Eval13 Day Four

Here it is, the last day of the conference. I present today and then am flying out a little bit after that. So if you’re here, take good notes in your sessions today.

Evaluation Blogging

Today is the blogging think tank presentation I’m giving with Ann Emery, Sheila Robinson, and Susan Kistler. It’s at 9:50 AM in the International Ballroom Center. Hope to see you there!

Imagine if

There were thousands of attendees at this conference. Could you imagine what it would look like if just 100 (a few percent of the attendees) wrote a nice long blog post about their experience and the lessons they learned?

Journals get a lot of heat for not opening up their articles online. But why expect a business model to change when the community has not. This is a call for more attendees to open up their experiences for the greater community.

We could have so much more valuable expertise and rich context if you shared your lessons and wrote a post. The web is built by people like you.


This one inspired by Becca’s comment from the day three post…

How about a cartoon acknowledging most innovative freebies? I nominate the luggage grip and car charger.

Lack of Thought Leader

This one inspired by Ann Price in the day three comments.

ย I have an idea for a cartoon for you. All this talk about using social media, blogging, twitter and such to help someone become a thought leader has me thinkingโ€ฆ..what if I want to be a thought leader but no original thoughts ever come? The horror! (I think its important to laugh at ourselves/myself ๐Ÿ™‚


Intoxicating Allure of Hope

This one inspired by Rhonda in the Cartooning Evaluation 2013 page comments who brought up her list of new & entertaining evaluation phraseology.

There were lots of references to geography: “geography of evidence” among the favs. In the poetic category we have “How does it enter the evidence bundle?” and “the intoxicating allure of hope” that contexts don’t shift. One you’ll like: we asked about use “to glorify Patton”



  1. Mary Nash on October 20, 2013 at 11:17 am

    I attended AEA for the first time this year and one of the highlights was Saturday’s presentation on blogging. I am inspired to blog now!

    • Chris Lysy on October 20, 2013 at 12:52 pm

      Thanks Mary, I’m glad you’re inspired. Keep in touch and let me know when you have a blog up and running ๐Ÿ™‚

      • Mary Nash on October 21, 2013 at 3:32 pm

        My blogging career is launched:

        • Chris Lysy on October 21, 2013 at 3:43 pm

          Awesome, short and sweet first post!

          Two suggested next steps:
          1) Open up the comments section on your post so I can add one ๐Ÿ™‚
          2) Go with prettier permalinks (Open up your dashboard > Settings > Permalinks). I suggest: Day and name, Month and name, or just Post name.

          Then let me know if you want me to plug you into evalcentral.com or if you’d like to wait a little bit.

          • Mary Nash on October 21, 2013 at 8:34 pm

            I think I did your two steps correctly but not sure. I’ll write another blog in the next week or so and work on formatting, then you can add me to evalcentral.com.

  2. Becca on October 21, 2013 at 5:13 pm

    And here I thought I had seen all the giveaways – but somehow I missed the monkey paws! So funny!

    • Eden on October 21, 2013 at 11:01 pm

      Is the woman at the monkey’s paw table carrying a cleaver? Go figure. Be careful what you wish for.

      • Chris Lysy on October 22, 2013 at 6:13 am

        That was the giveaway at another booth. The conference was pre-Halloween this year ๐Ÿ˜‰

  3. Leslie Cooksy on January 3, 2014 at 7:01 pm

    I’m coming late to your website and cartoons, but as a former “Thought Leader”, I really appreciate Ann Price’s comment and your wonderful cartoon. Thanks!

    • Chris Lysy on January 3, 2014 at 11:35 pm

      And I appreciate the nice comment. I plan to blog and cartoon well into the future, so maybe you found me early ๐Ÿ™‚