Graduate Student and New Evaluators

STEM Program Evaluation Lab Week: Tips from Undergraduate Students for Mentoring Undergrad Lab Assistants by Chandni Lal, Caraline Malloy, Aundrea Smith, Annaia Ndjoli, Charles J. Rouse, and Myranda Cook

We are Chandni Lal, Caraline Malloy, Aundrea Smith, Annaia Ndjoli, Charles J. Rouse, and Myranda Cook of the STEM Program Evaluation Lab (SPEL). We are UNC Greensboro psychology undergraduate students who work with graduate students and faculty on lab tasks such as data collection and coding, project presentations, and have discussions regarding the importance of …

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NC Evaluators Week: How I Benefit from Being a Non-Traditional Graduate Student in Program Evaluation by Noelle Wyman Roth

My name is Noelle Wyman Roth and I am a Research & Evaluation Analyst at the Social Science Research Institute at Duke University. In addition to working as a full-time evaluator, I am beginning a part-time PhD program at UNC-Greensboro this fall. I’m writing to share why being a non-traditional PhD student by pursuing my …

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Participatory Evaluation in Remote Times by Zachariah Barghouti

Hello! My name is Zachariah Barghouti, an intern with Evaluation + Learning Consulting, and a graduate student in American University’s Measurement and Evaluation Program. While the pandemic has put a halt to face-to-face evaluation, our work has shifted to online methods. When hosting meetings online directly with stakeholders, evaluative work should still be equitable, cross-culturally …

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IDPE Week: Why bother with graduate education in evaluation? An alumni perspective by Amy M. Gullickson

Hi! I’m Amy M. Gullickson, 2010 IDPE graduate and Acting Co-Director and Senior Lecturer, University of Melbourne Centre for Program Evaluation, Melbourne, VIC, Australia. One of the challenges to graduate education in evaluation is the Dunning-Kruger effect. Because evaluation is an everyday activity and a professional activity, and all the other kinds of activities in …

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IDPE Week: Why I love teaching interdisciplinary evaluation by Michael Harnar

My name is Michael Harnar. I have been in the evaluation discipline for about 16 years and for almost 3 years an assistant professor in the Interdisciplinary PhD in Evaluation program at Western Michigan University. Today I want to talk about what I like about teaching in an interdisciplinary program. By my very nature, I am attracted to …

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IDPE Week: From Evaluation Practitioner to Evaluation Scholar by Amy Jersild

Greetings! My name is Amy Jersild, Doctoral Scholar in the Interdisciplinary Program in Evaluation (IDPE) at Western Michigan University (WMU), and an evaluator working in the international development sector. I entered the program in August 2018 following four years of teaching evaluation in a MA program in sustainable development at World Learning’s School for International …

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IDPE Week: The Journal of Multi-Disciplinary Evaluation, A True Evaluation Asset by Aaron Kates

Hi, my name is Aaron Kates, a doctoral student in the Interdisciplinary PhD in Evaluation (IDPE) at Western Michigan University. The life of a doctoral student is many things. It can at once be that of a pupil, a teacher, an expert, a researcher, email sender, email receiver, coffee maker, coffee drinker, early riser, night …

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IDPE: Seventeen Years of Doctoral Education in Evaluation by Chris L. Coryn

Greetings! I am Chris Coryn, Professor of Evaluation and Director of the Interdisciplinary Ph.D. in Evaluation (IDPE) at Western Michigan University. The IDPE is the oldest, and perhaps only, true doctoral program in evaluation (one that is not a ‘specialty’ or ‘concentration’ in education psychology, or other traditional disciplines, for instance). The program was developed …

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IDPE Week: The Interdisciplinary PhD in Evaluation at Western Michigan University by Michael Harnar

My name is Michael Harnar. I have been in the evaluation discipline for about 16 years and for almost 3 years I’ve been an assistant professor in the Interdisciplinary PhD in Evaluation (IDPE) program at Western Michigan University. When Chris Coryn and I decided to write a set of AEA365 blogs about the IDPE (we offered the idea …

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Reflections on Constructivism Week: Introduction by Michael Harnar

My name is Michael Harnar. I have been in the evaluation discipline for about 16 years and for the last 2.5 years I’ve been an assistant professor in the Interdisciplinary PhD in Evaluation program at Western Michigan University. One of my favorite courses to teach at the graduate level is qualitative research methods for evaluators. I like it …

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