Evaluation Use

Kylie Hutchinson on Group Facilitation

My name is Kylie Hutchinson. I am an independent evaluation consultant and trainer with Community Solutions Planning & Evaluation. I am also a regular facilitator of the Canadian Evaluation Society’s Essential Skills Series course. When I first started my evaluation practice, I was concerned that my statistical skills would be weak. Instead, I quickly learned …

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Felix Blumhardt on Simplifying the Data Collection Process with User-Friendly Workbooks

My name is Felix Blumhardt and I am a Lead Evaluator at The Evaluation Group, an independent evaluation firm in Columbia, SC. My colleague, Michael Pesant, and I have had the pleasure of working with a Teacher Quality Partnership Project over the last year and one of the challenges that we have come across has …

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Michelle Baron on Gaining Support for Evaluations in the Military

Hi, my name is Michelle Baron. I am the Associate Director of The Evaluators’ Institute, an evaluation training organization, and the chair of the curating team for aea365. As a retired Army veteran, I have conducted many evaluations with a wide range of stakeholder support. I have found three techniques to facilitate a well-received evaluation: …

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VSA Week: Joe Heimlich on Visitor Studies and Evaluation—Looking for the Intersection

Hi! I’m Joe E. Heimlich; some days I’m not sure what I do. I’m a professor at Ohio State University, an Extension Specialist based at COSI, a large science center, and Director for the Institute for Learning Innovation in Edgewater, MD. Why I’m not sure what I do relates specifically to the topic of this …

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Susan Kistler on Data-driven Journalism and Its Lessons for Evaluation

My name is Susan Kistler and I am AEA’s Executive Director. I have the privilege of contributing each Saturday’s post to aea365. Data-driven Journalism (DDJ) focuses on using and visualizing data in a journalistic context. I believe that we, as evaluators, have a great deal to learn from some of the best data-based journalism (and, …

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Poster Week: Karen Zannini Bull on Making Good Evaluation Decisions

I am Karen Zannini Bull, the Assistant Director of Distance Learning at Onondaga Community college and doctoral student at Syracuse University in Instructional Design, Development and Evaluation. My interests reside in Evaluation Theory and what comprises a good evaluation decision. With that in mind, I wanted to share lessons learned and a great resource for …

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E. Jane Davidson on Evaluative Rubrics

My name is Jane Davidson and I run an evaluation consulting business called Real Evaluation Ltd. In my work, I advise and support organizations on strategic evaluation; provide evaluation capacity building and professional development; develop tools and templates to help organizations conduct, interpret, and use evaluations themselves; and conduct independent and collaborative evaluations and meta-evaluations. …

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Susan Kistler on TED Talks for Evaluators

My name is Susan Kistler. I am the Executive Director of the American Evaluation Association and I contribute each Saturday’s aea365 post. Resource: Have you ever wanted to hear “riveting talks by remarkable people?” That is the tagline for TED Talks, brought to you by TED, a nonprofit dedicated to “ideas worth spreading.”  TED hosts …

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Michael Quinn Patton on Developmental Evaluation

My name is Michael Quinn Patton and I am an independent evaluation consultant. That means I make my living meeting my clients’ information needs. Over the last few years, I have found increasing demand for innovative evaluation approaches to evaluate innovations. In other words, social innovators and funders of innovative initiatives want and need an …

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CAP Week: Sandra Eames on Utilization Focused Evaluation

My name is Sandra Eames, and I am a faculty member at Austin Community College and an independent evaluation consultant. For the last several years, I have been the lead evaluator on two projects from completely different disciplines.  One of the programs is an urban career and technical education program and the other is an …

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