Graduate Student and New Evaluators

Evaluation Teams Week: Learning about teams as new evaluators by Audrey McIntyre and Michael Prideaux

Hi, we’re Audrey McIntyre and Michael Prideaux. We recently completed internships at The Improve Group, an evaluation consulting firm based in Minnesota. As new evaluators, we have interesting perspectives from serving on evaluation teams during our internships. We worked with The Improve Group colleagues and clients on projects for the Angel Foundation, the Highland Friendship …

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THE WISCONSIN IDEA IN ACTION: Graduate Students as Scholar-Evaluators in the Field by Gwendolyn Baxley and Larry D. Brown Jr.

What’s up! We are Gwendolyn Baxley and Larry D. Brown Jr., doctoral students at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and evaluators as part of the Wisconsin Evaluation Collaborative Clinic. The Clinic responds to the small-scale evaluation needs by matching trained graduate students at the University of Wisconsin-Madison with schools and education-focused community organizations in Dane County. …

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THE WISCONSIN IDEA IN ACTION: AEA-GEDI finds a home at the LEAD Center by Kimberly Kile

Warm wishes from wonderful Wisconsin! I’m Kimberly Kile, Project Manager for the LEAD Center, housed within WCER at the University of Wisconsin. The LEAD Center is comprised of professional staff who conduct program evaluation within and about higher education both locally and nationally. I had the opportunity to take a leading role in developing our …

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Dawn X. Henderson on Modeling evaluation at the undergraduate level

I am Dawn X. Henderson, a past fellow of AEA’s Graduate Education Diversity Initiative (GEDI) and member of the Ann E. Casey’s Expanding the Bench Initiative. I recently developed an undergraduate seminar course in Community Psychology at a Minority Serving Institution. Program evaluation is a competency in Community Psychology and modeling evaluation was critical in …

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GSNE Week: Indira Phukan and Rachel Tripathy on Using Art-based Embedded Assessment to Understand Environmental Learning

Hello everyone! We are Indira Phukan and Rachel Tripathy, graduate students at the Stanford Graduate School of Education. This past summer, we worked with a local environmental education organization to pilot several tools for evaluating learning outcomes related to stewardship and environmental behavior change. When it comes to understanding students’ perceptions of and relationships with …

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GSNE Week: Elizabeth Grim on Fostering Conscious Communication within Teams

Hello fellow evaluation lovers! My name is Elizabeth Grim and I work as an evaluation consultant with The Consultation Center at Yale, where I primarily consult with community-based agencies to build evaluation capacity. Prior to joining The Consultation Center, I worked as a policy analyst for Connecticut’s statewide campaign to end homelessness. With the growing popularity of social …

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GSNE Week: Megan Olshavsky on Feeling Legit

My name is Megan Olshavsky and I’ve been an evaluator of PreK-12 educational programs for about a year and half now. Before starting my work in a public school district, I was researching learning and memory processes in rats, earning my Ph.D. in Psychology – Behavioral Neuroscience. My experiments were very controlled: the rats exhibited …

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GSNE Week: Alana Kinarsky on The Benefits of a Pop Up Journal Club for Evaluators

 Hello! My name is Alana Kinarsky, a PhD student in the Evaluation program at University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). As a graduate student, I regularly read evaluation theory and conduct my own research on evaluation. However, I often wonder how research on evaluation does or should help practitioners in their daily work. Cool Trick: …

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GSNE Week: Laura Sundstrom and Megan Elyse Williams on Intentionally Developing Skills in New Evaluators: The Tier Approach

Hello! We are Laura Sundstrom and Megan Elyse Williams, Evaluation Associates at the Curtis Center Program Evaluation Group (CC-PEG) at the University of Michigan School of Social Work. At CC-PEG, we train Master of Social Work students in program evaluation through providing high-quality evaluation services to community-based organizations.  Our students enter our unit with a …

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GSNE Week: Sophia Guevara on Partnership for Good

My name is Sophia Guevara and I am a recent graduate of Wayne State University. I am writing about my experience identifying and collaborating with other evaluation leaders and professionals to motivate them to take action around an important issue. For the Chicago conference, I worked with the leadership of several Topical Interest Groups to …

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