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It’s EVALentine’s Day!

Eleven years ago, I declared February 15 to be EVALentine’s Day. Not that I had any authority to do so. I thought there should be a day when we declare our love of evaluation to others.

It was just a bit of fun. I designed commemorative stamps.

I even sent EVALentine cards around the world to anyone who requested one.

At some point, I forgot all about it. There was too much evaluation to do. Too many papers and books to write. Too many workshops to present. Too many conferences to organize.

But I was reminded today when @ecgrim stood up an declared her love of evaluation to the world. Thanks! And thanks to @evalcentral and @clysy for keeping the eval love alive.

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San Francisco Bay Area Evaluators (SFBAE) Celebrate “EVAL-entine’s” Day


It started a few years back when some evaluators jokingly suggested there should be a national holiday to honor evaluation. Well, that sounded like a pretty good idea to me, so last year I invented a holiday—EVALentine’s Day—that is celebrated throughout the month of February.

A day (February 15) celebrated for an entire month? Think of it like a jubilee year for the Queen.

EVALentine’s Day is an excuse to share your love of evaluation with colleagues, introduce evaluation to those who are unfamiliar with it, and connect with evaluators in your area.

That’s exactly what the members and friends of San Francisco Bay Area Evaluators (SFBAE) did at their recent EVALentine’s Day meet up in Berkeley, California. SFBAE is a local affiliate of the American Evaluation Association. Why not find a local affiliate near you and share the love?

If you live in San Francisco, the East Bay, the South Bay, Marin, Sacramento, or neighboring areas, visit www.sfbae.org or our new LinkedIn group page to learn about upcoming events.

Hope to see you there.



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EVALentine Day (February 15)

Happy EVALentine Day!  On 2/15, share your love of evaluation with others.  Teach someone about evaluation.  Learn something about evaluation.  Let the world know that evaluation has the power to change the world.

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A National Holiday and US Postage Stamp for Evaluation

Evaluation is an invisible giant, a profession that impacts society on a grand scale yet remains unseen.  I want to change that.  But what can one person do to raise awareness about evaluation?

Go big.  And you can help.

A National Evaluation Holiday:  With the power vested in me by the greeting card industry, I am declaring…

February 15 is EVALentine’s Day!

This is a day when people around the world share their love of evaluation with each other.  Send a card, an email, or a copy of Guiding Principles for Evaluators to those near and dear, far and wide, internal and external.  Get the word out.  If the idea catches on, imagine how much exposure evaluation would receive.

A US Postage Stamp:  With the power vested in me by stamps.com, I have issued a US postage stamp for EVALentine’s Day.  Other holidays get stamps, why not ours?  The stamp I designed is based on the famous 1973 Valentine’s Day love stamp by Robert Indiana.  Now you can show your love of evaluation on the outside of an EVALentine card as well as the inside.

Here is the best part.

To kickoff EVALentine’s day, I will send an EVALentine’s card and a ready-to-use EVAL stamp to anyone, anywhere in the world.  For free.  Really.

Here is what you need to do.

(1) Visit the Gargani + Company website in the month of February.

(2) Click the Contact link in the upper right corner of the homepage.

(3) Send an email with EVALENTINE in the subject line and a SNAIL MAIL ADDRESS in the body.

(4) NOTE:  This offer is only valid for emails received during the month of February, 2012.

Don’t be left out on EVALentines day.  Drop me an email and get the word out!


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