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    • Wed, July 08, 2020
    • 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM (EDT)
    • Online
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    Please join Washington Evaluators online for a Deep Dive with Sarah Smith Lunsford: The Virtues of Virtual MEL, July 8, 2020, at 12:30pm.

    Sarah will present how the team at EnCompass have operationalized virtual MEL both before the current pandemic and since, discussing high and low tech challenges and solutions to continue learning about programs even when in-person data capture and analysis is not possible. This will be followed by a discussion on approaches others have taken and forward-thinking needs to more effectively conduct virtual MEL. Attendees are asked to read The Virtues of Virtual MEL in advance of the event.

    Dr. Sarah Smith Lunsford is the Associate Director of Evaluation at EnCompass. She has a strong background in health systems, with expertise in HRH, qualitative and mixed-methods research, and evaluation. With more than 9 years’ experience managing complex projects and evaluations in low- and middle-income countries for USAID and 16 years in qualitative research and evaluation, she has led numerous program evaluations and policy assessments. Dr. Lunsford holds a PhD in Anthropology from the University of Queensland, Australia; an MPH from Tulane University; and an MA in International Relations and Spanish from the University of St Andrews, Scotland.

    This members-only online event is limited to 60 people; Members are able to register a guest. Please register by July 6 to confirm. Directions to connect online will be provided to registered participants a few days in advance of the event. 

    • Sun, September 06, 2020
    • 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM (EDT)
    • 1821 Crownsville Road, Annapolis, MD 21401

    Please join Washington Evaluators for a social networking event:

    Maryland Renaissance Festival!

    "The 27 acre Village of Revel Grove comes to life each autumn with more than 200 professional performers on ten stages, a 3,000 seat arena with armored jousting on magnificent steeds and streets filled with village characters. Join His Most Royal Highness King Henry VIII in the forests and glades with over 140 artisans exhibiting crafts in their own renaissance shops, five taverns featuring cool libations, 42 food and beverage emporiums providing a vast array of succulent and sweet treats to sate even the most hearty of appetites.

    The almost continuous entertainment on all ten stages features many returning favorite performers. The first three weekends, from August 24th through September 8th, the Festival reduces pricing for all without coupons or special purchasing required to offer family friendly entertainment pricing. Prices, special event info and full schedules are available at www.marylandrenaissancefestival.com."

    If you have never been to a RenFest here are some pointers:

    • Cash is required for almost all transactions inside the park.
    • Renaissance festivals occur in every state and Maryland’s is the most child friendly one that I have been to.
    • Food is available, and compared to DC, is about the same price. Vegetarian options are available inside the park.
    • There are live animals. If you are allergic to horses, camels, or elephants bring an epipen.
    • Early September will be HOT but far less crowded. If it is wet, the ground is covered in saw dust so mud is not bad.
    • You can dress up in your favorite renaissance style or rent clean costumes at the park.
    • Bring sun block!


    If we have a group of at least 20 there will be a discount. Less than 20 people and the costs are:

    Adult (Ages 16- 61) $20 

    Senior (Ages 62+) $18 

    Children (Ages 7- 15) $9 

    Who: Everyone (members, guests, non-members and families) 

    When: Sunday September 6. Rendezvous at the entrance at 10AM.

    Where: 1821 Crownsville Road, Annapolis, MD 21401

    If you have questions or need a ride contact Charlie Gilman (202-706-9267 or charlespgilman@gmail.com). Car pool options will be arranged with registrants. 3 places available in Charlie's car.

    See https://rennfest.com/faqs/ for additional information.


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