Measurement & Evaluation Webinar Series: Emerging Trends

American University’s School of Professional and Extended Studies is pleased to announce a series of Webinars with leading experts in planning, data analytics, program monitoring and evaluation who will discuss emerging trends in evaluation.  Topics will include case studies on their experience in their fields as well as tips for those looking to enter the measurement and evaluation field.

Each Webinar will also discuss key details on the online MS in Measurement and Evaluation and online Graduate Certificate in Project Monitoring and Evaluation.

RECORDING: Pursuing an M&E Master's or Certificate

  • DATE: June 12, 2018
  • TIME: 1 pm ET
  • SPEAKER: Mindelyn Anderson, Program Director of MS in Measurement and Evaluation and Graduate Certificate in Project Monitoring and Evaluation

Two graduate program options are available for evaluation professionals:

  • MS in Measurement and Evaluation
  • Graduate Certificate in Project Monitoring and Evaluation

These programs allow professionals to acquire insider skills to prepare for a program evaluation role in any sector. Graduates can work anywhere from government to healthcare. To ensure relevancy, these programs are taught by industry practitioners, holding over 20 years of evaluation experience.

Those who pursue the graduate certificate can quickly gain the essential experience that employers are seeking and can use the credits toward the master’s program.

This webinar expands on the industries, roles, and career outlook for these programs and can help you decide which one is best for you.

Dan MeyerAbout Mindelyn Anderson
Dr. Mindelyn Anderson has an extensive background in social science research, teaching, and evaluation practice. She has taught social science research methods and capstone courses for over a decade, along with conducting sociological research on inequality and stratification, race and migrations, and social mobility, and conducted evaluations with community-based, regional, national, and international non-profit, for-profit, and educational organizations. She holds a doctorate in Sociology from The Johns Hopkins University and an undergraduate degree in Sociology with minors in Anthropology and Policy Studies from UCLA.

RECORDING: The Professional Studies Experience

  • DATE: May 17, 2018
  • TIME: 1 pm ET
  • SPEAKER: Jill Klein, Interim Dean of the School of Professional and Extended Studies

The online MS in Measurement and Evaluation was designed through our strategic curriculum methodology, the Professional Studies Experience. This methodology focuses on the need to prepare professionals for the 21st-century workplace by offering courses that provide both field-specific knowledge and skills as well as a broad range of professional skills and knowledge that apply to a variety of fields. All courses were identified, evaluated, and developed by experts and practitioners in the field.

In this webinar, Assistant Dean Jill Klein will discuss the academic and professional advantages this model provides to our SPExS programs.

Dan MeyerAbout Jill Klein 
Jill Klein is passionate about exploiting information technology to enhance student learning and business outcomes. She has 30 years of experience in IT and consulting. She serves as the DC Co-Chair of 2020 Women on Boards, owned her own IT consulting firm, and was the CIO for Riggs Bank and an Account Executive for IBM in previous years. She holds a BA from Cornell and an MBA from American University.

RECORDING: Analytics & Data-Driven Decision Making

  • DATE: February 15, 2017
  • TIME: 1 pm ET
  • SPEAKER: Dan Meyer, Author, Putting Your Data to Work

Evaluators can learn from the ways that the corporate sector uses business analytics to understand, interpret, and display Big Data. Key aspects from the corporate sector that are useful for monitoring and evaluation include identifying what data is important, and finding ways to visualize it for consumption. In this webinar, Daniel Meyer discusses analytics solutions relevant to measurement and evaluation.

Dan MeyerAbout Daniel Meyer
Daniel Meyer is passionate about solving problems by bringing together the best talent, cutting edge technology, and successful methodologies. He is an expert on data-driven decision-making, multi-industry analytics, and business intelligence. He is the author of Putting Your Data to Work and the Fundamentals of Business Analytics. Learn more about Dan Meyer.

RECORDING: Evaluating Health Programs: The Case of Tanzania

  • DATE: April 4, 2017
  • TIME: 1 pm ET
  • SPEAKER: Jennifer Erie, Health Officer, USAID, and American University Alum

USAID recently updated its Evaluation Policy and Operational Guidelines, streamlining evaluation requirements. This has helped USAID’s health programs in Tanzania to simplify implementation and evaluation processes. Ms. Erie will give an overview of USAID’s updated Evaluation Policy and Operational Guidelines and how they are being applied in health programming in Tanzania. Participants will review sample final evaluation reports submitted to USAID/Tanzania by external contractors and will be able to learn some best practices and identify areas for improvement. Participants will also gain insight into how the Mission is making use of evaluation findings and recommendations.

Jennifer ErieAbout Jennifer Erie
Jennifer Erie is a Health Officer with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) currently serving in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Jennifer has over 15 years experience in community development with the last 6.5 years being spent in the Foreign Service at USAID. She has been in Tanzania for the past four years and has served as a HIV Testing and Counseling Advisor, Gender-based Violence Initiative Coordinator, Strategic Information Unit Lead, Prevention Unit Lead, and Gender and Youth Team Lead.

RECORDING: Using Qualitative Methods to Evaluate Impact in Violence Reduction Programs: The Case of Honduras

  • DATE: June 13, 2017
  • TIME: 1 pm ET
  • SPEAKER: Noy Villalobos, Senior Advisor, Creative Associates International and Measurement and Evaluation Council

Even though evaluators tend to use quantitative data to show program impact, they also recognize the depth of understanding that qualitative data can add to analysis. In the case of violence reduction programs in Honduras, qualitative proxy indicators, such as perceptions of security, illustrated qualitatively the impact of Creative Associates’ programming there. In this webinar, Noy Villalobos, Senior Director for Field Administration, will discuss how she used qualitative methods and indicators to measure impact in Creative Associates’ violence reduction programs in Honduras.

Noy VillalobosAbout Noy Villalobos
Noy Villalobos is an international development professional with 20 years experience implementing USAID programs. She is an expert in implementing small and large grants programs that focus on transition planning, community development, and civil society strengthening. Currently, as Senior Director for Field Administration, Creative Associates, International, Inc. she oversees corporate support functions globally.

RECORDING: Evaluating Performance in Disaster Management

  • DATE: July 18, 2017
  • TIME: 1 pm ET
  • SPEAKER: Samantha Phillips, Director of the National Center for Security and Preparedness, University of Albany

Measuring performance in disaster management can lead to the evaluation of several different programming aspects. This includes prevention, preparedness, deterrence, and response. In this webinar, Samantha C. Phillips, former Director of Emergency Management for the City of Philadelphia, will use a case study of the 2015 Amtrak disaster to illustrate the metrics the city of Philadelphia used to measure its performance related to prevention, preparedness, deterrence, and response.

Samantha PhillipsAbout Samantha Phillips
Samantha Phillips has been the Director of the National Center for Security and Preparedness at the University of Albany since 2017. Formerly, she was the Director of Emergency Management for the City of Philadelphia. Ms. Phillips joined the Office of Emergency Management (OEM) in 2007 as a planner. She quickly moved through the ranks and has served as a Program Manager, Deputy Director for Planning, and then as the agency’s Deputy Director. Upon her appointment in June 2012, Ms. Phillips reorganized OEM to improve capacity, refocused the agency’s attention on strategic planning, and concentrated on the operational integrity and implementation of citywide planning efforts.

RECORDING: Complexity Aware Monitoring

  • DATE: September 22, 2017
  • TIME: 12 pm ET
  • SPEAKER: Kirsten Collins, Founder and Principal, Adaptive Purpose

How an evaluation is designed depends on a number of factors, including the complexity of the project itself. Using a Cynefin framework is one way to flesh out potential complexities and evaluation designs, towards developing an appropriate approach to evaluate a project. In this webinar, Kirsten Bording Collins, founder and director of AdaptivePurpose, will illustrate how evaluators use Cynefin frameworks to understand the complexity of a project, thus highlighting an appropriate approach for evaluation.

Kirsten Bording CollinsAbout Kirsten Bording Collins
Kirsten Bording Collins is a monitoring and evaluation specialist with over fifteen years of experience in project management, planning, research and development in the NGO sector and international development and affairs field. She specializes in collaborative and adaptive approaches to complex programs involving governance and sustainability issues. Ms. Collins is the founder and director of AdaptivePurpose, a mission-driven consulting practice, and knowledge brokerage advancing adaptive practices using systems thinking and complexity-aware approaches to planning, project implementation and evaluation.

RECORDING: Evaluating Programs in Complex Environments: The Case of Afghanistan

  • DATE: November 2, 2017
  • TIME: 1 pm ET
  • SPEAKER: Mitch Teberg, Measurement and Evaluation Council Member and 2015 online Graduate Certificate in Project Monitoring & Evaluation alum

Evaluating programs in complex environments presents a unique set of challenges, including those related to human resources, security, data, methodology, and reporting. In this webinar, Mitch Teberg, M&E Specialist, uses the case of Afghanistan to highlight these challenges and offer some solutions.

Mitch TebergAbout Mitch Teberg
Mitch Teberg is an M&E Specialist who has served 4 ½ years with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Afghanistan in a variety of posts. In his most recent position as the M&E Specialist to the Country Office he developed an innovative Results Monitoring System that linked project outputs in six programmatic areas (governance, rule of law, livelihoods, gender, environment and health) to the country-specific and the global Strategic Plan of UNDP; strengthened existing M&E systems for improved accountability and aid effectiveness; and led, facilitated or technically supported the development of several large scale projects, a joint-UN agency program, and a Tajikistan / Afghanistan cross-border, multi-agency project, which generated a combined USD 350m in new programming.

If you are interested in learning more about the online MS in Measurement and Evaluation or Graduate Certificate in Project Monitoring & Evaluation, request more information or contact an admission advisor at 855-725-7614.