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Jennifer Nielsen presents on evaluation practices and STEM at the AEA Evaluation 2013 conference

The American Evaluation Association (AEA) held its annual conference ""Evaluation 2013"" on October 14-19 in Washington, D.C. The Manhattan Strategy Group presented at three sessions during the event which focused on Evaluation Practice in the Early 21st Century. During a session sponsored by the Research on Evaluation Topical Interest Group (TIG), Jennifer Nielsen presented, “Considering the rightness of our professional acts: What do we report and to whom?” as part of the session “Professionalism, Professional Ethics, and Professional Evaluators” chaired by Kathleen Toms from Research Works Inc. Nielsen’s co-presenters included Brian Dates from Southwest Solutions, and Linda Mabry from Washington State University Vancouver.

During a session sponsored by the International and Cross-cultural Evaluation TIG, Nielsen presented as part of a think tank focused on facilitating the discussion of critical issues in working with different clients, including federal government and private foundations and in developing evaluation models to measure results in light of client goals and program objectives. The session, “Measuring Sustainability of Engagement in Complex, Multifaceted International Programs,” also featured Liudmila Mikhailova from CRDF Global, and Hubert Paulmer from Goss Gilroy Inc.

As part of the inaugural conference program of the newly formed Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Evaluation TIG, Nielsen and Toms facilitated the think tank session, “How do We Evaluate the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Composite? Building Consensus Regarding STEM Consideration, Definition, Implementation, and Instruction.” This session provided a summary of work done by a volunteer group of P-20 educators in New York to seek input into a discussion of the challenges facing evaluators in the STEM environment to elicit input from the participants, including their experience with STEM programs and their honest evaluation of these programs.

For additional details or information contact Jennifer Nielsen ( or visit the AEA 2013 conference website (link to