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Linda Cabral and Judy Savageau on Improve Your Surveys by Conducting Cognitive Interviews

We are Linda Cabral and Judy Savageau from the University of Massachusetts Medical School’s Center for Health Policy and Research. All of our projects involve some type of data collection, sometimes in the form of a survey.  In order to get high quality survey data, you need to ensure that your respondents are interpreting questions …

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Xin Wang, Neeley Current, and Gary Westergren on Using Think-aloud Interviewing to Evaluate Web Applications

Hello! We are Xin Wang, Neeley Current, and Gary Westergren. We work at the Information Experience Laboratory (IE Lab) of the School of Information Science & Learning Technologies at the University of Missouri.  The IE lab is a usability laboratory that conducts research and evaluates technology. What is usability? According to Jakob Nielsen’s definition, usability …

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CEA Week: Valuing Youth Voices in Evaluation by Amanda Lambie, Cara Karter, and Michelle Lopez

Hello, we are Amanda Lambie, Cara Karter, and Michelle Lopez, three members of the Research & Evaluation team at After School Matters. As internal evaluators for an out-of-school time provider, we highly value youth voice as an essential ingredient in positive youth development. So we love that this year’s AEA theme is Speak Truth to …

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Objection! That’s a Leading Survey Question by Carla Hillerns

I am Carla Hillerns from the Office of Survey Research at the University of Massachusetts Medical School’s Center for Health Policy and Research. In 2015, my colleague and I shared a post about how to avoid using double-barreled survey questions. Today I’d like to tackle another pesky survey design problem – leading questions. Just as …

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SIM TIG Week: Using Multi-Dimensional Poverty Outcomes in Measurement by Heather Esper and Yaquta Fatehi

This is Heather Esper, senior program manager, and Yaquta Fatehi, senior research associate, from the Performance Measurement Initiative at the William Davidson Institute at the University of Michigan. Our team specializes in performance measurement to improve organizations’ effectiveness, scalability, and sustainability and to create more value for their stakeholders in emerging economies. Our contribution to …

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Carla Hillerns and Pei-Pei Lei on a Quest to Eliminate Double-Barreled Survey Questions

We are Carla Hillerns and Pei-Pei Lei from the Office of Survey Research at the University of Massachusetts Medical School’s Center for Health Policy and Research. We’d like to discuss a common mistake in surveys – double-barreled questions. As the name implies, a double-barreled question asks about two topics, which can lead to issues of …

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Stuart Henderson on Using Screen Recording and Think Alouds in Evaluation Practice

My name is Stuart Henderson. I am the Associate Director of Evaluation for the Clinical and Translational Science Center at the University of California, Davis. We recently used a combination of screen recording software and think aloud methodology to conduct an evaluation of an innovative software program. I’d like to share how screen recording software …

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SIM TIG Week: Social + Business Metrics Power Couples by Rebecca Baylor, Heather Esper and Yaquta Fatehi

Hi, we’re Rebecca Baylor, Heather Esper and Yaquta Fatehi from the William Davidson Institute at the University of Michigan (WDI). Our team specializes in performance measurement. We use data to improve organizations’ effectiveness, scalability, and sustainability and create more value for their stakeholders in low- and middle-income countries. We believe combining social and business metrics …

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YFE TIG Week: Toyin Owolabi and Susan Igras on Challenges and Game-Based Solutions to Data Collection with Very Young Adolescents

Greetings from Toyin Owolabi at the Women’s Health Action Research Center (WHARC) in Nigeria and Susan Igras at Georgetown University’s Institute for Reproductive Health (IRH). Last year, we joined together on a cross-country project to build capacity in designing and evaluating programs for younger adolescents. Younger adolescent programming and related program evaluation is nascent in …

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Emily Lauer and Courtney Dutra on Person-Centered Evaluation: Aging and Disability Services

Hello, we are Emily Lauer and Courtney Dutra from the University of Massachusetts Medical School’s Center for Developmental Disability Evaluation and Research (CDDER). We have designed and conducted a number of evaluations of programs and projects for elders and people with disabilities. In this post, we focus on the topic of person-centered evaluations. We have …

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