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Using Performance Management Principles and Metrics to Build Evaluation Capacity by Disa Patel

Hi! I’m Disa Patel and I work at the Wisconsin Department of Children and Families (DCF). One of my favorite roles is building evaluation capacity throughout the department. Currently, I’m leading a project called Metrics that Matter to help my division’s teams identify, well, metrics that matter to them. Cool Trick: Talk in a language …

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Podcasting as Evaluators by Nora Nemeth

Greetings, fellow evaluators! My name is Nora Nemeth, and I am a member of the Research, Evaluation, and Learning Team at the Institute of International Education (IIE). I am based out of the Budapest, Hungary office. One of the most inspiring aspects of my work is having the opportunity to directly hear from grantees of international scholarships and fellowships and learn about their trajectories and their impact on their communities. In collaboration …

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Hierarchical Card Sorting (HCS) – a simple tool for qualitative inquiry by Rick Davies

Hi, I’m Rick Davies, an evaluation consultant based in Cambridge, United Kingdom. What is it: Card (or pile) sorting is a method used by ethnographers to elicit people’s mental models: the categories they use, what belongs to these categories, and how the categories relate to each other. Hierarchical Card Sorting (HCS) is a variant I …

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MSI Fellowship Week: The importance and value of self-reflection by Arthur Hernandez

My name is Arthur Hernández, and I am a Professor at the University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio Texas. Even before I knew it, I was an evaluator (albeit not a very good one!) considering my process and consequences related to my teaching, research/evaluation, and service. Now mostly, I’m interested in the means and mechanisms …

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MSI Fellowship Week: Reflective Practice and Critical Reflection: Quiet Moments with an Extension Education Evaluator by LaJoy R. Spears

Hello! My name is LaJoy R. Spears, Program Development and Evaluation Specialist at New Mexico State University, Cooperative Extension Service. As the country grappled with COVID-19, I was navigating a new position, university, city and state. The combination of stressors required adjusting eating habits, establishing new goals, and revising exercise plans. I also focused on …

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MSI Fellowship Week: Benefits of being an AEA MSI Fellow by Lynette Williamson

Hello and Aloha, I am Lynette Williamson, an educator, and Health Information Management (HIM) professional, living and working in beautiful Hawai’i. Currently, I am an Assistant Professor at the University of Hawai’i-West O’ahu (UHWO). As my time in the fellowship program ends, it is of value to engage in reflection. In academia, reflection can be …

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MSI Fellowship Week: Strategies for Equitably Evaluating Research Productivity during COVID-19 by Erica T. Sosa

My name is Erica T. Sosa, and I am an Associate Professor in Public Health and Associate Dean of Research in the College for Health, Community and Policy at the University of Texas at San Antonio. I am also a very proud American Evaluation Association MSI Fellow. As the COVID-19 pandemic shifted the way we …

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MSI Fellowship Week: How Academic Policies Affect Faculty During COVID 19 by Jeton McClinton

I am Jeton McClinton, an associate professor of Higher Education at Jackson State University in Jackson, Mississippi. I use qualitative research a lot in my work from teaching to applying it in many of my research projects.  Why you may ask well, simple, I like how it smoothly supports culturally responsive research practices. Most recently, …

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MSI Fellowship Week: COVID-19: Benefits of Adopting CRE policies at MSI’s, Student Considerations by Lynette Williamson

Hello and Aloha, I am Lynette Williamson, an educator, and Health Information Management (HIM) professional, living and working from beautiful Hawai’i on the island of O’ahu. In August 2019, I moved here to take on an Assistant Professor position at the University of Hawai’i-West O’ahu (UHWO). Little did I know that seven months later, Hawai’i …

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MSI Fellowship Week: Always Changing, Always Improving: Extension Education Evaluation by LaJoy R. Spears

Hello. My name is LaJoy R. Spears, Program Development and Evaluation Specialist at New Mexico State University, Cooperative Extension Service. As an evaluator, AEA MSI Fellow, and member of the Extension Education Evaluation TIG, I found the AEA Public Statement on Cultural Competence in Evaluation to be helpful in building evaluation capacity, identifying areas of …

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