Needs Assessment TIG Week: Lessons Learned From a National Needs Assessment of Community-Based, Culturally Specific, Gender-Based Violence Organizations by Krista Grajo

Hello all! I’m Krista Grajo, the Research Coordinator at the Asian Pacific Institute on Gender-Based Violence (API-GBV). API-GBV is a nonprofit organization that provides culturally specific training and technical assistance to local programs that address domestic violence and sexual assault in Asian, Asian American, and Pacific Islander communities.

Needs Assessment TIG Week: The Power of Community Health Needs Assessments as a Tool for Community Engagement by Susana Morales

My name is Susana Morales, and I am the Senior Learning and Evaluation officer at the St. David’s Foundation. Our mission is to advance health equity in Central Texas through investment and action. We conduct Community Health Needs Assessments (CHNAs) to more deeply understand our region’s health needs – particularly those faced by historically-underserved community members – and use these findings to inform our strategy, guide our investments, and work alongside our community to improve the region’s health and well-being to advance health equity.  My post today aligns well with this year’s AEA conference theme: Amplifying and Empowering Voices in Evaluation.

Graduate Students & New Evaluators TIG Week: Story Telling is a (Cognitive) Science by Briana Thompson Ford

Hey y’all! I’m Briana Ford, MPH, GSNE TIG Co-Chair, and a public health researcher and data analyst working out of my hometown, Columbia, SC. I joined AEA to learn about evaluation methods and enrich my quantitative methods with wisdom from the field. I feel responsible for making data accessible and relevant for program advocacy. My education and experience are in public health, policy, healthcare research, and cognitive science, which is the topic of this blog.

Graduate Students & New Evaluators TIG Week: How Evaluation Found Me: My Journey into the World of Program Evaluation by Christine Liboon

Hi everyone! My name is Christine Liboon and I am a doctoral candidate at UCLA’s School of Education and Information Studies (Ed&IS)’s Social Research Methodology program. As many in our field may share that they “stumbled into evaluation” – that was my case. So, how did evaluation find me? First, a bit of background context on how this happened.

Graduate Students & New Evaluators TIG Week: Submitting a Presentation Proposal for Eval 2024 by Crystal Luce

Hello, I am Crystal Luce, a student at the University of Colorado Denver, and the former Program Chair of GSNE. 

Getting accepted to a conference, AEA or otherwise, can be challenging but necessary. For some, the acceptance of a proposal is an addition to their resume, and for others, it is their ticket to being able to attend the conference. However, it can be tough for a new evaluator to know what you should and shouldn’t put into the proposal, what sort of presentation you have, and trying to read the minds of those who review the submissions. With submissions for the AEA conference due in the coming weeks, we thought it would be beneficial to discuss some of our experiences and knowledge when it comes to conference presentation proposals. Below are some tips and tricks to consider when putting your proposal together.

Graduate Students & New Evaluators TIG Week: A New Evaluator Survival Guide by Briana Thompson Ford, Christine Liboon, Crystal Luce

Hello. We are Briana Ford, MPH, GSNE TIG Co-Chair, and a public health researcher and data analyst working out of my hometown, Columbia, SC; Christine Liboon, doctoral candidate at UCLA’s School of Education and Information Studies (Ed&IS)’s Social Research Methodology program; and Crystal Luce, research associate at Aurora Research Institute and adjunct faculty at several local Universities.

POV: You’ve learned about the Evaluation Profession, and you’re ready to go. You’ve delved deep into the subject, but now you’re left with more questions than answers. You’re not alone.

Graduate Students & New Evaluators TIG Week: “It’s Not a Sprint, it’s a Marathon.” Choosing a Doctoral Degree in Evaluation by Christine Liboon

Hi everyone! My name is Christine Liboon and I am a doctoral candidate at UCLA’s School of Education and Information Studies (Ed&IS)’s Social Research Methodology program. As a reader of our AEA 365 blog, you may recall Randi Knox’s article on “Choosing a Master’s Degree in Evaluation” from June 2022 where she shared her story on choosing an academic route.

Graduate Students & New Evaluators TIG Week: Introducing Peer Perspectives: An AJE Journal Group by Randi Knox and Selena Lilly

Hello! We’re Randi Knox (Supervisor of Research Evaluation at Boys Town National Research Hospital) and Selena Lilly (Director of Data Management at TakeRoot Justice). We’re co-facilitators of a new GSNE-sponsored journal group, and we invite you to join us for some evaluation-centered quality time on a quarterly basis.