Organizational Learning and Evaluation Capacity Building

OL-ECB Week: Jeff Sheldon on the Characteristics of the Learning Organization

I’m Jeff Sheldon, newly minted Ph.D. from the School of Social Science, Policy, and Evaluation at Claremont Graduate University and many of the positions to which I’ve applied have the words “strategic learning” and “evaluation” in the job title for good reason; evaluation is part and parcel of strategic learning and it is the learning …

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OL-ECB Week: Natalie Cook and Tom Archibald on ICYMI*: Roundup of Recent Evaluation Capacity Building Research

(*ICYMI (“in case you missed it”) we present a few summaries of recent ECB literature to help you stay up-to-date on this quickly evolving aspect of evaluation. Hi, we are Natalie Cook (Graduate Research Assistant) and Tom Archibald (Assistant Professor) from the Agricultural, Leadership, and Community Education department at Virginia Tech. We both practice and …

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OL-ECB Week: Tom Archibald on Rad Resources for the Evaluation Capacity Building (ECB) Commons

I’m Tom Archibald, Assistant Professor in the Agricultural, Leadership, and Community Education department at Virginia Tech and Chief of Party of the USAID/Education and Research in Agriculture project in Senegal. I’m also Program Co-Chair for the OL-ECB TIG; as Sally Bond mentioned here on aea365 yesterday, as a TIG we are excited to develop an …

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OL-ECB Week: Sally Bond on The ECB Commons Project

My name is Sally Bond. I am an independent evaluation consultant based in Pittsboro, NC and chair of the Organizational Learning & Evaluation Capacity Building (OL-ECB) TIG. In the fall of 2012, after 24 years in evaluation and 16 years doing ECB work, I went back to school to learn more about training and development …

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OL-ECB Week: Erin Bock on Introduction to Organization Learning-Evaluation Capacity Building TIG Week

Welcome to the Organizational Learning and Evaluation Capacity Building (OL-ECB) TIG week on AEA365! My name is Erin Bock, Director of Research and Evaluation at The Sherwood Foundation in Omaha, Nebraska and OL-ECB TIG Program Co-Chair.  Before I begin, I want to give a shout-out to my OL-ECB TIG Leadership colleagues: I’ve had a blast …

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Tosca Bruno-van Vijfeijken and Gabrielle Watson on Is Developmental Evaluation Right for Large Scale Organizational Change Processes?

Hi, we’re Tosca Bruno-van Vijfeijken (Director of the Syracuse University Transnational NGO Initiative) and Gabrielle Watson (independent evaluator). We engaged a group of practitioners at the 2015 AEA conference to talk about organizational change in International Non-Governmental Organizations (INGOs), and explore a hunch that Developmental Evaluation could help organizations manage change. Several large INGOs are …

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Jennifer Grove on One Practitioner’s Journey to Embrace Evaluation

I’m Jennifer Grove, Prevention Outreach Coordinator at the National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC), a technical assistance provider for anti-sexual violence programs throughout the country.  I’ve worked in this movement for nearly 17 years, but when it comes to evaluation work, I’m a newbie.  Evaluation has been an area of interest for programs for several years …

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Sharon Wasco on Practice-Based Evidence: Another Frame for Evaluation

My name is Sharon Wasco, and I am a community psychologist and independent consultant. I describe here a recent shift in my language that underscores, I think, important trends in evaluation: I used to pitch evaluation as a way that organizations could “get ahead of” an increasing demand for evidence-based practice (EBP); Now I sell …

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OL-ECB Week: Kathryn Lowerre on Developing Evaluation Capacity with Colleagues at a State Health Department: Smile, Nod, … What?

I’m Kathryn Lowerre, an internal evaluator for the Environmental Health Epidemiology Bureau (EHEB) at the New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH). My background includes work in Health Impact Assessment (HIA) and teaching in the humanities. Environmental Health Epidemiology looks at the connections between the environment and human health (nmhealth.org/about/erd/eheb). Funding for many EHEB programs comes …

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OL-ECB Week: Michele Tarsilla on Results-Based Management (RBM) vs. Evaluation

Hello! My name is Michele Tarsilla, an independent evaluation advisor and evaluation capacity development (ECD) specialist with experience in over thirty countries. I have served as Chair of the International and Cross-Cultural Evaluation TIG at AEA and am currently in transition to become the new OL-ECB TIG Co-Chair. The idea for this blog sprang from the …

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