Hello! I am Tom Archibald, Assistant Professor and Extension Specialist with the Department of Agricultural, Leadership, and Community Education at Virginia Tech; I have the distinct honor of serving as the new coordinator for this blog.
My goal is to continue providing excellent, relevant evaluation information and insights to you via this blog, just as it has done in the past. Please post comments to suggest topics that you would like to see covered here. There are expert evaluators, from Extension and from elsewhere in the broader field of evaluation, who would love to share their thoughts on whatever evaluation topic you find most relevant to you.
To begin, I will be bring you a series of reflections from Extension evaluators who recently returned from the annual conference of the American Evaluation Association (AEA). The AEA conference is a wonderful opportunity to learn about and reflect on evaluation. My hope is that, by reading these contributors thoughts on and lessons learned from the AEA conference, the benefits of this excellent learning opportunity can be shared more widely.
In this series, there will be new posts every two or three days, providing you something of a virtual visit to the EAE conference. You will hear from:
- Teresa McCoy (Assistant Director of Evaluation and Assessment, University of Maryland Extension) on a session with Michael Quinn Patton on evaluation ideas that should be retired
- Brigitte Scott (Evaluation and Research Specialist for the Military Families Learning Network) on being a new evaluator and a new participant in AEA, and on the notion of being an “internal” or “external” evaluator
- Pennie Crinion (Director of Program Planning and Evaluation, University of Illinois Extension) on the benefits of joining AEA, and on this year’s conference theme, “Visionary Evaluation for a Sustainable, Equitable Future”
- Ben Silliman (Extension Specialist and Professor of Youth, Family, and Community Sciences at North Carolina State University) on “right-sized” evaluation
I hope you enjoy and learn from these perspectives on the annual evaluation conference! Remember, please post comments to let us know what topics you’d like to see covered here in the future.