Take time to consider the role of racialization when evaluating STEM interventions by Dawn Henderson, Chad Markert, and Breonte Guy

Greetings, we are Drs. Dawn Henderson, Chad Markert, and Breonte Guy. We have collaborated on an NSF HBCU-UP Targeted Infusion Project (TIP) over the past four years and presented findings from our project at the previous three annual AEA conferences. Our work has led to valuable insights when it comes to evaluating projects designed to …

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Helping Organizations Understand Data and Relationships with Clients by Alex Fink

My name is Alex Fink and I’m a Research Fellow in Youth Studies at the University of Minnesota. I’m a developmental evaluator with youth-serving organizations. I’ve watched the last five years as many organizations are asking youth workers to collect more and more data about program participants. As one worker I spoke to said, “We …

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Navigating Organizational Politics and Paving the Way for Real Organizational Change by Cynthia Cortez

I’m Cynthia Cortez, current Director of Evaluation and Learning at Bresee Foundation, a multi-service non-profit focused on battling poverty. My experience in promoting organizational improvement as an internal evaluator has taught me something very important: recognize how politics mediates improvement. Politics. Yes, I know it can be triggering. Yet, it’s always present and as a professor used …

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The Classroom as Clinical Laboratory: Reflections on Community-Based Participatory Narrative Medicine by Jonathan Chou and Ianthe Schepel

We’re Jonathan Chou and Ianthe Schepel, medical students in Los Angeles and Oxford, respectively. We graduated from Columbia University’s master’s program in Narrative Medicine in 2015, and over the last three years, we’ve been developing a new model of narrative medicine practice called “community-based participatory narrative medicine” (CBPNM). In CBPNM, patients and other community members …

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Calling all aea365 readers: What do YOU want to read more about in 2019? by Sheila B Robinson

Hello Loyal aea365 readers! I’m Sheila B Robinson, aea365’s Lead Curator and sometimes Saturday contributor with one question for you: What is it that YOU would like to read about on this blog? I first posted this article in 2015 (and every year since) and we receive excellent responses from readers each time it is published. I typically …

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SEA Affiliate Week: What Evaluation and Weight Watchers Have in Common: Evaluation as Accountability by Tatia Prieto

My name is Tatia Prieto, President of Prismatic Services, and we focus on PreK-12 evaluations. With clients, sometimes it seems our biggest challenge is helping them understand why and when to collect data. I’m a data geek who thinks in terms of process maps and spreadsheets, so it’s easy to forget that program implementers are …

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SEA Affiliate Week: Embracing Your Role as a Delegator by Sheena Horton

Hi all! This is Sheena Horton again, Past President for the Southeast Evaluation Association (SEA). I hope you’ve enjoyed SEA’s Professional Development Week! In closing, I want to offer a few delegation tips I’ve learned that I hope you’ll find helpful, too! Hot Tips:  Get comfortable delegating. No one teaches you how to delegate, and …

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SEA Affiliate Week: Tips for Engaging Stakeholders in Logic Modeling by Moya Alfonso

My name is Moya Alfonso, and I’m an Associate Professor at the Jiann-Ping Hsu College of Public Health at Georgia Southern University. I would like to share a few tips on logic modeling and how to effectively engage stakeholders in each step of the process based on my eighteen years of experience engaging community stakeholders …

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SEA Affiliate Week: “Jazzing Up” Evaluation Reports by Rhonda Williams

Hello! My name is Rhonda Williams, and I am a Research and Evaluation Analyst for Region 10 Education Service Center. I provide internal program evaluations in addition to external research and evaluation services for our partner school districts. I was inspired by Ann K. Emery’s, A Two-Hour Turnaround: How to Transform a Text-Heavy Report into …

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SEA Affiliate Week: Staying Sane While Growing Your Evaluation Business by Megan Hartman

Hi, my name is Megan Hartman and I am the Associate Director at Behavioral Science Research Institute in Miami, Florida. We provide research, consultation, and evaluation services to dozens of community health centers, hospitals, non-profits, and other organizations throughout South Florida and internationally. As the Associate Director, I help run many branches of the company, …

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