Graduate Student and New Evaluators

Susan Kistler on Must Read Books for Evaluators

My name is Susan Kistler, I am the Executive Director of the American Evaluation Association, and I contribute each Saturday’s post to aea365. Today, I’m going to draw from a discussion on AEA’s LinkedIn Group. Three months ago, Michelle Baron asked “What are the top 5 must-read books for evaluators?” I encourage you to review …

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Leland Lockhart on Cross Classified Random Effects Models in Evaluation

My name is Leland Lockhart, and I am a graduate student at the University of Texas at Austin and a research assistant at ACT, Inc.’s National Center for Educational Achievement (NCEA).  The NCEA is a department of ACT, Inc., a not-for-profit organization committed to helping people achieve education and workplace success. NCEA builds the capacity …

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Internal Eval Week: Pamela Bishop on Working as a New Internal Evaluator

My name is Pamela Bishop, and I am the internal evaluator for the National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis at the University o f Tennessee. In my few short years working as a professional evaluator, I have always held positions in which I was external to the organization being evaluated. When I accepted my …

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Brad Coverdale on Using the National Educational Longitudinal Survey of 1988-2000

My name is Brad Coverdale and I am a doctoral student at the University of Maryland, College Park. I am interested in researching post-secondary access as well as success initiatives for students, particularly first-generation and/or low income. One of these initiatives that was very dear to me was Upward Bound. As such, I conducted a …

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Aubrey Perry on Ensuring a Positive Practica Experience

Hello colleagues! My name is Aubrey W. Perry, a graduate student in the Community Psychology doctorate program at Portland State University. I have had the privilege of working on two evaluation practicum projects before completing my master’s requirements. Through the completion of these projects, I have learned several actions that can be taken to ensure …

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Judah Viola on Building Capacity to Succeed as an Independent Consultant

My name is Judah Viola and I am a Community Psychologist at National-Louis University in Chicago. I also manage an independent consulting practice specializing in program evaluation and collaborative community research. Whether boom or bust economy, it is never a bad time to build your own evaluation skills and capacity to provide value for clients. …

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Deshonna Collier-Goubil on Evaluator-Practitioner Collaboration

My name is Deshonna Collier-Goubil and I am a young scholar (newly minted PhD) who has had the wonderful opportunity to collaborate with seasoned evaluators and practitioners throughout my graduate education. Most recently I collaborated with a group of practitioners and evaluators to contribute a chapter in a newly released volume specifically written for young …

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Norma Martinez-Rubin on Mentorship and Involvement in AEA

My name is Norma Martinez-Rubin and I am an independent program evaluator, occasional trainer, and public health practitioner. Having chosen program evaluation as a second-career focus (www.EvaluationFocused.com) the necessity to ramp up, jump in, and practice the art and science of evaluation as best possible led me to revisit a career strategy to which I …

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Tamara Bertrand Jones on Finding and Working With a Mentor

I’m Tamara Bertrand Jones and I evaluate programs and services in Student Affairs at Florida State University. I’ve always been intrigued by the ways that different people develop the skills they need in order to be successful in their chosen profession. Fundamental to the success of budding evaluators is the important interaction with successful evaluation …

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