Research on Evaluation

The invisible labor of women of color and indigenous women in evaluation, Part 2 by Vidhya Shanker

Vidhya Shanker of Minneapolis here, with another attempt to repair the miseducation of evaluators regarding the contributions of women of color and indigenous women, particularly their understanding of systemic oppression, to evaluation’s history. Today I highlight Dr. Kien Lee, Principal Associate/Vice President of Community Science. Lee has advanced not just a structural analysis, but also …

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RoE TIG Week: The Power of Valuing in Evaluation: How the Layering of Qualitative and Quantitative Data in Program Evaluation Enhances the Value to the People Served by Programs by Sondra LoRe

My name is Sondra LoRe and I often have the pleasure of evaluating STEM education programs which include the training and development of students, educators, and community advocates in outreach and information science education. I work as the evaluation manager for the National Institute for STEM Evaluation & Research (NISER) and as an adjunct professor …

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RoE TIG Week: Institutionalizing Evaluation in the U.S. Federal Government by, Esther C. Nolton, PhD

Greetings! I am Esther Nolton and I recently completed my PhD in Research and Evaluation Methods at George Mason University. As a GEDI Scholar, I had an opportunity to witness large-scale changes in the culture of valuing and capacity for using evaluation in the U.S. Federal government when the Evidence Act (P.L. 115-435) was enacted. …

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RoE TIG Week: Knowing Ourselves: Driving the Field Forward Through Self-Discovery by Maggie Schultz Patel

Hi there! I’m Maggie Schultz Patel, an independent evaluation consultant and doctoral student of Research Methods and Statistics at the University of Denver. Program evaluation is still a relatively new discipline, and there is still a need to increase our knowledge of ourselves as a field. Further, according to a recent needs assessment, there are key research …

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RoE TIG Week: Integrating Me-search and Re-search by John LaVelle

Hello!  My name is John LaVelle.  I am on the Evaluation Studies faculty at University of Minnesota, and one of the things I get to do is help my students conceptualize and implement original research on the field of evaluation (RoE).  We organize our projects by Mel Mark’s research on evaluation taxonomy: contexts, activities, outcomes, …

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RoE TIG Week: Evaluator Competencies Assessment Tool (ECAT) by Minji Cho, Ann Marie Castleman, Haley Umans, and Mike Mwirigi

Hi! We are Minji Cho, Ann Marie Castleman, Haley Umans, and Mike Mwirigi. We are students in the Claremont Graduate University’s Evaluation and Applied Research doctoral program. For the past year, we have been developing the Evaluator Competencies Assessment Tool (ECAT) which provides evaluators and researchers with a survey to evaluate competencies in five domains: …

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RoE TIG Week: Getting RoE Published by J. Bradley Cousins

Got a publication idea but don’t know where to start? Looking for some practical tips to help get your research out the door? This blog is for you. Greetings. I’m Brad Cousins, Professor Emeritus at the University of Ottawa, Canada. I am kicking off the Research on Evaluation AEA365 Blog Week. I’ve spent the bulk of my …

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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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