Government Evaluation

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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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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GOVT Week: Flora Caruthers on Tips for Successful Evaluation with Diverse Groups

My name is Flora Caruthers, and I am the Staff Director for Technical Services and Staff Development for the Florida Legislature’s Office of Program Policy Analysis and Government Accountability (OPPAGA) OPPAGA conducts performance evaluations and policy reviews of Florida state agencies and programs to support the work of the Florida Legislature. As noted earlier by …

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GOVT Week: David Bernstein on Top 10 Indicators of Performance Measurement Quality

I am David J. Bernstein, and I am a Senior Study Director with Westat. We will be celebrating the 20th Anniversary of the Government Evaluation Topical Interest Group at the 2010 AEA Conference, so I have been reflecting on how government evaluation has changed over the last 20 years. One area that has not changed …

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