Integrating Technology into Evaluation

Emma Perk on DIY Video Production for Evaluators

I’m Emma Perk, Project Manager at The Evaluation Center, Western Michigan University. I find evaluation to be very informative and important, but feel that there is a disconnect when it comes to sharing and implementing the results. I am very interested in data visualization, but today I am here to talk about another avenue—video. Video …

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Susan Kistler on Padlet: A Free Virtual Bulletin Board and Brainstorming Tool

Hello aea365ers! I’m Susan Kistler, Executive Director Emeritus of the American Evaluation Association, professional trainer and editor, and all around gregarious gal. Email me at susan@thesmarterone.com if you wish to get in touch. Rad Resource – Padlet: The last time I wrote about Padlet for aea365, exactly two years ago on September 12 of 2012, …

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Susan Kistler on a Free Tool for Adding Interactivity to Online Reports: Innovative Reporting Part IV

I am Susan Kistler, contributing editor at TheSmarterOne.com (we finally launched this month – yay!) and former Executive Director for the American Evaluation Association. aea365 contributors have written before about producing online reports (for example here and here), wherein we learned, among other things, that evaluators are still feeling their way in terms of online reporting. …

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Bob Kahle on Practical Strategies to Leverage Technology for Deeper Insights

I am Bob Kahle, a veteran evaluator and frequent AEA workshop presenter. As owner of Kahle Research Solutions, a research and evaluation firm with a qualitative methods focus, I am writing today to offer practical tips to leverage new tools enabled by advancing technology. Lesson Learned: Ease into it. Most evaluators are aware of tools …

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Miki Tsukamoto on Using Video as a Tool to Capture Baseline Surveys

Greetings AEA365! My name is Miki Tsukamoto and I am a Senior Monitoring and Evaluation Officer at the Planning and Evaluation Department in the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC). What if you had an opportunity to add a human face to baseline surveys and reflect numbers in a more appealing …

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David Fetterman on Google Glass Part II: Using Glass as an Evaluation Tool

I’m David Fetterman, evaluator, author, entrepreneur, and Google Glass user. Yesterday, we talked about what Google Glass is and how it can revolutionize communications. Today, let’s turn to thinking about how Glass could be used as an evaluation tool. Hot Tips – Glass for Empowerment Evaluation: Youth (with parental permission) can wear the Glass to …

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David Fetterman on Google Glass Part I: Redefining Communications

“Ok, glass.” That’s how you activate Google Glass. I’m David Fetterman and that’s me to the right wearing Google Glass. I’m an empowerment evaluation synergist and consultant, busy father and spouse, and owner of Fetterman & Associates. Rad Resource – Google Glass: Google Glass is a voice and gesture activated pair of glasses that lets …

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Susan Kistler on Innovative Reporting Part II: Book Giveaway and #altreporting Videos

My name is Susan Kistler and I am on a crusade to expand our reporting horizons. Earlier this month, we looked at little chocolate reports. Today, let’s consider adding videos to your evaluation reporting toolbox. Get Involved: But first, a little incentive for you to share your best alternative reporting ideas. And possibly get a reward …

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Audrey Roerrer on Google Tools for Multi-site Evaluation

Hi, I’m Audrey Rorrer and I’m an evaluator for the Center for Education Innovation in the College of Computing and Informatics at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, where several projects I evaluate operate at multiple locations across the country.  Multisite evaluations are loaded with challenges, such as data collection integrity, evaluation training for …

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Caren Oberg on Using Tablets for Data Collection

My name is Caren Oberg and I am the Principal and Owner of Oberg Research. I am a proud late adopter. Proof? I still use a paper calendar and have Moleskin notebooks dating back years. But I have joyfully embraced tablet applications for data collection. The applications below, not to mention many others, have made …

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