2011 MESI Conference

16th Annual Minnesota Evaluation Studies Institute Conference

March 9-11, 2011

BIG IDEAS: Deepening Dialogue, Building Capacity, Inspiring Action

Handouts from 2010 conference presenters (click on the presentation for handout):

Keynote: Michael Q. Patton, Evaluation for a Fast-Paced, Real-Time World

Case Studies: Peter Demerath, OLPD, University of Minnesota

Evaluating the St. Paul Early Childhood Scholarship Program: Rob Grunewald,Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis, and Erika Gaylor, SRI International

Program Evaluation in Public Health: Judy Gerrard, School of Public Health, University of Minnesota


Please join us for this exciting and enriching conference designed for professional evaluators, program directors in non-profit and for-profit organizations, students, and others interested in conducting or using evaluations. The MESI Conference provides a unique opportunity to learn and reflect on contemporary issues in evaluation with national experts and practitioners in a small setting.

Date: March 9-11, 2011 (ends at noon on Friday)

Featured speakers include:

  • Rodney Hopson, Duquesne University
  • Jean King, University of Minnesota
  • Priscilla Little, Harvard University
  • Michael Q. Patton, Utilization-Focused Evalution
  • Richard Krueger, University of Minnesota
  • And others…

Location: Continuing Education Conference Center, University of Minnesota, St. Paul, MN.
For maps and directions, click here.

Pre-sessions: March 7-8, 2011

Pre-sessions include:

  • Basics in Utilization-Focused Evaluation: Michael Q. Patton,Utilization-Focused Evaluation
  • Building Evaluation Capacity: Jean A. King, University of Minnesota
  • Designing and Conducting Focus Group Interviews: Richard Krueger, University of Minnesota
  • Evaluating Public Health Initiatives Focused on Population Health Improvement: Tom Griffin, Minnesota Institute of Public Health
  • Introduction to Program Evaluation: Stacey Stockdill, EnSearch

Registration: Cost and additional information is available on the Registration form [PDF].

Group discount for three or more registrations from one organization.
Graduate credit available for an additional fee.

Registration fees are non-refundable. Please make check, money order, or purchase order payable in U.S. funds to University of Minnesota. Mail registration form and payment to:

MESI, Attn: Ann Mavis
University of Minnesota
6 Pattee Hall
150 Pillsbury Drive SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455

For more information, contact Ann Mavis (mavis001@umn.edu or 612-624-1489)

Sponsored by the Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development, College of Education and Human Development; Center for Applied Research and Educational Improvement (CAREI); Center for Urban and Regional Affairs (CURA); The Evaluation Group, Institute on Community Integration; Extension Center for Youth Development; Humphrey Institute for Public Affairs; Office of Measurement Services; School of Public Health; School of Nursing; University of Minnesota; the Minnesota Evaluation Association; and other community partners.