Quantitative Methods: Theory and Design

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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How a Lean Data Approach Can Change Your Effectiveness as an Evaluator by Elizabeth DiLuzio

Hi everyone, Elizabeth DiLuzio here. I’m the newest AEA365 curator and Manager of Evaluation and Strategy at Good Shepherd Services in NYC. Today, I want to share a semi-new approach to impact evaluation called lean data. The use case for a lean data approach is quite compelling: it’s a decision-making tool for when time and …

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Analyzing surveys with complex sampling designs? There’s an R package for that! By Monique Farone

Hi there! I’m Monique Farone (@moniquefarone), an internal evaluator at a local health department just outside Atlanta. At the 2018 American Public Health Association annual meeting, I presented a poster that examined data from our local Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) – data that I miraculously analyzed using R. I say that because I’m new …

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To Midpoint or Not to Midpoint: That is the Question by David Bernstein

I am David Bernstein, owner of DJB Evaluation Consulting and Director of Evaluation for the General Commission on Religion and Race of the United Methodist Church. There is a long running debate among Springsteen fans regarding whether Mary’s dress “waves” or “sways” in the song Thunder Road (1975, Born to Run). For many years, I …

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