Evaluation Use

Facilitating the Use of Evaluations by Sara Vaca

Hi, I’m Sara Vaca, independent consultant, helping Sheila curate this blog and occasional Saturday contributor. I haven’t been an evaluator for a long time (about 5 years now), but I have facilitated or been part of 16 evaluations, so I start getting over the initial awe of the exercise, and I am starting to be …

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Memorial Week In Evaluation: A pioneering study of evaluation use by Michael Quinn Patton

This is the opening post in a series commemorating pioneering evaluation publications in conjunction with Memorial Day in the USA (May 28).  My name is Michael Quinn Patton, a former AEA President and recipient of AEA’s 2017 Research on Evaluation Award. In conjunction with Memorial Day, I am curating six AEA365 contributions featuring pioneering and classic …

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Ed Eval TIG Week: The Importance of High Quality Relationships for Promoting Use by Dana Wanzer and Tiffany Berry

Hello! We are Dana Linnell Wanzer, evaluation doctoral student, and Tiffany Berry, research associate professor, from the Youth Development Evaluation Lab at Claremont Graduate University. Today we are going to discuss the importance of high quality relationships with practitioners in evaluations. “In the absence of strong relationships and trust, partnerships usually fail.” -Henrick, Cobb, Penuel, …

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BECOME Week: Evaluation Capacity Building Sustainability by Jay Wade

Hello, AEA folks!  This is Jay Wade from PIE Org, a strategic partner of Become, and I am an evaluation capacity building (ECB) nerd!  As a practitioner of ECB, I always wonder…what happens after our contract ends?  Do organizations sustain evaluation practice?  It turns out…they do!  As part of my dissertation, I looked into the …

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Building a Better Nonprofit Evaluation Ecosystem – 7 Recommendations for Cultivating Evaluations that Work by Andrew Taylor and Ben Liadsky

Hi, we are Andrew Taylor from Taylor Newberry Consulting and Ben Liadsky from the Ontario Nonprofit Network. For the past couple of years we have been working to identify and address the systemic issues that impede useful evaluation in the nonprofit sector. We’ve shared part of our journey with AEA365 previously and now we want …

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DUP Week: Accessible Evaluation Techniques with June Gothberg

Greetings, I am June Gothberg, Ph.D. from Western Michigan University, Chair of the Disabilities and Underrepresented Populations TIG and co-author of the Universal Design for Evaluation Checklist (4th ed.).   Historically, our TIG has been a ‘working’ TIG, working collaboratively with AEA and the field to build capacity for accessible and inclusive evaluation.  Several terms tend to …

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How to Make Level-3 Evaluation Usable by Awab

My name is Awab and I am working as Monitoring & Evaluation Specialist for Tertiary Education Support Project (TESP), at the Higher Education Commission (HEC), Islamabad, Pakistan. In my experience, the most challenging task in any evaluation is to sell the findings and recommendations to the decision makers and make the evaluation usable. Many evaluations stay on …

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Keith Child on Evaluation Research Quality

I am Keith Child, a Senior Research Advisor to the Committee on Sustainability Assessment. The debate around appropriate criteria for measuring research quality has taken a new turn as development donors apply collective pressure on development agencies to prove that they can bringing about positive change for intended beneficiaries.  It is within this research for …

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Labor Day Week: Stan Capela on Honoring Michael Quinn Patton

This is part of a two-week series honoring our living evaluation pioneers in conjunction with Labor Day in the USA (September 5). My name is Stan Capela and the Vice President for Quality Management and Corporate Compliance Officer for HeartShare Human Services of New York. Why I chose to honor this evaluator:  I am honoring Michael Q. …

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Daphne Brydon on Engaging Clients in Evaluation Planning

Hi y’all, Daphne Brydon here. I am a clinical social worker and independent evaluator. In social work, we know that a positive relationship built between the therapist and client is more important than professional training in laying the foundation for change at an individual level. I believe positive engagement is key in effective evaluation as …

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