Washington Evaluators Week: Evaluation Without Borders: A Unique Opportunity for Evaluators to Pay-it-Forward by Lauren Jowell

Greetings, fellow evaluators! My name is Lauren Jowell, I am an evaluation team lead in the federal government and a member of Washington Evaluators based in Washington, D.C. After attending my second AEA conference in 2018, I was energized to be a more active member of WE. When I saw an email calling for volunteers …

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Washington Evaluators Week: Recounting Evaluation Without Borders: Experiences and Observations by Jacqueline Singh

Hello! My name is Jacqueline Singh, MPP, PhD., Executive Evaluation and Program Design Advisor at Qualitative Advantage, LLC. I’m also Co-chair of the American Evaluation Association’s Program Design Topical Interest Group and Board Member at Large for Indiana Evaluation Association. Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, I had been homesick for the East coast. Therefore, it …

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Washington Evaluators Week: An Ethic of Humility: Reflections on the Greatest Lessons Learned from Pro Bono Evaluation by Giovanni Dazzo

My name is Giovanni Dazzo, former President of Washington Evaluators (WE), doctoral student at George Mason University, and evaluator at the Department of State’s Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor. In today’s post, I’ll talk about a few lessons learned from the Washington Evaluators pro bono initiative, Evaluation Without Borders (EWB). Before I get …

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IEA Affiliate Week: Taking Care of Yourself, Even Outdoors, Can be a Challenge by Kyle Hannon

Hope you are staying well. I’m Kyle Hannon from Filibuster Press, an Indiana Evaluation Association member, and I’m working hard to avoid pandemic illness while providing content to organizations that need it.  In this new abnormal of working during a pandemic, it has become increasingly important to stay healthy. But it has also become more …

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IEA Affiliate Week: Pivoting to Online Training by Claire Thoma Emmons and Susan Foutz

Hi! We are Claire Thoma Emmons and Susan Foutz from the Research & Evaluation Department at The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, the largest children’s museum in the world. When the COVID-19 pandemic closed the museum for three months, we had to transition to virtual everything—including onboarding and training new staff and interns. The Children’s Museum …

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IEA Affiliate Week: Embracing Socially Distant Data Collection by Jennifer Borland

Hi, Jennifer Borland here, an IEA member, a media evaluation specialist, and the Director of Research Programs at Rockman Et Al. When the nationwide call came in March to help flatten the curve, I had just wrapped up a round of face-to-face playtesting. It had been nerve-wracking to wipe down every surface and hope there …

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IEA Affiliate Week: Separating Working at Home from Home Life by Kate Bathon Shufeldt

I am Kate Bathon Shufeldt, a Board member of the Indiana Evaluation Association and owner of Thrive Nonprofit Solutions, an independent consulting firm in Indianapolis. Having worked from a home office for years prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, I have had an opportunity to develop and refine my strategies for working from home. While there …

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IEA Affiliate Week: Let’s Get Digital — Ripple-Effect Mapping in the COVID-19 Era by Sarah Goletz and Jennifer Taylor

Hello! We are Sarah Goletz and Jennifer Taylor with the Indiana Area Health Education Centers Network Office (part of Indiana University School of Medicine).  Today, we are going to overview how we moved our Ripple Effect Mapping (REM) Session, a usually vital, in-person event, online.  It is weird to think that just over six months …

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IEA Affiliate Week: Pivoting and Adapting during COVID by Jennifer Bellville

Hi! I’m Jennifer Bellville, a Consultant at Diehl Consulting Group and President of the Indiana Evaluation Association (IEA), a local affiliate of AEA. I am excited to start off IEA’s posts about pivoting and adapting during COVID. Like many of you, my projects, interactions, and work environment are different during this season – and so …

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Spreadsheet vs Database: Which One is Right for Me? by Elizabeth DiLuzio

Happy weekend, data aficionados! My name is Elizabeth DiLuzio, volunteer curator for AEA365, internal evaluator at Good Shepherd Services, and instructor of Quantitative Methods in Evaluation at New York University. This week, one of our professional nightmares became a reality at Public Health England (PHE): they failed to properly contact trace nearly 16,000 positive COVID …

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