As an evaluator, do I use words (e.g., stakeholder) that can be harmful to others? by Goldie MacDonald & Anita McLees

Hello, we’re Goldie MacDonald and Anita McLees from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). In 2020, CDC scientists and communication specialists prepared principles and preferred terms for non-stigmatizing, bias-free language to guide employees engaged in COVID-19 response activities. At the time, we were both deployed to this response and read the document …

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Toward Racial-Equity: A SJEDI Checklist by Tamara Young

I’m Tamara Young, an associate professor in Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis at North Carolina State University.  I teach evaluation theory and practice. Today, I’m going to discuss a project that I am developing to help students and me be more conscientious about addressing social justice, equity, diversity and inclusion (SJEDI) in evaluation with special attention to racial …

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Using a Journalism Model for Evaluation Reporting by Amanda Kelley Corbin

Hi there, my name is Amanda Kelley Corbin. I am an evaluation analyst at The Human Development Institute (HDI), Kentucky’s University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities, University of Kentucky. We help to improve lifelong opportunities and services for individuals with disabilities, their families, and the community. Before becoming an evaluator, I received an MFA in fiction …

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GAO Week: Supporting the Congress by Providing Foresight and Policy Analysis to Solve Wicked Problems, by Jenny Chanley

Greetings! This is Jenny Chanley, a methodologist from the Applied Research Methods team at the US Government Accountability Office (GAO). I work with analysts, evaluators, and other specialists from across GAO to help design and implement performance audits, evaluations, and more directly strategic efforts, such as Comptroller General forums and technology assessments. I joined GAO in …

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GAO Week: GAO’s 100th Celebration: Examples of How Agencies have Addressed Some Evaluation Challenges by Elaine Vaurio

Hello, I am Elaine Vaurio, a Senior Analyst with the Center for Evaluation Methods and Issues (CEMI) in the Applied Research and Methods (ARM) team at the U.S Government Accountability Office (GAO). I have proudly been associated with evaluation at GAO for 30 years!  GAO has produced many hidden gems over the years that I …

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GAO Week: An Updated Classic on Key Terms and Concepts: Using the 4 “Ps” and an “I” by Terell P. Lasane

Greetings Evaluators. My name is Terell P. Lasane, and I lead the Center for Evaluation Methods and Issues (CEMI) at the U.S. Government Accountability Office. Our center is located in the Applied Research and Methods (ARM) Team and operates to improve the quality of evaluation information and evidence used in federal decision-making. Out team offers …

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GAO Week: Using Evidence and Rigor to Answer Complex Questions and Assess Important Programs by Lawrance L. Evans, Jr.

Good people doing good work, Lawrance L. Evans, Jr. here—Managing Director of the U.S. Government Accountability Office’s Applied Research and Methods team. My team houses the agency’s technical and methodological specialists with expertise ranging from cost-benefit analysis and data analytics to survey methods and future-oriented analyses. As GAO ingests important questions from Congress, our network …

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GAO Week: Ensuring National Security-Related Evaluations Are Fair, Objective, and Balanced by Charles Michael Johnson, Jr.

Hello, my name is Charles Michael Johnson Jr., Managing Director of the U.S. Government Accountability Office’s Homeland Security and Justice Team.  During my nearly four decades with GAO, I have had the privilege of working on some very high-profile national issues that involve many different views. At GAO, a non-partisan organization, we focus on the …

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GAO Week: Complexity and Coherence in Government, Evidence, and Evaluation Methods by Steven Putansu

Hello evaluators! I am Steven Putansu, an assistant director and methodologist in the Government Accountability Office (GAO) Applied Research & Methods team. GAO follows federal dollars everywhere they are spent, which provides many opportunities to apply evaluation across a wide variety of contexts. I have worked across the agency, including work on education, defense, immigration, …

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GAO Week: Finding Our Roots and Bonds, AEA at 35 and GAO at 100 by Valerie Jean Caracelli

Colleagues, Happy Anniversary! Each anniversary is a time when we take stock of what brings us to today and where we are headed tomorrow. This week we celebrate the close collegial relationship between the American Evaluation Association (AEA) and the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) throughout these 35 years. This week’s entries will address GAO’s …

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