Friday, August 1, 2008

Summer Evaluation Workshop

Evaluation Workshop. The free summer evaluation workshop was considered a tremendous success, according to participants, workshop facilitators, and legislative officials. Inquiries came as from as Ethiopia and Liberia. However, most of the interest came from Arkansas and the mid-west. There were approximately 100 participants.

The workshop began with welcome messages from University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff academic officials, including Drs. Johnson and Benjamin. Mayor Redus also welcomed workshop participants.

Dr. Fetterman provided an outline of the workshop, including plenary speakers and workshop facilitators. He also highlighted the local Arkansas evaluation group's meeting during the workshop.

Plenary speakers included: Senator Tracey Steele, Representative Flowers, Kevin Collins (Centers for Disease Control), Charles Gasper, Missouri Foundation for Health, and Charlotte Lewellen-Williams (University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service).

The House of Representatives presented a Citation for our work during the workshop:

The topics and speakers were as follows:
  • Dr. Stewart Donaldson - Practical Program Evaluation
  • Dr. Tarek Azzam - Technological Tools
  • Dr. David Fetterman - Empowerment Evaluation
  • Dr. Rosalie Torres - Interviewing Skills
  • Dr. Abraham Wandersman - Getting to Outcomes
The Arkansas Group of Evaluators held its inaugural meeting during the workshop (at night). The chair, Linda Delaney, orchestrated the evening meeting and plans to continue to build this organization (an official local affiliate of the American Evaluation Association).

Center for Disease Control and Prevention literature was made available to participants free of charge, including:
A detailed portrait of the workshop is provided at the Arkansas Evaluation Center blog.