Sara Vaca

SNA TIG Week: Is There A Divide Between SNA Data And Traditional Evaluation Data? by Simon Geletta

My name is Simon Geletta and I’m a professor in the Department of Public Health at Des Moines University.  In most program evaluation programs that rely on quantitative data for evaluation, the focus of data preparation is for statistical analysis – not for social network analysis (SNA). Some scholars have highlighted the differences in the …

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SNA TIG Week: An Introduction to Network Canvas by Gregory Phillips

Hello! I’m Gregory Phillips and I work with both the EDIT and CONNECT research programs at Northwestern University’s Institute for Sexual and Gender Minority Health and Wellbeing. Here at EDIT, we use evaluation, data integration, and technical assistance to foster a learning community to improve the health and wellbeing of LGBTQ+ populations in Chicago and …

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SNA TIG Week: Is It A Small World After All? by Dr. Abhik Roy

Hello! My name is . I am an assistant professor at West Virginia University and part of the SNA TIG. In this post, I would simply like to discuss how the history of social networks impacted you. Cool Trick: Small Worlds In 1967, Stanley Milgram sent out 160 packages to random people in Omaha, Nebraska. …

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SNA TIG Week: A Little History by Maryann Durland

Hi! I’m Maryann Durland and this week the Social Network Analysis (SNA) TIG will be posting. First SNA is frequently referred to as Network Analysis and Organizational Analysis, depending on the field of interest. These terms come out of the social sciences, particularly sociology, anthropology, economics, and other social science areas. In some cases, network …

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Sharing My Top 10 Evaluation Doubts by Sara Vaca

Hi, I am Sara Vaca (Independent Evaluator and Saturday’s contributor to this blog). One day some months ago I tweeted that this book by Michael Patton (Qualitative Research & Evaluation Methods: Integrating Theory and Practice) was solving two thirds of my evaluation doubts. “What is the other third?” he replied. And he left me thinking. …

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The Value of an Independent Evaluation Advisory Group for Developmental Evaluators by Barbara Klugman

Hi, I’m Barbara Klugman. I offer strategy support and conduct evaluations with social justice funders, NGOs, networks and leadership training institutions in South Africa and internationally.  This blog is about the value of establishing an Evaluation Advisory Group when your task requires more skills that you have! I’m currently the ‘learning and assessment partner’ of …

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SIM TIG Week: How to Integrate Gender-Based Analysis Plus (GBA+) into Impact Measurement Practice by Victoria Carlan

Hello, my name is Victoria Carlan and I lead the impact measurement group at the Government of Canada’s Impact and Innovation Unit (IIU).  The IIU works with departments and agencies across the federal government to advance the integration of outcomes-based approaches in the design and delivery of Government of Canada policies, programs and services. It …

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SIM TIG Week: Evaluating Social Impact with a Participatory Mixed Method by Carter Garber

My name is Carter Garber, Director of the Institute for Development, Evaluation, Assistance and Solutions (IDEAS). For 3.5 decades, I have been an evaluator and involved in a variety of other roles with what is now called “social impact investments” and their measurement. I am fortunate to have a 360 degree perspective as a founder …

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SIM TIG Week: Driving the Measurement of Social Investment towards 2030: Integrating the SDG’s into Impact Investment Monitoring Systems by Debby Nixon Williams, Noel Verrinder and Kagiso Zwane

Hi, we’re Debby Nixon Williams, Noel Verrinder and Kagiso Zwane. We are from Genesis Analytics, a South African economics consultancy based in Johannesburg (HQ), Nairobi and London. Our team provides evaluation, monitoring and learning advisory services to donors, foundations, NGOs, the public sector, and the private sector in the form of impact investors across Sub-Saharan …

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