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Summer Evaluation Institute Attendees on Low-cost No-cost Tools for Evaluators Part II

At the AEA/CDC Summer Evaluation Institute, over 150 attendees went to a session on Low-cost/No-cost Tools for Evaluators. Here are some of the great ideas recommended from the audience, Day 2!

EasyBib: Create your bibliography in MLA Style, add APA style and other added functionality for $20 for the year. Search the database for existing citable items or add your own and it will prompt you through the process and produce style appropriate text ready for export. Recommended by: Joseph Smith

PollEverywhere: Poll your audience (at a presentation, conference, in the classroom) and have responses sent via text message on mobile phones. Response graphs update in real time and may be embedded in a PowerPoint (with live updating) or webpage. Free for up to 30 respondents, inexpensive plans for more. Let’s try this at the next conference! Recommended by: Gita Upreti

R Studio.Org: For those of you who are R lovers (free statistical software with not so friendly user-interface), check out RStudio.Org. RStudio.Org is free and provides an intuitive interface and tools to help you maneuver through R and make the most of its powerful functionality. Recommended by: Walter Leite

Ning: Ning allows you to create a community-focused website packed with social networking functionality including discussion forums and video embedding. Great for clubs, collaborative working groups, and professional development learning circles. Plans start as low as $2.95/month for groups of 150 or fewer. Recommended by: Cindy Vincent

Zoomerang: An old standby for online surveying, we were reminded today that it also can be used for more general online forms as well. The free version allows up to 12 questions and 100 responses per survey. Pro versions are $199/year and up with significantly expanded options and capacity. Recommended by: Becky Lorah

Stay tuned for more!

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