Experts from the American Institutes for Research to Present at the Annual American Evaluation Association Conference in Chicago

Washington, D.C. – Experts with the American Institutes for Research (AIR) will explore issues related to evaluation policy and practice at the annual American Evaluation Association conference taking place in Chicago, Nov. 9-14.

The conference, held at the Hyatt Regency Chicago, is centered on the theme of “Exemplary Evaluations.” Participants are encouraged to present examples of successes and challenges from a range of cultures and regions throughout the world.

Presentations by AIR staff include:

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Data-Informed Technical Assistance: Where Are We Now, and Where do We Need to Go?

7: 00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. | Grand Ballroom
AIR Author: Jason Katz

Evaluating the Integration of Two Evidence-Based Practices: Challenges and Solutions

7: 00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. | Grand Ballroom
AIR Author: Patricia Campie

Friday, November 13, 2015

A Tale of Two Centers: Leveraging Federally Funded Centers to Meet Program Evaluation Needs

1:45 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. | Roosevelt
AIR Presenter: Elizabeth Barkowski

Developing and Piloting an Assessment Tool — The Commitments of High-Impact Nonprofit Organizations, Blueprint for Achieving Meaningful, Lasting Results in Human-Serving Organizations

1:45 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. | Roosevelt
AIR Presenter: Michael Marks

Beyond the 100-Page Report: Partner Engagement Strategies for Evaluation

1:45 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. | Skyway 281
AIR Presenters: Lisa Shimmel, Megan Norris and Emily Wray

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Mix it Up? A Collaborative Mixed-Methods Approach to Evaluate One District’s Teacher Leader Initiative

7: 00 a.m. – 7:45 a.m. | Columbus G
AIR Chair: Elizabeth Barkowski
AIR Presenters: Sarah Gwyn Beck, Deborah Van Kummer

Focus Group Design — When You Can’t Mix Your Sample, Mix your Methods?

10:45 a.m. – 11:30: a.m. | Columbus G
AIR Presenters: Sarah Gywn Beck, Elizabeth Barkowski

More information about the conference may be found at

About AIR
Established in 1946, with headquarters in Washington, D.C., the American Institutes for Research (AIR) is a nonpartisan, not-for-profit organization that conducts behavioral and social science research and delivers technical assistance both domestically and internationally in the areas of health, education and workforce productivity. For more information, visit


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