, visual, or interactive report? But you don’t have a lot of time or money to make this happen.

Join us for our quarterly meeting as Chris Lysy walks us through a set of creative shortcuts and simple web-based tools you can use to bring improve your reporting without the need to invest a lot more time or money. Expect to learn some new tricks and bring questions along with your everyday creative challenges.

Lunch will be provided and we will have extra time for you to ask questions of and network with Chris and the group.

Chris is a member of RTPE, and an evaluator turned fractional creative officer and cartoonist at freshspectrum.com. You can also find his data design workshop at diydatadesign.com

When: Friday, August 18, 2017 at 11am

Where: The Fusion room at the Frontier, RTP

(800 Park Offices Drive, Durham, NC 27703, http://www.rtp.org/about-us/the-frontier/about-us/)

Meeting Agenda:
11:00am – 11:10am Announcements and Introduction, with lunch provided. This meeting has been designed to provide plenty of time for us to network with and learn alongside one another. Salads, sandwiches and drinks will be provided for lunch so that we can nibble along the way.

11:10am – 12:00pm Chris Lysy!!

12:00pm – ?? Discussion and Networking. For those who can stay for the extra time, we will open the discussion to the group. Have questions or challenges related to data, reporting, and the like? Bring them to ask of your peers! This time may or may not be moderated, depending on the needs and interests of those who are able to stay.

Notices:
RSVP to Nina Sperber (RTPE Secretary) at evaluatorsrtp@gmail.com required for this meeting. We will be providing lunch and so need an accurate head count.

You must respond by August 14.

We hope to see you then!

Next quarterly meeting
• November 17, quarterly meeting

PLEASE NOTE DATE CHANGE: Save the Date – Hallie Preskill is coming to RTPE on June 14!!

RTPE is thrilled to announce that our June May workshop will focus on strategies that can be used to facilitate intentional group learning, and led by Hallie Preskill. In this hands-on session we will experience and learn how to use strategies such as data placemats, chalk talks, and gradients of agreement from FSG‘s new guide. In recent years, RTPE has focused on evaluation capacity building, stakeholder engagement, and data visualization. This session will be designed to build on these topics by providing hands-on training with activities you can use with your clients and colleagues.

As most of you probably know, Hallie is a former President of AEA. She has published multiple books on evaluation, and is one of the field’s leading contributors on evaluation capacity building and appreciative inquiry. Hallie is currently a managing director with FSG, where she oversees the firm’s Strategic Learning and Evaluation practice efforts. What some of you may not know is that Hallie moved to the RTP area within the last year, and she just joined RTPE! Whether you have the chance to meet her at the workshop in June May, or some other time soon, we hope you will help welcome Hallie to North Carolina!

This year’s session will be on June 14 May 24 at Duke’s Bullpen entrepreneurial space in Durham. The workshop will run from 9am-2pm (lunch will be provided). Seating is limited to 45 attendees. As always, members will have priority seating. Registration will open March 1, and so please mark your calendars and stay tuned!

Hope to see you all at this month’s meeting.

RTPE Meeting Friday, February 17- Data Visualization Show & Tell

You shared your feedback and we listened! In our most recent meetings and in the annual needs assessment survey, members shared an interest in learning from each other in more interactive ways AND in having more time to network. As the result, we are trying something new for our next RTPE meeting and we hope you can join us.

The Research Triangle Park Evaluators’ (RTPE) next meeting will be held on Friday, February 17, 2017 at The Frontier (800 Park Offices Drive, Durham, NC 27703) beginning at 11 am.

Meeting Agenda:

11:00am – 11:10am Announcements and Introduction, with lunch provided. This meeting has been designed to provide plenty of time for us to network with and learn alongside one another. Salads, sandwiches and drinks will be provided for lunch so that we can nibble along the way.

11:10am – 12:00pm Data Visualization Show & Tell. We have focused our annual professional development meeting on the topic of data visualization for the past two years, but members still want more. We think it is time to learn from each other. If you are like us, you have had some successes with data viz in the past couple of years and there are still things you are figuring out. For this Show & Tell, members will share an example from their work with the group (see more details below)

12:00pm – 1:00pm Data Visualization Discussion and Networking. For those who can stay for the extra time, we will continue our discussion about the trials and tribulations of data visualization. This time may or may not be moderated, depending on the needs and interests of those who are able to stay. This time might be used to learn a new trick from the Show & Tell that you want to learn more about. It would also be an ideal time to ask your colleagues for help and suggestions if you have a challenge that you haven’t been able to figure out.

About the Presentation: Bring one (or more!) artifact(s) from your own practice to share with the group: no preparation necessary. We are particularly interested in examples of data viz that your clients have loved AND examples of things that did not go as well as you thought they would. Please come with your artifact in hand, as well as a quick story about it that you can share with the group as part of an informal discussion. We will get to know each other better and learn from each other’s experiences. If you do not have anything to share, please come anyway to participate in the discussion.

Notices:

RSVP to Nina Sperber (RTPE Secretary) at evaluatorsrtp@gmail.com required for this meeting. We will be providing lunch and so need an accurate head count. You must respond by February 10.

If you haven’t paid dues for 2017, please be prepared to fill out a membership form and provide payment at the meeting.

Meetings:
• May Professional Development (date TBD)
• August 18, quarterly meeting
• November 17, quarterly meeting

RTPE Meeting Friday, November 18, Presentation by Dr. Phillip W. Graham, RTI on Engaging Community Stakeholders in Large-scale, Rigorous Program Evaluations

The Research Triangle Park Evaluators’ (RTPE) next meeting will be held on Friday, November 18, 2016 at The Frontier (800 Park Offices Drive, Durham, NC 27703, http://www.rtp.org/about-us/the-frontier/about-us/) beginning at 11 am.

We will be a large group this month, as we will have 20 students joining us from Greg Cizek’s Program Evaluation class at UNC. We will meet in the classroom this month to make sure that we have room for all attendees.

Meeting Agenda:
11:00am – 11:10am Announcements and Introduction
11:10am – 12:00pm Presentation (with 15-minutes reserved for a Q&A)
12:00pm – 1:00pm Optional networking lunch (Dr. Graham will join us until 12:30 PM; light refreshments provided; we invite you to participants to bring their lunch or purchase from the Food Truck Rodeo)

About the presentation: Dr. Philip Graham will join us to share success and challenges that come with engaging community stakeholders in large-scale, rigorous program evaluations. He will use examples from a national cross-site evaluation for the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention’s Partnerships for Success (PFS) program funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSA). PFS addresses underage drinking, prescription drug misuse, and other substance abuse prevention across 600 communities in 47 states, eight territories/jurisdictions, 13 tribal organizations, and the District of Columbia. Dr. Graham will highlight how Qualitative Cross-site Analysis (QCA) is applied to identify promising patterns in service delivery and how he uses a variety of dissemination strategies through the evaluation cycle to promote stakeholder engagement and evaluation use.

About the Presenter: Phillip W. Graham is Director of RTI’s Drugs, Violence, and Delinquency Prevention Research Program within the Center for Justice, Safety, and Resilience. He has more than 20 years of experience conducting community-based research and evaluation, with researching focusing on evaluating preventive interventions developed to reduce and prevent adolescent interpersonal violence and substance use. Dr. Graham currently serves as the project director on several national cross-site evaluations assessing community efforts to reduce underage drinking, prescription drug misuse and abuse, marijuana use, and opioid deaths. His methodological focus includes the use of mixed-methods approaches, and his research emphasizes the importance of culture, community context, systems change, and place-based strategies.

Friday, August 19, 2016- Panel, Engaging Stakeholders and Promoting Evaluation Use

Meeting Agenda:
11:00am – 11:10am Announcements and Introduction
11:10am – 12:00pm Panel, “Engaging Stakeholders and Promoting Evaluation Use”
12:00pm – 1:00pm Optional networking lunch (snacks and drinks provided; bring your lunch or purchase from the Food Truck Rodeo)

About the Presentation: Come learn from a panel of your peers (and their stakeholders!) during a moderated discussion led by Nina Sperber, RTPE Secretary.

Panelists will be asked to describe methods used to engage stakeholders and promote evaluation use with a focus on methods that have been particularly meaningful and useful to their work over the years.

We have a wide range of evaluation sectors represented on the panel. Together with you, the audience, we hope to span the entire life cycle of evaluation work, from evaluation design through reporting.

About the Presenters:
Christie Drew is Chief of the Program Analysis Branch at NIEHS. She oversees evaluation efforts relating to biomedical research grant programs. She will discuss general strategies used by her branch to involve both internal and external stakeholders in every aspect of the evaluation design, implementation and reporting process.

Jan Riggsbee, is a senior faculty member in Duke’s Program in Education and director of Duke’s TeachHouse, a new living/learning community to support and develop early career K-12 educators. Jessica Sperling oversees evaluation at Duke’s Education and Human Development Incubator/Social Science Research Institute, which includes the evaluation of TeachHouse. Together, Jessica and Jan will discuss the role evaluation has played – and is playing – in shaping the TeachHouse’s development and future direction.

Sally Swanson, Chief Program Officer for SHIFT NC, will discuss how she leveraged the evaluation of an adolescent reproductive health demonstration project to both improve services delivered through the demonstration and to inform the development of the next round of initiatives. Joy Sotolongo, Director of Evaluation for SHIFT NC, will engage in a dialogue with Sally to highlight how she participated in the evaluation in her role as the project director.

Tuesday, May 17 Reporting To Be Remembered Workshop With Stephanie Evergreen

Designing research and evaluation dissemination is about more than making things look pretty. Ultimately, we report and present our information to teach our audience, to get our content firmly planted in their knowledge base, to help them act and make decisions.
In this workshop, participants learned the science behind presenting data effectively with direct, pointed changes that can be immediately administered to significantly increase impact. We discussed best practices for making visual sense of data and reports. The workshop introduced techniques for thinking about text, colors, and graphics in ways that make your work a true joy for your readers, and so it gets remembered

Dr. Stephanie Evergreen holds a PhD from Western Michigan University in interdisciplinary evaluation, which included a dissertation on the extent of graphic design in evaluation reporting. Dr. Evergreen has trained audiences worldwide through keynote presentations and workshops, for clients including Verizon, United Nations, Rockefeller Foundation, Brookings Institute, Westat, and MasterCard Foundation. Dr. Evergreen founded the topical interest group on data visualization within the American Evaluation Association. She is co-editor and co-author of two issues of New Directions for Evaluation on data visualization. She writes a popular blog on data presentation at StephanieEvergreen.com. Her book, Presenting Data Effectively, was published by Sage in Fall 2013 and was #1 in Social Science Research on Amazon for several weeks in both the US and the UK. Her second book will be published in May 2016.

 

Friday, February 19, 2016 – Engaging non-traditional stakeholders in an evaluation of a community-based teen pregnancy prevention program with Joy Sotolongo

The Research Triangle Park Evaluators’ (RTPE) next meeting will be held on Friday, February 19, 2016 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 Engaging non-traditional stakeholders in an evaluation of a community-based teen pregnancy prevention program

12:00pm – 1:00pm Optional networking lunch (snacks and drinks provided; bring your lunch or purchase from the Food Truck Rodeo)

About the Presentation: Engaging non-traditional stakeholders in an evaluation of a community-based teen pregnancy prevention program
This presentation will describe contributions from an array of multi-disciplinary partners for an evaluation of the President’s Teen Pregnancy Prevention Initiative demonstration project in Gaston County, North Carolina. In addition to the usual suspects (health care staff), unusual suspects (advertising professionals, county planners, faith-based stakeholders) and teens themselves conducted evaluation activities. The presentation will describe the role of each contributor, the type of data they bring to the table, and how their multiple perspectives provide a more complete and interesting picture of the project’s experiences with increasing teen access to health services. Examples of data from the multi-disciplinary perspectives will include social marketing web analytics; detailed census tract maps; pre/post survey results; and depiction of teen experiences in their own voices. The presentation also will include examples of how stakeholders used data in their respective roles as project implementers.

About the Presenter: Joy Sotolongo
Joy Sotolongo is Director of Evaluation for SHIFT NC, a statewide non-profit leading North Carolina to improve adolescent and young adult sexual health. She is currently leading the evaluation for three federally funded and one privately funded teen pregnancy prevention initiatives. She has 20 years’ experience evaluating community-based prevention programs for adolescents and children in the fields of health, education, and workforce preparation.