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ENRI Week: Practicing into equity in evaluation is a continuous journey of transformation by Cynthia Roberts

Hello, I am Cynthia Roberts, PhD, evaluator at the Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence (RICADV). Over the last nearly ten years I have been leading the evaluation of our Centers for Disease Control and Prevention-funded work in the primary prevention of intimate partner violence. I am a co-founder of the Evaluation Network of Rhode …

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ENRI Week: Shifting Mindsets with the Equitable Evaluation Framework™ by Katie Murray, Jenny Pereira and Inés Merchan

Hello, we are Katie Murray, Jenny Pereira, and Inés Merchan from the Rhode Island Foundation’s Grants and Community Investments team. Our community foundation was founded in 1916 with a gift of $10,000. Last year, gifts totaled $75 million and grants equaled $84 million to 2,000 organizations. In our two largest discretionary programs – funding 140 …

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ENRI Week: A Trust-Based Philanthropy Journey by Adama Brown

My name is Adama Brown, and I’m the Director of Research and Data Analytics at United Way of Rhode Island (UWRI). I lead a team that is interested in reimagining impact and the ways that data and narrative inform philanthropic work, acting as a catalyst for systems change. In recent years, UWRI has embraced the …

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ENRI Week: Building Trusting Relationships to Create and Sustain a Local Affiliate by Cynthia Roberts, Adama Brown, Jen Latham, Katie Murray, David Robinson, and Dan Turner

Hi, this is Cynthia Roberts, PhD with Adama Brown, PhD, Jen Latham, Katie Murray, David Robinson, PhD, and Dan Turner, PhD. The Evaluation Network of Rhode Island (ENRI) formed as a group of evaluation colleagues who were seeking to gain collegial support in our professional evaluation endeavors. A group of us first began meeting at …

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Post Program Monitoring: An Entry Point for Localization by Kim Norris

Hi, I’m Kim Norris, Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) Director for American Institutes for Research (AIR)’s International Development Division. Part of my role is to lead a MEL practice. As part of our initial strategy, our practice team determined to focus on localizing our work. For us this means we seek out ways to increase local partnering and leadership in and around MEL efforts – from business development to MEL direction and execution. This involves local team leadership, capacity strengthening and engagement on local terms.

Artificial Intelligence (AI): Using AI to Build Evaluation Capacity by David Fetterman

Hi. I am David Fetterman. I am the president of Fetterman & Associates, an international evaluation firm. I am also the past-president of the American Evaluation Association and a co-chair of the Collaborative, Participatory, and Empowerment Evaluation TIG (with Liliana Rodríguez). I am the recipient of the Myrdal Award for Practice, the Lazarsfeld Award for Theory, and the Evaluation Advocacy and Use Award. I am also the founder of empowerment evaluation.

Thinking about Thinking: Exploring Faculty Transformation Narratives to Fuel Best Practices for Critical Thinking Workshops by Gideon Eduah

Hi! I am Gideon Eduah, a doctoral student from Tennessee Tech University, and I work with a group of interdisciplinary collaborators affiliated with the Center for Assessment & Improvement of Learning at Tennessee Tech and the Office of Institutional Effectiveness at Tallahassee Community College (TCC).

Together, we have facilitated ten professional development critical thinking workshops with three two-year and two four-year universities centered on assessment practices in higher education. Leveraging either the Critical thinking Assessment Test (CAT) or the American Association for Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) Critical Thinking VALUE rubric, these workshops intended to help guide and support faculty as they navigate instructional pivots relating to student assessment and evaluation. These workshops have been in face-to-face, virtual, and hybrid settings, with faculty from multiple disciplines.

How do we measure infrastructure support? An example from the 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline by Kristen Quinlan

Hi there! My name is Kristen Quinlan. I’m a Senior Research Scientist at the Education Development Center (EDC). As part of this role, I support the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention (Action Alliance), which is a public-private partnership charged with supporting the National Strategy for Suicide Prevention and the Surgeon General’s Call to Action on Suicide Prevention.

Captivate Your Crowd with Audience Engagement Principles by Sheila B. Robinson

Hi! I’m Sheila B. Robinson, Ed.D. of Custom Professional Learning, LLC. I’m a speaker, educator, consultant, and yes, a program evaluator too!

In my first career as an educator, I dedicated years to co-teaching and coaching/mentoring teachers. I was intrigued by teachers who possessed a talent for engaging students. Was it their lively personalities, raw charisma, carefully crafted lesson plans, or the particular activities the students were doing that made the difference? I began observing closely and taking notes. As I transitioned from the classroom to the conference room creating and facilitating professional development courses for teachers and school leaders, the answer became clear: it’s all of the above!

Applying Digital Development Principles to Locally Contextualize Evaluations by Kim Norris

Hi, I’m Kim Norris, Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) Director for American Institutes for Research (AIR)’s International Development Division. Part of my role is to lead a MEL practice. As part of our initial strategy, our practice team determined to focus on localizing our work. For us this means we seek out ways to increase local partnering and leadership in and around MEL efforts – from business development to MEL direction and execution. This involves local team leadership, capacity strengthening and engagement on local terms.