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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IED UN Week: Lessons Learned by Demetra Arapakos

My name is Demetra Arapakos and I am a Chief of Section in IED/OIOS. If there is one thing I’ve learned during my three decades as an evaluator, it is that you always keep learning!  Given the challenges our office faces (that you may have been reading about this week), learning from what did not …

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IED UN Week: A case in point – IED in action by Mona Fetouh

Hello AEA! My name is Mona Fetouh and I work with OIOS-IED as an evaluation Team Leader. My colleagues have already described the overall process, scoping and methods involved in IED evaluations. How do we put this all together to develop evaluation reports that hold UN entities accountable and contribute to learning and institutional improvement? …

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IED UN Week: Marvelous Methods! By Pankaj Verma

My name is Pankaj Verma and I work as an Evaluation Officer in IED. Yesterday’s post was about how we scope our evaluations in IED. Today is all about our methods. In the past, methodology usually fell under two broad approaches: qualitative and quantitative. A third approach, mixed-methods, is often used by researchers and evaluators …

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