Conference and event presentations

2018 UW Women in Science and Engineering (WiSE) Conference

This workshop for the 2018 UW Women in Science and Engineering (WiSE) conference was designed to engage people in high school, college and early STEM careers in a conversation that results in greater understanding of best mentoring, internship, and sponsor practices for achieving STEM career goals faster and easier by strategically connecting and building mutually beneficial relationships with excellent professionals along the way.

Workshop Materials

Washington State Million Women Mentors Co-Chair Veronica S. Smith co-facilitated this workshop with Dr. Nnenia M. Campbell, a University of Colorado Natural Hazards Center Research Associate. Participants left better equipped to not only navigate the STEM education, training, and career maze, but also change the maze to be more inclusive and multicultural.

2016 American Evaluation Association Conference

Data2insight founder Veronica Smith has presented at the 2016 American Evaluation Association conference which took place in Atlanta. For those interested in Veronica’s work on dashboarding and focusing sessions, the presentations and handouts from both sessions are available here for download.

The latest dashboard research and sneak peek at an upcoming dashboarding field guide

Part of the multipaper panel titled “New Data Visualization Tools & Techniques to A+ Your Reporting”

Abstract: What is the knowledge base on dashboard design, build and use in performance/shared measurement, monitoring and evaluation? That’s what the folks at data2insight, led by data scientist Veronica S. Smith, will share: findings from a recent systematic literature review as well as interviews with practitioners and information design thought leaders about the current state of dashboard use and implications for the future. This work is being done in preparation for an upcoming field guide on dashboarding and measurement reporting (slated to be out in Fall 2017) authored by Ms. Smith for the Sage book series Evaluation in Practice.  We will also open up the conversation to hear our colleagues’ experiences, dashboard successes as well as challenges. Bring your dashboard stories and we might use them in the book! Take away a copy of the literature review and a deeper understanding of dashboarding and measurement reporting to inform your practice.

Focusing Sessions: A valuable stakeholder engagement and evaluation design tool

Abstract: Data2insight created ‘evaluation focusing sessions’ based on Stewart Donaldson’s process for developing program theory and formulating evaluation questions. These one-day (or two half-day) convenings are effective tools for engaging stakeholders in (1) creating common understanding of programs, (2) making program theory explicit and testable, (3) framing and prioritizing evaluation questions, and (4) providing a framework for data collection and analysis. This process informs a responsive, robust program evaluation design as well as establishing a strong foundation for evaluator-stakeholder co-creation of knowledge.

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.