Effective Storytelling

Friday, May 18th

Otterbein University, Westerville

Within every program and project evaluation there is a story to tell. Learning how to effectively tell these stories though, can be a difficult challenge for evaluators of all experience levels. The OPEG 2018 Spring Exchange will provide insight into this challenge through the theme of “Effective Storytelling” and continue to provide evaluation professionals with technical evaluation resources in Ohio.

Join us this spring as we welcome several distinguished evaluation professionals to provide their insights on “Effective Storytelling” within program evaluation.Our keynote speaker will be James W. Altschuld, Professor Emeritus of Education Studies at the Ohio State University and former OPEG president. As a special guest, Leslie Goodyear, president of the American Evaluation Association and a nationally recognized expert in educational evaluation and president will provide opening remarks.

We also will learn from other evaluators across Ohio as they discuss their experiences with “Effective Storytelling” through their own program evaluations. So, let’s learn together and collectively enhance the field of evaluation here in Ohio through the theme of “Effective Storytelling” at this year’s OPEG 2018 Spring Exchange

About Our Conferences

OPEG is dedicated to providing educational experiences for our members and Evaluators throughout the region.  We hold three scheduled conferences each year.  

  • The Spring Exchange highlights a keynote speaker on a current topic of interest in evaluation, opportunities for OPEG members to share their evaluation work, the election of new Board members, and presentation of awards for contribution to both the field of evaluation and for service to OPEG. Check the event calendar to find out the year's theme and any particular year's criteria. Members are encouraged to submit abstracts for review.

    • The Fall Workshop features invited presenters to provide methodology, techniques, and technology to help evaluators improve skills and keep up with changes in evaluation practice.

    • The Summer Stats Series provides training in specific statistical methods in an intense, limited capacity setting.The Summer Stats program provides free advanced statistics training opportunities and is open for members only. 

    See our Upcoming events listing below.  We are happy to share events from all over the region that may be of interest to our members.  Please let OPEG Administraive Coordinator Barbara Krannich know about any upcoming events you would like to list.

    Would you like to attend our Spring Exchange but need to get your employer to agree?  Download a copy of our letter explaining why attending will benefit both you and your employer!

    Organizations that require an updated W9 form for payment may download one here.

    The OPEG Board wishes to thank everyone that attended the 2017 Fall Workshop in September. 

    OPEG Board Member Jean Harper presents our Certificate of Appreciation to Dr. Jo Alice Blondin, President of Clarkstate Community College.

    Dr. Jo Alice Blondin gives us a warm welcome to Springfield.
      OPEG President Lana Rucks presents a Certificate of Appreciation to Dr. Ball for giving our keynote address.
       2018 Fall Workshop attendees.

    Check out our Past Events page for access to slide decks of our Fall Workshop presentations as they become available.

    OPEG reserves the right to edit or refuse submissions.

    Upcoming events

      • 28 Oct 2018
      • 9:00 AM
      • 03 Nov 2018
      • 4:00 PM
      • Cleveland, OH

      Speaking Truth to Power

      Whether the origins of the phrase Speaking Truth to Power are an American Friends Service Committee’s 1955 pamphlet on nonviolence, a Quaker saying from the 18th Century, writings by civil rights leader Bayard Rustin, a speech by ACLU president Patrick Malin, or even plays by Sophocles or Shakespeare, it has been used by social justice activists, clergy, academics, journalists, politicians, and evaluators to describe taking a stand, speaking out.

      Join your evaluation colleagues in a lively, critical conversation about the role of evaluators and evaluation in Speaking Truth to Power.

      As you think about how you might contribute to this important dialogue, consider these questions as catalysts for consideration about presentations, panels, posters, and even performances and other creative session formats for Evaluation 2018:

      What responsibilities do we have as evaluators for Speaking Truth to Power? When? In what contexts or situations? With what consequences? At what risk or cost? To whom, with what expectations?

      What is power? Who has it, and how can they best be influenced? What is the power held by evaluators and evaluation?

      • What is truth? Whose truth? How can we best discover these truths?
      • And, what is speaking? Whispering? Public pronouncements? Influence? Activism? And by whom on behalf of whom?

      We look forward to engaging you in this important conversation at Evaluation 2018 in Cleveland, October 28 – November 3!

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