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Upcoming events

    • Thursday, October 19, 2023
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM (PDT)
    • McMenamins Kennedy School
    • 22

    Fall Networking Event!

    Join us for a fall networking event with program evaluators from various sectors and organizations. This is a great opportunity to connect with peers, share best practices, and learn from each other's experiences. Whether you are a seasoned evaluator, a newcomer to the field, or just curious about program evaluation, you are welcome to attend this informal and friendly event. We hope to see you there! Refreshments will be provided. 

    Thursday, October 19 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

    McMenamins Kennedy School ️ 5736 N.E. 33rd Ave. Portland, OR, 97211

    To ensure our catering is on point, kindly RSVP by no later than Friday, October 6. Have questions or need more details? Reach out to the Chari Smith at

    Mark your calendar, spread the word, and gear up for an evening of networking brilliance. See you there!

    • Thursday, November 16, 2023
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM (PST)
    • Zoom online
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    "System Evaluation Theory: A blueprint for evaluating complex interventions operating and functioning as systems,"

    Presented by Ralph Renger

    Author, System Evaluation Theory

    Systems and Program Evaluator, Just Evaluation Services

    How do you know when to use a systems approach or a traditional theory-driven approach to evaluation (TDE)? The level of intervention complexity plays a key role in this decision. In this webinar, participants will be shown how a traditional TDE approach using logic models is appropriate for interventions with a linear program theory derived from reductionist research.  However, participants will also learn why applying this same approach is inadequate for evaluating interventions whose design is based on a holistic worldview.  Participants will be encouraged to step out of their comfort zone to acquire the system thinking skills needed for evaluating holistically designed, complex interventions. They will also be provided a brief overview of System Evaluation Theory (SET) as one framework for helping them embark on their systems evaluation journey.  Time will be allotted for participants to engage in a Q & A with the presenter.


    About Ralph Renger

    Ralph was a professor at the University of Arizona for 17 years where he taught graduate public health program evaluation. During his tenure at U of A he evaluated numerous local, state, and federal programs.  He then accepted a position at the University of North Dakota, where he was responsible for evaluating Cardiac Systems of Care for 7 mid and mountain west states funded by the Helmsley Foundation.  During his 6-year UND tenure he developed System Evaluation Theory (SET) culminating in the publication of his book.  Ralph has over 90 peer reviewed publications and is widely recognized as an international expert in evaluating complex interventions.

    • Tuesday, January 23, 2024
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM (PST)
    • Virtual

    AEA 2024: Prepare, Set, Submit!

    Join Kim Leonard and Sheila B. Robinson for an engaging virtual information session, where you can learn the ins and outs of submitting one or even two session proposals for AEA 2024. With over a decade of experience presenting at AEA conferences, Kim & Sheila have skillfully led various session types, including highly successful pre-conference workshops. In this session, you will receive a comprehensive overview of the proposal submission process, along with invaluable advice for achieving success. We will also be available to address your questions and direct you to supplementary resources.

    When: Tuesday, 23rd January 2024

    Time: 12 PM Pacific Time - 1 PM Pacific Time

    Location: Zoom Virtual

Past events

Thursday, July 13, 2023 OPEN: Summer Networking Event
Monday, June 12, 2023 Centering Racial Equity in Evaluation: The DEIJ Learning Series "Deepen Community Engagement"
Monday, February 27, 2023 Centering Racial Equity in Evaluation: Diagnose Biases and Systems
Thursday, February 09, 2023 2023 OPEN Annual Meeting
Monday, December 12, 2022 Centering Racial Equity in Evaluation: Debunking Myths to Advance Racial Equity in Evaluation
Monday, November 07, 2022 (re)Shaping Evaluation Together: AEA Conference 2022
Wednesday, October 19, 2022 DEIJ in Evaluation series: Walking the Talk: Putting Ontology into Practice
Friday, September 23, 2022 Evaluation Journal Club: Photo-Based Evaluation: A Method for Participatory Evaluation with Adolescents
Tuesday, August 23, 2022 OPEN’s Summer Social Networking Event
Thursday, April 28, 2022 OPEN is...Open!! Let's get back to networking!
Thursday, February 24, 2022 A Nonprofit Evaluation Story with Portland Homeless Family Solutions
Thursday, January 20, 2022 Skill Building for a Career in Program Evaluation: A Q+A Panel with Professionals in the Field
Thursday, January 13, 2022 OPEN Annual Meeting 2022
Friday, December 17, 2021 Submit your 2022 Council & Committee Interest Form today!
Thursday, December 02, 2021 Introduction to the OPEN Council with the 2021 OPEN leadership team
Friday, November 19, 2021 Evaluation Journal Club: Bridging Theory & Practice
Monday, October 04, 2021 OPEN Visioning Session 2
Friday, September 17, 2021 Culturally Responsive Evaluation: Lessons from the Indian Health Services
Wednesday, September 08, 2021 OPEN Visioning Session 1
Wednesday, August 18, 2021 Measuring Student Success: Lessons for evaluators in the wake of COVID-19
Friday, July 23, 2021 Evaluation Journal Club: Inciting Social Change Through Evaluation
Tuesday, May 18, 2021 Facilitation Essentials for Evaluators
Wednesday, May 12, 2021 SOLD OUT! Introduction to Evaluation Policies: What are they? What is the intention?
Thursday, May 06, 2021 Student Discussion: Building a Resume for Program Evaluation
Friday, April 09, 2021 A Conversation on Evaluative Thinking: A discussion with Chari Smith, Evaluation into Action, and Hayat Askar, EvalJordan
Friday, March 26, 2021 Evaluation Journal Club: Bridging Theory & Practice


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