Qualitative Methods

Susan Eliot on Genuine Listening: A Critical Skill for Evaluators

My name is Susan Eliot, owner and principal of Eliot & Associates, a qualitative research firm in Portland Oregon. I design and implement applied qualitative research projects for public and nonprofit organizations on the west coast. Since every interview or focus group I conduct demands scrupulous listening, I have a keen interest in honing my …

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Ehren Reed and Johanna Morariu on New Research: The State of Evaluation 2010

We are Ehren Reed and Johanna Morariu, Senior Associates of Innovation Network. We work with foundations and nonprofits to evaluate and learn from programs, projects, and advocacy endeavors. For more than fifteen years, Innovation Network has been an intermediary in the philanthropic and nonprofit sectors—our mission is to build the evaluation capacity of people and …

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VSA Week: Ellenbogen on Evaluating Identity Development in Informal Learning Environments

My name is Kirsten Ellenbogen. I’m Director of Research & Evaluation at the Science Museum of Minnesota and President of the Visitor Studies Association.  I hope you’re enjoying VSA Week on AEA365. Rad Resource: Development of individual identity has for some time been considered an outcome of informal learning environment experiences. But identity has recently …

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Susan Hibbard on Conducting Anonymous Focus Groups

Hello Colleagues. My name is Susan Hibbard and I am an Assistant Professor of Research & Evaluation at Florida Gulf Coast University. Through my work conducting research on evaluation, I experienced difficulty in recruiting participants for focus groups due to political sensitivity. I wanted to conduct focus groups with personnel who conduct program evaluations as …

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Poster Week: Anna Douglas on Using Asynchronous Discussion Groups for Evaluation

Hi. My name is Anna Douglas and I’m a PhD student in Evaluation, Measurement, and Applied Research Methods at Purdue University. I’ve been using asynchronous discussion groups online to evaluate a new learning tool. Online asynchronous discussion groups are discussions through an online media where participants are responding to each other, but not simultaneously. While …

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Nicole Jackson on Improving Interview Techniques During Formative Evaluations

Hello, my name is Nicole Jackson. I am both an adjunct faculty in the Human Resource Management Certificate program at U.C. Berkeley Extension and a doctoral candidate in Policy, Organization, Measurement, and Evaluation at U.C. Berkeley’s Graduate School of Education. From my previous and current work, I discovered that interviewing is both an art and …

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Robert Brunger on Practical Tips for Focus Groups

Hi, I’m Robert Brunger. I am an evaluator with the Ounce of Prevention Fund of Florida; a Tallahassee based non-profit organization that has worked since 1989 to improve the lives of Florida’s children and families. If you are planning to use focus groups to learn more about what’s on the minds of your stakeholders, here …

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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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Susan Kistler on TED Talks for Evaluators

My name is Susan Kistler. I am the Executive Director of the American Evaluation Association and I contribute each Saturday’s aea365 post. Resource: Have you ever wanted to hear “riveting talks by remarkable people?” That is the tagline for TED Talks, brought to you by TED, a nonprofit dedicated to “ideas worth spreading.”  TED hosts …

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