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Laura Sefton on Getting Started with Atlas.ti Qualitative Analysis Software

Hi! My name is Laura Sefton, Research Coordinator at the University of Massachusetts Medical School’s Center for Health Policy and Research. My colleagues and I use Atlas.ti qualitative data analysis software to facilitate our program evaluation work. Atlas is one of several software packages available to evaluators. The Center chose to purchase Atlas (1) to …

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Craig Wiles on Using Tableau for Data Exploration

Hi, I’m Craig Wiles, Senior Consultant at Public Sector Consultants in Lansing, Michigan. I provide research and evaluation services for clients in health and human services, education and the environment. I am sharing a tip on how to use Tableau as part of a data exploration process with a group of stakeholders. To begin, I …

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June Gothberg on Using Linguistic Inquiry and Word Count (LIWC) Software

Greetings, I am June Gothberg, Lead Curator for aea365 and Research Associate at Western Michigan University. As Lead Curator, I am always looking for ways to expand the knowledge of evaluators through hot tips, cool tricks, lessons learned, and rad resources. While working on my dissertation, I made a great find and thought I would …

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Poster Week: Kristy Jang on Resources for Data Collection

My name is Kristy Jang, and I am a Master’s student at the University of British Columbia, Canada. I am interested in evaluating educational programs in developing countries and professional development programs in higher education. Since last fall, I have had the pleasure to help evaluate a graduate-level professional development program which is based on …

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Poster Week: Kai Chi Yam on Using Exploratory Factor Analysis in Evaluation

My name is Kai Chi Yam, and I am a graduate student at Washington State University. I recently had an opportunity to evaluate a university-based mentoring program. Exploratory Factor Analysis (EFA) was used to provide score validity evidence through the examination of internal structure of study-specific measures. Such evidence can increase the utility of the …

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Poster Week: Virginia Dick on Using Geographic Information Systems (GIS) in Evaluation

My name is Virginia Dick and I am currently public service evaluation faculty at the Carl Vinson Institute of Government at the University of Georgia. Most of my work focuses on assisting state and local government agencies, and other university divisions, with evaluation of programs, policies and systems. As part of my role I often …

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Dana Dehart on Using Mind Mapping to Organize Projects

I am Dana DeHart, Research Associate Professor at The Center for Child & Family Studies, a multidisciplinary evaluation and training unit within the University of South Carolina’s College of Social Work. I conduct grant-funded research dealing with violence and victimization. Some of my recent projects have included studies on incarcerated women, prior victimization, trauma histories …

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Nina Potter on Tableau for Data Visualization

My name is Nina Potter and I am currently the Director of Assessment for the College of Education at San Diego State University. I’d like to share a little about a tool we are using for data visualization. One of my responsibilities is to work with program directors and department chairs to evaluate academic programs …

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Susan Kistler on Free/Low-cost Software for Evaluation for Nonprofits

My name is Susan Kistler and I am the Executive Director for the American Evaluation Association. I contribute each Saturday’s post to the aea365 blog. This week I am writing from Atlanta at the Nonprofit Technology conference. Do you work for or with nonprofit organizations? Have you experienced challenges due to financial constraints that make …

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