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Ama Nyame-Mensah on Using & Constructing Likert Scales In Evaluation Research

My name is Ama Nyame-Mensah, and I am a doctoral student in the Social Welfare program at the University of Pennsylvania. Likert scales are commonly used in program evaluation. However, despite their widespread popularity, Likert scales are often misused and poorly constructed, which can result in misleading evaluation outcomes. Consider the following tips when using …

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Jan Losby and Anne Wetmore on Likert Scales—Odd or Even?

We are Jan Losby (a CDC employee) and Anne Wetmore (a former ORISE Fellow at CDC), members of the Evaluation and Program Effectiveness Team in the Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Inevitably when you start creating a survey and you are using a Likert …

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To Midpoint or Not to Midpoint: That is the Question by David Bernstein

I am David Bernstein, owner of DJB Evaluation Consulting and Director of Evaluation for the General Commission on Religion and Race of the United Methodist Church. There is a long running debate among Springsteen fans regarding whether Mary’s dress “waves” or “sways” in the song Thunder Road (1975, Born to Run). For many years, I …

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Data Analysis Basics – Part I by Judy Savageau

Hello! I’m Judy Savageau from the Center for Health Policy and Research  at UMass Medical School. A recent post from Pei-Pei Lei, my colleague in our Office of Survey Research, introduced some options for statistical programming in R. I wondered whether a basic introduction to statistics might be in order for those contemplating ‘where do …

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Ron Dickson on The Same, But Different: transferring evaluation expertise from the world of business to nonprofit clients

Hello. I’m Ron Dickson. After 23 years in a global business with more than 100K employees around the globe, I recently retired and joined a local nonprofit with fewer than 20 employees. While my role in each organization was similar (measurement and evaluation), I’ve already noticed some key differences. My experiences may help my evaluation …

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Sheila B Robinson on A Sure Cure for Evaluation Isolation

Hello fellow evaluators! I’m Sheila B Robinson, aea365’s Lead Curator and sometimes Saturday contributor, and I have to admit, I get lonely sometimes. After all, I’m the only program evaluator in my organization. Sure, there are other people who collect and analyze data, but no one who can sit down with me over lunch and …

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Steve Young on Making Evaluation Surveys More Appealing

I’m Steve Young, a recent evaluation post-doctoral fellow at the Center for Creative Leadership (CCL) in Greensboro, NC. Currently, I work at Design Interactive in Oveido, FL. Have you ever thought about how you could make evaluation surveys more “catchy?” Rad Resource: Read “Contagious” by Jonah Berger which offers some research-based tips for how anyone …

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LGBT TIG Week: Terry L. Brown on Transgressing Gender

My name is Terry L. Brown, and I am a doctoral candidate in the College of Education at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, Illinois. Transgressing gender is the practice of blurring socio-constructed gender boundaries as a strategic response to heteronormative practice. Heteronormative, also referred to as gender normative, practice seeks efficiencies through standardizing and regulating …

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PD CoP Week: Barb Goldsby on Evaluating Professional Development: Guskey Level 2 – Participant Learning

Hello, I am Barb Goldsby, Interim Director of the Exceptional Student Services Unit and Supervisor of the Secondary Transition Services Team from the Colorado Department of Education. We truly value meaningful evaluations of our training, technical assistance and professional development.  With the help of the National Secondary Transition Technical Assistance Center (NSTTAC), we have taken …

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