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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For the Love of Data Studio by Elizabeth DiLuzio

Happy weekend! I’m Elizabeth DiLuzio, volunteer curator for AEA365. If you’re into the data analytics part of our work, you understand the value of knowing a variety of technologies, platforms, and coding languages. Each one has its use case and, the more you know, the more customized and accessible your work becomes for your end-user. …

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TOE TIG Week: Lessons in Grace by Tamara Walser

Hi, this is Tamara Walser. I am a professor at the University of North Carolina Wilmington where I coordinate our Evaluation Programs and teach graduate courses in evaluation and inquiry methods. In September 2018, Hurricane Florence made landfall in the coastal community where I live and work. My university closed for an entire month. When …

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TOE TIG Week: Making Superstar Social Scientists Journals: Supporting emerging evaluators through culturally responsive and brain compatible teaching and learning by Sondra LoRe

Hi, my name is Sondra LoRe, PhD, and I am the interim director and co-founder of the National Institute for STEM Evaluation & Research (NISER) at the University of Tennessee Knoxville. In addition,  I teach for the Evaluation, Statistics, and Methods (ESM) program at UTK in the evenings. Last Spring I read Kevin Gannon’s book …

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TOE TIG Week: Teaching You, Teaching Me: The Power of Photovoice During the Pandemic by Gail Vallance Barrington

Hello! I’m Gail Vallance Barrington. I teach Qualitative Research and Mixed Methods in Program Evaluation online for Michigan State University. The first assignment used to be a dry, uninformative memo describing students’ evaluation experience, career goals, and course expectations. A 2019 AEA presentation by Lloyd & Mackey convinced me that Photovoice might offer a more …

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