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NME Week: Building Partnerships in Sexual Violence Prevention by Nancy Breton

Hello AEA! My name is Nancy Breton, and I am the Sexual Violence Prevention Evaluator with the New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH). Much of my work focuses on ensuring state-funded sexual violence prevention education programs within New Mexico middle and high schools are effective, impactful, and sustainable. Over time, I noticed themes of behavior …

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NME Week – Introducing Evaluation: A View from One Museum by Tamara Grybko

Hi, I’m Tamara Grybko, Program Data & Evaluation Manager at Explora Science Center & Children’s Museum in Albuquerque, NM. I’m also a member of the New Mexico Evaluators Board. I developed an interest in evaluation early on, and I have grown my evaluation skills while serving in various roles in a number of informal learning …

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NME Week: The Importance of Being Present by Scott Hughes

Scott Hughes here from Albuquerque, NM where I serve on research faculty at the Cradle to Career Policy Institute of the University of New Mexico and as current president of the New Mexico Evaluators. Almost a century and a quarter ago, Oscar Wilde wrote the farcical comedy, The Importance of Being Earnest, in which his …

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NME Week: “View From Inside”: A Brief Guidebook to Internal Evaluation by Deborah Good

Hi, I’m Deborah Good, Director of Organizational Learning and Research for a nonprofit called Future Focused Education. Our organization works toward individual and system changes, always with an eye toward our city’s most vulnerable young people. We run a paid internship program for high school students, support a network of innovative schools, elevate student voices, …

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NME Week: New Mexico (NM) Evaluators Week by Kathryn Lowerre

Greetings! I’m Kathryn Lowerre, communications co-chair at NM Evaluators (www.nmeval.org) and evaluator for the Drug Overdose Prevention Program at the NM Department of Health. Following the lead of fellow affiliates (like our neighbor, AZENet), we’re sponsoring a week of blogs around evaluation in NM. In 2019, NM Evaluators is building from our October 2018 annual …

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About Evaluation Matrixes by Sara Vaca

Hi, I am Sara Vaca (Independent Evaluator and Saturday’s contributor to this blog). One concern evaluators and commissioners share is how to operationalize the evaluation questions.  That is: how to articulate that the link between the evaluation questions (what we want to know or confirm) and the data collection (what we are actually asking and …

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7 Tips To Get Started with Data Visualization by Sara Vaca

Hi, dear readers! I’m Sara Vaca (independent consultant and Data Visualization lover, Saturday eventual contributor to this blog) and I thought of starting the year by sharing tips about something people sometimes ask me. Leason Learned: Becoming slightly obsessed with something helps. I discovered Dataviz in 2011 while I started on Twitter, during a maternity …

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SNA TIG Week: Going beyond the graph – Tools to increase interest in the results of SNA by Sophia Guevara

My name is Sophia Guevara, MLIS, MPA. This post will focus on how to present the results of SNA in a way that goes beyond the report.  Oftentimes, evaluation professionals are asked to study a program and/or a network with the results of the study often ending up in a large report.  After an initial …

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SNA TIG Week: Researchers making use of SNA in healthcare, care coordination and fraud investigations by Sophia Guevara

My name is Sophia Guevara, MLIS, MPA.  While conducting research for the Health Resources and Services Administration Maternal Child Health Bureau challenges, I came up with interesting research that provided information on how Social Network Analysis (SNA) is being used in healthcare.  Here are four papers that I came across in my research that might …

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