I would like to volunteer as a proposal reviewer. Please let me know if you
need any more additional information.
Ashley Lauren Dunn, MPH
Pilot Program Manager
Spectrum | Stanford Center for Clinical & Translational Research & Education
800 Welch Road, Palo Alto, CA, 94304
(p) 650.497.7032 | (f) 650.723.8552
[mailto:needsassessment-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Ryan Watkins
Sent: Monday, February 26, 2018 6:33 PM
Subject: [needs assessment listserv] Fwd: Spring Needs Assessment TIG update:
AEA Ohio 2018
Dear AEA Needs Assessment TIG members,
Thank you for your membership in this TIG! It is time to begin planning for the
AEA 2018 Conference in Cleveland, OH.
The Needs Assessment TIG not only invites you to submit proposals for the
conference program, but to get involved in several other special opportunities
surrounding the conference.
1. 2018 Conference Proposal Submission
The 2018 Annual AEA Conference will be in Cleveland, OH, October 28 - November
3. We are looking forward to needs assessment specific proposals related to
this year’s theme of: Speaking Truth to Power. We encourage TIG members to
submit proposals by 11:59 Pm ET, March 15th, 2018.
The number of submissions in part determines how much the Needs Assessment TIG
is represented at the conference. Be sure to select the Needs Assessment TIG
for review of your proposal as part of the submission process.
While we always encourage submissions that incorporate the conference theme in
the context of needs assessment, it is certainly not necessary to do so, but
presentations that tie into this theme may be showcased through the
presidential strand at the conference. Since the work of our TIG members
overlaps with other important branches of evaluation we also have the
opportunity of co-sponsoring presentations with other TIGs. While you are not
limited to these topics, we particularly encourage you to submit proposals on
the following themes:
Learning to Enhance Evaluation Practices
Share evaluation practices, including theories, methods and ethics, or lessons
in diverse professional settings.
Learning What Works and Why
Share evidence of what works and why in public policies, programs, and projects.
Learning from Others
Share innovations from other communities that have been or could be
incorporated into evaluation practice.
Learning About Evaluation Users and Uses
Share your insights on users of our evaluations, our place in policy
decision-making, and effective strategies to increase evaluation utilization.
Speak Truth to Power
* What is power? Who has it, and how can they best be influenced? What is
the power held by evaluators and evaluation?
* What is truth? Whose truth? How can we best discover these truths?
* And, what is speaking? Whispering? Public pronouncements? Influence?
Activism? And by whom on behalf of whom?
To submit or to get more information, go to the conference website at
Note: You will have a login account to enter a proposal. If you do not want to
join AEA right now, you can very easily create a non-member account entering
just your name and email address.
2. Volunteer as a Proposal Reviewer
Please consider volunteering to serve as a peer-reviewer for our TIG. It is one
of the possible ways to be involved with the TIG. Last year, each reviewer was
assigned 4-5 abstracts (approximately 1 page each). Reviewing is easy. You read
the abstract, then rate each one according to standardized criteria. To
volunteer please either (1) reply to this email by March 18th or (2) select our
TIG as one for which you’d like to serve as a reviewer when you submit your own
proposal through the AEA website.
3. Generate Ideas for TIG Networking and Social Gatherings
We are very interested in developing conference networking and social exchanges
outside of the formal program, so we encourage you to communicate with us if
you have ideas about events or gatherings outside the conference that would
interest TIG members and bring them together.
4. Check out the AEA library
The AEA library is a great resource for work presented at previous conferences.
If you presented at Evaluation 2017, be sure you have submitted your
presentation to the library using the Participation menu Public
5. Check out our TIG Website and Listserv
The information in the call for proposals can always be found on the AEA
website, which is public, so you may invite colleagues outside of AEA to
participate in the conference too. http://comm.eval.org/needsassessment/home ;
For practitioners, students, researchers, and others who are interested in the
topic of needs assessment (including non-AEA members), we have created an email
group (listserv). You can post questions, share articles, and find experts by
posting to this mailing list. To Join, send an email to
with the subject line "Subscribe".
We are looking forward to seeing you in Cleveland, OH. !
Needs Assessment TIG leaders Contact Info:
Lisle Hites, Chair
University of Alabama at Birmingham
Hsin-Ling (Sonya) Hung, Co-Chair
Virginia Commonwealth University Center on Health Disparities
Ryan Watkins, Program Chair
George Washington University
Yi-Fang Lee, Program Co-Chair
National Taiwan Normal University