*Staying current on what’s going on in the field of evaluation
*Motivation for finishing a reading goal
Why would you be interested in a book club???!!!&*%$
Do you read tons of information on fresh topics in evaluation, but don’t really let it sink in or think about applying it to your practice?
At your job are you the lone wolf when it comes to program evaluation, member of a small pack?
Sounds a little lonely
Do you meet with colleagues to have thought provoking dialogue about your perspectives on evaluation?
Is this more social, for learning and growth, or both?
Are you affiliated with a local consortium of evaluators in your area/region?
Is there a forum for small or large group discussion?
Are you a member of a professional organization that supports and encourages the growth and development of program evaluators?
How often do you get to interact with other members?
I think book clubs are a simple, yet powerful forum….
Who: Evaluators and other interested parties
What: Engaging in dialogue about theories, methods, books, journal articles, data visualizations, and blog posts
When: Biweekly or monthly chats
Where: Phone conference, #twitchats (Twitter Chats), Skype for discussion pairs
Why: Professional development, to flex your thinking and evaluation muscles, to promote dialogue on evaluation topics, and to encourage community building and knowledge sharing
A few brainstormed topics I’d be interested in:
- Developmental Evaluation
- Evaluative Thinking
- Culture in Evaluation
- International Evaluation
Well, are you INterested in a virtual book club? 🙂
Have you had any experiences with one?
Feel free to list a few creative ideas for logistics and topics of interest that you wouldn’t mind engaging in discussion with like minded(or not so like minded) individuals.
After a little data collection, I may give this a pilot run, if you’re INterested just let me know!