The Minnesota Evaluation Studies Institute (MESI) is an interdisciplinary training institute for evaluation studies at the University of Minnesota. We provide high-quality theoretical, technical, and practical training to professional evaluators and we are committed to supporting evaluation that values stakeholder participation and collaboration. MESI is part of the Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development (OLPD) in the College of Education and Human Development (CEHD). We are unique in bringing together faculty expertise from the college, the School of Public Health, the Humphrey School of Public Affairs, the Center for Urban and Regional Affairs, and Minnesota Extension.
2018 Spring Training
Evaluation Keynotes, Panels, Training Track Sessions, Workshops, & Community Evaluation Field Trips
Spring Training Theme: A World of Opportunities: Harnessing the Power of Evaluation
Monday & Tuesday, March 19 & 20, 2018
9:00 am–4:30 pm each day
Intensive One- & Two-Day Workshops presented by:
- Susan Kistler
- Richard Krueger & Mary Anne Casey
- Laura Pejsa & Emily Goff
- Michael Quinn Patton
Wednesday & Thursday, March 21 & 22, 2018
Plenary Addresses by:
- Stewart Donaldson
Panel Discussion with Dr. Donaldson & Community Leaders in Evaluation:
- Olivia Jefferson, Vidhya Shanker, Ibrahim Noor
- Michael Quinn Patton
Concurrent ½ Day Training Sessions in Tracks:
- Evaluation Basics
- Beyond the Basics
- Topics in Evaluation
- Community, Experiential Learning Field Trips
Continuing Education and Conference Center
St. Paul Campus of the University of Minnesota
- Evaluation students and professionals seeking to improve knowledge, skills, and competencies
- Organizational professionals seeking to build and improve evaluation capacity and skills
- Registration open in December 2017
- Registration fee discounts will be available until March 1, 2018
- MESI Spring Trainings are open to all
With pleasure I introduce the Program Evaluation Series, an occasional publication of the Minnesota Evaluation Studies Institute (MESI), which has its home in the Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development at the University of Minnesota. Owing to the lengthy history of its evaluation training programs (extending back to the late 1960s when the field originated), the University of Minnesota has a strong reputation for evaluation, both nationally and internationally. For over two decades, MESI has sponsored exceptional professional development on program evaluation* and provided graduate students hands-on opportunities to hone their skills on evaluation projects in a variety of organizations. This new endeavor, the Program Evaluation Series, seeks to broaden the number of people who can benefit from MESI activities by providing high quality, up-to-date, and affordable materials on critical developments in the field.
Why now? There are three reasons we are launching the e-book series at
- As the field of evaluation continues to grow around the world, it increasingly relies on online electronic materials to keep people current. The benefit of a series of e-books is clear since these books can be downloaded and re-produced for only the cost of the printing or formally printed for a nominal fee.
- The practice of program evaluation is a growing activity internationally, and the number of novice evaluators and people conducting evaluations who do not consider themselves professional evaluators is expanding. Knowing that only a small number of colleagues nationally and globally are able to attend trainings in person, this series of e-books will enable MESI to provide useful materials to a broader array of individuals engaged in the field.
- An e-book series provides a vehicle for dispersing innovative evaluation content stemming both from academic settings like universities and, equally important, from the world of practice, including the multiple communities in which evaluators ply their trade. Practicing evaluators, many of whom write weekly or monthly blogs, routinely develop materials that they would like to share widely. The Program Evaluation Series provides a mechanism for such dissemination.
We hope you find this publication of value to your evaluation practice and sincerely invite your feedback (email@example.com) and suggestions for additional volumes.
Jean A. King, PhD
Revised November 6, 2017