My primary presentation at AEA focused collaborating with stakeholders for novice evaluators. It’s always a pleasure to present at the annual American Evaluation Association conference, and it seems to get better every year. This year, our team had a total of 4 presentations and a poster. While its always fun to see what others in the field are doing, there is nothing quite like disseminating information. It was wonderful to see so many new evaluators in the audience and we had some great discussion.
My goal during the presentation was to highlight collaboration as the customer service component of evaluation while also recognizing the importance of involving multiple groups that have a stake a given program. I think it’s important to communicate the importance of stakeholder involvement to young evaluators because collaboration and shared understanding are essential in building long lasting relationships with clients. Although working with stakeholders is a skill set that we as evaluators develop over time there are a few fundamental tips and tricks to help get us started. Considering we had so many first-time attendees this year, I think its worth developing content for young evaluators.