Elizabeth DiLuzio

SEA Affiliate Week: The Benefits of Being A Grant Reviewer by Dr. Moya Alfonso

**This post is part of ‘Best of aea365’ – an occasional look back to posts we think are worth another look. This article was originally posted in a previous year when subscribership was much lower.** My name is Moya Alfonso, and I’m an Assistant Professor at Georgia Southern University and University Sector Representative and Board Member for the Southeast …

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SEA Affiliate Week: Using Mentoring and Training Programs to Develop Knowledge and Skills by Jennifer Johnson and Melanie Meyer

**This post is part of ‘Best of aea365’ – an occasional look back to posts we think are worth another look. This article was originally posted in a previous year when subscribership was much lower.** We are Jennifer Johnson and Melanie Meyer, and we are evaluators at the Florida Legislature’s Office of Program Policy Analysis and Government Accountability.  …

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SEA Affiliate Week: Book Reviewing for Skill Growth by Sean Little

**This post is part of ‘Best of aea365’ – an occasional look back to posts we think are worth another look. This article was originally posted in a previous year when subscribership was much lower.** My name is Sean Little, Consultant for Sean Little Consulting and Newsletter Editor for the Southeast Evaluation Association (SEA). I’ve been reviewing …

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SEA Affiliate Week: Situation Awareness in Evaluation by Dr. Sara Mason

A warm hello from the University of Mississippi! I am Sarah Mason, Director of the Center for Research Evaluation, here to talk about research-based strategies for building evaluation-specific situation awareness skills. What is situation awareness? Generally speaking, situation awareness is the ability to notice—and correctly interpret—what’s happening around you. Let’s say you have a client …

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SEA Affiliate Week: Illuminating Racism During Evaluation by Dr. Martha Brown

My name is Martha Brown, President of RJAE Consulting. Evaluators are often called to use our power and privilege to advance a more equitable society by “converting, illuminating, and overtly identifying racist policies and practices” (Bledsoe, 2018, p. 512). Being a white woman, I take this calling seriously and wrestle with the question, “What does …

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SEA Affiliate Week: The After Party: Implementing Data Party Results for a Nationwide Mental Health Program by Bryan Higham and Amanda Peterson

Hello! We’re Bryan Higham, Innovation Specialist and former Combat Stress Recovery Specialist, and Amanda Peterson, Researcher, with Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP). WWP is a nonprofit veterans service organization that serves veterans and service members injured as a result of their service following Sept. 11, 2001. Our organization is headquartered in Jacksonville, Florida and we have …

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Equitable Data Collection in the Age of COVID by Ally Rakus

Hi, this is Ally Rakus. I’m a graduate student of public policy at NYU Wagner and intern at Evaluation + Learning Consulting. The COVID-19 pandemic has created new and exacerbated existing challenges of administering programs and services; program evaluation is not immune to these challenges, especially data collection. Under normal circumstances, collecting data from participants …

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RoE TIG Week: The Power of Valuing in Evaluation: How the Layering of Qualitative and Quantitative Data in Program Evaluation Enhances the Value to the People Served by Programs by Sondra LoRe

My name is Sondra LoRe and I often have the pleasure of evaluating STEM education programs which include the training and development of students, educators, and community advocates in outreach and information science education. I work as the evaluation manager for the National Institute for STEM Evaluation & Research (NISER) and as an adjunct professor …

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RoE TIG Week: Institutionalizing Evaluation in the U.S. Federal Government by, Esther C. Nolton, PhD

Greetings! I am Esther Nolton and I recently completed my PhD in Research and Evaluation Methods at George Mason University. As a GEDI Scholar, I had an opportunity to witness large-scale changes in the culture of valuing and capacity for using evaluation in the U.S. Federal government when the Evidence Act (P.L. 115-435) was enacted. …

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RoE TIG Week: Knowing Ourselves: Driving the Field Forward Through Self-Discovery by Maggie Schultz Patel

Hi there! I’m Maggie Schultz Patel, an independent evaluation consultant and doctoral student of Research Methods and Statistics at the University of Denver. Program evaluation is still a relatively new discipline, and there is still a need to increase our knowledge of ourselves as a field. Further, according to a recent needs assessment, there are key research …

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