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AEA Guiding Principles: Maintaining Ethical Standards and Conducting Meaningful Evaluation by Xiaoxia Newton

Hi, I’m Xiaoxia Newton, a member of the 2019-2020 Guiding Principles Working Group and an Associate Professor at Cato College of Education, University of North Carolina Charlotte. In this blog, I share what my colleagues and I learned about the tension between evaluators actively engaging program stakeholders in the evaluation process and evaluators’ obligation to …

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The AEA Evaluators’ Ethical Guiding Principles by Mónica Ruiz-Casares

I am Mónica Ruiz-Casares, member of the AEA Guiding Principles Working Group (GPWG).I am Associate Professor in the Division of Social and Transcultural Psychiatry at McGill University, Researcher at the Sherpa University Institute, and Credentialed Evaluator by the Canadian Evaluation Society. An active member of AEA for the past 25 years, I regularly teach and publish on …

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Social Justice Is More Than a Sign by Ann Del Vecchio

Hello. I am Ann Del Vecchio and I run Alpha Assessment Associates, LLC, a small evaluation firm in Albuquerque New Mexico.  A3 specializes in planning and evaluating education and health programs in the Southwest and Midwest. Our mission is to provide research, program planning, and evaluation services that improve the quality of life for the …

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Count Your Hearts & Remember to Say Thank You by Timara McCollum

Hello, my name is Timara McCollum, and I am a first-year PhD student in Educational Psychology & Counseling, with a concentration in Evaluation, Statistics, & Measurement at the University of TN Knoxville.  I am also heading towards my 4th year in motherhood academy. My eldest daughter will be four soon, and we will welcome our …

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Working ‘with’ (not just ‘for’) your client by Holly Brown

Hello all! Holly Brown here. I am what you could call a ‘budding’ program evaluator – a Social Work Master’s student filled with curiosity and excitement, and a Research Assistant for the Tucson, Arizona-based company, Viable Insights. For the past few years I’ve kept one hand in the Social Work world and the other in …

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Reflections on Constructivism Week: Viewing problems through paradigmatic lenses by Amy Jersild

Greetings! My name is Amy Jersild, Doctoral Scholar at Western Michigan University (WMU), an evaluator working in the international development sector, and currently a student in Dr. Michael Harnar’s Qualitative Research Methods in Evaluation course at WMU. We have been reading Constructivist Credo by Yvonna S. Lincoln and Egon G. Guba (2013) in class, and …

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Reflections on Constructivism Week: Valuing whose values? by Valerie Marshall

Hello! My name is Valerie Marshall. I am a Project Manager at The Evaluation Center at Western Michigan University and a student in Michael Harnar’s Qualitative Research Methods in Evaluation class. Today, I would like to talk with you about the integral place of values in evaluation. Values underlie the standards and criteria used to …

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Reflections on Constructivism Week: The Constructivism of Everyday Evaluation by Zach Tilton

I am Zach Tilton, an evaluator and a doctoral student at Western Michigan University in the Interdisciplinary PhD in Evaluation program. Pursuing a PhD in evaluation while working as an evaluator allows me to integrate class insights to enhance my work and work experiences to ground my studies. This interplay between theory and practice was …

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Reflections on Constructivism Week: (Re)Constructing Identity and Hierarchy by Fernando Ospina

My name is Fernando Ospina and I am a PhD student in sociology at Western Michigan University. I had the opportunity to take a qualitative methods in evaluation course in the Interdisciplinary PhD in Evaluation program. As a part of our coursework we wrote blog posts analyzing Lincoln and Guba’s constructivist conjectures. The conjecture that …

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Reflections on Constructivism Week: Sensemaking as theory development by Amy Jersild

Greetings! My name is Amy Jersild, Doctoral Scholar at Western Michigan University (WMU), an evaluator working in the international development sector, and currently a student in Dr. Michael Harnar’s Qualitative Research Methods in Evaluation course at WMU. We have been reading The Constructivist Credo by Yvonna S. Lincoln and Egon G. Guba (2013) in class, …

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