APC TIG Week: A tool to drive toward equitable policy advocacy approaches and outcomes by Allister Byrd and Joel Gutierrez

Hello! We are Allister Byrd and Joel Gutierrez from ORS Impact joined by Shannon Williams from the Alliance For Justice. Over the past year, our ORS Impact team partnered with state-based advocacy organizations across the country, working to protect and advance safety-net systems and policies. A large part of our evaluative inquiry focused on learning …

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Tools & Resources for Participatory Data Analysis by Sheila B Robinson

Hello! I’m Sheila B Robinson, AEA365’s Lead Curator and sometimes Saturday contributor with some fun resources for getting people engaged in participatory data analysis. I just happen to be preparing a presentation on this topic for a group of educators who lead professional development programs, have a wealth of rich data about their programs, and …

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A call for a wider perspective on impact evaluation… by Rick Davies

Hi, I’m Rick Davies, an evaluation consultant based in Cambridge, United Kingdom. These days impact evaluation seems to be all about causal attribution. See for example, the first paragraph of the Better Evaluation page on Impact Evaluation. Or, the UK Government’s Magenta Book annex on “Analytical methods for use within an evaluation” I think this is an overly narrow definition …

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Virtual Data Collection and Participatory M&E by María José De León and Chandani López Peralta

Hello! We are María José De León and Chandani López Peralta from TolaData, a digital platform for remote monitoring, evaluation and collaboration for the not-for-profit sector. I, Maria, am a Guatemala-based M&E expert with 13+ years of experience with INGOs, major donors and UN agencies. I, Chandani am a Berlin-based development professional with 10+ years …

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Capacity, Complexity, and Collaboration to Transform Evaluation by Tom Archibald

Hi, my name is Tom Archibald, Associate Professor at Virginia Tech and board member of the Eastern Evaluation Research Society (EERS). I’ve been thinking a lot about recent calls to transform evaluation. For example, we have: Blue Marble Evaluation’s Transformational Alignment Principle based on the premise of transforming evaluation to evaluate transformation The Equitable Evaluation …

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Inspiring curiosity through evaluation capacity building guided by self-assessment by Leah Josephson, Lauren Beriont & Alex Bauer

Hi, We’re Leah Josephson (she/her) and Lauren Beriont (she/her) with Emergence Collective, and Alex Bauer with a family foundation in Nebraska. This year our two teams collaborated to support some of the foundation’s grant partners in building evaluation capacity. As a foundation that takes a relationship-based grantmaking approach, trust and shared values and goals are …

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Participant Observation: Getting To The Backstage Part 2 by Beverly Peters

Hello again! I am Beverly Peters, and I teach in American University’s Measurement and Evaluation Program. This is the second article in a 4 part series on Using Observation and Participant Observation for Monitoring and Evaluation. In the previous article of this series, we discussed the differences between observation and participant observation, and how evaluators use …

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Observation and Participant Observation Part I by Beverly Peters

Greetings! I am Beverly Peters, a faculty member in Measurement and Evaluation at American University. I have over 25 years of experience teaching, researching, and evaluating community development and governance projects, mainly in southern Africa. I have spent the bulk of my career using qualitative methods to evaluate projects; and write a blog for American University …

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These Open Data Portals Have the Information You’ve Been Seeking by Elizabeth DiLuzio

Happy weekend! I’m Elizabeth DiLuzio, volunteer curator for AEA365. In honor of International Open Data Day on March 6th, I want to share some of my favorite open data sources with you. But first, let’s level set a moment. What is Open Data? According to Open Knowledge Foundation, open data is information that people are …

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Gov’t Eval TIG Week: Adapting Evaluations of Governmental Public Health and Behavioral Health Programs During Covid-19 by Lisa Bowers

Hello! I’m Lisa Bowers, MS, Research Specialist at the University of Nebraska Public Policy Center. Our center is an outreach and research unit working with local, state and federal agencies to provide consultation, coordination, and evaluation in a variety of areas. I primarily work on projects in public health and behavioral health for the State …

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