Contribution, Leadership, and Renewal: What we focus on becomes our reality by Melissa Chapman Haynes Part I

My name is Melissa Chapman Haynes, Director of Evaluation at Professional Data Analysts in Minneapolis. In reflecting on paths to the future of evaluation, and in the humble company of some inspiring Minnesota-based evaluators, I wanted to start this week by asking them to reflect and to respond to the following prompt: If you could …

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My 8 Tips (To Myself) To Try To Make My Consultant Life (Physically and Mentally) Healthier by Sara Vaca

Greetings! I’m Sara Vaca, independent consultant and frequent Saturday contributor of this blog. Ever since I started my evaluation practice and became a consultant, my life has enormously change (I would say for good!) in comparison with the 10-year period when I used to work for organizations with a 9am-to-5pm office schedule. Those whose are …

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A first timer’s guide to getting the most out of the annual AEA conference by Darla Scott

Hello there! I am Darla Scott, one of the 2018 AEA Minority Serving Institutions Fellows. In my role as Assistant Professor, I train preservice school psychologists at Bowie State University, an HBCU in Bowie, Maryland. As a full-time faculty member at an MSI, I recognize the value of professional networking opportunities. I can truly say …

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The Wisdom of Youth by Richard Chase

I’m Richard Chase. Greetings from Wilder Research in St. Paul, where I have been involved in youth-focused evaluations for about 35 years. When it comes to youth programs, we’ve known for a long time that successful programs both prevent problems and promote development. Consequently, I use the risk and protective factor framework for evaluating youth …

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Measuring Your Mission by The Evaluation Team at MHP Salud

Greetings from the Evaluation Team for national nonprofit organization MHP Salud! This post discusses strategies for measuring your mission. Most organizations adopt a mission statement to guide their work. While alignment with this mission is arguably an organization’s most important metric, evaluating it can prove challenging in practice. Metrics defined by external stakeholders (e.g., funders) …

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Focus Group Planning by Beverly Peters

Hello again! I am Beverly Peters, assistant professor of Measurement and Evaluation at American University. This is the second article in a 6-part series on Using Focus Groups for Monitoring and Evaluation. In the first article, we learned that focus groups are an appropriate data collection tool when the topic or evaluation question would benefit from …

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Focus Groups: The Right Tool for Me? By Beverly Peters

Greetings! I am Beverly Peters, assistant professor of Measurement and Evaluation at American University. I have over 25 years of experience teaching, researching, and designing, implementing, and evaluating community development and governance projects, mainly in southern Africa. I have spent the bulk of my career using qualitative methods to evaluate projects; and write a blog for …

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New tools to help foster grantmaker-grantee shared learning by Andrew Taylor and Ben Liadsky

Hi, we are Andrew Taylor and Ben Liadsky from Taylor Newberry Consulting. Previously we shared with you our research on learning cultures and how grantmakers can build learning relationships with their grant recipients beginning at the grant application stage. Now, we’re back to share some practical tools to help you put those ideas into action. …

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CD TIG Week: Lessons Learned regarding In-House Research, Evaluation and Learning by Catherine Dun Rappaport

Hi.  My name is Catherine Dun Rappaport.  I am the Vice President of Learning and Impact Measurement at BlueHub Capital.  BlueHub is a national, nonprofit, community development financial institution (CDFI) dedicated to building healthy communities where low-income people live and work.  I used to work in applied evaluation and learning at United Way of Mass …

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