Disabilities and Underrepresented Populations

DOVP Week: Amelia Maynard on Recruitment and Consent

Hi, I’m Amelia Maynard, Ph.D., District Analyst for the Anoka-Hennepin School District in Minnesota and an independent evaluator with Maynard Evaluations. I have worked to conduct inclusive evaluations with programs that target both individuals with disabilities and the general public. Individuals with disabilities are often excluded from evaluations because we are uncertain of how to …

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DOVP Week: Linda Thurston on Knowing your Stakeholders

My name is Linda Thurston and I serve as the associate dean for research in the college of education and Kansas State University. I have been a member of AEA for 16 years and have been co-chair of the Disabilities and Other Vulnerable Populations TIG. Lesson Learned: Have you thought about the potential characteristics of …

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DOVP Week: Caitlyn Bukaty, June Gothberg, and Sarah von Schrader on DOVP Leadership on Evaluation for All

Greetings from the Disability and Other Vulnerable Population (DOVP) TIG! We are the DVOP leadership team, Caitlyn Bukaty, June Gothberg, and Sarah von Schrader. This week we’re excited to share a series of posts focused on inclusive evaluation. Today we want you to consider: Who’s taking part in evaluation? In many cases the group of …

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Myia Welsh on Conducting Focus Groups with Trauma Survivors

Hi! I’m Myia Welsh, an independent consultant working with nonprofit and community organizations. Much of my work is done with organizations that provide services to survivors of human trafficking. What’s that, you ask? Trafficking is any enterprise where someone makes a profit from the exploitation of another by force, fraud or coercion. Just like the …

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Best of aea365 week: Lija Greenseid on Using a Readability Calculator

My name is Lija Greenseid. I am a Senior Evaluator, with Professional Data Analysts, Inc. in Minneapolis, MN. We conduct evaluations of stop-smoking programs. Smokers generally have lower education levels than the general population. Therefore, we want to make sure the materials we develop are understandable to smokers. Rad Resource: Use a “readability calculator” to …

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Emily Lauer and Courtney Dutra on Person-Centered Evaluation: Aging and Disability Services

Hello, we are Emily Lauer and Courtney Dutra from the University of Massachusetts Medical School’s Center for Developmental Disability Evaluation and Research (CDDER). We have designed and conducted a number of evaluations of programs and projects for elders and people with disabilities. In this post, we focus on the topic of person-centered evaluations. We have …

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Sherry Campanelli and Laura Newhall on Facilitation Not Dictation: How a QI Team Succeeds

Hi.  We’re  Sherry Campanelli, Program Compliance Manager and Laura Newhall, Clinical Training Coordinator, from the University of Massachusetts Medical School’s Disability Evaluation Services (DES). Although DES conducts evaluations regarding whether an applicant for public benefits can be found disabled, evaluation as a research endeavor is not our primary focus. Nevertheless, as an organization, we are …

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Monika Mitra and Lauren Smith on Conducting a Health Needs Assessment of People with Disabilities

Hi, we are Monika Mitra and Lauren Smith from the Disability, Health, and Employment Policy unit in the Center for Health Policy and Research at the University of Massachusetts Medical School.  Our research is focused on health disparities between people with and without disabilities. Evaluating a Population of People with Disabilities In collaboration with the …

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Mary Crave, Kerry Zaleski and Tererai Trent on Participatory Methods for Engaging Vulnerable and Under-Represented Persons in M&E

Hello from Mary Crave and Kerry Zaleski, of the University of Wisconsin – Extension and Tererai Trent of Tinogona Foundation and Drexel University.  For the past few years we’ve teamed up to teach hands-on professional development workshops at AEA conferences on participatory methods for engaging vulnerable and historically under-represented persons in monitoring and evaluation. Our …

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Cultural Competence Week: Kenneth Kelty on AEA Student Travel Support Winners: Reflection and Discussion on Cultivating Cultural Competence in the Field of Evaluation

Hi, I’m Kenneth Kelty (with assistance from Seb Prohn*), a senior in Western Carolina University’s University Participant Program. I have intellectual disability (ID) and autism. I was a co-evaluator on a project this year where we looked at improving social inclusion for students with ID on my campus. I earned an AEA student travel award …

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