Mixed Methods Evaluation

Melanie Kawano-Chiu and Andrew Blum on Peacebuilding Evaluation Project: A Forum for Donors and Implementers

We are Melanie Kawano-Chiu, Program Director at the Alliance for Peacebuilding (AfP) and Andrew Blum, Director of Evaluation and Learning at the United States Institute of Peace.  More than two years ago I teamed up with Andrew Blum, Director of Learning and Evaluation at the United States Institute of Peace (USIP) to launch an initiative …

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David Hawkins on The Research Methods Knowledge Base

Salutations aea365ers. I am David Hawkins, closet dummy. I have read Wine for Dummies so that I can order wine in a restaurant without getting fleeced. I bought Birds for Dummies when my daughter wanted a parakeet. Costa Rica for Dummies is helping me to plan an upcoming vacation. But as far as I know, …

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Michelle Baron on What Evaluators Have to Be Thankful For

Hi, my name is Michelle Baron. I am the Associate Director of The Evaluators’ Institute, an evaluation training organization, and the chair of the curating team for aea365. On this Thanksgiving Day in the United States, there are many things for which evaluators have to be thankful. Four topics come readily to mind: 1. Automation: …

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VSA Week: Cheryl Kessler on Visitor Studies Evaluation Methods

My name is Cheryl Kessler and I am an independent consultant doing visitor studies. I conduct program and exhibit evaluations in museums and libraries to understand what and how visitors/users learn from their experiences, what they might do with that information, and how new information is integrated with existing knowledge. My Visitor Studies Week blog …

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Randahl Kirkendall and Ellen Iverson on Integrating Web Analytics into Mixed Methods Evals

My name is Randahl Kirkendall. I work part-time as an Evaluator with Ellen Iverson, Director of Evaluation, for the Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College, which works to improve education through projects that support educators.  Our work is funded primarily through NSF grants.  SERC has expertise in geoscience education, workshop leadership, website development …

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E. Jane Davidson on Evaluative Rubrics

My name is Jane Davidson and I run an evaluation consulting business called Real Evaluation Ltd. In my work, I advise and support organizations on strategic evaluation; provide evaluation capacity building and professional development; develop tools and templates to help organizations conduct, interpret, and use evaluations themselves; and conduct independent and collaborative evaluations and meta-evaluations. …

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Randahl Kirkendall on Evaluating Program Websites

My name is Randahl Kirkendall. I am a public health manager turned evaluator. Platometrics is the name of my consulting business, which for the past three years has been focused on program research, planning, and evaluation. I am also a part-time evaluator for the Science Education Resource Center at Carleton College, which provides faculty professional …

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Nina Potter on Tableau for Data Visualization

My name is Nina Potter and I am currently the Director of Assessment for the College of Education at San Diego State University. I’d like to share a little about a tool we are using for data visualization. One of my responsibilities is to work with program directors and department chairs to evaluate academic programs …

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