Government Evaluation

Gov’t Eval TIG Week: Elise Garvey on Government Evaluation TIG Week

I am Elise Garvey, Management Auditor with the King County Auditor’s Office in Seattle, Washington and I serve as the co-chair of the Government Evaluation Topical Interest Group (TIG). In 2015, the Government Evaluation TIG is celebrating its 25th anniversary, and there is nothing like an anniversary to motivate a time of reflection and inspire …

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WE Week: David J. Bernstein and Kathy Newcomer on Issues and Solutions in Government Evaluation Contracting

We are David J. Bernstein, a Senior Study Director with Westat, founding chair of the AEA Government Evaluation Topical Interest Group, and President-elect of Washington Evaluators, the DC area affiliate of AEA, and Kathy Newcomer, Director of the Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Administration at George Washington University, a former AEA Board Member, and …

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LAWG Week: Brian Yoder on Evaluators Visit Capitol Hill

I am Brian Yoder, Director of Assessment, Evaluation and Institutional Research at the American Society for Engineering Education, a professional association located in Washington, D.C.  I also serve as President Elect for the Washington Evaluators, a local affiliate of AEA. I’ve lived and worked in D.C. for the past seven years working as a contractor, …

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LAWG Week: Valerie Caracelli on AEA’s Conference Theme

This post comes to you from Valerie Caracelli, Senior Social Science Analyst at the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO). I’m serving with David Bernstein as co-chair of the Local Arrangements Working Group (LAWG) for the 2013 American Evaluation Association Conference in Washington, D.C. October 14-19. Lessons Learned—Do federal managers use performance information? The conference theme, …

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LAWG Week: Andy Blum on Improving Evaluation at the United States Institute of Peace

I am Andy Blum, Vice President for Program Management and Evaluation at the U.S. Institute of Peace (USIP), an independent organization that helps communities around the world, prevent, manage or recover from violent conflict.  I recently spoke at a brown bag for the Washington Evaluators about the process of improving my organization’s learning and evaluation processes …

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LAWG Week: Jennifer Hamilton on When to Drink the RCT Cool Aid

Welcome to the Evaluation 2013 Conference Local Arrangements Working Group (LAWG) week on aea365.Howdy!  My name is Jennifer Hamilton, and I am a Senior Study Director at Westat and a Board member of the Eastern Evaluation Research Society, an AEA affiliate. I am also a statistician and methodologist, who sometimes tweets about evaluation, in addition …

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Cultural Competence Week: Melanie Hwalek on the Adoption of the AEA Public Statement on Cultural Competence in Evaluation – Moving From Policy to Practice and Practice to Policy

I am Melanie Hwalek, CEO of SPEC Associates and a member of AEA’s Cultural Competence Statement Dissemination Core Workgroup. My focus within the Workgroup is to help identify ways to disseminate the Statement and integrate its contents into evaluation policy. AEA’s Think Tank: Adoption of the AEA Public Statement on Cultural Competence in Evaluation: Moving …

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DOVP Week: David J. Bernstein on Applying Universal Design Principles to an Evaluation Involving Individuals with Significant Disabilities

I am David J. Bernstein, and I am a Senior Study Director with Westat, an employee-owned research and evaluation company in Rockville, Maryland. I was an inaugural member of AEA, and was the founder and first Chair of the Government Evaluation Topical Interest Group. Westat was hired by the U.S. Department of Education’s Rehabilitation Services …

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PD CoP Week: Donna Campell on Evaluating Professional Development: Guskey Level 3 – Organizational Support and Learning

I’m Donna Campbell, Director of Professional Development Capacity Building at the Arizona Department of Education (ADE). The Professional Development Leadership Academy (PDLA) is a three-year long curriculum of training and back-home application for school and district teams based on the Learning Forward Professional Learning Standards, derived from research. Lesson Learned: Legislation supports evaluation. I’ve learned …

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Regan Grandy on Newly Amended FERPA Regulation Helps Educational Evaluation

I’m Regan Grandy, and I’ve worked as an evaluator for Spectrum Research Evaluation and Development for six years. My work is primarily evaluating U.S. Department of Education-funded grant projects with school districts across the nation. Lessons Learned – Like some of you, I’ve found it difficult, at times, gaining access to extant data from school …

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