Organizational Learning and Evaluation Capacity Building

Celina Chao & Patricia Quinones on Maintaining Organizational Memory

Hi. We are Celina Chao and Patricia Quinones, second-year doctoral students in the Social Research Methodology (SRM) Division in the Department of Education at UCLA. We are part of UCLA’s SRM Evaluation Group, composed of evaluation graduate students and faculty who work on a variety of education-related projects. Lesson Learned: A challenge that university-based evaluation …

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Gita Upreti and Carl Liaupsin on Developing Efficient Measures with Educational Data

Hi, we are Gita Upreti, Assistant Professor at the University of Texas at El Paso and Carl Liaupsin, Associate Professor at the University of Arizona in Tucson. Much of our work involves implementing broad academic and behavioral changes in educational systems. As such, we’ve had a front row seat to observe the explosion of educational …

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Michelle Baron on Involving Stakeholders in the Evaluation Process

Hello, I’m Michelle Baron. I am the Associate Director at The Evaluators’ Institute (an evaluation training organization), and the Chair of the aea365 Tip-a-Day Team. Today I’d like to share with you some strategies for involving stakeholders in the evaluation process. In today’s fast-paced, information rich world, one of the most helpful pieces of guidance …

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John Wedman on Using the Performance Pyramid in Evaluation

Hello. I’m John Wedman, an administrator at the University of Missouri and former business owner. One of our business services was evaluating corporate training programs. Not surprisingly, some programs fell short of producing the desired results. Was the training lacking or was something else going on? Answering that question led us to develop the Performance …

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MNEA Week: Leah Goldstein Moses on Evaluative Thinking

My name is Leah Goldstein Moses. I am the founder and President of the Improve Group, a national evaluation and planning consulting firm based in the Twin Cities. I am writing to share some recent experiences in evaluation capacity building initiatives, and taken together, they suggest that evaluative thinking is emerging as one of the …

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MNEA Week: Melissa Chapman Haynes on Program Evaluation Standards

Hello! I am Dr. Melissa Chapman Haynes, and I am a Senior Evaluator with Professional Data Analysts, Inc. in Minneapolis, Minnesota. In this post, I propose that the Program Evaluation Standards (PgES) is a fundamental tool that can help us reflect on the values we bring to our evaluation practice. The five standards, all of …

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SIOP Week: Dale S. Rose on Organization Development: A Program Worth Evaluating (Logically)

Hello. My name is Dale S. Rose. I am the President of 3D Group, a firm that has done program evaluation, 360 degree feedback and employee surveys since 1994. One of the thorns in the side of Organization Development has always been the nagging lack of a cohesive theory about how to successfully create change. …

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Kylie Hutchinson on Group Facilitation

My name is Kylie Hutchinson. I am an independent evaluation consultant and trainer with Community Solutions Planning & Evaluation. I am also a regular facilitator of the Canadian Evaluation Society’s Essential Skills Series course. When I first started my evaluation practice, I was concerned that my statistical skills would be weak. Instead, I quickly learned …

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Michelle Baron on Gaining Support for Evaluations in the Military

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. As a retired Army veteran, I have conducted many evaluations with a wide range of stakeholder support. I have found three techniques to facilitate a well-received evaluation: …

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Tania Jarosewich on Evaluating Communities of Practice

Greetings from Ohio. I am Tania Jarosewich, President of Censeo Group, an evaluation consulting firm that conducts evaluations for nonprofit organizations, foundations, and educational organizations. Censeo Group has been collaborating with SPEC Associates to evaluate the Lumina Foundation for Education’s strategy supporting and enhancing large multi-state initiatives with communities of practice (CoP).  I’m glad to …

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