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SEA Affiliate Week: Prioritizing and Planning Your Personal Professional Development by Sheena Horton

Hi evaluators! This is Sheena Horton, Past President for the Southeast Evaluation Association (SEA). I’m going to kick off SEA’s annual AEA365 Professional Development Week by providing you with a few tips for developing an effective professional development plan that aligns with your vision, passion, and career goals. Hot Tips: Brainstorm a list of your …

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IE TIG Week: Building a Learning Culture via Communities of Practice by Molly Chen and Sarah Frazer

Greetings! We are Molly Chen, Monitoring, Evaluation, Research, Learning, and Adapting (MERLA) Specialist from the International Development Group’s Global Health Division and Sarah Frazer, Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning (MEL) Specialist from the Governance and Economic Development division at RTI International, an independent, nonprofit institute that provides research, development, and technical services to government and commercial …

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IE TIG Week: Using Evaluation of Service Geography for Organizational Improvement by Matan BenYishay and Allison Guarino

Hello! We are Matan BenYishay, Program Evaluation Manager, and Allison Guarino, Quality Improvement Coordinator, at AIDS Action Committee, the public health division of Fenway Health in Boston. We are sharing a lesson from our low-threshold Drug-User Health Program called Access. Among other services, this program trains and distributes Naloxone to People Who Use Drugs (PWUD) …

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IE TIG Week: You’re Invited! How Data Parties Contribute to a Culture of Participation in Internal Evaluation Activities by Omoshalewa Bamkole

Hi! I’m Omoshalewa Bamkole, an Evaluation Fellow in the Division of Scientific Education and Professional Development (DSEPD) in the Center for Surveillance, Epidemiology, and Laboratory Services at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. I recently worked with colleagues to host a data party for internal stakeholders for the first time! What’s a data party? …

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IE TIG Week: Combining Evaluation with Process Improvement for Organizational Improvement by Jessica Cargill

Hi, I’m Jessica Cargill, Program Director for Evaluation for the Institute for Infectious Animal Diseases at Texas A&M University. In my role, I provide leadership for the evaluation of programs, our strategic plan, and organizational effectiveness initiatives. Prior to my current position, I worked in a medium-sized healthcare system leading process improvement projects. As a …

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IE TIG Week: The case for Developmental Evaluation Frameworks by Lauren Bloem

My name is Lauren Bloem, Manager of Monitoring and Evaluation for AchieveMpls. We provide comprehensive services for Minneapolis youth focused on career and college readiness, in partnership with the Minneapolis Public School District and the City of Minneapolis. Framing internal evaluation as a learning opportunity and not only an accountability task can be a challenge. …

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IE TIG Week: Empowering Staff with the Tools to Improve Their Programs by Ali Holstein

Welcome to Internal Evaluation Week, hosted by the Internal Evaluation TIG! This week’s blogs focus on the theme of improvement: as internal evaluators, how are we ensuring that insights are being used to inform program and organizational improvement? Topics include improvement science, communities of practice, and participatory data interpretation. Hi, my name is Ali Holstein …

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Reflections on My Year as AEA President by Leslie Goodyear

Hi AEA – I’m Leslie Goodyear, and I’m AEA president for just a few more days. On January 1, 2019, I’ll be handing the presidential gavel to Tessie Catsambas who has some great things in store for AEA. But before I take on my new title as past-president, I thought I’d share a few reflections …

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Evaluation Reporting with Adobe Spark by Ouen Hunter and Emma Perk

Hi! We are; Ouen Hunter (student at the Interdisciplinary Ph.D. in Evaluation, IDPE), Emma Perk (The Evaluation Center), and Michael Harnar (Assistant Professor at the IDPE) from Western Michigan University. Recently, we used Photovoice in our evaluation of an Upward Bound program and wanted to share how we reported our findings using the cost-free version …

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Putting values into evaluative practice – Part II by Alison Miranda

I’m Alison Miranda, Senior Learning Officer with global transparency and accountable governance funder collaborative Transparency and Accountability Initiative (TAI). Inspired by conversations at recent convenings of the European Evaluation Society (EES) and the Evidence in Governance and Politics (EGAP) researcher-practitioner network, I share below tips and examples that might help evaluation practitioners and commissioners put …

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