Integrating Technology into Evaluation

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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CEA Affiliate Week: Sarah Rand, Amy Cassata, Maurice Samuels and Sandra Holt on iPad Survey Development for Young Learners

Greetings from the University of Chicago!  We are Sarah Rand, Amy Cassata, Maurice Samuels and Sandra Holt from Outlier Research and Evaluation at the Center for Elementary Mathematics and Science Education. Our group recently evaluated two Chicago-based elementary education programs: Purple Asparagus, a nutrition education program and Science, Engineering, and Technology for Students, Educators, and Parents (SETSEP), a science …

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Dan McDonnell on Using Twitter to Add Value to Your Evaluation 2013 Experience

Evaluation2013 ( #eval13 in Twitter hashtag speak) is less than two weeks away, and already, social media is abuzz with conversation around the conference. Twitter is a truly incredible tool that can greatly enhance your conference experience. You can connect with speakers and other attendees before you arrive in DC, engage in dialogue, capture your key learnings and observations throughout the week — and then evaluate the key trends and topics discussed when you return home. Here’s how to get started.

Dan McDonnell on Two Ways to Evaluate Mobile on Your Website

My name is Dan McDonnell, and I am a Community Manager at the American Evaluation Association. For many people (myself included), the smartphone has become an extension of ourselves. We use our ‘third limb’ for nearly everything these days: from accessing news on our RSS feeds, to checking banking statements, to finding the perfect sushi …

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GSNE Week: Zoraya Cruz-Bonilla on How to Share and Track Changes in Excel

Greetings, I am Zoraya Cruz-Bonilla from Binghamton University in New York. As a data research assistant, I have come across all sorts of data both big and small. Regardless of the size, each project solicits the expertise of multiple evaluators; therefore, it is not unusual for more than one person to work on the same …

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LAWG Week: Matthew Von Hendy on How Evaluators Find and Use Research

Hello! My name is Matthew Von Hendy, I am a professional research librarian and recently started my own business, Green Heron Information Services, a small research consulting company that provides information services to evaluators and other clients. For the past three months, I have been conducting informational interviews with professional evaluators to understand how they …

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Kerry Bruce on Taking Your Data Collection to the Field with Mobile Phone Technology

Hello, I am Kerry Bruce, Director of Results and Measurement at Pact and I’m currently based in Madagascar and support Pact programs in Africa, Asia and Eastern Europe. In 2012 we started to roll out the use of mobile technology in our programs including evaluation.  This third post in the series on how to get started with mobile phone technology …

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Susan Kistler on Learning From DVR Innovation

I’m Susan Kistler, the American Evaluation Association’s Executive Director Emeritus and aea365’s regular Saturday contributor. After over three years, this is my last day as your ongoing Saturday author. I’ll be moving to once a month for at least the near future. The other Saturdays will be filled by Sheila Robinson, our intrepid aea365 curator, …

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