Internal Evaluation

IE TIG Week: Boris Volkov on Internal Evaluation and Shared Expectations and Responsibilities

Welcome to the AEA365 Internal Evaluation (IE) week! I’m Boris Volkov, a Co-Chair of IE TIG; also, a Co-Director for Monitoring & Evaluation with the University of Minnesota Clinical and Translational Science Institute and a faculty at the UMN School of Public Health. During this week, our colleagues from evaluation units in different organizations will …

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OL-ECB Week: Joe Bauer on Being an Internal Evaluator and Navigating the Organizational Culture

Hi, I’m Joe Bauer, the Director of Survey Research & Evaluation in the Statistics & Evaluation Center (SEC) at the American Cancer Society (ACS) in Atlanta, Georgia. I have been working as an internal evaluator at the ACS for almost nine years, in a very challenging, but very rewarding position. Lesson Learned: Evaluation is always political …

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LAWG Week: Erik Mason on Learning to Become an Evaluator as a Non-Evaluator

Hi – I’m Erik Mason, the Curator of Research at the Longmont Museum and Cultural Center, located in Longmont, Colorado, about 35 miles northwest of Downtown Denver. I am not an evaluator – in fact, the word “evaluation” does not appear in my job description.  I have come to believe, however, that evaluation is critical …

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GEDI Week: Michelle Corbett on Working with Organizations to Build Their Internal Evaluation Capacity

Hello! I am Michelle Corbett, alumna of the AEA Graduate Education Diversity Internship (GEDI) program’s 2012-2013 cohort. For my internship, I worked at the Planning Council for Health & Human Services in Milwaukee, WI. A non-profit, community-based organization, the Planning Council offers planning, research, and program evaluation services to a wide range of organizations and …

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Christine Johnson and Terri Anderson on the Quality Improvement – Evaluation Connection

Hi, we are Christine Johnson and Terri Anderson, members of the Massachusetts Patient Centered Medical Home Initiative (MA-PCMHI). MA-PCMHI is Massachusetts’ state-wide, multi-site PCMH demonstration project engaging 46 primary care practices in organizational transformation to adopt the PCMH primary care model.  Our roles as Transformation and Quality Improvement Director (Christine) and Qualitative Evaluation Study Team …

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Kylie Hutchinson on The Internal Evaluator’s Carol

I’m Kylie Hutchinson, AEA Member, independent evaluator and owner of Community Solutions Planning & Evaluation, occasional aea365 contributor, and annual writer of Christmas carols for evaluators and not-for-profits. Each year, I adapt a carol to share with my colleagues and clients. Last year, Susan Kistler asked if I would share one with aea365 and I’m …

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IE Week: Andrew Anderson on The Role of InternalEvaluators inSupporting the Implementation of Evaluation Recommendations

My name is Andrew Anderson and I’m the manager of an internal evaluation team in one of Australia’s largest charities, The Benevolent Society. One of our guiding principles is to make our evaluations useful. But when we surveyed our 800 staff two years ago they told us that, although they valued evaluation, they didn’t think …

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IE Week: Hilary Loeb and Kelly Bay on Enhancing the Quality and Quantity of Survey Responses at Program Events

We are Hilary Loeb and Kelly Bay of the Research and Evaluation Department at the College Success Foundation.  Many of our scholarship and support programs host events in which we collect data from students and educators.  As internal evaluators, we often rely on colleagues to collect and enter survey data from these groups. The results …

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IE Week: Alicia McCoy on Using an Internal Blog to Support a Research and Evaluation Culture

My name is Alicia McCoy and I am the Research and Evaluation Manager at Family Life in Melbourne, Australia.  Family Life is a community service organization that offers a diverse range of services for families, children and young people, including family support, counseling, and mediation. In 2009, Family Life established an internal research and evaluation …

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IE Week: Rahel Wasserfall on The Power of the Dissonant Story

My name is Rahel Wasserfall. I am an internal evaluator and do program development for the International Summer School on Religion in the Public Life (ISSRPL). I’m also affiliated with the Women Studies Research Center at Brandeis University and use mostly qualitative methods, including participant observation and in-depth interviews. As an evaluator with nine years …

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