Organizational Learning and Evaluation Capacity Building

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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OL-ECB Week: Tom Archibald and Guy Sharrock on Integrating Learning by Promoting Evaluative Thinking

Hi, we are Tom Archibald (Assistant Professor and Extension Specialist, Department of Agricultural, Leadership, and Community Education at Virginia Tech) and Guy Sharrock (Senior Technical Advisor for Learning with Catholic Relief Services). We believe one way to integrate and sustain learning in an organization is by intentionally promoting “evaluative thinking.” Evaluative thinking (ET) is an …

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OL-ECB Week: Lisa Richardson on Coaching to Build Capacity

My name is Lisa Richardson and I am the internal Improvement Advisor/Evaluator for the UCLA-Duke University National Center for Child Traumatic Stress (NCCTS), which in addition to coordinating the collaborative activities of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN), provides leadership in many aspects of child trauma policy, practice, and training. Online surveys are a …

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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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OL-ECB Week: Bonnie Richards on Getting Yourself In Context and Developing Stakeholder Buy-In

My name is Bonnie Richards, an analyst from Foresee and Chair of the Organizational Learning and Evaluation Capacity Building TIG. Welcome to the OL-ECB sponsored AEA365 week! This week our blog posts will cover a range of experiences discussing challenges and successes we have had sustaining learning or evaluation in our work with organizations or …

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Liz Zadnik on Bringing passion and enthusiasm to program evaluation

Hello! I am Liz Zadnik, Capacity Building Specialist at the New Jersey Coalition Against Sexual Assault. I’m also a new member of the aea365 curating team and first-time Saturday contributor!  Over the past five years I have been working within the anti-sexual violence movement at both the state and national levels to share my enthusiasm …

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LAWG Week: Marley Steele-Inama on Collaboratively Building Evaluation Capacity

My name is Marley Steele-Inama, and I manage Audience Research and Evaluation at Denver Zoo. The Local Arrangement Working Group’s (LAWG) is excited to share with you the great evaluation work taking place in Colorado, as well as give you advice for making the most of Evaluation 2014 in Denver. Coloradoans are very proud of …

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CLEAR Week: Zhao Min on Introducing CLEAR Week and Performance Management Systems – A Growth Area for the International Evaluation Community

I’m Zhao Min, Deputy Director of the Asia-Pacific Finance and Development Center (AFDC) in Shanghai, China. AFDC is a member of the CLEAR Initiative and hosts the East Asia CLEAR Center. If you follow what is happening in international evaluation capacity building (ECB), you might have heard about CLEAR – the Regional Centers for Learning …

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