OL-ECB TIG Week: Value of a Peer Network for Evaluation Staff at Nonprofit Organizations by Shenandoah Gale and Andrea Scallon

Hello! We are Shenandoah Gale, Director of Evaluation & Learning at N Street Village and Andrea Scallon, Director of Measurement, Evaluation & Learning at Miriam’s Kitchen. We serve on the Advisory Council of Measure4Change (M4C) and wanted to share this Rad Resource that increases our capacity in the hopes that you can find ways to …

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OL-ECB TIG Week: Not All Learning is Created Equal: How to be More Intentional in our Efforts to Engage in Transformative Learning by Elizabeth McGee

Evaluation without learning is akin to dutifully planting and watering a garden-to-be, without staying to reap the benefits of its harvest. My name is Elizabeth McGee (she/her), I am the Founder and Senior Consultant at LEAP Consulting. Throughout my evaluation career, I have witnessed learning efforts fall short because of the tendency to see learning …

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OL-ECB TIG Week: Must We Call It ‘Evaluation’? – How ‘M&E’ Language Can be a Barrier to Institutionalising Learning by Barbara Klugman

Hello, I am Barbara Klugman (PhD), based in South Africa, once an anti-apartheid and women’s rights activist, now providing freelance strategy and evaluation supports for social justice funders, networks and NGOs. I work with groups engaged in organising and advocating for social or environmental justice. In this process, I have come to realise that sometimes …

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OL-ECB TIG Week: Strengthening Evaluation Capacity in Public Health: Tools from the CDC by Leslie Fierro, Heather Codd, and Ann Marie Castleman

Hello! We are Leslie Fierro, Heather Codd, and Ann Marie Castleman. Over the past several years we have engaged in scholarship and on-the-ground activities to help strengthen the capacity of individuals, teams, and organizations to plan, commission, and implement high-quality evaluations. One discipline that is heavily involved in evaluation is public health. Public health professionals …

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OL-ECB TIG Week: Want to Be a Better Evaluator? Watch TV by JoAnna Hillman

I’m JoAnna Hillman, Director of the Center for Program Evaluation and Quality Improvement with Emory Centers for Public Health Training and Technical Assistance. As an evaluator, I see evaluation in EVERYTHING. EVERYDAY. At times, I feel a little like Michael Constantine’s character, Gus Portokalos, in My Big Fat Greek Wedding when he repeatedly says “Give …

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OL-ECB TIG Week: The Importance of Evaluation Champions in Evaluation Capacity Building by Joy Kubarek and Brian Johnson

Greetings! We’re Joy Kubarek and Brian Johnson, Co-founders of Inform Evaluation & Research. Much of our work focuses on building evaluation capacity within informal science and conservation organizations. In recent years, we’ve seen increasing demand for evaluation capacity building (ECB), but organizations don’t always know when they are ready for an ECB initiative or the …

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Searching TIG Archives by Elizabeth Grim

Hi, my name is Elizabeth Grim, AEA365 Curator and an independent consultant moving organizations from confusion to clarity to tell their story with data. One of the many amazing resources offered through the American Evaluation Association is the opportunity to learn from a colleagues through discussion boards and Topical Interest Groups (TIGs). TIGs are smaller …

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ToE TIG Week: Effective Presentations by Dana Wanzer

Greetings from the land of the Anishinaabe people, referred to by colonizers as Menomonie, WI. My name is Dana Wanzer, PhD, and I teach evaluation in our MS in Applied Psychology program at University of Wisconsin-Stout. Today I’m sharing how I approach teaching effective presentation skills in my evaluation courses. Being a good presenter is …

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ToE TIG Week: The Collective Closet: A Qualitative Analysis Activity by JoAnna Hillman

I’m JoAnna Hillman, Director of the Center for Program Evaluation and Quality Improvement with Emory Centers for Public Health Training and Technical Assistance at Emory University. I love helping people learn evaluation in simple ways that leave them feeling empowered to try it themselves. A topic that I receive frequent requests for training on is …

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ToE TIG Week: Amplifying Youth Voice through Focus Group Instruction by Hilary Loeb

My name is Hilary Loeb, and I work for the Strategy, Evaluation and Learning Department for the Puget Sound Educational Service District (PSESD).  I have been engaged in teaching evaluation to a range of interns in high school, college, and graduate school for over ten years in public and nonprofit organizations.  I thoroughly enjoy involving …

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