Evaluation Cafe

The Evaluation Center at Western Michigan University offers lectures, seminars, group work and presentations through the Evaluation Cafe to enhance knowledge and skills in the field of evaluation.

"Effective communication skills while facilitating interviews and focus groups"

Date: January 16, 2019

Presenter: Ouen Hunter, M.S., M.S.W. & Jeffrey Hillman, M.P.A. - Students of the IDPE Program

"Research transparency: registry of efficacy and effectiveness"

Date: January 23, 2019

Presenter: Jessaca Spybrook, Ph.D., Professor of Evaluation, Measurement, and Research at WMU

"Scaling what works: evaluation for reinvention and adaptation"

Date: January 30, 2019

Presenter: R. Sam Larson, Ph.D., Assistant Dean of Finance and Operations - College of Education at MSU

"Improving Learning and Accountability in Foreign Aid"

Date: February 6, 2019

Presenter: Paul Clements, Ph.D., Professor of Political Science at WMU

"The evaluation marketplace"

Date: February 13, 2019

Presenter: Melanie Hwalek, Ph.D., CEO at SPEC Associates and Assistant Professor at MSU

"Using Big data: electoral and voter data for targeted promotions"

Date: February 20, 2019

Presenter: Christina Soliz, Program Coordinator at Planned Parenthood Advocates of Michigan


Date: February 27, 2019

Presenter: TBD

"No evaluation café - spring break"

Date: March 6, 2019

Presenter: NONE - Spring Break

"Comparing success and failure cases to support effective program implementation"

Date: March 13, 2019

Presenter: Jonathan Morell, Ph.D., Editor of Evaluation and Program Planning; Director of Evaluation at Syntek; Melinda Davey, Senior Analyst at Jacobs - Civil Engineering

"Urban Socioecological systems: Food security and sustainability"

Date: March 20, 2019

Presenter: Stephanie White, Ph.D., International Research & Development Specialist - Department of Community Sustainability at MSU


Date: March 27, 2019

Presenter: TBD

"no evaluation café - public school spring break"

Date: April 3, 2019

Presenter: NONE - Public School Spring Break


Date: April 10, 2019

Presenter: TBD

"Shaping Community education for a changing society"

Date: April 17, 2019

Presenter: Cherie Seitz, Director of Education and Community Affairs at Planned Parenthood of South Central Michigan