Environmental Program Evaluation

EPE TIG Week: Testing Ways to Inspire Conservation Action by Shuli Rank

Hi everyone, my name is Shuli Rank and I’m a Research and Evaluation Associate at the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS). WCS runs the Bronx Zoo, Central Park Zoo, New York Aquarium, Prospect Park Zoo, and Queens Zoo, and conducts local and global conservation and research activities in 16 priority regions around the world. The focus …

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EPE TIG Week: Discovering the Key Information that Makes a Difference in Behaviors by Jean Eells

Hi, I’m, Jean Eells, and I operate E Resources Group, LLC, with an emphasis on environment and agriculture.  I’m sharing an outcome from changing one aspect of a conservation education program that was revealed through evaluation.  About half of my work is contracted through the Women, Food and Agriculture Network and is focused on educational …

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EPE TIG Week: Evaluating Disruptors: Thoughts from Engagement with an Eco-village by Allison Van

Hello evaluators, my name is Allison Van and in addition to my day job as an internal evaluator at University of North Carolina, I do some consulting for community initiatives.   A year ago, I stumbled upon Hart’s Mill Ecovillage and Farm. I was inspired by their mission of radically re-imagining relationships with the land and …

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EPE TIG Week: Rupu Gupta on Purposeful Partnerships to Create Equitable Connections with Nature

Hi, I’m Rupu Gupta, Co-Chair of AEA’s Environmental Program Evaluation Topical Interest Group and Researcher at New Knowledge Organization Ltd., an interdisciplinary research and evaluation think tank. Every year, Earth Day reminds us of the global movement to protect our planet’s environment and all the ways we as individuals can make a difference. But what …

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EPE TIG Week: The Importance of Developmental Evaluation in the Changing Energy Landscape by Katie Cary

Hello from Katie Cary! I’m a senior consultant with EMI Consulting, an evaluation and consulting firm based in Seattle, Washington that focuses on energy efficiency and renewable energy programs and policies. Our firm predominantly works as evaluators and research partners for utility clients. More than ever, these utilities face an uncertain future for their energy …

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EPE TIG Week: What’s Valuable about the Environment? by Bethany Laursen

Hi, I’m Bethany Laursen, philosophy & sustainability graduate student at Michigan State University and principal consultant at Laursen Evaluation & Design, LLC. Hooray, it’s Earth Week! Why is this something to celebrate? Because we value the environment, and that’s a wonderful, terrifying responsibility for us as evaluators. Values are wonderful and scary because they are …

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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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