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Upcoming events

    • Friday, July 23, 2021
    • 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM (PDT)
    • Virtual (Zoom)
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    For the second Evaluation Journal Club, we will be discussing Inciting Social Change Through Evaluation (2020) by Dominica McBride, Wanda Casillas, and Jennifer LoPiccolo.

    • In what ways do the authors' three strategies -- advocacy, mobilizing, and community organizing -- activate curiosity in you?
    • What questions come up for you and what do you want to learn more about?
    • How do you see these three strategies impacting your practices and approaches to evaluation?

    Attendees will receive a PDF version of the article being discussed prior to the event.

    Note: Registration closes on Wednesday, July 21, to give participants enough time to review the article ahead of the event. 

    About the Facilitator

    Andrea Steigerwald has been involved with OPEN for over two years as an active participant, an events committee member, and now as the special projects liaison on the council. As a Research Associate at PRE, Andrea enjoys managing a variety of evaluation projects focused on local early learning organizations, federal grants for first time in college students across the county, and culturally responsive methodologies. Her 2021 special projects role on the OPEN council is focused on advancing DEIJ efforts and holding space for more leadership to emerge in this area.

    • Wednesday, August 18, 2021
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM (PDT)
    • Virtual (Zoom)
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    Do you work with student data?

    Do you evaluate school programs? 

    Are you curious about how assessment of student outcomes has changed in light of Covid-19?

    Join us for a discussion with Dr. Megan Kuhfeld, senior research scientist with NWEA, about the prospect of student assessment in the post-COVID era. Dr. Kuhfeld will discuss methodology, findings, and challenges in conducting this research. She will then take your questions.

    Email OPEN to submit your questions in advance.

    About the Presenter

    Dr. Megan Kuhfeld seeks to understand students’ trajectories of academic and social-emotional learning and the school and neighborhood influences that promote optimal growth. Dr. Kuhfeld’s work covers a range of topics, including longitudinal growth modeling, achievement gaps, and summer learning loss. It has been featured in Education Week, the Los Angeles Times, the Journal of Research on Educational Effectiveness, and Educational Researcher.

    Prior to joining NWEA, Dr. Kuhfeld completed a PhD in quantitative methods in education and a master’s degree in statistics from the University of California, Los Angeles. Her dissertation was funded by a grant from the American Educational Research Association and was the recipient of the 2017 Brenda Loyd Outstanding Dissertation Award from the National Council on Measurement in Education. She also worked at the non-profit policy institute Child Trends, the Population Research Center at the University of Texas at Austin, and CRESST, where she provided psychometric support to the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium.

    • Friday, September 17, 2021
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM (PDT)
    • Virtual (Zoom)
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    Culturally responsive approaches position culture at the center of evaluation, ideally leading to studies that are responsive to a program's context, values, and beliefs. Doing so can enhance the credibility and usefulness of findings to those who the program seeks to serve.

    Drawing on interviews with evaluators and program staff from the Office of Indian Health Services, Emi will share what she has learned about integrating culturally responsive approaches into your own evaluation practice.

    About the Presenter

    Emi Fujita-Conrads, M.A. is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Social Research Methodology division at the University of California, Los Angeles specializing in Evaluation. Her dissertation explores why and how the Office of Indian Health Services developed an evaluation policy and how the policy has impacted evaluation practice. 

    Before graduate school, Emi supported research and evaluation work at a national youth mentoring non-profit. Her research interests include using evaluation for program improvement, evaluation policy, and methods for conducting social justice-focused and culturally responsive evaluations.


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