Research, Technology and Development Evaluation

RTD TIG Week: Bias – It’s Still Here by Didi Cross

I have said it before, and it is worth saying again. Especially now.  Every single one of us is biased.  My name is Didi Cross, and I have been involved in science evaluation for nearly ten years, including supporting the NIH and NSF in the United States, and funders and universities in the EU, UK, …

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RTD TIG Week: Evaluation of Research Collaborations Enabled through Linked Datasets by Jodi Basner

My name is Jodi Basner and I’m a Scientific Analyst on Clarivate’s Web of Science Consulting Team. It is exciting to be involved in a time, although unfortunately most recently born out of the COVID-19 pandemic, when research is exhibiting a dramatic shift toward enabling collaborations; directly through researchers providing complementary perspectives to a common …

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RTD TIG Week: Triangulation Across Mixed Methods in Comprehensive Program Evaluations by Asher Beckwitt and Lex Helsel

Hello! I am Asher Beckwitt, Research and Evaluation Project Director with Ripple Effect, and I have expertise in qualitative methods including interviews, focus groups, and content analysis. Hi! I am Alexis (Lex) Helsel, Lead Program Evaluator with Ripple Effect, and I have extensive experience in quantitative methods including survey design and analysis, administrative data analyses, …

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RTD TIG Week: Finding a Needle in a Stack of Needles by Gavin Reddick

Hi, my name is Gavin Reddick and I am the program co-chair for the Research, Technology, and Development TIG. I am the chief analyst for Researchfish, a company that helps organisations to understand the outputs, outcomes and impact of their research. As a result of this I spend a lot of time looking at, and …

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RTD TIG Week: Synthesis Across Copy Cat Studies Helps Answer Really Big Policy Questions by Gretchen Jordan

I’m Gretchen Jordan, a long-time advocate of logic modeling. I do logic models on weekends for fun. My almost 30 years of work as an evaluator of government-funded science, technology, and innovation programs has convinced me that the big questions we are asked to answer require us to move toward use of agreed upon logical …

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RTD TIG Week: AEA Involvement is More Important than Ever by Josh Schnell

My name is Josh Schnell and I am co-chair of the Research Technology & Development (RTD) Evaluation Topical Interest Group (TIG) within AEA.  I have been working in RTD evaluation and research assessment for over 12 years, now as director of the Academic & Government Consulting team within the Science Group at Clarivate.   As I …

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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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