Research on Evaluation

Examining the Validity of Evaluation Methods in Practice by Drs. Kelly Skinner and Sneha Shankar

We are Dr. Kelly Skinner, an independent evaluation consultant, Assistant Professor at the School of Public Health and Health Systems at the University of Waterloo (UW), and program lead for the Master of Health Evaluation; and Dr. Sneha Shankar, a post-doctoral research fellow and measurement and methodology specialist at McGill University. Together, we have been …

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The Invisible Labor of Women of Color and Indigenous Women in Evaluation by Vidhya Shanker

I’m Vidhya Shanker from Rainbow Research, where we are exploring what structural change really means. I’m sometimes asked, “Why are there so few people of color in evaluation?” I flip the question: “Why is evaluation so white?” And answer: “Because our labor is actively erased.” Of the 35 recipients of the Paul F. Lazarsfeld Evaluation …

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ToE TIG Week: Walking between worlds: Training evaluation scholar-practitioners to conduct RoE by Christina Peterson, Rachel Ladd, Brenna Butler and Erica Echols

We – Christina Peterson, Rachel Ladd, Brenna Butler, and Erica Echols – are doctoral students in the Evaluation, Statistics, and Measurement program at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. As part of a recent study on evaluation scholar-practitioner identity, we interviewed students, alumni, and faculty from evaluation doctoral programs. Understanding the ways in which evaluators come …

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RoE TIG Week: Incorporating Research on Evaluation into your Evaluation Projects by Miriam Jacobson

I am Miriam Jacobson and I am an evaluator at ICF, where I evaluate workforce development programs and programs for low-income families. As a member of the evaluation field, I am interested in studying best practices for conducting evaluation and helping our field learn how to become more effective. To do this, I have gathered …

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RoE TIG Week: Lessons from Research on Evaluation for/of System Change by Emily Gates and Francisca Fils-Aime

Hi! I’m Emily Gates, an assistant professor of evaluation, and I’m Francisca Fils-Aime, graduate student, in the Measurement, Evaluation, Statistics, and Assessment department at Boston College. Interested in how evaluation can contribute to system change? Us too! This is a tough question for which there are no easy answers. But, we have a few lessons …

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RoE TIG Week: What Do Evaluators Mean by “Context?” by Sarah Mason

Greetings from the Center for Research Evaluation! I am Sarah Mason—an Australian evaluator working in Mississippi—here to talk about contextually responsive evaluation. Like many evaluators, I’ve had regular conversations about the idea that context matters in evaluation. Context matters Context matters in our line of work because there’s no universal ‘right way’ to do an …

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RoE TIG Week: Evaluation Capacity Building Interventions & Sustainable Evaluation Practice: Research & Practice by Jay Wade

Hello, AEA folks!  My name is Jay Wade, and I am the Evaluation Director of Planning, Implementation and Evaluation Org (PIE Org), a non-profit consultancy in Chicago, Illinois that specializes in evaluation capacity building (ECB).  I have worked with a colleague, Dr. Leanne Kallemeyn of Loyola University Chicago, to study whether and how ECB interventions …

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RoE TIG Week: The Influence of Gatekeeping in Evaluation by Travis R. Moore

I am Travis R. Moore, a PhD Candidate in the Civil Society and Community Research program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Lori Bakken is a professor in the Department of Civil Society and Community Studies at the UW-Madison and an Evaluation Specialist for the UW Division of Extension, and Luke Carmichael Valmadrid is an EQUITY-concentrated …

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RoE TIG Week: What is This Thing Called Theory Knitting? by Sebastian Lemire

Hi fellow evaluators. I am Sebastian Lemire of Abt Associates, and I am kicking off the Research on Evaluation (RoE) AEA365 Blog Week on behalf of the RoE TIG Leadership. This week’s blogs will showcase current research on the methods, contexts, activities, effects, and best practices within evaluation. Each blog highlights implications for how we …

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Conclusions On Evaluators’ Reading Speed by Sara Vaca

Hi AEA365 readers! I am Sara Vaca, independent consultant and frequent Saturday contributor to this blog and while many of you will be coming back from AEA2019 (lucky you!), here I come with the results of the short-experiment-post of last month, where I collected data about evaluators’ reading speed. First of all, thanks for the …

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