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Unlike some professions, there is no single path for making the leap from student to new professional to being an established member of the profession. In large part this is because of the trans-disciplinary nature of evaluation field and the many the broad number of professions and sectors (public, non-profit, private) in which evaluation and social science research skills may be useful. This panel will explore the many approaches used by universities in the Washington, DC area to train graduate and undergraduate students in the field of evaluation, and the transition strategies to help students and new evaluators establish themselves in the evaluation field. The seven distinguished panelists are all associated with Washington Evaluators, and have served in AEA and/or WE leadership positions. Panelists and our Discussant will be asked to address questions such as:
1. In which disciplines/schools at your university would we expect to find courses in evaluation or related to evaluation?
2. What are the components of the evaluation curricula? Do you offer a degree or major field in evaluation?
3. Do you offer hands-on experiences for your students to design and conduct evaluations?
4. Where have your former students worked in the evaluation field, and what kinds of careers have they had?
5. What advice do you have for new evaluators regarding making the shift from school to work in the evaluation field? What types of professional and networking activities would you recommend to further careers in evaluation?