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17 Oct data2insight is heading to Atlanta! (Part 2 of 3)

Are you joining us at the AEA Evaluation 2016 Conference?  This year's conference is October 24-29, 2016 in Atlanta, Georgia.  This year's theme: Evaluation + Design. “Every program is designed, yet the field of evaluation has not developed a systematic approach to designing programs. Should we? Can we? What would it look like? What role should evaluators play? How can evaluation be built into a program from the start?” - AEA President, John Gargani On Friday, October 28, 2016, at 1:45 pm, data2insight will present its second of three sessions for the conference: Focusing Sessions: A valuable stakeholder engagement and evaluation design tool.   This session is a demonstration led by Evaluation Project Manager, Christy A. Ballweber, and data2insight founder, Veronica S. Smith. Data2insight will mock up and walk through the steps for planning and facilitating an engaging and effective focusing session.  We will discuss benefits and limitations of those sessions, and how to secure stakeholder engagement.   You will receive a basic understanding of how a focusing session works, and a list of techniques and resources to apply in your evaluation practice.  For additional information about this session, click here. Still need to register for the conference?  It's not too late!  Click here....

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10 Oct data2insight is heading to Atlanta! (Part 1 of 3)

Are you joining us at the AEA Evaluation 2016 Conference?  This year's conference is October 24-29, 2016 in Atlanta, Georgia.  This year's theme: Evaluation + Design. “Everything we evaluate is designed.  Every evaluation we conduct is designed.  Every report, graph, or figure we present is designed.  In our profession, design and evaluation are woven together to support the same purpose—making the world a better place.” - AEA President, John Gargani On Thursday, October 27, 2016, at 3:00 pm, data2insight will present its first of three sessions for the conference:  No (New) Tools Required: Using Tools You Have to Make Big Reporting Impact.  Data2insight's founder, Veronica S. Smith, is the session chair of a multi-paper session.  Other presenters for this session include: Rocele Estanislao,Assistant Director, Evaluation and Research - Hathaway-Sycamores Child and Family Services Elissa Schloesser, Visual Communication Consultant - Visual Voice Hannah Crumrine, Senior Performance Evaluator - Office of Performance Evaluations For more information about this session, click here. Still need to register for the conference?  It's not too late!  Click here.  ...

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03 Oct Happy Birthday, TAF!

On October 1, 2016, data2insight founder, Veronica S. Smith, joined the Technology Access Foundation (TAF) as they celebrated 20 years of STEM equity and excellence.  The evening was elegantly crafted for reminiscing the past and celebrating the future at the Bethaday Community Learning Center. TAF is a nonprofit leader in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education.  They use STEM as a tool for realizing social change and educational equality in communities of color and those with low income.  Their targeted approach leverages in-school and out-of-school learning to address longstanding historical inequities for students of color, yet cultivates leadership and citizenship in ALL students toward equity. Want to learn more about the organization or the event?  Check out this Seattle Times' article that highlights TAF's work.  You can also check out this letter from Trish Milines Dziko, TAF CEO & Co-Founder.  Use #20YearsTAF or check out TAF on Twitter. Data2insight is proud to have supported TAF over the years through evaluation and mentoring support.  We look forward to many more!...

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26 Sep data2insight is heading to Tampa!

We are thrilled that Frieda E. Smith, our head of finance and operations, is leading the team presenting a workshop at the annual conference of the Association of Science-Technology Centers (ASTC) on September 26, 2016! The workshop, titled Talking About the T in LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender) is the first transgender focused workshop to be selected for presentation at an ASTC conference.  Participants will hear from a trans man, the mother of a trans teen girl, and from Frieda as an ally as she shares information from her interviews of trans people ranging in age from 16 to 65.  Frieda was also on the team that was selected to present the first LGBT focused workshop at an ASTC conference 10 to 12 years ago. If you are attending the conference, please check out what will be an informative workshop about how to create welcoming environments and interactions with those in the the transgender community. ASTC is a global organization providing collective voice, professional support, and programming opportunities for science centers, museums, and related institutions, whose innovative approaches to science learning inspire people of all ages about the wonders and the meaning of science in their lives.  Through strategic alliances and global partnerships, ASTC strives to increase awareness of the valuable contributions its members make to their communities and the field of informal STEM learning....

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19 Sep Have you heard of the Million Women Mentor’s Summit and Gala?

Data2insight is excited about the upcoming Million Women Mentors (MWM) event and being a part of building the mentoring movement in Washington State. This year, MWM is hosting its Second Annual Summit and Gala in October.  The event will feature updates and best practices surrounding the MWM effort.  You will hear from corporate executives, state leaders, mentors and mentees, and non-profit leaders. Come out to learn how the movement has grown and how different types of organizations are getting involved, including data2insight! ...

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12 Sep How could data2insight celebrate Global Collaboration Day on Thursday? Open to simple ideas. . .

Global Collaboration Day is brought to you by the organizers and leadership team of the annual Global Education Conference.  This is a group of education professionals dedicated to connecting all schools and ensuring that students are globally ready for 21st-century life. This project has emerged out of the Global Education Conference, an annual event run by Lucy Gray and Steve Hargadon.  It takes place every November and supports connections and collaborations between students, teachers, and organizations.  For the past 6 years, hundreds of globally minded people and organizations have taken advantage of technology to cross geographical boundaries in order to connect, communicate, and collaborate. If you enjoyed Global Education Day, join us in November for our main extravaganza....

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05 Sep Happy Labor Day!

According to the US Department of Labor's History, Labor Day, the first Monday in September, is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers.  It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country. The first Labor Day was celebrated on Tuesday, September 5, 1882, in New York City.  In 1884, the first Monday in September was selected as the holiday. Want to learn more? Click here for more information from the DOL's Historian....

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29 Aug Feature Organization: Seattle Urban League of Metropolitan Seattle

Once a month, data2insight features an organization that is contributing to solving a complex social, education, environment, or health problem.  The Urban League of Metropolitan Seattle Career Bridge program’s purpose was created to connect people of color who experience multiple barriers to employment, education and training with jobs, and other necessary support.  This community-driven model recognizes and builds on the strengths of existing community networks.  Strong personal relationships, grassroots implementation, and participant empowerment through shared leadership and accountability differentiate Career Bridge from other services provided to its target population.  The model brings together workforce training, social services, as well as grassroots community support networks in order to provide a relevant and comprehensive approach to assist participants attain the abilities and skills needed to achieve short-term economic and personal stability....

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23 Aug Coming in October: data2insight’s Demonstration Workshop in Atlanta

Data2insight is excited about their upcoming demonstration workshop at the American Evaluation Association Evaluation 2016 conference.  We hope that you will join us in Atlanta, GA on Friday, October 28, 1:45-3:15p to learn about focusing sessions: a valuable stakeholder engagement and evaluation design tool that can be used to improve programs and achieve desired outcomes....

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15 Aug Congratulations to the US Women’s and Men’s Swimming Teams for Wins in Rio

[caption id="attachment_18204" align="alignleft" width="220"] Top: Baker, King, Vollmer, and Manuel. Bottom: Murphy, Miller, Phelps, and Adrian.[/caption] Congratulations to the United States women’s and men’s swimming team for their great showing at the Rio Olympics.  The final two gold medals they earned for the 4 x 100 medley relay are great examples of how a team of individuals with different strengths can come together to achieve greatness. Data2insight aims to be a high performing team of individuals with different knowledge, skills, and cultures who come together to help our clients use data wisely to solve the complex problems of our age.  That is the gold we strive to dig up every day. Read more about the Women's victory...

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