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Systems Week: Glenda Eoyang on Complexity Demands Simplicity

I’m Glenda Eoyang, Executive Director of the Human Systems Dynamics (HSD) Institute. We help people thrive in the middle of chaotic environments. Our associates draw lessons from complexity sciences to help their clients and colleagues adapt to unpredictable change. We believe that the most complex challenges require the simplest solutions. If you’re already drowning, the …

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Systems Week: Jan Noga on the Systems in Evaluation TIG

Hello! My name is Jan Noga and I am an independent consultant and owner of Pathfinder Evaluation and Consulting in Cincinnati, Ohio, focusing on the evaluation of K-12 programs and support services at both the local and statewide levels. I am also the chair of the Systems in Evaluation TIG. The TIG is pleased to sponsor …

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Michael Schooley & Monica Oliver on Distinguishing Evaluation, Research, & Surveillance

We are Michael Schooley, chief of the Applied Research and Evaluation branch in the Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention at CDC, and Monica Oliver, an evaluator in the branch. As public health evaluators, we often encounter the question of when a particular endeavor is ‘evaluation,’ when it is ‘research,’ and when it might …

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Internal Evaluation Week: Debbie Cohen on Working with External Evaluators

Hi, my name is Debbie Cohen. I am the Director of Evaluation at Community Mental Health Center, Inc., a community mental health center that serves five rural counties in Southeastern Indiana. One of my roles in the agency is to work with Indiana University to evaluate a Systems of Care collaborative that involves children utilizing …

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Robert Brunger on Practical Tips for Focus Groups

Hi, I’m Robert Brunger. I am an evaluator with the Ounce of Prevention Fund of Florida; a Tallahassee based non-profit organization that has worked since 1989 to improve the lives of Florida’s children and families. If you are planning to use focus groups to learn more about what’s on the minds of your stakeholders, here …

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E. Jane Davidson on Evaluative Rubrics

My name is Jane Davidson and I run an evaluation consulting business called Real Evaluation Ltd. In my work, I advise and support organizations on strategic evaluation; provide evaluation capacity building and professional development; develop tools and templates to help organizations conduct, interpret, and use evaluations themselves; and conduct independent and collaborative evaluations and meta-evaluations. …

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Kylie Hutchinson on Evaluation Theories

My name is Kylie Hutchinson. I am an independent evaluation consultant and trainer with Community Solutions Planning & Evaluation. I am one of the facilitators of the Canadian Evaluation Society’s Essential Skills Series course in Canada and a regular workshop presenter at AEA conferences and the AEA Summer Institute. I also Twitter on an occasional …

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Susan Sloan on CDC’s Framework for Program Evaluation in Public Health

Hi, my name is Susan Sloan. I’m a program evaluator with about 20 years of experience—first as an evaluation team leader for Duerr Evaluation Resources in California and now as in internal program evaluator for Whatcom County Health Department (WCHD) in the Pacific Northwest. As a small local health department, we are always looking for …

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Randahl Kirkendall on Evaluating Program Websites

My name is Randahl Kirkendall. I am a public health manager turned evaluator. Platometrics is the name of my consulting business, which for the past three years has been focused on program research, planning, and evaluation. I am also a part-time evaluator for the Science Education Resource Center at Carleton College, which provides faculty professional …

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