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 28th Annual Conference: Evaluation With People, Not For People

  • Keynote: Nicky Bowman

27th Annual Conference (virtual): From Promise to Practice: Filling Your Equitable Evaluation Toolbox

  • Keynote: Paul Elam

26th Annual Conference (Virtual): The Promise of Equitable Evaluation: A Journey From Theory to Practice

  • Keynote: Dr. Dominica McBride
  • Virtual Attendees: 151

Virtual Conference Summer Series: Elevate How We Evaluate 

25th Annual Conference Cancelled Due to Pandemic


  • MAE Service Award- Craig Wiles, Former MAE Board Secretary and Conference Chair


24th Annual Conference: Looking Back, Seeing Forward

  • Keynote: Wendy Tackett
  • Attendees: 168

Professional Development Workshop Series:

  • Qualitative Data Analysis Workshop, Jeffery Hillman and Ouen Hunter (35 attendees)
Additional Accomplishments: 
  • Miles McNall elected as president
  • Felecia Bennett-Clark elected as vice president


23rd Annual Conference: Enhancing Evaluation Through Effective Communication 

  • Keynote: Rita S. Fierro
  • Attendees: 146
  • 1st Annual MAE Networking Reception

Professional Development Workshop Series:

  • Creating One-Page Reports, Emma Perk and Lyssa Wilson Becho; Data Dashboards, Jennifer Lyons (31 attendees)

22nd Annual Conference: Evaluation and Social Justice

  • Keynote: Robert E. Brown
  • Attendees: 155 
Additional Accomplishments: 
  • Paul Sachs elected as president
  • Miles McNall elected as vice president

21st Annual Conference: Exemplary Michigan Evaluations

  • Keynote: Lori Wingate
  • Attendees: 131

Professional Development Workshop: 

  • Data Visualization Workshop, Ann Emery (28 attendees)


20th Annual Conference: Looking Back, Seeing Forward

  • Attendees: 150 


  • John A. Seeley Friend of Evaluation Award: Michigan Fitness Foundation
  • MAE Service Award- Jane Powers, Public Sector Consultants
Additional Accomplishments: 
  • Rita McPhail elected as president
  • Paul Sachs elected as vice president


19th Annual Conference: The Evaluator’s Toolbox
  • Attendees: 140
  • Preconference Workshop: “Statistics Refresher”
  • John A. Seeley Friend of Evaluation Award:  Western Michigan  University– The Evaluation Center
  • MAE Service Award: Nancy McCrohan


18th Annual Conference
  • Highest attendance in conference history


  • John A. Seeley Friend of Evaluation: Matt Wojeck, Project Director for Impact, Ingham CountySystem of Care, Lansing, MI
  • MAE Service Award: Denise Hartsough


17th Annual Conference
  • Students from four universities attended the conference


  • John A. Seeley Friend of Evaluation: Andrea Cole, President Flinn Foundation
  • MAE Service Award: Meg Blinkiewicz
Additional Accomplishments: 
  • Secretariat internalized to Board of Directors


16th Annual Conference 


  • John A. Seeley Friend of Evaluation: Community Evaluation and Research Collaborative, MSU
  • MAE Service Award: Jane Morgan

Additional Accomplishments:

  • Brian Dates elected president


15th Annual Conference

  • John A. Seeley Friend of Evaluation: Melanie Hwalek
  • MAE Service Award: Neva Nehan
  • Additional Accomplishments:

    • MAE Secretariat moved to Western Michigan University


    14th Annual Conference

    • Keynote: Dr. James Sanders


    • John A. Seeley Friend of Evaluation: John Van Camp
    • MAE Service Award: Victoria Straub, SPEC Associates & Jane Morgan, JFM Consulting Group


    13th Annual Conference

    • John A. Seeley Friend of Evaluation: Chris Coryn, WMU
    • MAE Service Award: Suzanne Miel-Uken


    12th Annual Conference
    • Keynote: Rodney Hopson


    • John A. Seeley Friend of Evaluation Award: Sam Singh, Michigan Nonprofit Association
    • MAE Service Award: Nancy Hewat, Public Policy Associates

    Additional Accomplishments:

  • Meg Blinkiewicz elected president
  • MAE secretariat moves to Public Sector Consultants

  • 2006

    11th Annual Conference

    • Keynote Speaker: Abraham Wandersman
    • First conference at which an organization required attendance: Early Childhood Investment Corporation (ECIC) required funded sites to send two representatives each


    • John A. Seeley Friend of Evaluation Award: John Ziraldo, Lighthouse of Oakland County
    • MAE Service Award: Jeffrey Padden, Public Policy Associates

    Additional Accomplishments: 

    • Completed Engaging Minority Evaluators Project (EMEP) grant with W.K. Kellogg Foundation


    10th annual conference

    • Keynote Speaker: David Fetterman
    • Pre-session Presenter: Rosalie Torres


    • John A. Seeley Friend of Evaluation Award: C. Patrick Babcock
    • MAE Service Award: Sandra Herman


    9th Annual Conference

    • Kent McGuire, keynote speaker; Dawn Hanson Smart, pre-session presenter
    • MAE receives $10,000 W.K. Kellogg Grant to increase the number of evaluators of color in Michigan
    • John A. Seeley Friend of Evaluation Award: Carol Mowbray, University of Michigan
    • MAE Service Award: Nanette Keiser and Cynthia Cameron
    Additional Accomplishments:
    • MAE Website redesigned
    • Organizational memberships introduced
    • Online registration for annual conference initiated


    8th Annual Conference


    • Friend of Evaluation Award: Betty Tableman, Michigan State University
    • MAE Service Award: Michigan Public Health Institute

    Additional Accomplishments:

    • Conference was held in conjunction with the Grantmakers/Grantseekers conference, with the Council of Michigan Foundations and Michigan Nonprofit Association
    • Neva Nehan elected president


    7th Annual Conference
    • Keynote: Lea Sechrest
    • Pre-session Presenter: Hallie Preskill
    • Friend of Evaluation Award: Robert Collier
    • First MAE service awards: Mark Lelle, Debbie Jackson, Cheryl Endres, and John Seeleys


    • Friend of Evaluation Award: Robert Collier
    • 1st MAE Service Awards: Mark Lelle, Debbie Jackson, Cheryl Endres, and John Seeley

    Additional Accomplishments:

    • Diversity initiative developed through the Leadership Committee
    • Survey of membership conducted
    • Bylaws and articles revised
    • Filed and received 501(c)(3) designation


    6th Annual Conference


    • Friend of Evaluation Award: Ricardo Millet of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation

    Additional Accomplishments:

    • First grant for capacity-building - $30,000 from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation
    • For the 501(c)(3) process, finalized purposes and received approval from the membership for revised bylaws
    • First year-long calendar for professional development published - each region had two sessions


    5th Annual Conference

    • Keyote: Lisabeth Schoor
    • 2nd Annual Friend of Evaluation Award: James Sanders, Western Michigan University

    Additional Accomplishments:

    • Conducted first mail election
    • Affiliation with the American Evaluation Association finalized
    • First website produced
    • Developed and sold evaluation promotion presentation, "Demystifying Evaluation: A PowerPoint Presentation”


    4th Annual Conference
    • Keynote Speaker: Carol Weiss
    • Conference Sponsor: Skillman Foundation


    • 1st Friend of Evaluation Award: Leonard Smith, retiring president, Skillman Foundation

    Additional Accomplishments:

    • Task force addresses open governance issues and proposes a mail ballot for board members; board and membership adopt process
    • Discussion of application for 501(c)(3) status begins
    • First paid secretariat
    • Membership reaches about 120 individuals
    • Bylaws revised to change term limits and the election process
    • MAE incorporated in the state of Michigan ; obtains federal employer identification number
    • New logo created


    3rd Annual Conference
    • Keynote Speaker: Michael Quinn Patton
    • Conference Sponsor: W.K. Kellogg Foundation

    Additional Accomplishments:

    • Jeff Padden, Public Policy Associates, elected second president
    • Members approve a name change from Michigan Association of Evaluators to Michigan Association for Evaluation
    • MAE secretariat moves to Wayne State University (WSU)
    • Regular newsletter publication begins
    • First professional development meeting held
    • Membership surveyed about areas of interest/expertise for the database
    • MAE website development begins


    2nd Annual Conference

    • Keynote Speaker: Huey Chen
    Additional Accomplishments:
    • MAE secretariat is housed at MSU for six months and at Formative Evaluation Research Associates (FERA) for six months; MAE begins to negotiate with WSU to be the organization’s secretariat


    1st annual conference 

    • Keynote (remote): David Fetterman
    • Over 100 people attended

    Additional Accomplishments:

    • Organization is formally established (as the Michigan Association of Evaluators) with bylaws and board members, at the conference business meeting
    • John Seeley, Formative Evaluation Research Associates (FERMA), elected first president
    • Secretariat: MSU’s Outreach program
    • Board holds first planning retreat; guiding values, charges for committees are established; calendar for 1996–1997 is set
    • First MAE newsletter is created


    A core group continues to meet 2–3 times annually
    • A mission and bylaws are drafted
    • The need for an event to launch the organization is discussed; a spring 1996 conference is sketched out
    • Obtaining organizational supporters and sponsors is discussed; requests for foundation funding are delayed until the organization has proved itself


    Informal meetings take place to explore what a Michigan association for evaluation organization would look like. Agenda usually includes discussion of the organization’s purpose; lunch; and one evaluator presenting some current work
    • Meetings are held 2–3 times this year and include much discussion of purpose and structure
    • A needs assessment of evaluators in Michigan who were members of the American Evaluation Association is conducted; results demonstrate a need for a statewide/local organization


    The Skillman Foundation calls a meeting to address issues and concerns about evaluation
    • All local evaluators are invited to attend
    • Evaluators enjoy the meeting and the ability to talk with each other (which had not previously occurred locally); they talk about continuing the dialogue

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