EPE TIG Week: Evaluating Disruptors: Thoughts from Engagement with an Eco-village by Allison Van

Hello evaluators, my name is Allison Van and in addition to my day job as an internal evaluator at University of North Carolina, I do some consulting for community initiatives.   A year ago, I stumbled upon Hart’s Mill Ecovillage and Farm. I was inspired by their mission of radically re-imagining relationships with the land and …

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EPE TIG Week: Rupu Gupta on Purposeful Partnerships to Create Equitable Connections with Nature

Hi, I’m Rupu Gupta, Co-Chair of AEA’s Environmental Program Evaluation Topical Interest Group and Researcher at New Knowledge Organization Ltd., an interdisciplinary research and evaluation think tank. Every year, Earth Day reminds us of the global movement to protect our planet’s environment and all the ways we as individuals can make a difference. But what …

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EPE TIG Week: The Importance of Developmental Evaluation in the Changing Energy Landscape by Katie Cary

Hello from Katie Cary! I’m a senior consultant with EMI Consulting, an evaluation and consulting firm based in Seattle, Washington that focuses on energy efficiency and renewable energy programs and policies. Our firm predominantly works as evaluators and research partners for utility clients. More than ever, these utilities face an uncertain future for their energy …

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EPE TIG Week: What’s Valuable about the Environment? by Bethany Laursen

Hi, I’m Bethany Laursen, philosophy & sustainability graduate student at Michigan State University and principal consultant at Laursen Evaluation & Design, LLC. Hooray, it’s Earth Week! Why is this something to celebrate? Because we value the environment, and that’s a wonderful, terrifying responsibility for us as evaluators. Values are wonderful and scary because they are …

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Helping clients develop Theories of Change as an external evaluator (Part 2) 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 Theory of Change. In yesterday’s post, I shared the process I use to help clients develop Theories of Change (ToC). Today, I’ll share how I’ve been able to …

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Helping clients develop Theories of Change as an external evaluator (Part 1) 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 Theory of Change. Today, I’ll share the process I use to help clients develop Theories of Change (ToC). Tomorrow, I’ll share how I’ve been able to work with …

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There’s more to working independently than making your own coffee by Chelsea BaileyShea and Corey Smith

Hello! We are Chelsea BaileyShea, owner and principal evaluator at Compass Evaluation + Consulting LLC, located in Rochester, NY and Corey Smith, independent evaluator, located in Detroit, MI. We are writing about the importance of setting up networks of support, local or otherwise, when you are working as an independent consultant. We met while working …

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Introducing a Repository of STEM Education Evaluation Resources by Ann Martin, Kathy Haynie, David Fetterman, and Kimberle Kelly

We’re Ann Martin, Kathy Haynie, David Fetterman, and Kimberle Kelly, here at AEA365 to share a repository of resources for the evaluation of STEM education and training initiatives. Over the past two years, the STEM Education and Training TIG has been working with the Computer Science Impact Network (CSIN). CSIN grew out of efforts at Google, …

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Navigational Models – Confronting Conflation by Jacqueline Singh

Greetings! My name is Jacqueline Singh. I’m an Executive Evaluation and Program Design Advisor at Qualitative Advantage, LLC and the Program Design TIG Program Chair. I’ve often observed conflation with research, evaluation, assessment and performance measurements when working with education, government, or nonprofit organizations. This may be in part due to the common methods, designs, approaches, …

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Some R Packages, Tips, and Tools for Getting Started on Your Next Project by Jennifer Dolatshahi

I’m Jennifer Dolatshahi, an evaluator at the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. In addition to my evaluation activities, I also teach internal workshops on beginner and intermediate R. No matter how many other programs cross my desk, R remains one of my favorite tools for data manipulation, analysis, visualization, reporting, etc. …

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