Environmental Program Evaluation

EPE TIG Week: Sustainability at AEA by Heather Dantzker

Hi, I’m Heather Dantzker, Past Chair of AEA’s Sustainability Working Group, serving as Chair 2015-2017.  I currently serve as Program Co-Chair of AEA’s Environmental Program Evaluation TIG. AEA’s environmental sustainability working group has been implementing recommendations from the Green Audit that AEA commissioned in 2015. The Green Audit provided a road map for moving forward …

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EPE TIG Week: Understanding Emotions and Behavior: Implications for Evaluation Design by Matthew Ballew and Kara Crohn

My name is Matthew Ballew. I am finishing my doctoral degree at Claremont Graduate University in Social Psychology, and I intern with Kara Crohn of EMI Consulting, an evaluation and consulting firm that focuses on energy efficiency and clean energy programs and policies. Understanding how a program connects with its participants on an emotional level …

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EPE TIG Week: Exciting Role of Evaluation in Community-based Resilience Projects by Rupu Gupta

Hi, I’m Rupu Gupta, Co-Chair of AEA’s Environmental Program Evaluation Topical Interest Group and Researcher at New Knowledge Organization, a non-profit research and evaluation think tank. As a conservation psychologist, my research interests lie in understanding how people perceive different forms of nature and how they relate to caring for it. Most recently, my evaluation …

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EPE TIG Week: Culture of Evaluation and Measurement by Jeff Danter

Hello, I’m Jeff Danter, Senior Vice President from The Trust for Public Land. Peter Drucker famously said “Culture eats strategy for breakfast.” This is especially true when considering the utility of evaluation and measurement for management decision-making. For evaluation and measurement data to be effective in influencing strategy, an organization must possess a management culture …

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EPE TIG Week: A Picture Is Worth a Thousand Words: Using Diagrams in Monitoring and Evaluation by Caroline Stem

Greetings from Caroline Stem, Coordinator of the Conservation Measures Partnership (CMP). CMP is a group of leading conservation organizations from around the world that recognizes the importance of a common language and process to facilitate learning within and across conservation efforts. CMP maintains a set of standards for designing, implementing, monitoring, and adapting conservation programs …

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EPE TIG Week: Certification for Energy Efficiency Program Evaluators by Mary Sutter

Hello! I am Mary Sutter, a Partner at Grounded Research and Consulting, LLC and have been evaluating the somewhat niche area of energy efficiency programs for my entire professional career (27 years). Recently, I was privileged to lead an extraordinary group of colleagues in our effort to codify an introductory certificate for evaluators in our …

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EPE TIG Week: Two Social Justice Lessons for Environmental Program Evaluators by Marti Frank

I’m Marti Frank, a researcher and evaluator based in Portland, Oregon. Over the last three years I’ve worked in the energy efficiency and social justice worlds, and it’s given me the opportunity to see how much these fields have to teach one another. For evaluators working with environmental programs – and energy efficiency in particular …

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EPE TIG Week: Five Types of Sustainability Metrics You Can Incorporate into your Next Evaluation by Kara Crohn and Matt Galp

Kara Crohn and Matt Galport here – we’re consultants with EMI Consulting, an evaluation and consulting firm based in Seattle, Washington that focuses on energy efficiency and renewable energy programs and policies. More than ever, evaluators must consider how their clients’ programs impact the well-being of the communities and environments in which they are embedded. …

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EPE TIG Week: Budgeting through Uncertainty by Allison Van

My name is Allison Van and I am currently an evaluator at the Clinical and Translational Science Awards (CTSA) program at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill and the owner of Allison Van Consulting.  Previously I managed The Pasture Project for Winrock International, which was an effort to build a movement among farmers …

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EPE TIG Week: How Agriculture Addresses Environmental Issues by Marcie Weinandt

Hello, I am Marcie Weinandt and have been working with Minnesota rural and agricultural communities my entire career, as an elected official, program manager and policy developer.  My state, “The Land of 10,000 Lakes” has had to face a hard truth: water quality in Minnesota is being threatened by agricultural field runoff.  My current work …

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