Graduate Student and New Evaluators

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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John LaVelle on Resources for New Evaluation Graduates

My name is John LaVelle.  I am a student at Claremont Graduate University and served as the Research and Jobs Coordinator for the evaluation program for two and a half years.  Today I will be sharing three tips and one resource. Well, it’s graduation time of year, and congratulations to all the new graduates!  When …

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Stefanie Leite on Interview Tips for Job Seekers in Evaluation

Hello!  My name is Stefanie Leite and I am a Research Assistant for Advanced Empirical Solutions and an Independent Evaluation Consultant.  As program evaluators, we seem to find ourselves in the role of interviewer more often than not.  However, job seeking transfers our role to interviewee.  While it may take a different set of skills, …

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Tanya Ostrogorsky on Joining Your Local Affiliate

Hello from Oregon! My name is Tanya Ostrogorsky. I am the Assistant Dean for Evaluation Science at the Oregon Health & Science University School of Nursing where I am responsible for the evaluation of 13 academic programs across 6 campuses. Although I am sure that sounds just thrilling to many of you, I writing to …

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Derrick Gervin on Tips for New Evaluators

My name is Derrick Gervin and I currently work as a Lead Evaluator at The Evaluation Group (TEG) in Atlanta, Georgia. I work with school systems and nonprofit organizations to improve student achievement. After completing my first six months as a full-time evaluator, I would like to share some tips with other newcomers to evaluation. …

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John LaVelle on Personal Statements About Evaluation

My name is John LaVelle, I am an advanced graduate student at Claremont Graduate University.  When I worked as the Jobs Coordinator for my department, I would encourage the students to develop a personal statement about evaluation.  This is important because when they would go to interviews, they would often be asked to describe their …

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