Graduate Student and New Evaluators

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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ToE TIG Week: Walking between worlds: Training evaluation scholar-practitioners to conduct RoE by Christina Peterson, Rachel Ladd, Brenna Butler and Erica Echols

We – Christina Peterson, Rachel Ladd, Brenna Butler, and Erica Echols – are doctoral students in the Evaluation, Statistics, and Measurement program at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. As part of a recent study on evaluation scholar-practitioner identity, we interviewed students, alumni, and faculty from evaluation doctoral programs. Understanding the ways in which evaluators come …

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Washington Evaluators Week: Fostering Student Engagement in Evaluation by Esther Nolton

Greetings, fellow evaluators! My name is Esther Nolton and I am a doctoral student at George Mason University (Fairfax, VA) and a Research Analyst at 2M Research (Arlington, VA). I have had the pleasure of participating in the DC Consortium Student Conference on Evaluation & Policy (DC SCEP) both as a student presenter and as …

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Reflections on Privilege When Working with Latin@ Communities: Perspectives from a Student Evaluator by Sarah Fleming

Greetings! I am Sarah Fleming, MSW, Grants & Evaluation Coordinator at Casa de Esperanza. I have been fortunate to work with amazing evaluators such as Dr. Josie Serrata and Dr. Rebecca Rodriguez at our National Latin@ Research Center on Family and Social Change and experienced Latin@ practitioners like Ivette Izea-Martinez in our community-based domestic violence …

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