Beyond Theory: Locating Power in Culturally Responsive Evaluation Practice by are Jaimie Haugen and Jill Anne Chouinard

It is likely that you’ve heard issues of power discussed as an important consideration in evaluation contexts. But what does power actually look like in evaluation and what do we do about it? We are Jaimie Haugen and Jill Anne Chouinard, researchers and evaluators who are interested in the concept of power in Culturally Responsive …

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Evaluation: Everything Changes by Tom Grayson

Hello Evaluators!  I’m Tom Grayson, former member of the AEA Board of Directors, retired as Director of Evaluation in Student Affairs at the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana. Currently, I am an evaluation practitioner, consultant and facilitator. The jazz singer and song writer, Benard Ighner, composed, “Everything must change”. The opening lyrics are, “Everything must …

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Visualizing results from an evaluative rubric, Part II by Stephanie Chasteen

I’m Stephanie Chasteen, an external evaluator on NSF-funded projects aiming to improve STEM education at the university level. This is part 2 of a 2-part series on evaluative rubrics. In yesterday’s post, I shared how I developed an analytic rubric to evaluate program structures. In today’s post, I’ll share how we produced meaningful visuals of …

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Visualizing results from an evaluative rubric, Part I by Stephanie Chasteen

I’m Stephanie Chasteen, an external evaluator on NSF-funded projects aiming to improve STEM education at the university level. This is part 1 of a 2-part series on evaluative rubrics. In today’s post I’ll talk about how we developed the rubric. Tomorrow I’ll share how we created visuals from the rubric data to inform action steps. …

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Analyzing surveys with complex sampling designs? There’s an R package for that! By Monique Farone

Hi there! I’m Monique Farone (@moniquefarone), an internal evaluator at a local health department just outside Atlanta. At the 2018 American Public Health Association annual meeting, I presented a poster that examined data from our local Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) – data that I miraculously analyzed using R. I say that because I’m new …

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Teachers Are Important Participants in Student-centered Interventions, Not Just Inputs by Bryan Hall and Danielle Fontaine

Hello AEA365! We are Bryan Hall, senior director of evaluation, and Danielle Fontaine, senior manager of evaluation at BellXcel (formerly BELL, Building Educated Leaders for Life). BellXcel offers solutions for under-resourced communities to create evidence-based summer and afterschool learning programs that address the opportunity and achievement gaps. Historically, the focus of our internal program evaluation approach …

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CDC Week: Using Funding Proposals as an Evaluation Lever by Dan Kidder

My name is Dan Kidder, and I’m the Monitoring and Evaluation Unit Lead in CDC’s Program Performance and Evaluation Office (PPEO). CDC is a large and decentralized organization. More than 90 divisions do our work, and more than two-thirds of CDC funding goes to support frontline work at state, local, and tribal health departments; ministries …

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CDC Week: Reflecting on our Practice: CDC’s Evaluator Self-Assessment by Sarah Gill

My name is Sarah Gill, and I’m a behavioral scientist on the evaluation team in CDC’s Program Performance and Evaluation Office (PPEO). Our team works across the Agency to build evaluation capacity in public health programs. In addition to providing training and consultations, we create evaluation resources, like the checklists Tom mentioned in Tuesday’s post. …

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CDC Week: User-Friendly, Accessible Guidance–Framework Checklists by Tom Chapel

My name is Tom Chapel, and I’m CDC’s Chief Evaluation Officer. CDC’s Framework for Program Evaluation in Public Health is the source document for how our programs and funded partners conduct evaluations. The Framework was first published as a scientific article–it wasn’t intended to be user-friendly guidance. Over time, we’ve created resources that are more …

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CDC Week: CDC’s Evaluation Fellowship Program—Creating Infectious Agents for Good Evaluation Practice by Sarah Gill

I’m Sarah Gill, and I work in CDC’s Program Performance and Evaluation Office (PPEO), which is home to CDC’s Evaluation Fellowship Program. Today I’ll talk about how a simple change in the way PPEO interacts with CDC programs has produced powerful changes in their interest in and ability to do evaluation. It may offer lessons …

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