Integrating Technology into Evaluation

ITE TIG Week: The Role of Evaluators in the Fourth Industrial Revolution by Valentine J Gandhi

Hi, my name is Valentine J Gandhi and I am the Senior Researcher, Evaluator and ICT4D Expert at The Development Café. In development agencies across the globe from donors to implementers there is discussion about emerging technologies like artificial intelligence (AI), blockchain, big data, internet of things (IoT). Given the hype, evaluators have a responsibility …

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ITE TIG Week: Designing a “Center” for M&E Practitioners on GitHub by Mala Kumar

Open Source in ICT4D and M&E My name is Mala Kumar, and for a decade, I worked as a tech for international development (ICT4D) practitioner designing and deploying digital products throughout sub-Saharan Africa, Europe and New York. As is the case with many ICT4D practitioners, much of my work took on a heavy monitoring and …

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ITE TIG Week: Integrating Technology into the Evaluation of Corporate Social Responsibility Initiatives by Eric Barela

Hello. I’m Eric Barela, Salesforce.org’s Director of Measurement & Evaluation. Part of my job is to evaluate elements of a corporate social responsibility (CSR) program. Corporations are increasingly being called upon to focus on what is called the Triple Bottom Line, which consists of profit, planet, and people. CSR programs are designed to encourage public …

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ITE TIG Week: Research on Evaluation: Describing the Use of Technology in the Monitoring, Evaluation, Research, and Learning Space by Linda Raftree and Michael Harnar

Hello! It’s Linda Raftree and Michael Harnar here, both fresh from the MERL Tech Conference in Washington, DC September 4-6, 2019. Linda is the organizer of the conference, which brings together a multidisciplinary community of evaluators, non-profit professionals, data scientists, government agencies and funders to learn and share their work and their challenges in responsibly …

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ITE TIG Week: Digital Principles-Focused Evaluation Manifesto by Zach Tilton

Hi, my name is Zach Tilton and I am a Doctoral Research Associate at Western Michigan University in the Interdisciplinary PhD in Evaluation program, the AEA representative to EvalYouth, and the Co-chair of the Integrating Technology into Evaluation Topical Interest Group. I am thrilled to be curating a week of AEA 365 contributions from ITE …

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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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