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IEA Affiliate Week: Pivoting and Adapting during COVID by Jennifer Bellville

Hi! I’m Jennifer Bellville, a Consultant at Diehl Consulting Group and President of the Indiana Evaluation Association (IEA), a local affiliate of AEA. I am excited to start off IEA’s posts about pivoting and adapting during COVID. Like many of you, my projects, interactions, and work environment are different during this season – and so …

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Spreadsheet vs Database: Which One is Right for Me? by Elizabeth DiLuzio

Happy weekend, data aficionados! My name is Elizabeth DiLuzio, volunteer curator for AEA365, internal evaluator at Good Shepherd Services, and instructor of Quantitative Methods in Evaluation at New York University. This week, one of our professional nightmares became a reality at Public Health England (PHE): they failed to properly contact trace nearly 16,000 positive COVID …

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Evaluation as an Ecosystem: Building our ability to collaborate effectively by Liz Gordillo, Rory Neuner, Leah Josephson, and Lauren Beriont

Hi, we’re Liz Gordillo (Liz G Strategy), Rory Neuner (formerly with the Michigan Health Endowment Fund), Leah Josephson (Emergence Collective), and Lauren Beriont (Emergence Collective). Since 2019, we’ve been working on building the evaluation ecosystem of Michigan. First, let’s back up to why we thought this was important. One worldview is that evaluation consultants compete …

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Interviewing Minors in Schools

We are Christine Crumbacher, PhD, Evaluation Specialist at Greenville County Schools in South Carolina, and Michael Sikes, PhD, independent Program Evaluator. Each of us evaluates educational programs that serve young people. Interviewing minors presents unique challenges. These include obtaining parental consent, interviewee participation, protecting participants, and collecting detailed data. Hot Tip: Know district policies concerning …

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How to measure innovation? by Rick Davies

Hi, I am Rick Davies, an evaluation consultant based in Cambridge, UK. While there have been many attempts to define innovation, I am interested in definitions that make innovation evaluable. My current preference is: “Innovation is invention plus use “. While measuring the use of product or service or idea seems relatively unproblematic, measuring invention …

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Who will hire and train an absolute novice? Part 2 by Kavita Mittapalli

Hello! I am Kavita Mittapalli, Ph.D. I own a small education research and evaluation firm, MN Associates, Inc. (MNA) outside Washington DC metropolitan area. I founded MNA in 2004 as a graduate student at George Mason University. I have a Ph.D. in Research Design and Methodology in Education. We are a team of five evaluators …

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But, How Do I Find My First (Evaluation) Job? Part 1 by Kavita Mittapalli

Hello! I am Kavita Mittapalli. I own a small education research and evaluation firm, MN Associates, Inc. (MNA) outside Washington DC metropolitan area. I founded MNA in 2004 as a graduate student at George Mason University. I have a Ph.D. in Research Design and Methodology in Education. We are a team of five evaluators with …

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Interview Sampling by Beverly Peters

Hello again! I am Beverly Peters, an assistant professor of Measurement and Evaluation at American University. This is the third article in a 5 part series on Using Interviews for Monitoring and Evaluation. In the previous article of this series, we discussed unstructured, semi-structured, and structured interviews, and the circumstances under which an evaluator would use …

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ICCE TIG Week: Engaging Children in International and Cross-Cultural Evaluations by Michele Tarsilla

Dear Colleagues, My name is Michele Tarsilla ( Twitter @ MiEval_TuEval) and I work as Evaluation Adviser at the UNICEF Regional Office for West and Central Africa (I am also Associate Editor of the African Evaluation Journal). Today, I would like to share with you 5 tips and 10 resources on how to better engage …

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ICCE TIG Week: Using Evidence in Policy and Practice – lessons from Africa by Ian Goldman

Hello! I’m Professor Ian Goldman, CLEAR Anglophone Africa. Mine Pabari and I have brought together eight cases of evidence use by governments to understand how policy makers behaviour was influenced. These draw on use of different evidence sources (research, research synthesis, evaluations and citizen engagement), in 5 countries (Kenya, Uganda, South Africa, Benin, Ghana) and …

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