Schedule: Spring Training 2019

“It Begins with Us”

Monday, March 11 & Tuesday, March 12


  • Evaluation 101: Lija Greenseid, PhD, Greenseid Consulting Group LLC (two-day workshop, 3/11-3/12)
  • Designing and Conducting Focus Group Interviews: Richard Krueger & MaryAnn Casey, University of Minnesota (two-day workshop, 3/11-3/12)
  • Principles-Focused Evaluation: Michael Quinn Patton (one-day workshop, 3/11)
  • Basics of Using Theory to Improve Evaluation Practice: John LaVelle, University of Minnesota (one-day workshop, 3/11)
  • Survey Design: Michael Rodriguez, University of Minnesota (one-day workshop, 3/12)
  • Utilization-Focused Evaluation: Michael Quinn Patton (one-day workshop, 3/12)  

Wednesday, March 13

8:15-8:30—Welcome / Check-in

8:30-9:15—Keynote Address: “It Begins with Us”
Leah C. Neubauer, EdD, MA
Northwestern University


  • Evaluation Basics Track: What is Evaluation? John LaVelle, PhD, UMN
  • Beyond the Basics Track: Using Implementation Science to Improve Program Implementation Efforts; Tehout Selameab, Arcadia Research & Evaluation, Kristen Johnson PhD, UMN
  • Cultural Responsiveness in Evaluation Track: LatinX Perspectives and Approaches in Evaluation; Leah C. Neubauer, EdD, MA, Northwestern University



  • Evaluation Basics Track: Survey and Data Collection; Jennie Akerstrom Zumbusch, Center for Applied Research and Educational Improvement (CAREI)
  • Beyond the Basics Track: How to Do a Winning Proposal; David Johnson, PhD, UMN
  • Special Topics Track: Community-Engaged Evaluation; Heidi Barajas, PhD, & Kari Smalkoski, PhD, UMN
  • Cultural Responsiveness in Evaluation Track: Beyond Diversity, Culture, & Inclusion: Alternative Frameworks for Understanding and Addressing Systemic Inequity; Vidhya Shanker, Rainbow Research

Thursday, March 14


  • Evaluation Basics Track: Evaluation Questions, Logic Models, Program Theory; Ellen Iverson, PhD, Carleton College
  • Beyond the Basics Track: Conflict Management; Jeanne Zimmer, UMN
  • Special Topics Track: Developmental Evaluation for Truth, Beauty, and Justice; Nora Murphy Johnson, PhD & A. Rafael Johnson, Creative Evaluation
  • Cultural Responsiveness in Evaluation Track: LGBTQ Inclusive Evaluation Techniques; Joshua C. Collins, PhD, UMN



  • Evaluation Basics Track: Data Collection for Beginners; Amanda J. Petersen & Dan Swanson, Wilder Research
  • Beyond the Basics Track: Evaluator Competencies to Improve Practice; Jean King, PhD, MESI/UMN
  • Special Topics Track: Positionality in Evaluation; Calli Thompson, Nishank Varshney, & Trupti Sarode, UMN
  • Cultural Responsiveness in Evaluation Track: Indigenous Evaluation; Nicole Bowman-Farrell, PhD, Bowman Performance Consulting LLC

Closing Keynote: “Where We Go from Here”
Nicole Bowman-Farrell, PhD, Bowman Performance Consulting LLC