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A Look at Language Week: Renaming Social Betterment by Jean King

Greetings. This is Jean King, an Evaluation Studies professor at the University of Minnesota for another three months. My life-long goal as an evaluator has been to leave this messy world of ours a better place as a result of my work, even knowing that the measurement of that outcome is highly challenging. Some call …

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Competencies Task Force Week: Jean King and John LaVelle on an Overview and History of AEA’s Competencies Task Force

This is Jean King, University of Minnesota, chair of AEA’s Competencies Task Force, and John LaVelle, Louisiana State University, enthusiastic Task Force member. This week we and other members of the Competencies Task Force are excited to share with you our progress toward developing a set of AEA evaluator competencies.  To put these efforts in …

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Memorial Week: Jean King on Remembering Bob Ingle (1926-1998), Pioneer in establishing the annual AEA conference

This is part of a series remembering and honoring evaluation pioneers leading up to Memorial Day in the USA (May 30). I am Jean King, professor at the University of Minnesota and, like my colleague John McLaughlin, who collaborated with me on this In Memoriam, an original AEA member. I met Bob Ingle for the …

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CASNET Week: Jean King, Frances Lawrenz, and Elizabeth Kunz Kollmann on Taking Advantage of Insider/Outsider Perspectives in Evaluation Research

We’re Jean King and Frances Lawrenz (University of Minnesota) and Elizabeth Kunz Kollmann (Museum of Science, Boston), members of a research team studying the use of concepts from complexity theory to understand evaluation capacity building (ECB) in networks. We purposefully designed the Complex Adaptive Systems as a Model for Network Evaluations (CASNET) case study research …

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CASNET Week: Jean King and Gayra Ostegaard Eliou on Applying Systems Thinking to Evaluation Capacity Building

This is Jean King and Gayra Ostegaard Eliou, from the University of Minnesota, members of the Complex Adaptive Systems as a Model for Network Evaluations (CASNET) research team. NSF funded CASNET to provide insights on (1) the implications of complexity theory for designing evaluation systems that “promote widespread and systemic use of evaluation within a …

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MESI Week: Jean King on Bringing Evaluation Training to Life

This is Jean King, professor of Evaluation Studies at the University of Minnesota and mother of the Minnesota Evaluation Studies Institute (MESI—pronounced “messy” because evaluation is that way). MESI began 20 years ago to provide high quality evaluation training to all comers: evaluation practitioners, students, accidental evaluators, and program staff and administrators. We are fortunate …

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QUAL Eval Week: Laurie Stevahn and Jean King on Essential Competencies for Effective Qualitative Evaluators

Hello everyone—Laurie Stevahn (Seattle University) and Jean King (University of Minnesota) here—continuing to grapple with issues relevant to program evaluator competencies (whether essential sets exist) and usefulness (if enhanced practice results). In fact, for over a decade we have been working on a formal set of evaluator competencies, trying to answer the daunting question of …

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Innovative #Eval Week: Jean King and Laura Pejsa on What We Learned from “Learning by Doing”

Jean King and Laura Pejsa, Minnesota Evaluation Studies Institute (MESI), here, with broad smiles on our faces. We are the proud coaches who are wrapping up this week of posts written by our creative student consultants about ways to evaluate a conference (using exit surveys of Ignite sessions, network visualizing, Twitter, and video clips).  Progressive …

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Innovative #Eval Week: Jean King and Laura Pejsa on Evaluating the Evaluators’ Conference: The Ultimate Student Challenge

Greetings from Jean King and Laura Pejsa from the Minnesota Evaluation Studies Institute (MESI) at the University of Minnesota. This week we will be introducing you to a crop of graduate student evaluators who (we think) made quite a splash at the AEA conference last month.  If you attended, you may have seen one or …

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DVR TIG Week: Benchmarking Foundation Evaluation Practices 2020: Tips from our dataviz process by Piper Grandjean Targos and Devin Larsen

Hello! We are Piper Grandjean Targos and Devin Larsen of Ascending Edge Creative Evaluation (EdgeEval), and Kat Athanasiades and Albertina Lopez of the Center for Evaluation Innovation (CEI). Recently, we collaborated on a report benchmarking foundation evaluation practice. Rad Resource: Check out our hot-off-the-press report, Benchmarking Foundation Evaluation Practices 2020. It offers a window into …

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