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YFE TIG Week: Co-leading evaluations with youth by Cara Karter and Julian Brown

Hello, we are Cara Karter, evaluator at After School Matters (ASM), and Julian Brown, former research and evaluation intern at ASM and current Chicago Public High School student. This summer we worked together on a mixed-methods implementation evaluation of an ASM initiative with the Chicago Police Department. This was the first time the Research & …

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YFE TIG Week: Engaging young people in online consultations using Slack by Dr. Natasha Koustova and Kimberly Bowman

We are Dr. Natasha Koustova and Kimberly Bowman and we work with Girl Guides of Canada.  Girl Guides represents nearly 100,000 girls and women across Canada and aims to be a catalyst for girls empowering girls.  As staff, we look for opportunities to meaningfully incorporate girls and ‘girl-voice’ into the organization’s design, research and evaluation …

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YFE TIG Week: Purple slushy data points: lessons learned from program evaluation in high school settings by Scott Mengebier

Hi, I’m Scott Mengebier and I work with an Evaluation team for a national foundation. For the past year, I have been leading our program evaluation in research compliance nationally, and driving data collection on a regional level for our largest project: measuring the impact of a social-emotional learning intervention on high schoolers’ academic performance …

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YFE TIG Week: Establishing and Maintaining Child and Youth Advisory Committees by Mónica Ruiz-Casares

I am Mónica Ruiz-Casares, Program Chair of the Youth Focused Evaluation TIG. I am Associate Professor in the Division of Social and Transcultural Psychiatry at McGill University and Researcher at the Sherpa University Institute in Montreal. I am also member of the International and Canadian Child Rights Partnership (ICCRP), a group of academic and research centers, non-government …

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Getting good survey data from youth by Betsy Olson

I am Betsy Olson, Extension Educator at the University of Minnesota Center for Youth Development. I have been working in youth development for very nearly 10 years and yet young people still surprise me every day. Most recently, I was surprised at the depth of response I received from an open ended online survey question. …

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Stakeholder Involvement and Collaboration in Evaluation by Lindsay Anderson

Hi there!  My name is Lindsay Anderson.  I am a PhD student at the University of Minnesota studying Organizational Leadership and Policy Development with an emphasis in Evaluation Studies.  Having worked in social work before returning to school, I hold a high value on the importance of relationships and the notion that working together leads …

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EEE TIG Week: Tom Archibald on Whose Extension Counts?

EEE TIG Week: Tom Archibald on Whose Extension Counts? Hello, I’m Tom Archibald, Assistant Professor and Extension Specialist in the Department of Agricultural, Leadership, and Community Education at Virginia Tech. Debates about what counts as credible evidence in program evaluation and applied social science research have been ongoing for at least 20 years. Rad Resource: …

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EEE TIG Week: Teresa McCoy on Agile & Lean Evaluation Capacity Building (AL-ECB)

I am Teresa McCoy, Assistant Director at the University of Maryland Extension (UME). I was hired 10 years ago with responsibility for evaluation and assessment across all program areas of agriculture, family and consumer sciences, environment and natural resources, and 4-H youth development. There was not a lot of evaluation knowledge and practice in the …

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EEE TIG Week: Chris Okafor on Assessing Farmer Knowledge Before and After Training Using the Ballot Box Test

My name is Chris Okafor and I am a Research for Development Coordinator at the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), Bukavu, DRCongo (DRC). I would like to briefly share a tool we are using to assess farmers’ knowledge gain during training.  I am currently coordinating an integrated crops/livestock development project in DRCongo, a position …

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EEE TIG Week: Chelsea Hetherington on Evaluating the Impact of Extension Pre-college Programs

My name is Chelsea Hetherington and I’m an Evaluation Specialist with Michigan State University Extension. One of the many benefits of Extension work is that we reach people in local communities all around the country, but we also have the connections and resources of a big university. Several MSU Extension youth programs specifically focus on …

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