RTD TIG Week: Promoting Rigor and Reproducibility in Your Day-to-Day Work by Paula Fearon, Heather Eshleman, Ami Shah, and Leigh Firestone Brooks

I’m Paula Fearon, Co-Founder of the Analytics Research Institute, and together with my colleagues Heather Eshleman, Ami Shah, and Leigh Firestone Brooks, we are pleased to kick-off the RTD TIG week on AEA 365. Our day-to-day work involves producing a myriad of analyses using all types of datasets. To ensure our work is both high …

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Government Eval TIG Week: Layering Data Placemat Sessions by Elise Garvey

Hello, I’m Elise Garvey, a senior management auditor from the King County Auditor’s Office in Seattle, Washington. I have become a huge fan of using data placemat sessions for my projects ever since learning about them at Eval 2015 and learning more from Kylie Hutchinson’s tips and tricks. Data placemats are large sheets of paper with themed snippets of raw or basic data analysis, and a data placemat session is when you review and discuss those placemats with stakeholders. This has been a really valuable tool for ensuring I’m understanding the data I’m using and getting the perspective of people closest to the data.

Government Eval TIG Week: Evaluation Advisory Groups are the way to go, but planning is key by Chris Voegeli

Hi, I am Chris Voegeli, and I’m an evaluation fellow in the Center for Surveillance, Epidemiology, and Laboratory Services at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, Georgia. Over the last year, my Canadian Evaluation Society colleagues Gene Krupa, Barbara Szijarto, Margo Schmitt-Boshnick, and I reviewed the literature and used our personal experience to think critically about Evaluation Advisory Groups (EAGs). Before joining the CDC Evaluation Fellowship Program, I led the National Evaluation Center for the National Network of STD Clinical Prevention Training Centers. While at the National Evaluation Center, we used several types of EAGs in our work regularly. I learned that the purpose of an EAG guides the planning and implementation of the advisory group. It’s important to identify the right people to achieve that purpose. If you are looking to enhance or support the methodological or technical quality of the evaluation, recruit seasoned evaluators familiar with the evaluation of programs similar to yours. If you are interested in generating regular and rich input in decisions throughout the evaluation, create an EAG of representatives of key stakeholder groups. When you have multiple funders with competing interests or informational needs, it can help to have an EAG that brings funders together to talk about the evaluation or address evaluation-related issues as they arise. Perhaps you need an EAG that meets another purpose or combination of purposes.

Government Eval TIG Week: Aligning Strategies to Broader USG Policies by Natalie Donahue

Hi!  My name is Natalie Donahue and I am the Chief of Evaluation in the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) at the U.S. Department of State.  ECA leads public diplomacy outreach efforts for the Department through a number of exchange programs designed to build friendly, peaceful relations between Americans and citizens of other countries.    

Government Eval TIG Week: Using an Evaluation Lens to Strategically Elevate SOF Education by Beth Fidermutz

Hi, I’m Beth Fidermutz.  I serve on the President’s Action Group at the United States Special Operations Combatant Command’s (USSOCOM) Joint Special Operations University (JSOU), where I’m helping lead efforts to strategically rebalance Special Operations Forces (SOF) education across the learning continuum.  The J-NEXT initiative is a direct response to national defense leaders calling for …

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Government Eval TIG Week: Embracing Relational Accountability by Steven Lize

Greetings! I’m Steven Lize (he/him), I’m a white settler residing on seized homelands of the Muscogee and Cherokee nations and I’m a senior specialist for evaluation and research with the Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning (MEAL) team at the Southern Poverty Law Center.  For today’s Government Evaluation TIG week post, I want to share thoughts …

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Government Eval TIG Week: Using a Free and Validated Questionnaire to Make the Most of a Government Evaluation Requirement by Allison Watson, Peyton Holzworth, and Sara Wolicki

Hello, we’re Allison Watson, Peyton Holzworth (Fellows), and Sara Wolicki from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in the Division of Select Agents and Toxins (DSAT). DSAT oversees the Import Permit Program (IPP). IPP regulates the importation of infectious biological agents and vectors that could cause disease in humans to prevent their introduction …

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Welcome to Government Eval TIG Week by Steven Lize and Chris Voegeli

Hi everyone, we are Steven Lize and Chris Voegeli. We are the chair and the past chair of the Government Evaluation TIG. This week is sponsored by the Government Evaluation TIG, and we have some great posts for you this week. The topics include the use of the User Experience Questionnaire (UEQ) to fulfill OMB requirements by …

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Using Journey Maps for Qualitative Data Collection by Elizabeth DiLuzio

Greetings, eval community! Liz DiLuzio here, AEA365’s Lead Curator and sometimes contributor. Today, I want to explore with you the use of journey maps as a tool for collecting qualitative data.  What are journey maps? Journey maps come from the world of Human-Centered Design. They are diagrams that depict an individual or group’s experience interacting …

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Getting Started with Alt Text by Elizabeth Grim

Hello, AEA365 community! Liz DiLuzio here, Lead Curator of the blog. This week is Individuals Week, which means we take a break from our themed weeks and spotlight the Hot Tips, Cool Tricks, Rad Resources and Lessons Learned from any evaluator interested in sharing. Would you like to contribute to future individuals weeks? Email me …

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