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AEA's Member Involvement Initiative (MII) represents AEA's efforts to ensure broad member representation throughout our leadership and transparency in recruitment of AEA leaders. Read more about the goals for MII in the opening newsletter article from July 2009 and check each AEA newsletter for announcements of new ways to ways to get involved.

This page details volunteer opportunities currently available within AEA. Some have specific criteria for selection, others are open to any members who wish to participate. Don't know if any of the listings below are right for you? Email office@eval.org with any questions or consider filling out a volunteer profile to tell us about your interests, availability, and expertise and we'll keep you in the loop about upcoming options.

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Current Volunteer Opportunities:


National Academy of Evaluation Exploratory Task Force: The AEA Board of Directors is convening a task force to explore the range of models for national academies, assessing the various strengths and weaknesses of the major types, and their appropriateness and feasibility for the field of evaluation. The charge for this task force is not to begin developing an academy but solely to present an initial “environmental scan” of options to the Board. If you would like to be considered for participation on this task force, please send an email by Monday, March 11, to AEA President Jody Fitzpatrick at jody.fitzpatrick@ucdenver.edu with your name, a short statement of your experience with national academies and your interest in participating on this task force, and a copy of your resume or curriculum vitae.

Thought Leaders Working Group: The Thought Leader Forum (TLF) connects thought leaders in our field with AEA members, new and old alike. It is one of many ways we strive to build bridges among members and foster a sense of community. The Thought Leaders Working Group (TLWG) oversees the Forum, identifying, inviting, and supporting Thought Leaders, and moderating and participating in the forum discussions. The TLWG is looking for a new member to join the group to serve 2013-2015. The estimated service obligation for the Thought Leaders Working Group is one conference call per month during November-February, ongoing email exchange throughout the year, and serving as a moderator of the online discussion 1-2 times during the year. Those interested should have a basic understanding of the Forum and be interested in fostering discussion within our community of practice. If interested, send an email by Monday, March 11, to susan@eval.org with your name, reason for volunteering, and your favorite Forum discussion to date, and a recommendation for one person you would like to see as a Thought Leader on the Forum. 

Evaluation Policy Task Force: The AEA Evaluation Policy Task Force (EPTF) is seeking letters of interest from possible new members. The EPTF focuses on guiding the association’s policy-influencing processes in the United States federal sector. EPTF members should preferably have experience with evaluation policies and practices in the United States government, or have a strong background of research and publication on evaluation policy. Non-federal level evaluators should not feel that they are excluded, as we value in particular state-level and international perspectives on policy-influencing and pursue opportunities in these arenas as well when feasible and when they intersect with US federal-level policy-making. The EPTF is a very active task force, meeting monthly via conference call with extensive email exchange in between calls, often responding to short turnarounds for vetting of draft documents. If you are interested in possibly serving on the EPTF, please send a letter of interest by Monday, March 11, to AEA Executive Director Susan Kistler at susan@eval.org, In the letter, indicate (1) your experience with evaluation policies and practices or your history of research and publications on this topic, (2) at least one key area where you believe there are opportunities for improvement of government evaluation policy and why improvement is needed, and (3) your commitment to make yourself available for monthly phone and ongoing email communication for a three year term. The EPTF issued this call once before, yet ultimately ended up awaiting the results of a Board-directed evaluation of the EPTF as well as confirmation of the Task Force’s plan for the coming year. If you have submitted a letter of interest in the past, we encourage you to consider resubmitting.

AEA365 Tip-a-Day Alerts Contributors: The aea365 Tip-a-Day Alerts are dedicated to highlighting Hot Tips, Cool Tricks, Rad Resources, and Lessons Learned by and for evaluators (see the aea365 site here). Begun on January 1, 2010, we’re kicking off our second year and hoping to expand the diversity of voices, perspectives, and content shared during the coming year. We're seeking colleagues to write one-time contributions of 250-400 words from their own experience. No online writing experience is necessary - you simply review examples on the aea356 Tip-a-Day Alerts site, craft your entry according to the contributions guidelines, and send it to Michelle Baron our blog coordinator. She’ll do a final edit and upload. If you have questions, or want to learn more, please review the site and then contact Michelle at aea365@eval.org. (updated December 2012)



Past Volunteer Opportunities


Deadline has passed: Facebook Timeline Gurus: Do you use Facebook? Did you know it is changing its format so that there is an extended timeline, and that you can add to that timeline milestones and significant historical dates and events? We’re looking for a few good volunteers to join a working group to assist with developing and maintaining AEA’s Facebook timeline. The task would involve researching and adding milestones from AEA’s history to the timeline, such as the dates new TIGs were formed, new affiliates recognized, major programs started, our conference history, etc. This would be a six-month project, beginning in April of 2012 through September of 2012 so that we have a fleshed-out timeline in time for sharing more broadly at the annual conference in October. The project would involve attending a 1-hour phone-based planning meeting and then additional half-hour project update meetings once per month, working collaboratively with a small group via email, and then approximately 3 hours per month of project time, at your convenience, spent identifying and uploading listings to the AEA Facebook page. If you are interested in working on this team, connecting with other AEA volunteers and leaders and creating a lasting record for the association and field, please send an email to kate@eval.org by Monday, April 9, with your name, a brief statement about your interest, and anything that you can share about your use of Facebook.


Deadline has passed: AEA Evaluation Policy Task Force: The AEA EPTF is seeking letters of interest from possible new members. The EPTF focuses on guiding the association’s policy-influencing processes in the United States federal sector. EPTF members should preferably have experience with evaluation policies and practices in the US government, or have a strong background of research and publication on evaluation policy. Non-federal level evaluators should not feel that they are excluded. The EPTF is a very active task force, meeting monthly via conference call with extensive email exchange in between calls, often responding to short turnarounds for vetting of draft documents. If you are interested in possibly serving on the EPTF, please send a letter of interest by Monday 10/10 to AEA Executive Director Susan Kistler at susan@eval.org. In the letter, indicate (1) your experience with evaluation policies and practices or your history of research and publications on this topic, (2) at least one key area where you believe there are opportunities for improvement of government evaluation policy and why improvement is needed, and (3) your commitment to make yourself available for monthly phone and ongoing email communication.


Deadline has passed: Professional Development Working Group: Are you interested in exploring how AEA can expand professional development opportunities? We’re convening a working group to explore next steps in this area within AEA. The group will examine existing data about the current professional development opportunities provided by AEA, conduct a needs assessment, and identify alternatives for providing professional development opportunities (e.g., workshops, speaker’s bureau, regional trainings, endorsing or supporting trainings offered by other groups) and their strengths and weaknesses as well as costs and benefits. It is also possible the working group may determine that AEA should not expand professional development opportunities. The working group will generate (or not) a plan of action with concrete recommendations. The commitment for the group is approximately 1 year in length, with the goal of having a report completed by the spring of 2012. It is estimated that the group will meet monthly via conference call and conduct the rest of its business via email exchange in between meetings. Working group members will be expected to commit an average of 3 to 4 hours per month. The actual number of hours per month will vary depending on the work schedule. If you are interested in participating on this working group, send an email by Monday, April 18, to Susan in the AEA office at susan@eval.org noting your interest and any background in this area. (added March 2011)


Deadline has passed: Conference TIG Proposal Reviewers: AEA will receive over 1000 proposals for our annual conference, Evaluation 2011, to be held in Anaheim this coming November. Each proposal is reviewed by at least two reviewers and the review process is overseen by AEA’s 40+ Topical Interest Groups. Proposal review is done during the month of April and involves reading and rating a set of proposals within a particular topical area.

The reviewers perform a vital function in helping the association to pick quality content for our premiere event. Thank you in advance for considering serving in this capacity.

If you would like to be considered to be a reviewer, there are two ways to sign up:

1. If you are submitting a conference proposal, sign up to be added to the potential reviewer list right on the proposal submission form.

2. If you are not submitting a proposal, please review the list of TIGs at [link removed]

Please note that each TIG selects its own reviewing team. By signing up to indicate your interest in reviewing, your name will be forwarded on to the TIG program chair but you may or may not be chosen as a reviewer. You will be contacted by the TIG leaders directly with further information and details about reviewing for that TIG if they wish to seek your assistance.


Deadline has passed: Data Confidentiality Working Group: AEA seeks to be more transparent, sharing monitoring data and aggregated demographic information so that our members, the public, and volunteer leaders may better understand the association. In order to do so, we seek to establish policies around data handling and confidentiality with respect to our internal datasets. Are you knowledgeable about data reporting standards? Would you like to help establish policy that will help AEA to increase its transparency and accountability? Please send a note of interest to AEA Executive Director Susan Kistler at susan@eval.org by Friday, February 11, indicating your interests and expertise in this area. The working group will meet via phone over a period of approximately three months and prepare a short report for the Board's June meeting. (added, January 2011)


Deadline has passed: 25th Anniversary Working Group: Did you know that 2011 is AEA’s 25th Anniversary? We’ll celebrate with notable opportunities throughout the year as well as special recognition and celebration at the annual conference. If you would like to shape our 25th anniversary plans, considering joining the 25th Anniversary Working Group. We welcome members who have been with us for 25 years, joined last week, and everything in between. How would you like to learn from our most senior members? What expertise do you have to share? The group will meet via conference call 1-2 times per month throughout 2011 and exchange emails in between to hone in on great ideas and cement our plans. If you are interested in joining the 25th Anniversary Working Group, send an email by January 10 to AEA Executive Director, Susan Kistler, at susan@eval.org noting your interest and the reason you wish to participate. (added December 2010)


Deadline has passed: Outreach Working Group: The AEA Board has set as a priority for 2011 “outreach to evaluation users and the public to increase the value of evaluation to society.” How should we go about defining the many publics and engaging them to improve the utility of evaluation and create a groundswell of demand? What do we want? Quality evaluation! When do we want it? Now!... And throughout a program’s lifecycle. The OWG will identify opportunities for targeted public outreach, assess their likely impact, and recommend priorities for engagement in the near- and longer-term. If you have great ideas related to public outreach, a knowledge of the breadth of the field and its public stakeholders, and a passion for making a difference, send an email to Susan in the AEA office at susan@eval.org by December 16 with a short note indicating your interest and capacity in this area to be considered for the OWG. (added November 2010)


Deadline has passed: Evaluation 2010 Nights Out Host: Want to have a great evening out, meet colleagues, and build your professional network? We're looking for Nights Out Hosts for the annual conference. Nights Out Hosts lead a small group (usually 10-12 people who sign up) of conference attendees as they go out to dinner, go dancing, or attend a cultural event on the evening of Thursday, November 11. You don't need to know the city, just tell us the type of evening out that you'd prefer (or let us choose for you!) and we'll coordinate it, post it on our nights out page for the conference, make reservations, etc. What do you do? Show up 15 minutes prior to departure at the conference registration area, help to gather your group (there will be staff on hand to assist), walk to the downtown location (there are lots of great options right in downtown San Antonio and we'll be sure you have a map), and generate conversation and ensure everyone feels welcomed. Nights out are Dutch-treat, so each attendee and the host pays her or his own costs. Want to sign up? Contact Gwen at gwen@eval.org and tell her your interests (bonus points if you already have an idea in mind or have done a web search and an option to suggest). (added July 2010)


Deadline has passed: Evaluation 2010 Student Volunteers: Volunteering at the conference is a great way to meet other student-colleagues as well as a range of conference attendees! By volunteering, you will be eligible to receive a free conference registration. Volunteers must be enrolled full-time in a college/university. Students will assist in a scheduled position for approximately four hours at the conference. We cannot run our conference without volunteers and this is a great way to get move involved. Volunteer slots will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis and the full list of volunteer openings and signup instructions may be found online at http://www.eval.org/eval2010/10students.vol.htm. We encourage you to sign up at your earliest convenience in order to get a timeslot that works well for you. (added July 2010)


Deadline has passed: Session Scribes: Are you going to Evaluation 2010 in San Antonio? Is there a specific session that you just can’t wait to attend? We’d like to do a series of aea365 posts – our tip-a-day alerts by and for evaluators - on lessons learned at the annual conference. As a contributor, you would attend a specific session of your choice and write up your lessons learned, hot tips, and great resources identified from the session. The contributions are 250-400 words in length (less than a page), and we’ll provide you with a basic template. aea365 posts are positive and informative – these are not session critiques but rather informative sharing through which those who could not attend the session may learn vicariously. We estimate that your total time investment would be about an hour outside of the session you choose to attend. If you would like to participate, please review the online conference program at http://www.eval.org/search10/search.asp, write down the session names and numbers for a first and second choice session for which you would like to share your lessons learned, and send an email by October 15 to Susan Kistler in the AEA office at susan@eval.org with your first and second choices. Thank you for considering contributing! (Deadline October 15, 2010, added September 2010
Deadline has passed: Evaluation 2010 Conference Multipaper Session Chairs: We are seeking session chairs for the following multipaper sessions at Evaluation 2010 in San Antonio. In order to volunteer, you need only have an interest in the topic, be attending the conference, and be able to coordinate the session as described in our guidelines for session chairs. Please note that each listing is independent of the others - we are seeking different volunteer chairs for each session (and wish again to thank the over 300 people who have already stepped forward to chair a session!). Chairing a session is a great way to get involved, learn more about the topic, and connect with the presenters:

If you are interested in Chairing any of the above sessions, please first review the guidelines for session chairs and then send an email to Susan in the AEA office at susan@eval.org indicating for which session you are interested in serving as chair and a very brief note as to the nature of your background or interest in the topic. We will take volunteers until October 7 or until all sessions are filled, whichever comes first. (Deadline October 7, 2010, added September 2010)


Deadline has passed: Cultivating Our Cultural Capacity Working Group: The CCC working group will help to identify, prioritize, and plan for programs to assist graduate students and evaluators within three years of the start of their professional practice who share an interest in culture and representation within the field of evaluation. Chaired by Multiethnic Issues TIG Co-chair Tamara Bertrand Jones, the group will brainstorm, prioritize, and plan for ways to foster the leadership pipeline, build professional networks, and meet the professional development and career progression needs of evaluators of color and evaluators who wish to work cross-culturally. If you are a graduate student or a professional within your first three years of professional practice and are interested in participating, please send an email by Friday, June 18, to Susan Kistler at susan@eval.org noting your particular interests in this area. The group will convene for an estimated one year, meeting approximately once per  month via conference call and conducting our discussions primarily via email exchange. (Deadline June 18, added May 2010)


Deadline has passed: AEA365 Blog Managers and Curators: Our amazing intern, John LaVelle, has gotten the aea365 tip-a-day blog up and on its feet with readership growing daily. John will complete his time with us at the beginning of the summer and we are looking for a few good members to serve on a working group to take over nurturing this resource through the coming year. Blog managers and curators help to solicit content, reaching out to the range of members across the breadth of the field. They perform a quick edit on new contributions, upload them to the website, and identify appropriate tags for cross-referencing. You'll build your volunteer management skills and learn how to develop and moderate a blog. Those interested in serving should have strong communications skills, but need not have written for a blog before. If you are interested in serving on this working group, please send an email to susan@eval.org. (Deadline May 14, 2010, added April 2010)


Deadline has passed: Webinar Moderators: Have you participated in one of AEA's Coffee Break Webinars (CBWs)? Would you like to improve your moderating and technology skills while pursuing your own professional development? We're seeking a small cohort of members who are interested in learning how to moderate future webinars. To serve as a moderator, you must (a) be articulate and comfortable communicating orally; (b) be able to dial in, from a quiet location, via a landline phone to the webinars (VOIP, Cell, and computer-assisted options do not allow for sufficient sound quality); (c) own a set of headphones with microphone that work with your landline phone; and (d) be available at 2:00 pm EST on either Tuesdays or Thursdays - the regular time for our CBWs. The training will take approximately one hour, after which you will serve as a co-moderator for one or more webinars until you are comfortable trying it alone. Each webinar is offered twice, so for each webinar that you host you would first serve as a guide on the trial run and then moderate the final run. We're hoping that each moderator will ultimately moderate one 20-minute webinar every other month. Note that webinar moderators are not responsible for identifying content (although suggestions are welcome), only for moderating pre-scheduled offerings. If you are interested in serving as a webinar moderator, please send an email to susan@eval.org. (Deadline: April 19, added March 2010)


Deadline has passed: Evaluation 2010 Multipaper Session Chairs: We are seeking session chairs for multipaper sessions at Evaluation 2010 in San Antonio this November. In order to volunteer, you need only have an interest in evaluation, be comfortable speaking in public, be attending the conference, and be able to coordinate the session as described in our guidelines for session chairs. If you already indicated your interest in serving as a session chair when submitting a conference proposal, you need not re-submit, but if you have not yet done so and would like to chair, please send an email to Heidi in the AEA office at heidi@eval.org. In that email, indicate your willingness to chair and from 1-3 TIGs that reflect your interests (the TIG list may be found at http://www.eval.org/aboutus/organization/tigs.asp). (Deadline: April 15, added March 2010)


Deadline has passed: International Silent Auction Coordinator: Each year at the annual conference, the International and Cross-Cultural (ICCE) TIG hosts a silent auction, the revenue from which benefits a fund to assist evaluators from developing countries and countries in transition to attend the annual meeting. After many years of dedicated service, our previous auction coordinator is stepping down and we’re seeking a new coordinator to fill her shoes. The coordinator (a) solicits donations prior to the event through postings to discussion lists, outreach to TIG members, and her or his own professional network, (b) maintains a list of committed donors, (c) sets up and oversees the auction on site at the conference with the help of volunteers, and (d) manages the checkout on site and hands off the total collected to AEA staff. The total time commitment is approximately 5 hours during the fall before the event and an additional 7 hours on site at the conference. Please email ICCE TIG Chair Tessie Catsambas by April 1 at tcatsambas@encompassworld.com, if you are interested in serving in this capacity. (Deadline: Thursday, April 1, 2010, added January 2010)


Deadline has passed: Evaluation 2010 Proposal Reviewers: We'll receive over 1000 proposals to present at Evaluation 2010! The proposals are reviewed by teams from AEA's 40+ Topical Interest Groups (TIGs). If you would like to be considered to be a conference proposal reviewer, please do either (but not both) of the following:

  1. If you are submitting a proposal, there is a space right on the proposal submission form to indicate that you would like to be considered to be a reviewer and to indicate the TIGs for which you are interest in reviewing; OR

  2. New! If you are not submitting a proposal, then send an email to Heidi in the AEA office at heidi@eval.org with the subject line "AEA Proposal Reviewer" noting that you are interested in reviewing and identifying up to two TIGs for which you would like to be considered as a reviewer.

The list of TIGs may be found online here. Please note that taking either approach will result in your name being added to a list of potential reviewers that is supplied to the TIG Program Chairs. The TIG Program Chairs will contact potential reviewers at their discretion. Each TIG's review process is slightly different, but all conduct their review during the month of April. When/if a Program Chair reaches out to you, she or he will include information about the expectations and timeline and will reconfirm your interest and availability. (Deadline: Friday, March 19, 2010, added February 2010)


Deadline has passed: Evaluation FAQs Working Group: We would like to develop short, straightforward answers to Frequently Asked Questions such as “What is evaluation, What does an evaluator do, and Why is evaluation useful?” This is intended for use on the AEA website, in press releases and in materials used internally but also externally with non-practitioners who might be potential users, partners or simply have an interest in better understanding evaluation and evaluators. Our working group will meet monthly by phone May-October with ongoing email exchange around draft language. We envision the participation of a small group of seasoned veterans, as well as newcomers to the fold. Those with expertise in communications are especially valuable in understanding the goals of the initiative, translating complex information for public consumption, and understanding and appreciating the nuances of the field. If you are interested in serving in this capacity, please contact AEA Communications Director Gwen Newman at gwen@eval.org. (Deadline: March 15, added February 2010)


Deadline has Passed: eLearning Working Group: AEA began a series of short, free, webinars as of January 1. By this time next year, we hope to build upon these initial offerings and expand our webinar-based content to include longer fee-based training. Towards that end, we hope to learn more from attendees, other webinar providers, TIG leaders, and the membership at large to inform planning related to appropriate content, delivery, and structures. Would you like to be considered to serve as a member of the planning team? We're seeking members willing to make a one-year commitment of no more than 1 hour per week and who meet one or more of the following criteria: (a) active in TIG program planning; (b) ongoing participants in the current webinar series; (c) background in distance-based learning; and/or (d) experience with other groups offering webinar-based content. If you are interested, please send an email by February 15 to Susan Kistler in the AEA office at susan@eval.org noting your background and interest. (Deadline: February 15, 2010, added January 2010)


All Openings Filled: Multiethnic Issues in Evaluation TIG Newsletter Editor: The MIE TIG Newsletter is distributed to the MIE TIG Membership once per year, each fall before the annual conference. The Newsletter Editor gathers information from the TIG leadership and committee chairs, and uses a desktop or online publishing program to format the newsletter for electronic distribution to the TIG membership using an emailing list supplied by the AEA office. She or he participates in twice yearly leadership conference calls and attends an in-person leadership meeting at AEA’s annual conference. The term is for two years and those interested should contact MIE TIG Secretary Nicole Cundiff at karim@siu.edu for more information. Additionally, interested parties are encouraged to attend the MIE business meeting. (added September 2009)


All Openings Filled: Multiethnic Issues in Evaluation TIG Secretary: The MIE TIG Secretary prepares minutes of the MIE TIG’s annual business meeting and works with the MIE TIG Newsletter Editor to identify content for inclusion in the MIE TIG Newsletter. She or he participates in twice yearly leadership conference calls and attends an in-person leadership meeting at AEA’s annual conference. During all formal TIG meetings, and TIG Leadership Meetings, the Secretary takes notes to be distributed to the TIG and for historical purposes. The term is for two years and those interested should contact MIE TIG Secretary Nicole Cundiff at karim@siu.edu for more information. Additionally, interested parties are encouraged to attend the MIE business meeting. (added September 2009)


Deadline has Passed: eLibrarians: Part communicator, part Librarian, part coach, part cheerleader, AEA's eLibrarians will help to expand the use and influence of AEA's online eLibrary of evaluation-related resources. The eLibrarians will learn the ins and outs of AEA's online eLibrary, develop and implement a plan for increasing use and sharing materials, and encourage and support users. You need no technical background (we'll kickoff with a 1-hour conference call and training in January), only comfort in online environments and an interest in helping to build this valuable archive. The estimated time investment averages approximately 1 hour per week, including occasional conference calls, participation in an online discussion list of AEA's eLibrarians, and regular interaction with the eLibrary and its users. You'll expand your professional network and knowledge of the materials and resources available to evaluators, as well as enhance your technical skills. Please contact Susan Kistler at susan@eval.org if you are interested in becoming an AEA eLibrarian. (Deadline: January 5, 2010, added December 2009)


Deadline has Passed: Evaluation 2009 Ambassadors and Hospitality Suite Hosts: Would you like to share your enthusiasm for AEA, for the conference, and/or for our international or diversity-focused programs? Ambassadors and hospitality suite hosts are experienced AEA members who volunteer to reach out to first time conference attendees and anyone with questions. Ambassadors serve during a specific 1-2 hour shift at either a reception or in our Diversity or International Hospitality Suites. Ambassadors have attended at least two AEA conferences and have been AEA members for at least three years. They are outgoing, feel knowledgeable about the conference, and are ready to meet new people and answer questions about the Association and the meeting. Ambassadors serving in the Diversity Hospitality Suite or the International Hospitality Suite should, additionally, be familiar with at least one of AEA's Diversity or Internationally-focused programs or TIGs. If this describes you, please go to our Evaluation 2009 Conference Ambassadors page, learn more, and sign up for a volunteering slot. (added September 2009)


Deadline has Passed: Leadership Recruitment Task Force: Would you like to help shape the leadership of AEA? Do you know individuals who have much to offer? Are you excited at the prospect of new ways to identify and recruit new talent? AEA's Recruitment Task Force is seeking interested participants to identify and recruit qualified members to run for offices of Board member, Treasurer, and President-elect. Specific responsibilities are to recognize and appeal to the unique requirements of Board members, President-elect, and Treasurer in developing new recruitment strategies and to identify and recruit a diverse pool of candidates consistent with AEA's mission, vision, and values. Membership is for a one-year term, renewable thereafter. Meetings are by phone and email. Critical times of responsibility are in the months prior to AEA's nominations deadline (early March). Task force members must possess personal experience and familiarity with AEA, good skills at interfacing with members/prospects, an ability to follow up and track progress, report informally and respond efficiently and effectively. Also desirable are enthusiastic outreach, timely follow-through and prompt reply to communications. Not especially time-consuming, immensely rewarding! 

Full details regarding this task force opportunity, including how to apply and criteria for selection, may be found at http://www.eval.org/volunteer_leadership_TF.asp. Deadline: Thursday, October 1, 2009.

Note: Members of the Task Force may not run for elected office during their term of service. (added August 2009)


Deadline has Passed: Evaluation 2009 Nights Out Event Hosts: Do you like to meet and greet? Are you socially inclined? A favorite highlight of AEA's annual conference is its Thursday evening Nights Out events, which offer a variety of ways for members to move off site, explore local hot spots and connect with others who share similar interests. Among the offerings are a rich array of colorful restaurants and tasty cuisine, along with local venues for music and entertainment. All events are led by a host who meets and greets participants the night of the event, guides them to their venue and is available to help answer any questions and facilitate interaction. If you're a people person who'd love the opportunity to meet and mingle with AEA members in a fun and festive way, AEA would love to hear from you! In order to participate, you need only be attending the annual conference, be outgoing, and be available on the night of Thursday, November 12. To sign up, send an email by Monday, September 14, to gwen@eval.org with Nights Out Event Host in the subject line. It's a short-term, one night, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity! AEA is developing its 2009 Nights Out event schedule now. For a look at last year's offerings, view http://www.eval.org/eval2008/08NightsOut.htm (added August 2009)


All Openings Filled: Evaluation 2009 Conference Multipaper Session Chairs: We are seeking session chairs for the following multipaper sessions at Evaluation 2009 in Orlando. In order to volunteer, you need only have an interest in the topic, be attending the conference, and be able to coordinate the session as described in our guidelines for session chairs. Please note that each listing is independent of the others - we are seeking different volunteer chairs for each session (and wish again to thank the over 300 people who have already stepped forward to chair a session!). Chairing a session is a great way to get involved, learn more about the topic, and connect with the presenters:

If you are interested in Chairing any of the above sessions, please first review the guidelines for session chairs and then send an email to Susan in the AEA office at susan@eval.org indicating for which session you are interested in serving as chair and a very brief note as to the nature of your background or interest in the topic. We will take volunteers until October 1 or until all sessions are filled, whichever comes first. (added August 2009)


Deadline has Passed: AEA/CDC Summer Evaluation Institute AEA Program Co-chair: The AEA/CDC Summer Evaluation Institute AEA Program Co-chair represents the interest of AEA in Institute planning, works collaboratively with the CDC Program Co-chair and the AEA Executive Director to develop an outstanding professional development program, and serves as co-host on site at the Institute. In addition, the Co-chairs together serve as the facilitators for the Institute Advisory Council discussion list. The work of the position is conducted via phone and email and takes approximately 2-4 hours per month primarily during the period December to June, plus time on site at the Institute.
 
The AEA Institute Program Co-chair should have experience with the AEA/CDC Summer Evaluation Institute either as an attendee or as a presenter, a knowledge of the breadth and depth of the field and the professional development needs of evaluators, and a vision for the event that aligns with
AEA's Mission, Vision, and Values, and demonstrates an understanding of the collaborative and co-constructed nature of the Institute and the CDC partnership.
 

The full details regarding this unique leadership position, including how to apply by the August 24 deadline, may be found in the Request for Interest. (added July 2009)

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