Evaluation Use

Eval Use TIG Week: Charmagne Campbell-Patton on Considerations for Evaluation Use: Internal vs. External Evaluators

My name is Charmagne Campbell-Patton and I am an independent evaluation consultant. About a year ago, I made the transition from my role as program manager and internal evaluator at an education nonprofit, to an external evaluation consultant. I continued working with my former employer as a client and, in my naiveté, I thought the …

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Eval Use Week: Nora Murphy and Keith Miller on Evaluation use in a developmental evaluation context

We are Nora Murphy and Keith Miller with TerraLuna Collaborative, an evaluation cooperative in the Twin Cities, Minnesota. We feel fortunate to be the evaluation partners on several large developmental evaluations. One project we are working on seeks to support the inner wellbeing journey of seasoned social entrepreneurs. On a recent conference call, a project …

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Eval Use TIG Week: Keiko Kuji-Shikatani on Using Evaluative Thinking to Support Evaluation Use

My name is Keiko Kuji-Shikatani, the current chair of the Evaluation Use Topical Interest Group (TIG), one of the original AEA TIGs. The Evaluation Use TIG was born of the interest in evaluation utilization in the 1970s, extending into both theoretical and empirical work on Use in the 1980s and 1990s, and to a broader …

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Liz Zadnik on Engaging community members in the “Why evaluate?” conversation

Hi all!  Liz Zadnik here, aea365 Outreach Coordinator and occasional Saturday Contributor.  I wanted to share some insights and reflection I had as the result from a recent EVALTALK discussion thread.  Last month, someone posed the following request: I’m searching for a “Why Evaluate” article for parents/community members/stakeholders. An article that explains in clear and plain …

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LAWG Week: Erik Mason on Learning to Become an Evaluator as a Non-Evaluator

Hi – I’m Erik Mason, the Curator of Research at the Longmont Museum and Cultural Center, located in Longmont, Colorado, about 35 miles northwest of Downtown Denver. I am not an evaluator – in fact, the word “evaluation” does not appear in my job description.  I have come to believe, however, that evaluation is critical …

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Humberto Reynoso-Vallejo on Innovative Approaches for Latino Caregivers of Dementia Elders

I am Humberto Reynoso-Vallejo, a private consultant on health services research. A few years ago, I was part of an exploratory study of Latino caregivers in the Boston area caring for a family member suffering Alzheimer’s disease. Difficulties facing those families coping with the disease have promoted the rise of support groups for diverse population …

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Jindra Cekan on Furthering Community Self-sustainability of Our Projects

Hi, I am Jindra Cekan, PhD, an independent evaluator with 25 years of international development fieldwork, at www.ValuingVoices.com. What if we saw our true clients as project participants and wanted the return on investment of projects be maximally sustained? How would this change how we evaluate, capture, learn together? Lesson Learned: Billions of dollars of …

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Best of aea365 week: Mike Morris on Managing Relationships with Stakeholders

My name is Mike Morris and I’m Professor of Psychology at the University of New Haven, where I direct the Master’s Program in Community Psychology. My research focuses on ethical issues in evaluation, and I am an Associate Editor of the American Journal of Evaluation. The best book I’ve ever read for managing my relationships with …

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Best of aea365 week: Michael Quinn Patton on Using Children’s Stories to Open up Evaluation Dialogues

Greetings colleagues. My moniker is Michael Quinn Patton and I do independent evaluation consulting under the name Utilization-Focused Evaluation, which just happens also to be the title of my main evaluation book, now in its 4th edition. I am a former AEA president. One of the challenges I’ve faced over the years, as many of us do, …

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Dayna Albert and Rochelle Zorzi on Evaluations that Make a Difference: Stories from Around the World

We are Dayna Albert (Project Coordinator) and Rochelle Zorzi (Editorial Board Co-chair) of the Evaluation Stories Project, an EvalPartners Innovation Challenge recipient. Our project will soon launch an International Call for Evaluation Stories. The purpose is to: Identify and share stories of evaluations that have made a difference Increase the demand for and use of …

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