Getting Great Data Week: Finding the Right Data System Vendor with a Rockin’ RFP by Corey Newhouse

Hi, this is Corey Newhouse, the Founder and Principal of Public Profit. We help mission-driven organizations use data to be better at what they do. High quality requests for proposals (RFPs) help prospective vendors to match their products to the client’s needs, and can go a long way toward avoiding unexpected scope shifts (and ballooning …

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Getting Great Data Week: How to Have Great Data: When People and Technology Both Do Their Part by Taj Carson

Hi, this is Taj Carson, CEO at Inciter, a firm focused on helping clients change the world by using data.  Many evaluators are caught flat-footed when they analyze data and run reports. Data are missing, they can’t find a client in the system because key information wasn’t entered, or the numbers just don’t add up. …

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Getting Great Data Week: Lessons learned on collecting great data by Betsy Block

Hi, I’m Betsy Block, Principal & Founder of B3 Consults, and I’m excited to kick of this week talking about ensuring you’ve got GREAT DATA.  I define “great data” as accurate, timely and most of all useful. As evaluators we want to focus a lot on using data, but we often have to help mission-driven …

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Evaluation Accountability: Why Share Early Artifacts of an Evaluation by Goldie MacDonald and Jeff Engel

Hello, we’re Goldie MacDonald, Associate Director for Evaluation in the Center for Surveillance, Epidemiology, and Laboratory Services at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Jeff Engel, Executive Director of the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists. We co-chair the Digital Bridge Evaluation Committee comprised of professionals from state and local health departments, federal …

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Take time to consider the role of racialization when evaluating STEM interventions by Dawn Henderson, Chad Markert, and Breonte Guy

Greetings, we are Drs. Dawn Henderson, Chad Markert, and Breonte Guy. We have collaborated on an NSF HBCU-UP Targeted Infusion Project (TIP) over the past four years and presented findings from our project at the previous three annual AEA conferences. Our work has led to valuable insights when it comes to evaluating projects designed to …

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Helping Organizations Understand Data and Relationships with Clients by Alex Fink

My name is Alex Fink and I’m a Research Fellow in Youth Studies at the University of Minnesota. I’m a developmental evaluator with youth-serving organizations. I’ve watched the last five years as many organizations are asking youth workers to collect more and more data about program participants. As one worker I spoke to said, “We …

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Navigating Organizational Politics and Paving the Way for Real Organizational Change by Cynthia Cortez

I’m Cynthia Cortez, current Director of Evaluation and Learning at Bresee Foundation, a multi-service non-profit focused on battling poverty. My experience in promoting organizational improvement as an internal evaluator has taught me something very important: recognize how politics mediates improvement. Politics. Yes, I know it can be triggering. Yet, it’s always present and as a professor used …

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The Classroom as Clinical Laboratory: Reflections on Community-Based Participatory Narrative Medicine by Jonathan Chou and Ianthe Schepel

We’re Jonathan Chou and Ianthe Schepel, medical students in Los Angeles and Oxford, respectively. We graduated from Columbia University’s master’s program in Narrative Medicine in 2015, and over the last three years, we’ve been developing a new model of narrative medicine practice called “community-based participatory narrative medicine” (CBPNM). In CBPNM, patients and other community members …

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Calling all aea365 readers: What do YOU want to read more about in 2019? by Sheila B Robinson

Hello Loyal aea365 readers! I’m Sheila B Robinson, aea365’s Lead Curator and sometimes Saturday contributor with one question for you: What is it that YOU would like to read about on this blog? I first posted this article in 2015 (and every year since) and we receive excellent responses from readers each time it is published. I typically …

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