Government Evaluation

GOV TIG Week: Caroline DeWitt on Valuing Stakeholders in the Evaluation Process

My name is Caroline DeWitt. I am a senior evaluator with Human Resources and Skill Development in Ottawa, Canada, and a member of the AEA Government Evaluation TIG. Our department is responsible for several evaluations ranging from labour market outcomes to grant and contributions programs delivered through third parties. An area of my responsibility was …

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GOV TIG Week: Nicole Vicinanza on Using Checklists to Review Evaluations for Compliance with Federal Requirements

Hi, my name is Nicole Vicinanza. I am a member of the Government Evaluation TIG and a Senior Research Associate with JBS International. In my work with JBS I conduct and review evaluations, and provide technical assistance in evaluation for federally funded programs. Many of these have federal regulations or guidance regarding evaluation with which …

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GOV TIG Week: Stan Capela on Corporate Compliance and its Relationship to Programs Evaluation

My name is Stan Capela. I am the Corporate Compliance Officer for HeartShare Human Services, as well as the current chair of the American Evaluation Association’s Government Topical Interest Group (GOV TIG). The purpose of this AEA365 is to talk about corporate compliance and its relationship to program evaluation. Also it is an opportunity to …

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Dawn Hanson Smart on Aligning Program and Funder Needs and Values

Hi, I’m Dawn Hanson Smart, Senior Associate at Clegg & Associates, Inc. in Seattle. My colleagues, Tessie Tzavaras Catsambas from EnCompass LLC and Rakesh Mohan who works with the Idaho Legislature’s Office of Performance Evaluations, and I are presenting at AEA’s upcoming conference on managing the sometimes conflicting agendas of evaluation stakeholders. (They both will …

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Stephanie Shipman on Developing an Effective Evaluation Agenda

My name is Stephanie Shipman and I am an Assistant Director with the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO). As the ‘congressional watchdog’, GAO’s mission is to support Congress in carrying out its legislative and oversight responsibilities and to help improve the performance and accountability of the federal government. I work in the Center for Evaluation …

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Rakesh Mohan and Lance McCleve on Why Evaluators Should Respond to the Interests of Sponsors and Stakeholders

Greetings from beautiful Boise, Idaho! We are Rakesh Mohan and Lance McCleve from the Idaho State Legislature’s Office of Performance Evaluations. This post discusses our office’s approach to addressing two seemingly conflicting expectations—responsiveness to and independence from sponsors and stakeholders. Instead of worrying about finding the right balance between the two, our mantra is to …

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Chris Camillo on Improving Monitoring Systems from an Auditor’s Perspective

Hi. My name is Chris Camillo, and I am an auditor and consultant on international child labor and education issues. As part of my auditing work, I visit rural development projects in Africa and Latin America to assess the quality of their GPRA performance data, their compliance with program requirements and their learning environments for …

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Marion O’Reilly-Stanhauer on NWEA’s Data Gallery and Standardized Educational Testing

My name is Marion O’Reilly-Stanhauer. I am an independent evaluation consultant focusing on out-of-school time (OST) programs such as after-school enrichment, tutoring, and summer success. The programs I work with are impacted by standardized testing in their states, often due to calls for additional OST support when standardized tests indicate low proficiency levels or the …

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Judy Savageau and Terri Anderson on Strategies for Strategic Planning to Improve Evaluation

Our names are Judy Savageau and Terri Anderson. Judy is Associate Professor of Family Medicine and Community Health at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. Terri is Director for Evaluation in the University of Massachusetts Medical School Commonwealth Medicine Center for Health Policy and Research. Founded in 1999, Commonwealth Medicine’s mission is to apply knowledge …

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WMU Scribing: Robert McCowen on Evaluation and Public Policy

My name is Robert McCowen and I am a doctoral fellow in Western Michigan University’s Interdisciplinary Ph.D. in Evaluation. I served as a session scribe at Evaluation 2010, and attended session number 651, Introduction to Evaluation and Public Policy. My evaluation interests focus on education, and a great deal of modern educational policy flows from …

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