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Join WestEd Researchers at Evaluation 2018 in Cleveland, Ohio

WestEd will participate at Evaluation 2018, the American Evaluation Association’s Annual Conference, October 29–November 3, at the Huntington Convention Center, in Cleveland, Ohio.

Check out our sessions and visit our table in the exhibition hall to learn about WestEd’s evaluation-related services, research, resources, and career opportunities.

Wednesday, October 31

Pre-Conference Workshop: Using Logic Models to Structure Evaluations of Educational Products and Programs
Time: 8–11am
WestEd Participants: Bryan Matlen, Rachel Tripathy, Linlin Li, Cathy Ringstaff

Learn how logic models can be used by evaluation and product development teams to share common understanding of the key components of the program/product; make explicit the assumptions about how a program/product achieves its intended outcomes; and structure an iterative evaluation of the program/product.

Friday, November 2

Session: Using Research and Evaluation to Examine Crime and Justice
Time: 11:30am–12:15pm, Room CC – 25C
WestEd Participant: Claire Morgan
Presentation: Meta-Evaluation in Crime Prevention

Participants will receive a brief overview of meta-evaluation and a description of meta-evaluation activities undertaken to inform efforts by Canada’s national security department to promote an evidence-based crime prevention agenda.

Session: Evaluation Techniques for an Innovative STEM World
Time: 2:15–3:15pm, Room CC – 19
WestEd Participant: Cathy Ringstaff
Presentation: Evaluating the Use of Virtual Worlds to Empower Students in Science

Participants will learn how virtual world technology can be used to engage learners in STEM; the impact of connecting students to science experts as well as peers by using a virtual world; the strategies and project resources that contributed to learning outcomes; and the challenges associated with evaluating a program using virtual world technology.

Session: Using Data to Tell a Story: Speaking Truth to Power
Time: 2:15–3:15pm, Room CC – 14
WestEd Participant: Debra Benitez
Presentation: What is Speaking? Moving Collective Voices into Action: How Diverse Learners Can Shape Education Practice and Professional Attitudes

This presentation will focus on Benitez’s experiences facilitating student groups who speak of unfavorable academic experiences, equity challenges, and negative attitudes towards them, and creating a compelling story to support school professionals in moving toward a socially just and equitable education system.

Session: Lessons Learned from Collaborative and Participatory Evaluations for Broadening STEM Participation
Time & Location: 5:45–6:45pm, Room CC – 19
WestEd Participants: Rebeca Diaz, Jaclyn Tejwani, Valentin Pedroza
Presentation: Evaluating STEM Teacher Preparation Programs in California’s Central Valley

Learn about the findings from two evaluations of teacher preparation programs with a STEM focus funded by Teacher Quality Partnership grants in the California Central Valley.


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October 31–November 3rd, 2018


Huntington Convention Center, Cleveland, Ohio


American Evaluation Association