Independent Consulting

Linda Meyer on Helping Clients Develop Goals and Objectives

My name is Linda Meyer and I am an applied developmental psychology graduate student at Claremont Graduate University. I am going to give you a few tips on helping clients develop goals and objectives that can help you plan an evaluation. Knowing programs’ goals and objectives is useful for creating logic models for evaluation, but …

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Susan Kistler on Funding Opportunities for Evaluators

My name is Susan Kistler and I am AEA’s Executive Director. I contribute each Saturday’s post to the aea365 blog. AEA is striving to help evaluators know about evaluation funding opportunities, working to improve on two fronts: Listening and Identifying: Improving our processes for knowing about funding opportunities Disseminating and Communicating: Improving our processes for …

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IRB Part III: Jim Hammerman on Developing In-house Capacity

I’m Jim Hammerman, and I Co-Direct the Evaluation Group at TERC, a non-profit, primarily grant-funded math, science and technology, education research, development, and evaluation company in Cambridge, MA. I’m also a current member and former Chair of TERC’s Institutional Review Board (IRB). Several of us recently noted on AEA’s LinkedIn group that there are at …

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IRB Part II: Stephen Meyer on Contracting with Commercial Providers

My name is Stephen Meyer and I am a Senior Research Associate with RMC Research Corporation in Denver, Colorado. RMC Research conducts research and evaluation related to a wide range of education topics. Colleagues and I recently noted on AEA’s LinkedIn group that there are at least three ways to address the issue of Institutional …

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IRB Part I: Benjamin Cohen on Partnering With a University

My name is Benjamin Cohen and I am Director of Evaluation at the Center for Schools and Communities, a division of the Central Susquehanna Intermediate Unit. We currently coordinate several interventions and initiatives for school-age youth that are funded by federal, state and private funders. My current focus is the evaluation of a state-wide bullying prevention …

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Susan Kistler on Who’s Linking to Your Website?

I’m  Susan Kistler, the Executive Director for the American Evaluation Association. I contribute each Saturday’s post to aea365. As part of our monitoring efforts for AEA’s website, we regularly review backlinks –links into a site from another site. Backlinks give you an idea of the level of exposure of a site, the types of ‘friends’ …

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Sally Bond on Peer Review to Improve Evaluation Consulting Practice and Reports

My name is Sally L. Bond, President & Senior Consultant, The Program Evaluation Group, LLC. In 2004, Marilyn Ray (Finger Lakes Law & Social Policies Center, Inc.) and I began development of a peer review process for the American Evaluation Association’s Independent Consulting TIG. One of the defining objectives of the IC TIG is to …

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Stewart Lee on Social Networking for Evaluators

My name is Stewart Lee and I am a graduate student at Mississippi State University, as well as an independent evaluation consultant. Lately, I’ve been working with other independent consultants as well as small business owners who feel the need for web sites/blogs/and social networking sites associated with their business. The advent of Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and the like have generated a divide …

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Mike Morris on Managing Relationships With Stakeholders

My name is Mike Morris and I’m Professor of Psychology at the University of New Haven, where I direct the Master’s Program in Community Psychology. My research focuses on ethical issues in evaluation, and I am an Associate Editor of the American Journal of Evaluation. The best book I’ve ever read for managing my relationships …

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