Research on Evaluation

Facilitating the Use of Evaluations by Sara Vaca

Hi, I’m Sara Vaca, independent consultant, helping Sheila curate this blog and occasional Saturday contributor. I haven’t been an evaluator for a long time (about 5 years now), but I have facilitated or been part of 16 evaluations, so I start getting over the initial awe of the exercise, and I am starting to be …

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ROE TIG Week: Sara Vaca and Pablo Vidueira on How Systems Thinking tools could be improved with better dataviz

Hi! We are Sara Vaca (EvalQuality.com) and Pablo Vidueira (professor at the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid). Today we are going to talk about the benefits of using the latest advances in data visualization to improve ST tools. Systems Thinking (ST) is the new paradigm in Evaluation which represents a significant mind-set shift and a powerful …

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ROE TIG Week: Miriam Jacobson and Tarek Azzam on Using Crowdsourcing to Study Evaluation Practice

Hi! This is Miriam Jacobson, a Doctoral Student, and Tarek Azzam, an Associate Professor, at Claremont Graduate University. We are talking today about how to use online crowdsourcing to conduct RoE (Research on Evaluation). Online crowdsourcing is a process of recruiting people online to do specific tasks, such as completing a survey, categorizing information, or translating text. We …

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ROE TIG Week: Jori N. Hall, Leanne M. Kallemeyn, and Cliff McReynolds on Similarities and Differences in Evaluation Practice

Who We Are: We are a team of three scholars working cross-continentally: Jori N. Hall, University of Georgia, Leanne M. Kallemeyn and Cliff McReynolds, Loyola University Chicago, and Nanna Friche, Danish Institute for Local and Regional Government Research, Copenhagen. In 2011 we started a conversation on differences and similarities in evaluation practice across North America …

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ROE TIG Week: Chris Coryn and Lyssa Wilson on How Published Research on Evaluation Influences Evaluators’ Thinking

We are Chris Coryn and Lyssa Wilson from the Interdisciplinary Ph.D. in Evaluation program at Western Michigan University. In the last decade, research on evaluation theories, methods, and practices has increased considerably. Even so, little is known about how frequently published findings from research on evaluation are read and whether such findings influence evaluators’ thinking …

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ROE TIG Week: Anne Vo on Decision Research in Education

Hi there! I’m Anne Vo, Assistant Professor of Clinical Medical Education and Associate Director of Evaluation at the Keck School of Medicine of USC. I’m also Program Chair of the Research on Evaluation TIG. I’ll share a bit about what we have learned about evaluation use within the education sector. Evaluation & Knowledge Use The …

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ROE TIG Week: Research on Evaluation – A Glance Towards Integrative Evaluation Science

Greetings! I’m Leslie Fierro, Assistant Clinical Professor of Evaluation at Claremont Graduate University and AEA Research on Evaluation TIG Chair. This week, aea365 is focusing on Research on Evaluation (RoE). As an avid fan of this topic, I’ll offer a working definition for RoE and provide some thoughts on where future fruitful research may emerge …

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Jindra Cekan on Furthering Community Self-sustainability of Our Projects

Hi, I am Jindra Cekan, PhD, an independent evaluator with 25 years of international development fieldwork, at www.ValuingVoices.com. What if we saw our true clients as project participants and wanted the return on investment of projects be maximally sustained? How would this change how we evaluate, capture, learn together? Lesson Learned: Billions of dollars of …

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Johanna Morariu, Kat Athanasiades, and Ann Emery on New Research: The State of Evaluation 2012

Hello! We are Johanna Morariu, Kat Athanasiades, and Ann Emery from Innovation Network. For 20 years, Innovation Network has helped nonprofits and foundations evaluate and learn from their work. In 2010, Innovation Network set out to answer a question that was previously unaddressed in the evaluation field—what is the state of nonprofit evaluation practice and …

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Maxine Gilling on Lessons Learned from a Study of How Politics Influence Evaluation Policy

Hello, I am Maxine Gilling, Research Associate for Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP). I recently completed my dissertation entitled How Politics, Economics, and Technology Influence Evaluation Requirements for Federally Funded Projects: A Historical Study of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act from 1965 to 2005. In this study, I examined …

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