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.
Upcoming Conferences and Training Opportunities
- Our annual MESI Spring Training (ST) is scheduled for March 20-24, 2017. The theme will be “Co-Creating Evaluation Communities: Learning from Each Other,” and the MESI ST Planning Task Force hopes to inspire a diverse array of participants with the sessions, conversations, and connections.
- Dialogue on Race and Class in America to be held in Conjunction with CREA 2017 Conference
The AEA has undertaken an important initiative to convene three Dialogues on Race and Class. These national dialogues will "reflect and promote positive actions on the deeply rooted, and structurally intertwined issues behind the headlines that propel racial, ethnic, and class disparities in our society."
The focus of the Dialogues is interconnected with the theme and purpose for the CREA 4th International Conference, " Evidence Matters: Culturally Responsive Evaluation and Assessment Translating to Action and Impact in Challenging Times" that will be held in Chicago Illinois September 27-29. Visit the conference website for more details.
The deadline for the CREA IV Call For Papers is February 20, 2017. See details for proposal submission.
- Starting in July, founder Jean King began three years of phased retirement; she will remain on the faculty and continue to play a leadership role in MESI until June 2019. (She’s not retired yet!)
- We are happy to report that the College has approved a position for a senior faculty member (Associate Professor or Professor) in Evaluation Studies. A search committee is now at work to identify and recruit an individual committed to continuing the development of our Evaluation Studies program.
MESI Activities for 2016-2017
- In collaboration with Publication Services at the University of Minnesota Libraries, we are working on a series of MESI ebooks to capture content of value to practicing evaluators. The first two ebooks in the series will highlight MESI’s Graduate Review and Improvement Process (GRIP) and examples of ripple effect mapping.
- We are working to revive MESI’s Evaluation Fellows Program, a year-long, experiential program designed to bring together practitioners, evaluators, policy makers, and funders to work collaboratively—learning from experts and from each other—as they study the evaluation process and outcomes for a specific program area.
Revised March 8, 2017