NA TIG Week: Improving the Validity of Data from Qualitative Methods Used in Needs Assessments by James W. Altschuld, Hsin-Ling (Sonya) Hung, & Yi-Fang

We’re James W. Altschuld, Hsin-Ling (Sonya) Hung, and Yi-Fang Lee from Ohio State, Virginia Commonwealth, and National Taiwan Normal Universities and have worked many years on needs assessments (NAs). We’re providing tips to enhance validity for data from qualitative techniques – Focus Group Interviews (FGIs), The Nominal Group Technique (NGT), and double scaled survey responses.  …

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NA TIG Week: Just-in-Time Community Engaged Needs Assessment: COVID-19 Redux by Lisle Hites

Welcome to the Needs Assessment TIG’s week on AEA 365! I’m Lisle Hites, Chair of the Needs Assessment TIG, Associate Professor in Community Medicine and Population Health at the University of Alabama. On behalf of all of us in the Needs Assessment TIG, I hope you enjoy this week’s blog entries and we look forward …

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Finding Out More About What Makes Us Feel Inadequate by Sara Vaca

Hi, I am Sara Vaca, independent consultant and frequent Saturday contributor. Lesson Learned: I couldn’t anticipate when I volunteered to write some Saturdays for AEA365 what an amazing experience it would turn out to be for me because: It allows me to be myself and share my thoughts in a light tone about anything related …

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Memorial Day Week: Defining Evaluation in the Military by Stephen Axelrad

Hello, my name is Stephen Axelrad – the founder and chair of the Military and Veteran Evaluation Topical Interest Group.  One of the reasons why I wanted to start this TIG was to broaden the military’s understanding of what program evaluation is and broaden program evaluator’s understandings of what the military community is.  While there …

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Memorial Day Week: The Fort Bragg Evaluation: A military setting that created evaluation history by Len Bickman

I am Len Bickman, AEA Past-President, Professor Emeritus, Vanderbilt University, and currently Research Professor, Center for Children and Families, Florida International University and President, Feedback Research Institute. Today, I am offering lessons from a quarter-century old evaluation widely known as the Fort Bragg Evaluation. I examined the effectiveness of mental health services delivered in a …

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Memorial Day Week: Community-Based Participatory Research in the Military: Lessons Learned by Stephen Axelrad

Hello, my name is Stephen Axelrad – the founder and chair of the Military and Veteran Evaluation Topical Interest Group.  I am posting this content on community-based participatory research in the military on behalf of a colleague. U.S. Service Members are frequently asked to take surveys from both local installations as well as the Department …

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Memorial Day Week: Use of evaluation data viz in military contexts by Lara Hilton

Hello! I’m Lara Hilton, a behavioral scientist who has conducted program evaluation in military health settings for the last 10 years. I am excited to share a few examples of how the military utilizes data visualization for evaluation and how those applications inform evaluation and more broadly impact public health outcomes. First, here’s an interesting …

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Memorial Day Week: The After-Action Review: Military Origins and Universal Applications by Stephen Axelrad

Hello, my name is Stephen Axelrad – the founder and chair of the Military and Veteran Evaluation Topical Interest Group.  This post is dedicated to the After-Action Review, a formative evaluation technique that has its origins in the military but can be applied in many different contexts.  Military Origins The After-Action Review is a process …

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Memorial Day Week: Evaluation Reflections by Michael Quinn Patton

I’m Michael Quinn Patton director of Utilization-Focused Evaluation. I’m curating AEA365 in conjunction with the Memorial Day holiday in the USA which officially honors those who died in military service. It originated after the Civil War (1861-1865) in which 750,000 soldiers died and slavery was ended. It became an official federal holiday in 1971 and …

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IDPE Week: Why bother with graduate education in evaluation? An alumni perspective by Amy M. Gullickson

Hi! I’m Amy M. Gullickson, 2010 IDPE graduate and Acting Co-Director and Senior Lecturer, University of Melbourne Centre for Program Evaluation, Melbourne, VIC, Australia. One of the challenges to graduate education in evaluation is the Dunning-Kruger effect. Because evaluation is an everyday activity and a professional activity, and all the other kinds of activities in …

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