Eval13 Day Three

Here we go, let day three begin. Should be a busy one for me, I’m chairing two sessions.

Had AEA365 post publish this morning, go check it out.

Brain Storm

At the DVR TIG last night brain storming. Not sure what will happen this year but feel like you’re going to see some exciting things. We have lots of ideas.

Westat Booth

I love stopping by the Westat Booth throughout the conference.  I work with a lot of really smart evaluators and being down in a satellite office doesn’t always give me the chance to interact personally with my colleagues in our home office, or spread throughout the country.

More Data Viz

Chaired a cool session on data visualization for analysis and utilization today with Jack Scott and Nate Wilairat. They’re both doing some really cool and practical data viz stuff. Fun session, here are the cartoons.

Jack Scott


Nate Wilairat

Let’s meet in the lobby

From Elisa in the comments.

Thanks for documenting the week! Its gone by quickly! Some quick things that you might interview people about that are happening in the halls: international buddies! (Our group I initially had some trouble remembering that phones wouldn’t be the best way to go…..especially of one of is didn’t have a smart phone) 2) the coffee bean/front lobby is Everyone’s meeting spot! c) the ever present program will have us all leaning to one side by the end of the week, except for one (genius) person that split hers up and had one day’s worth in a binder clip!

Conference Progression

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  1. Rayrlewis on October 18, 2013 at 1:10 pm

    This is reposted from AEA365, but I couldn’t decide whether to tag with process, attribution, causation or correlation. It boils down to building good relationships and opportunities provided at AEA meetings. I’m enjoying your work from afar, and going to advocate for adding cartooning as a social media platform to extend the reach of conferences.

    Hi Susan,
    Good to connect with you again. Regarding related posts #4: “Perfect Gifts ” that come around and around again… Maybe there is another carton in the following story about good deeds being returned based on relationships developed at AEA conferences.

    I had an extra copy of Eva the Evaluator that I gave to Chris Lysy at Eval12; which he then had autographed by the author at a breakout session. Chris then provided the cartoons for a presentation I did for an Introduction to Health in All Policies for the Minnesota Public Health Association’s Annual Meeting. In return, I made a donation for his replacement IPad which was used to create the Causation and Correlation cartoon, based on my comment on his blog, which you used in today’s AEA365.

    Sorry I couldn’t attend eval13, but it’s a perfect day for making handmade birchbark candles for presents.

    – See more at: http://aea365.org/blog/?p=10326&cpage=1#comment-40941

  2. Alana Hulme Chambers on October 19, 2013 at 4:25 am

    These cartoons capture the essence of conferences beautifully!

    • Chris Lysy on October 20, 2013 at 8:28 pm

      Thanks Alana 🙂

  3. Susan Kistler on October 19, 2013 at 5:36 am

    Oh my. And all of my presentations are on day 4. Wonder who did the scheduling. 🙂

    • Chris Lysy on October 20, 2013 at 8:29 pm

      Seriously, you should have a talk with the programming people 😉

  4. Becca on October 19, 2013 at 8:32 am

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

    • Chris Lysy on October 20, 2013 at 9:12 pm

      Thanks for the comment Becca, check out a newly updated Day Four.

  5. Ann Price on October 20, 2013 at 1:21 pm

    Sorry I missed your session and the chance to meet you Chris. But I love the conference cartoons, especially the one about the lobby. 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 thinking…..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/my)self 🙂 .

    • Chris Lysy on October 20, 2013 at 9:12 pm

      Sorry I missed you too Ann, thanks for the praise and the inspiration. Check out the updated Day Four 🙂

      • Ann Price on October 21, 2013 at 4:01 pm

        I so needed that belly laugh this morning!!!! Thank you!

        • Chris Lysy on October 21, 2013 at 4:07 pm

          Awesome 🙂

  6. David Bernstein on October 21, 2013 at 4:06 pm

    Chris, thanks for taking my suggestion to draw the Westat exhibit, and thanks for helping with the staffing. You must of had one of the few quite times, because we seemed to have a lot of interest and visitors! Not only that, all of the giveaways, including the luggage grips and car chargers, are gone, gone, gone. 🙂

    • Chris Lysy on October 22, 2013 at 8:21 am

      The Luggage Grips are always my favorite. It’s just a fun conversation piece.
      Anyone reading out there, if you don’t know what I mean, be sure to stop by during the next conference. Of course, it’s usually better when you don’t know what they are in the first place 🙂

      • Becca on October 22, 2013 at 12:15 pm

        I totally thought they were miniature oven hot pads!

        • Chris Lysy on October 22, 2013 at 12:54 pm

          They are incredibly versatile!

        • Eden on October 22, 2013 at 1:19 pm

          They are my favorite way to meet new people at AEA.

  7. Eden on October 21, 2013 at 11:06 pm

    I experienced several quality connections at the Westat exhibit during my afternoon tours. Maybe there was a secret awesome data viz or blogging session during the early morn hours?

    • Chris Lysy on October 22, 2013 at 6:12 am

      In all seriousness I had a few nice conversations, it’s just really quiet first thing on Friday morning in the exhibit hall. If you’re going to make the effort to get up and out, my guess is that you’re going to a session.