Call for Presenters for OPEG Spring Exchange 2019

  • 01 Nov 2018
  • 8:00 AM
  • 04 Jan 2019
  • 5:00 PM


We are asking all who work or study in the field of evaluation to consider submitting a proposal sharing your work in evaluation practice or theory at the annual Spring Exchange of the Ohio Program Evaluators’ Group (OPEG)  on May 17, 2019 at Otterbein College in Columbus. The submission deadline is 5:00p Friday, January 4, 2018.

The OPEG Spring Exchange provides professional development and networking opportunities for evaluators and those interested in evaluation in a number of ways:

          1) Presentation(s) by state/national experts that are tied to the conference theme;
          2) Breakfast and lunch on the premises providing you with time to catch up with colleagues and make new connections; and
          3) Annual business meeting to update you on OPEG activities past, current, and future.

This year’s theme is Driving Change. The focus is on providing attendees with methodologies, strategies, and other resources that will aid in the evaluative process. We encourage you to submit a proposal to share your best practice.


Submissions should include the following:

o   the session title (25 words maximum);
o   the name, organizational affiliation, and role of each person involved;
o   biography of each presenter;
o   an abstract explaining the overall topical focus and its relevance to this year’s theme or to evaluation in general (250 word maximum); and
o   the experience level of the intended audience.

When submitting your proposal, please choose from one of the following options:

Full session presentation: This is a longer session of approximately 45-60 minutes that is focused on a single topic. Examples of such sessions include: symposium, panel discussion, skill-building session or workshop, or demonstration. Submissions should include a brief outline of the session and how it will be structured. Sessions are required to allow 10-15 minutes for questions at the end. The OPEG program committee will determine the actual length of each session during the review process and will provide that information to accepted presenters.

Brief presentation: Presentation of 10-15 minutes that is focused on a single topic. Related presentations will be grouped into 45-60 minute thematic sessions.

Poster presentation: A visual presentation that will be on display during the Exchange. You will have a chance to stand by your poster during a scheduled poster session to answer questions.

Notification of review results will be sent out by email to the individual submitting the proposal by February 9, 2019. It is the responsibility of each submitter to inform any additional participants listed in the proposal.

The primary presenter must be a paid member of OPEG by the time of the Spring Exchange (invited speakers may be exempted from this requirement). Copies of presented materials in Microsoft Office or Adobe PDF format must be submitted to the Program Committee by May 2, 2019 for posting on the OPEG web site.

Spring Exchange 2019 – Driving Change

The Spring Exchange is OPEG’s opportunity for evaluators to gather, network, and showcase innovative ideas in diverse areas. Join us at Otterbein University on May 17, 2019 for a day-long engagement with colleagues and professional development. Links to the program schedule and registration are available here.

The theme for this year is Driving Change and the speakers and session topics are:

Keynote Speaker: Jim Mahoney, PhD, Professor Emeritus, Educator in Residence, Buckeye Association of School Administrators; Executive in Residence, Ohio University, Voinovich School Executive Director, Emeritus, Battelle for Kids

Change Matters: Everybody is for change as long as they don’t have to do anything different

Abstract: This keynote underpins the importance of asking the right questions, designing the right studies, and sharing the answers rightly from evaluation. Jim Mahoney will outline ideas and practices intended to inform, illustrate, and inspire evaluators on the importance of the role in any meaningful change.

Trust, Transparency, and Timing: Key Factors in Driving Change through Effective Evaluator Advocacy

Rakesh Mohan, MPA, Director, Office of Performance Evaluations, Idaho Legislature

Abstract: Rakesh will use stories and examples from his work with the Idaho Legislature to illustrate how his small evaluation office drives big changes at the state government level. Building trust with sponsors and stakeholders, keeping the evaluation process transparent, and understanding timing constraints have been key factors in his success.

Forging Ahead: Working Through the Building Blocks of Change

Stacy Soria, MA, director of Continuous Quality Improvement at Recovery Resources

Abstract: The world around us is changing faster than ever before, and we are all charged with adapting to keep up. One thing is for certain "because we've always done it this way" is quickly phasing out of our tool of options. Indeed, change is an inevitable part of our lives. In this workshop participants will have:

Reviewed best practice research in change managemen

Developed an understanding of critical milestones for sustainable change initiatives

Explored common barriers to change

Identified ways to help support teams through the change process

From Passive Texts to “Interactive” Automated Conversations: Encouraging Participation in Social Services Programming for Low-Income Youth

Sunny Munn, PhD, Welfare and Workforce Research Manager, OERC - Ohio State University

Driving Change for Vulnerable Children: Lead Exposure in Children

Rob Fischer, PhD, Associate Professor, Elizabeth Anthony, PhD, Research Assistant Professor, & Meghan Salas Atwell, PhD, Senior Research Associate, Case Western Reserve University

 Examining theory of change for "Girls in Science"

Carmen Dixon, PhD, Assistant Professor, Capital University and Krisanna Machtmes, PhD, Associate Professor, Ohio University

Roberta O’Keefe Award for Outstanding Contribution to OPEG

Thom Craig, MPA

Evaluation Recognition Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Field of Program Evaluation in Ohio

Sheri Chaney Jones, MA

Thom Craig, MPA, is the Director of Mental Health Program of Peg’s Foundation, the largest mental health funder in Ohio. Peg's Foundation promotes the implementation of a stronger, more effective, compassionate and inclusive health care system for all. Since 1991, Peg's Foundation has granted over $45million to mental health, education, and the arts. In his role, Thom collaborates with non-profits, community leaders, families and persons with lived experience of mental illness seeking ways to improve access to care and recovery. He evaluates the outcomes of grants, program investments and develops program ideas. Thom consults with grant seekers to ensure alignment with the foundations strategic areas of focus. He pursues methods to increase cross-system collaboration to activate community solutions.

Thom has a background in social services, public health, intellectual disabilities, public education and mental illness. Over the past thirty years he has interacted with many non-profit and philanthropic organizations in implementation of services and program development. Mr. Craig received his Bachelor's Degree in psychology and philosophy from Borromeo College Seminary in Cleveland and holds a Master's in Public Administration from the University of Akron.

For nearly a decade, Thom has made substantial contributions to OPEG. Thom is a funder whose passion surrounding the value of evaluation led him to serve several terms on the OPEG board. When I (Lana Rucks) was just taking over as President of OPEG, I made a personal invitation for him to serve on the board (once again) because his experience and perspective was deeply needed as I was learning my new role. Without hesitation, he accepted. He has been presenter, recruiter, encourager, motivator, persuader, and most of all, believer in the mission, and advocate of the vision of OPEG.

   For over 18 years, Sheri Chaney Jones has improved the social sector using performance management, evaluation, and organizational behavior best practices. Her experience and expertise has transformed measurement cultures and as a result, saved public dollars, improved outcomes, demonstrated effectiveness, and increased revenues.

   Sheri is a leading thought leader on public sector evaluation and applied organizational research.  Ms. Jones is the author of Impact & Excellence: Data-Driven Strategies for Aligning Mission, Culture, and Performance in Nonprofit and Government Organizations (Jossey Bass, 2014). This book provides government and nonprofit leaders a proven path to increase the evaluation and assessment capacity of their organizations. Sheri is an international speaker on measurement best practices and the use of evaluation results for improved public sector organizational efficiencies and outcomes.

   Prior to founding MRC, Sheri served as the Performance Center Manager for the Ohio Department of Aging, Deputy Director for Performance Evaluation with the Franklin County Juvenile Court and Organizational Researcher for a Columbus-based consulting firm, Decision Support Services, Inc. Sheri holds a Master of Arts degree in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from Central Michigan University and a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from The Ohio State University.

   As a passionate advocate for human rights, work/life balance and women’s empowerment, Sheri believes that her mission is to act as the “pebble” that creates a ripple effect through her family, employees, community, clients and then out to the world at large. This was exemplified as she was the recipient of the “Woman-Owned Business of the Year” award from the U.S. Small Business Administration in 2017.  Sheri’s passion shines as she balances her career with the raising of her four children with her husband Matt. You will often find Sheri cheering on her kids, volunteering at her church and in the community, and spending time with family and friends.

   Quote from Sheri – “I have fallen in love with the mission of the social sector.  It is a privilege to lead a team of professionals with analytical and organizational development skills to help strengthen organizations that are providing services for the greater good.  I’ve seen firsthand the good organizations do when they adopt cultures built on data information, and learning.”


As the Local Affiliate for the American Evaluation Association, the Ohio Program Evaluators’ Group was successful because of you! OPEG celebrates you and recognizes you for your volunteer service to OPEG/ Thank you for your hard work and dedication!!




Jim Altschuld

The Ohio State University

Columbus, OH

Elizabeth Bolander

Cleveland Museum of Art

Cleveland, OH

Asli Buldum

United Way of Summit County

Akron, OH

Marla Carano

Youngstown State University

Youngstown, OH

Carla Clasen

The Rucks Group

Dayton, Ohio

Doug Clay

Candor Consulting

Cleveland, OH

Pat Clifford

Clifford Consulting

Cincinnati, OH

Elizabeth Culp

Cleveland Museum of Art

Cleveland, OH

Michelle Davis

Tremont West Development Corporation

Cleveland, OH

Madison Doty

The Rucks Group

Dayton, Ohio

Rob Fischer

Case Western Reserve University

Cleveland, OH

Mike FitzGerald

The Rucks Group

Dayton, Ohio

John Garity

Mental Health & Recovery Board of Portage County

Kent, OH

Jean Harper

Harper Mack Group

Springfield, OH

Thomas (TJ) Horwood


Canton, OH

Margaret Hutzel

Ohio University

Athens, OH

Tania Jarosewich

Censeo Group, LLC

Hinckley, OH

Megan Johanson

Educational Service Center of Central Ohio

Columbus, OH

Lesli Johnson

Ohio University

Athens, OH

Sheri Chaney Jones

Measurement Resources

Powell, OH

Daniel Kloepfer

Ohio University

Athens, OH

David Larwin

Kent State University

Salem, OH

Karen Larwin

Kent State University

Salem, OH

Matt Linick

Cleveland Metropolitan School District

Cleveland, OH

Krisanna Machtmes 

Ohio University

Athens, OH

Colleen Mackey


Lakewood, OH

Seema Mahato

Ohio University

Athens, OH

Cheryl Marcus

Independent Evaluator

Xenia, OH

Myron Marshall

Cleveland Foundation

Cleveland, OH

Andrew Menger-Ogle

C H Smith & Associates

Cincinnati, OH

Sydney Merz


Cleveland, OH

Jan Noga

Pathfinder Evaluation and Consulting

Cincinnati, OH

Clara Pelfrey

Case Western Reserve University

Cleveland, OH

Alyssa Pettey

Measurement Resources

Powell, OH

Miriam Rose

Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging

Cleveland, OH

Lana Rucks

The Rucks Group

Dayton, Ohio

Cindi Szymanski

Playhouse Square

Cleveland, OH

Aviva Vincent

Fieldstone Farm Therapeutic

Chagrin Falls, OH

Scott Vollmer

Great Lakes Science Center

Cleveland, OH

Visobe Welch

Lorain County Community College

Elyria, OH

Tom Williams

Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services Board of Cuyahoga County

Cleveland, OH

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