Business, Leadership, and Performance

BLP TIG Week: Making Meetings Matter by Sheena Horton

Do you consider meetings to be where time and productivity go to die? You’re not alone! We have all been in ineffective, mind-numbing meetings, but both leaders and attendees are responsible for a meeting’s success. I’m Sheena Horton, Consultant/Project Manager for MGT Consulting Group and President of the Southeast Evaluation Association, and I have some tips …

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BLP TIG Week: Surviving A Toss Into the Deep End: Lessons Learned From Being Charged with Employee Engagement Data by John Murphy

Greetings, fellow evaluation enthusiasts! My name is John Murphy and I am an Evaluation Associate on the Evaluation Research and Measurement team at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. Our team, historically focused on program evaluation, was placed into the driver’s seat of the employee engagement surveys after a departmental reorganization. Our strengths in problem-solving, data literacy, and …

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BLP TIG Week: Using Social Metrics to Solve Business Challenges by Heather Esper and Yaquta Fatehi

Hello, this is Heather Esper and Yaquta Fatehi of the Performance Measurement Institute at the University of Michigan (http://wdi.umich.edu/about). Our team specializes in performance measurement to improve organizations’ effectiveness, scalability, and sustainability and create more value for their stakeholders, in low- and middle-income countries. The William Davidson Institute (WDI) uses social well-being indicators to address …

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BLP TIG Week: Tips for Navigating Changes in Leadership and Business Priorities as an Internal Evaluator by Erika Cooksey

Hello, my name is Erika Cooksey. I am employed as an internal evaluator at Cincinatti Children’s. I’ve been a member of AEA since 2011, and I co-chair the Social Work TIG. A change in leadership can be a positive and stressful experience for the systems that it affects. A leader, new to an organization, brings …

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BLP TIG Week: When Evaluating Leadership Development Programs, Don’t Forget Context! by Sarah Stawiski

My name is Sarah Stawiski, and I am a Senior Researcher and Program Evaluator at the Center for Creative Leadership (CCL). At CCL, we provide leadership solutions to individuals, organizations and communities through programs, coaching, and other services. We make a promise to our clients – we will help them achieve results. The results that matter …

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BLP TIG Week: Using the Baldrige Excellence Framework to Improve, Refine, and Innovate by Jennifer Dewey

My name is Jennifer Dewey, and I chair the Business, Leadership, and Performance TIG, working closely with Kristy Moster, the TIG’s Program Chair. We’re highlighting key issues important to our members this week. These issues – leadership, business priorities, knowledge management, and workforce engagement – address categories in the Baldrige Excellence Framework (http://www.nist.gov/baldrige/publications/baldrige-excellence-framework) whose purpose …

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Kylie Hutchinson on The Ever Expanding Evaluator’s Toolbox

My name is Kylie Hutchinson.  I am an independent evaluation consultant with Community Solutions Planning & Evaluation.  In addition to evaluation consulting and capacity building, I tweet at @EvaluationMaven and co-host the monthly evaluation podcast, Adventures in Evaluation along with my colleague @JamesWCoyle. When I started out in evaluation 26 years ago, I was focused …

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Best of aea365 week: McQuiston, Lippin and Bradley-Bull on Participatory Analysis

Greetings!  We are Tom McQuiston (USW Tony Mazzocchi Center) and Tobi Mae Lippin and Kristin Bradley-Bull (New Perspectives Consulting Group).  We have collaborated for over a decade on participatory evaluation and assessment projects for the United Steelworkers (labor union).  And we have grappled mightily with how to complete high-quality data analysis and interpretation in participatory ways. Hot Tip: Carefully determine up front …

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BLP TIG Week: Michelle Baron on The Importance of Strategic Planning in Building a Culture of Evaluation

Hello! I’m Michelle Baron, an Independent Evaluation Strategist. In my work in higher education, I’ve encountered a mixture of evaluation champions and critics. Today I’d like to address the importance of strategic planning in building a culture of evaluation. Strategic planning is considered by many to be an organizational road map by outlining the organizational …

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BLP TIG Week: Michelle Paul Heelan on Gathering Data To Demonstrate the Impact of Training

My name is Michelle Paul Heelan, Ph.D., an evaluation specialist and organizational behavior consultant with ICF International.  In my fifteen years assisting private corporations and public agencies to track indicators of organizational health, I’ve found that moving towards more sophisticated levels of training evaluation is challenging – but here at ICF we’ve identified effective strategies …

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