Internal Evaluation

IC TIG Week: Norma Martinez-Rubin on Straddling Multiple Organizational Cultures and Communication Styles

I’m Norma Martinez-Rubin, an independent evaluation consultant and Independent Consulting TIG Chairperson 2011. Here I present a few lessons learned in transition from being an external to internal consultant. Claiming to be multicultural boosts the self-confidence required upon beginning a new evaluation project. Combine that with visualization of near success and that increases my confidence …

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Dawn Henderson and Ebun Odeneye on Tips and Strategies for Internal Program Evaluators

Our names are Dawn Henderson and Ebun Odeneye. We are members of the 2010-2011 cohort of the AEA Graduate Diversity Education Internship (GEDI) Program. New internal evaluators often struggle with balancing general program duties with evaluation-specific responsibilities, so we will be sharing some effective tips to help evaluators facing this same challenge. Hot Tip: As …

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Jane Nell Luster on Internal Evaluation for Special Needs

Greetings. I am Jane Nell Luster, Senior Manager with the Data Accountability Center (DAC) and Assistant Professor at LSUHSC-Human Development Center. DAC is a technical assistance project funded by the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs. DAC’s mission is to “support the submission and analysis of high-quality IDEA [Individuals with Disabilities Education …

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Stanley Capela & Ariana Brooks on Planting a Seed to Overcome Resistance to Evaluation

Our names are Stanley Capela, the Vice President for Quality Management, and Ariana Brooks, Director of Evaluation, Planning and Research at HeartShare Human Services. Over the past several years we have had the pleasure of evaluating programs in the non-profit sector as internal evaluators and have participated on various committees that include non-profit and government …

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Internal Eval Week: Sue Hunter and Cindy Olney on Using Appreciative Inquiry in Evaluation

We are Sue Hunter, a librarian and the Planning & Evaluation Coordinator with the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM) Middle Atlantic Region (MAR) (http://nnlm.gov/mar/) at New York University, Langone Medical Center and Cindy Olney, Evaluation Specialist with the Outreach Evaluation Resource Center, NN/LM. Funded through the National Library of Medicine, NN/LM is a …

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Internal Eval Week: Anthony Kim on Balancing Dual Roles as an Internal Evaluator

Hello, my name is Anthony Kim, and I am a doctoral candidate in Policy, Organization, Measurement, and Evaluation at U.C. Berkeley’s Graduate School of Education. Prior to Berkeley, I worked at an Education nonprofit as a program manager that had to fill a dual role as internal evaluator of my program. As might be expected, …

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Internal Eval Week: Wendy DuBow on Chocolate Bribes

I’m Wendy DuBow, and I am the internal evaluator for the National Center for Women and Information Technology (NCWIT). Anyone who has worked as an internal evaluator – or a long-term external evaluator – knows the importance of developing a “culture of evaluation” in an organization; however, staff enculturation is more easily recommended than achieved. …

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Internal Eval Week: Debbie Cohen on Electronic Health Records Data Tips

Hi, my name is Debbie Cohen. I am the Director of Evaluation at Community Mental Health Center, Inc., a community mental health center that serves five rural counties in Southeastern Indiana. One of my roles in the agency is to pull data from our Electronic Health Record (EHR) and to use it to evaluate programming …

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Internal Eval Week: Kathleen Norris on the Internal Evaluation Boa

Hi, my name is Kathleen Norris. I am an Assistant Professor and Education Department Co-Coordinator of Educational Leadership Programs at Plymouth State University. Internal evaluators can be involved in more than one role in an organization, and some internal evaluators desire to make these roles identifiable to others in the organization so that it is …

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Internal Eval Week: Pamela Bishop on Working as a New Internal Evaluator

My name is Pamela Bishop, and I am the internal evaluator for the National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis at the University o f Tennessee. In my few short years working as a professional evaluator, I have always held positions in which I was external to the organization being evaluated. When I accepted my …

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