Quantitative Methods: Theory and Design

Spreadsheet vs Database: Which One is Right for Me? by Elizabeth DiLuzio

Happy weekend, data aficionados! My name is Elizabeth DiLuzio, volunteer curator for AEA365, internal evaluator at Good Shepherd Services, and instructor of Quantitative Methods in Evaluation at New York University. This week, one of our professional nightmares became a reality at Public Health England (PHE): they failed to properly contact trace nearly 16,000 positive COVID …

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Oregon Evaluators Week: Using R to Automate Analysis and Provide Immediate Feedback to Clients by David Keyes

I’m David Keyes, the founder of R for the Rest of Us.  In addition to training folks to use R, I also do consulting work, helping organizations to do complex tasks with R to improve their work. Through doing this work, I’ve become convinced that R has the power to provide immediate feedback to organizations …

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Lean Data in Action by Elizabeth DiLuzio, Christa Perfit, and Nate Mandel

Hi AEA! I’m Elizabeth DiLuzio, AEA365 curator and Manager of Evaluation + Strategy at Good Shepherd Services. I’m back to follow up on my November 2nd post about lean data. Today I’ll be interviewing two rockstars in the field of evaluation – Christa Perfit, Senior Manager of Monitoring + Evaluation at City Harvest (CH), and …

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R Week: Using R to Create and Update Reports by Dana Wanzer

Hi! I’m Dana Wanzer, assistant professor of psychology in evaluation at the University of Wisconsin-Stout and avid #EvalTwitter user!  My last “a-ha!” moment using R, and the one that has solidified that I am never going back to my previous statistical software, was when I realized how quickly and easily I could create reports.  Have …

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R Week: How We Moved Our Entire Team to R by Ava Elliott

Hi, I’m Ava Elliott, Senior Research Assistant at Public Profit, an evaluation and strategy consulting firm located in Oakland, California. Last year, we decided to hang up our SPSS hat and take the leap to R. It was not an easy decision to make. Being consultants, we need to be able to work quickly and …

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R Week: Process Analysis: Determining Where to Begin with R by Tom McKlin

Hi, I’m Tom McKlin, Executive Director of The Findings Group. We have been transitioning our data analyses and visualizations to R for the past couple of years. The question I faced (and still face) when making this transition was, how can we best apply R to either improve our efficiency, accuracy, or communication of complex …

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R Week: Process Analysis: Determining Where to Begin with R by Tom McKlin

Hi, I’m Tom McKlin, Executive Director of The Findings Group. We have been transitioning our data analyses and visualizations to R for the past couple of years. The question I faced (and still face) when making this transition was, how can we best apply R to either improve our efficiency, accuracy, or communication of complex …

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R Week: Fundamental Data Tasks in R by Eric Einspruch

Hi, I’m Eric Einspruch, Principal of ELE Consulting, LLC. R has been my primary data analysis tool for the past few years. Once you have installed R and a graphical user interface such as RStudio, it’s time to get to work. Before you start, you need to install the packages that you want to use. …

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R Week: Introduction – How R has Transformed Our Work by This Week’s Authors

Hello, we are David Keyes, Eric Einspruch, Tom McKlin, Ava Elliott, and Dana Wanzer. We are a group of evaluators who have come to embrace the power of R. Throughout this week, we look forward to sharing some of the benefits of this incredibly powerful software (that also happens to be free!). To start things …

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