Research, Technology and Development Evaluation

RTD TIG Week: A Dedicated Path to Building Evaluation Capacity in a Federal Agency by Yaw Agyeman and Kezia Dinelt

Hello! I am Yaw Agyeman, Program Manager at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. I am joined by my writing partner Kezia Dinelt, Presidential Management Fellow at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), to share how EERE developed and institutionalized a rigorous evaluation practice to quantify the impacts of …

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RTD TIG Week: Tying it Together with Transitions by Julie Bronder Mason

My name is Julie Bronder Mason, Ph.D., and I am the Deputy Director of the Office of Science Policy, Planning, and Communications at the National Institute of Mental Health.  I have spent a fair number of years conducting, overseeing, advising, and presenting on program evaluations, and the tips I will share stem from a corpus …

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RTD TIG Week: Graphic Recording as a visual tool for evaluating Research, Technology and Collaboration by Clara Pelfrey and Johnine Byrne

Hello!  We are Clara Pelfrey, Translational Research Evaluation TIG Chair and evaluator for the Clinical and Translation Science Collaborative (CTSC) at Case Western Reserve University, and Johnine Byrne, a graphic recorder and owner of See Your Words.  We’d like to introduce you to graphic recording (GR), a valuable tool for evaluators that we’ve used in …

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RTD TIG Week: Using text analytics and non-survey sources in evaluation by Christina Freym

Hi, I am Christina Freyman, a Director in the Center for Innovation Strategy and Policy at SRI International. Today I am writing about non-survey sources of data for evaluation – specifically related to the evaluation of research programs. Evaluations of programs inevitably suffer from biases related to missing or unreliable data, particularly when the goal …

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RTD TIG Week: Bias – it’s my favorite four-letter word by Di Cross

My name is Di Cross from Clarivate Analytics. We conduct evaluations of scientific research funded by government agencies, non-profits, academic institutions or industry. I cringe when I hear mention of ‘unbiased analysis’. What an oversimplification to state that an analysis (or evaluation) is unbiased! Everyone carries their own biases. Some exist as part of our …

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RTD TIG Week: Scientific Research Impact: Building Chains of Evidence by Sara Dodson

My name is Sara Dodson, and I work in the Office of Science Policy at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), where I have led the development of a series of case studies on biomedical innovations. Today I’ll kick off the Research Technology & Development TIG week by discussing the challenging work of tracing public research …

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Shannon Griswold, Alexandra Medina-Borja, and Kostas Triantis on Linking Scientific Discoveries to Societal Needs

We are Shannon L. Griswold, Ph.D., a scientific research evaluator and member of AEA’s Research Technology and Development TIG, Alexandra Medina-Borja, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Industrial Engineering at University of Puerto Rico-Mayaguez, and Kostas Triantis, Ph.D., Professor of Systems Engineering at Virginia Tech. We are thinking about new ways to envision and evaluate impacts from …

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ICT4D for MEAL Week: Suzanne Andrews and Shaun Ferris on Farmbook

Greetings from Catholic Relief Services (CRS)! We, Suzanne Andrews and Shaun Ferris, from the Baltimore-based Agriculture and Livelihoods Program, presented at the American Evaluation Association’s Annual Conference in Washington DC on a Farmbook suite of on/off line tools to help us to better build capacity, gather data and develop business plans with smallholder farmers. Lesson …

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ICT4D for MEAL Week: Marianna Hensley on Beware the Lure of Real-time Data!

Hi, my name is Marianna Hensley, Program Quality Manger for Health with Catholic Relief Services (CRS) in India. I currently support the Reducing Maternal and Newborn Deaths (ReMiND) project that CRS implements in partnership with Dimagi, Inc. and Vatsalya. The ReMiND project works with government community health workers (CHW) to improve the frequency and quality …

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ICT4D for MEAL Week: Shenkut Ayele on Early Warning and Response System Innovation through SMS in Ethiopia

Hi, my name is Shenkut Ayele, Early Warning Assessment and Response Manager with Catholic Relief Services (CRS) for the Joint Emergency Operation (JEOP) in Ethiopia. JEOP is a USAID-funded emergency food assistance program that over two years is providing food aid to almost 1 million people. The program operates across Ethiopia and is a partnership …

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