Collaborative, Participatory and Empowerment Evaluation

Trauma-informed Eval Week: A Flare for the Traumatic: How Careless Evaluation Can Retraumatize by Aaron Kates

My name is Aaron Kates, and I am a PhD candidate in the Interdisciplinary PhD in Evaluation (IDPE) program at Western Michigan University. I am a psychotherapist, researcher, and independent evaluator. “Has anyone ever had sex with you without your permission?” The Guatemalan boy across the table from me was silent. “Has anyone ever asked …

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AZENet Week: Evaluation as Accompaniment by Abby Henderson

My name is Abby Henderson, MS and I work as an Analyst & Project Coordinator at Arizona State University. My work is split between the Center for Applied Behavioral Health Policy in the Southwest Interdisciplinary Research Center and the Center for Emergency Management and Homeland Security. I also serve as the External Communications Chair of …

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AEA Guiding Principles: Maintaining Ethical Standards and Conducting Meaningful Evaluation by Xiaoxia Newton

Hi, I’m Xiaoxia Newton, a member of the 2019-2020 Guiding Principles Working Group and an Associate Professor at Cato College of Education, University of North Carolina Charlotte. In this blog, I share what my colleagues and I learned about the tension between evaluators actively engaging program stakeholders in the evaluation process and evaluators’ obligation to …

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Working ‘with’ (not just ‘for’) your client by Holly Brown

Hello all! Holly Brown here. I am what you could call a ‘budding’ program evaluator – a Social Work Master’s student filled with curiosity and excitement, and a Research Assistant for the Tucson, Arizona-based company, Viable Insights. For the past few years I’ve kept one hand in the Social Work world and the other in …

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Using the chaordic stepping stones to advance inclusion and creativity in a partnership by Miranda Yates, Nancy Eagan, Elise Cappella, Sophia Hwang, and Michael Kieffer

Hello from Miranda Yates and Nancy Eagan from Good Shepherd Services (GSS) and Elise Cappella, Sophia Hwang, and Michael Kieffer from the Institute of Human Development and Social Change at New York University (NYU). We are members of a research-practice partnership (RPP) called ACROSS (Advancing Collaborative Research in Out of School Settings). We would like …

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Empowerment evaluation and value for money by Julian King

Kia ora koutou katoa, I’m Julian King, a public policy consultant from Aotearoa New Zealand. Recently I’ve been working with Africa’s network of Financial Sector Deepening (FSD) organizations, to provide evaluation capacity building for a new approach to evaluate value for money (VFM).  This approach to VFM is built on a foundation of evaluative reasoning, …

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Tools for evaluators conducting participatory and empowerment evaluations by Nicole Turcheti

Hi, I’m Nicole Turcheti and I’m a social research scientist at Public Health – Seattle King County. I am the lead evaluator for the Trauma-Informed and Restorative Practices (TIRP), one of county’s strategies within the Best Starts for Kids initiative. Working with community, it became clear that not fully understanding what evaluation is and what …

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Inspiring data excitement at Evaluation 2019 by Tia Bastian and Carolina De La Rosa Mateo

Hi! We are Tia Bastian and Carolina De La Rosa Mateo at Professional Data Analysts (PDA), a public health evaluation firm based in Minneapolis, MN. We look forward to meeting many of you at the annual AEA conference this week! Have you ever had that feeling of sheer giddiness when you get your first peek …

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Collaborative Mapping: A Participatory Technique for Understanding the Program by Steve Wallis and Bernadette Wright

Hello, we’re Steve Wallis of Project FAST and Bernadette Wright of Meaningful Evidence. When you’re evaluating a program, understanding it from stakeholder’s perspectives is critical for ensuring that your evaluation is relevant. Incorporating stakeholder perspectives also builds relationships and trust. It also helps ensure that your evaluation is done with cultural competence, integrity, and respect …

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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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